TEDx Jackson to feature Mississippi's fertile ground of ideas

TEDx Jackson to feature Mississippi's fertile ground of ideas

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Have you ever watched a TED talk online? The videos feature some of the world's leading thinkers and doers sharing what they are most passionate about. Thursday, TEDx Jackson will take over the Capri Theatre in Jackson, Mississippi to feature some of the Magnolia State's brightest minds.

"TED" stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event.

Organizers say the theme for the event in Jackson is "Fertile Ground." It represents the great promise and untapped potential that exists throughout Mississippi.

Editorial cartoonist Marshall Ramsey will emcee the event, and speakers include doctors, scientists, musicians, chefs, and even Kermit the Frog, who will talk about "The creative act of listening to a talking frog."

And all the talks will be livestreamed at https://new.livestream.com/tedx/TEDxJackson so citizens across the state can participate.

Here's the full schedule of the sessions:

Session 1 - "Cultivate Opportunity"

  • Damon Brown – Big ideas from little pieces of paper
  • Dr. Gary Butler – The disruptive power of the Internet
  • Dr. Marina Bers – Young programmers: Think playgrounds, not playpens
  • TED Video – Audience Choice

Session 2 - "Plant the Seeds"

  • Kristi Henderson – Connected care: When and where you need it
  • Dr. George Bey – Archaeology as a way to engage the world
  • Joe Reardon – Fiber builds strong cities
  • Melody Moody – Bicycles as a tool for community development
  • TED Video – Audience Choice

Session 3 - "Grow and Thrive" Part 1

  • Joe Stradinger – Conversation: The first, and next, big thing
  • Dr. Herman Taylor – Seeds of hope, harvest of health
  • Sanders Bohlke – Musical performance
  • TED Video – Audience Choice

Session 3 - "Grow and Thrive" Part 2

  • Kermit the Frog – The creative act of listening to a talking frog
  • TED Video – Organizers' Choice
  • Pamela Shaw – Sowing seeds of change
  • Dr. Richard Summers – A software model for the human body
  • Tray Hairston – How to make health care an economic driver

Session 4 - "Harvest Wisdom"

  • David McRaney – Missing what's missing: How survivorship bias skews our perception
  • Nick Wallace and David Watkins, Jr. – LIFT: Locally Invested Food Trade
  • Brit Fitzgerald – How mentoring can reshape our communities
  • TED Video – Audience Choice

Session 5 - "Share the Experience"

  • Joel Bomgar – The importance of being different
  • Jill Conner Browne – Becoming the leader and object of a cult in 20 years or less
  • Vasti Jackson – From roots to fruits
  • Marshall Ramsey – Final thoughts

For more information on TEDxJackson, visit http://www.tedxjackson.com/

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