Have you ever played telephone?
Everyone stands in a row. Then, a sentence or phrase is passed from one end of the line to the other. Anyone familiar with this game knows that this task is accomplished via a tried and true messaging system – the whisper. Usually, when the message reaches the end of the line the original statement is unrecognizable.
Sure telephone is a fun game, but it’s a terrible method for sharing ideas.
A better idea, about spreading ideas…
If you’re searching for new ideas, or you have some of your own that you’d like to share, we have a better approach than the whisper.
You see, we LOVE ideas!
We think that the best ideas, the kind worth spreading, aren’t meant to be whispered; they’re meant to be shared from high atop a mountain (Mt. Washington maybe?).
Trouble is it’s really hard to get your idea noticed; even if you scream.
Thankfully, TEDx is trying to change that. Officially, the “x” stands for independently organized, but at TEDxGrandviewAve the “X” could be a “U” because that’s what we’re all about, you – the community, the local voices redefining the Steel City.
How we’re spreading ideas
Of course coming up with an idea isn’t all that difficult, it’s spreading it that’s the real challenge. Lucky for you, we’re making it easier by providing the “who” and “how”.
WHO: Surround yourself with people that want to change the world. The rest will follow.
Exactly! That’s why we’re undertaking a thoughtful curation of speakers and attendees who listen to and engage with ideas on the local level.
HOW: Increase distribution channels
With all of the region’s change-makers and do-ers united under one roof, ideas, resources, and stories will flow freely. These conversations create a cooperative environment that sparks collaboration.
Take some advice from Harvard Medical School professor Nicholas Christakis who said; “Things don’t just diffuse in human populations at random. They actually diffuse through networks.”
You don’t have to tell us twice.
We’re doing our best to build a network of individuals and ideas that will inspire and inform our city and its people.
We hope you’ll join us. We can’t wait to hear all about your ideas.