TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (“TED Talks”).
TEDx is an independently organized event in the spirit of these TED talks, uniquely tailored to local ideas and community. TEDx events receive licensing permissions from TED when an application for an event is approved, following strict rules to maintain the legacy and
TEDxUofL is a locally organized independent TEDx event periodically organized by a group of graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Louisville. The inaugural TEDxUofL event was held in March of 2012.
TEDxUofL 2015 will be the second installment of this event series.
About TEDxUofL 2015: Interconnected
Every facet of life is connected. Yet, there is a barrier that blocks the way we think and behave as if we live in a silo where our intentions and our actions are separated from the bigger picture. This barrier can be identified as cultural singularity, individualistic thinking, and closed-mindedness.
The purpose of TEDxUofL 2015 is to define, explain, and expose the interconnectedness of life through a series of short presentations by speakers from many different fields of study. The theme of “Interconnected” will be dissected, re-constructed, and examined in an effort to build a framework for looking at how we think and behave. Faulty mental models of the direct cause-and-effect paradigm inhibit creative problem solving and “bigger picture” thinking. We fall often under the commonly held assumption that being “interconnected” is just another way to talk about working together, failing to see the real essence of what it truly means to be interconnected. TEDxUofL 2015 will challenge the audience to reflect on their own behaviors and thought processes in order to integrate the presented ideas about interconnectedness into their daily lives.
The information presented by the speakers will take on three forms. First, a collection of real life examples will show how people are acting and thinking in an interconnected way. Second, presentations on interconnected processes and systems thinking will expose the power of interconnectedness. Finally, proposals for future thinking and action to increase our interconnectedness will be explored. These presentations will be in the form of short “TED-style” talks, with the longest presentation lasting only 15 minutes. The curated line-up of speakers will provide a focused look at evidence of how understanding and applying an interconnected approach to how we address issues can compound positive results.
These “TED talks” will be organized into three approximately hour-long sessions featuring three to four talks each session. Each session will have a different title that will organize the information and handling of interconnectedness. TEDxUofL 2015 will provide a venue for an audience to hear many different voices in a compact format that will further build on their understanding of interconnectedness.
TEDxUofL 2015: Interconnected
February 28, 2015, 9am – Noon
Session 1: Sustainability
will showcase real-life examples of how
interconnected actions and thought have
perpetuated in the sustainability of
culture and environment.
Session 2: Discovery
will provide a framework for processes
that apply an interconnected approach
and the rewards of working in that vein.
Session 3: Dynamism
will propose actions and future considerations
of how exciting creative work can produce
dynamic and innovative results.