Saturday, October 18, 2014
TEDx San Antonio
Today was TEDxSanAntonio. My 17-year-old and I spent the day together listening to the inspiring speakers and participate in this 5th Annual event.
Yes, we live in Austin. Texas.... not San Antonio. But TEDxAustin has apparently died off (temporarily, they say). I had attended the Austin event a several times, and always found it cool to be part of the TEDx community. The ideas that most speakers share are original and make me think. My daughter is on the planning committee for the TEDx youth event in Austin, and is a big fan of all things TED. Since San Antonio is only 70 miles away, it was an easy decision to drive down for the day.
Wow, what a great event. All the speakers were good, and covered a wide variety of topics that linked to the theme of "Ideas in Action". Three of the speakers were outstanding (this is my opinion, haters leave me alone): SJ Murray -"Hardwired for Story", Trevor Muir - "Should School Take Place in the Real World", and Leezia Dhalla -"Hiding in Plain Sight". Each of these presentations were a perfect combination of powerful content with excellent speaking skills.
I was surprised that more people from Austin did not attend the TEDxSanAntonio event. Our two communities are separated by approximately 70 miles and are two of the fastest growing cities in the United States. The San Antonio community is filled with amazing people who are as nice as you find anywhere on the planet. While we did not know many people at this event, those who we met were friendly and welcoming.
When it comes time for the 2015 event, I would happily head back to San Antonio to participate again. Kudos to the organizing committee who curated a perfect day.
Have A Great Day