If you've been reading this here bloggity blog for a while and you haven't yet guessed that we're HUGE fans of a little organization known as TED--that's Technology, Entertainment, Design--well consider yourself admitted to the loop. Why are we HUGE fans? Because every year TED organizes gatherings of ginormously smart and talented folks representing a vast array of disciplines from around the planet for one purpose: To spread a highly contagious pathogen called "ideas"--be sure to re-read that if you missed the embedded snarky tone of air quotes 'cause it makes it sooo much "funnier."
Anyhoo, since its beginning in 1984--yeah, you heard me, Big Brother--TED has expanded its offerings mightily, taking full advantage of the ever growing power of the Internets™--most notably through its now gigantic video archive of TED Talks--and encouraging discussions, collaborations and cross-pollinations of all kinds. It also licenses groups who want to organize and present a TED-like conference through a program called TEDx. And that's where our shiny town comes in.
A local band of go-getters, whose names may or may not be familiar to ya--Jerome Knapp, Brent Gohde, Matt Richardson, Chuck Watson, David Howell, and Jeff Redmon--decided that they should organize a TEDx event Miltown-style for the first time ever. They read all the rules--which are fair and numerous--decided on an event type--Standard sounded good to them--brainstormed a riveting theme--STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Music)--came up with a snappy name--TEDxHarambee, a Milwaukee neighborhood as well as a Swahili word meaning "pulling together"--and submitted an application to TED. And wouldn't ya know it they got a thumbs-up and a license. Whoot!
And so it is that on Thursday, May 9, TEDxHarambee will take place in Milwaukee, presenting itself to a full room of 100 invite-only attendees from 12-4PM.
"What?!" I hear you cry. "What about the rest of us poor, invite-excluded bastards?" First of all, don't talk about yourself like that--leave it to those who don't know ya like I do. Second of all, you too can watch the event unfold by watching the live stream here. Feel a bit better? I knew you would.
If you're more of a gotta-be-with-the-peeps type, feel free to join the viewing party at Bucketworks, 706 South 5th Street. Doors open at 11:30am. Word has it you should bring food and beverage with ya to sustain your body and brain for the full 4 hours.
Presented by Made in Milwaukee and Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), info on speakers can be found on the TEDxHarambee site.
Fingers and synapses crossed that we'll get a renewal so more of us can attend in person next time!