TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Conferences attained global reach in 2006 when the lectures — "ideas worth spreading" — became available online at ted.com. Since then, they have garnered more than 500 million views. See new lectures today, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Gem Theater (1601 East 18th Street, 816-474-6262), where Kansas City's TEDx (the local affiliate) is simulcasting the latest TED Global Conference (themed "Radical Openness") in Edinburgh, Scotland. The event aims to begin the process of organizing the East Side in cooperative dialogue to solve problems in the community. The Pitch spoke with TEDx host and organizer Beth Sarver.
The Pitch: What does it mean to have this event at 18th & Vine?
Sarver:We chose 18th & Vine because of our relationship with the Black Economic Union of Greater Kansas City, and we wanted to expand the TEDx audience to be more inclusive of the East KC communities. "Radical Openness" will provide an abundance of fresh ideas and perspectives that will inform the community development work that many of us in East KC are doing. This event will foster a unique opportunity to learn, be inspired, network, and join in an action-oriented movement to use innovative ideas to empower grassroots organizing and to build sustainable relationships in community.
Are there plans for future TED events in KC?
Yes! There is the TEDxKC at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts August 28 (The Long View), TEDx at UMKC September 15 (InterconnecTED), and TEDxWomen December 1.Get your free tickets at tedx18thandvine.eventbrite.com using the VIP access code: gem12.