In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks 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. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (subject to certain rules and regulations).
The power of TEDx resides not just in the speakers on stage, but also in the attendees, the planners, and all those who support TED’s vision. These individuals take action to make the ideas of TEDx resonate throughout the community and beyond.
TEDxLakeland is designed to bring together members of the Lakeland family and the broader community in order to generate, share, and explore ideas for creating a better community and world. We will make connections; share ideas for creating a better and more sustainable community, and look at ways to communicate our ideas to members of our own community and the broader world. In organizing or participating in this event, we hope to achieve the following objectives:
• To create an enduring TEDx experience that educates and inspires
• To foster connections among various sectors of the city and the broader community
• To bring together innovators and explorers, encouraging them to share their ideas and vision
• To inspire participants to action that creates a better city, community, and world
• To nurture and encourage ideas for the responsible and respectful use of resources and talents
The theme for this year’s event is Create, Connect, Communicate. This broad theme brings together concepts that are essential to living in today’s world. Each concept can stand alone, but they intersect in diverse and constantly changing ways. Speakers may explore the concepts individually or look at how they come together in various ways, but ultimately, we hope that each person’s unique perception contributes to the overall understanding of how these concepts generate “ideas worth spreading”; ideas that will lead to a more vibrant community and a more peaceful and sustainable world.
Each TEDxLakeland ticket will include the following:
Jeri has been an educator in central Florida since 2004. She first learned about TED Talks while teaching at Bok Academy in Lake Wales and immediately began using them to inspire her students to become more critical and creative thinkers and to undertake thoughtful discussions centered on “ideas worth spreading.” In early 2016, she was selected as a member of the second cohort of TED-Ed Innovative Educators (TIEs), a group of 30 educators from twelve countries. The year-long program involved extensive training, attendance at an official TED conference (TED Summit 2016), and an innovation project that included working with individual teachers, as well as presentations and professional development workshops for schools, districts, and other organizations, including the International Baccalaureate (IB) Global Conference (2017) and the Florida League of IB Schools (2016). As a TIE alumna, Jeri continues to promote the TED philosophy and works as a volunteer on a number of TED projects and initiatives.
Prior to becoming an educator, Jeri was an officer in the U.S. Air Force, a Harvard-trained lawyer who is still licensed to practice in Illinois, and an active participant in several small businesses. She has lived in Polk County with her husband, Jim, since 1995 and is passionate about TED, education, travel, and making the community and the world a more peaceful and sustainable place for future generations.
Favorite Ted Talk: Vittorio Loreto: Need a new idea? Start at the edge of what is known
Vanessa is a graduate of Mt. Holyoke College and Haines City International Baccalaureate High School. She first learned about Ted when her IB Theory of Knowledge class viewed a video on making your passion your dream job and she’s been hooked ever since. She went on to study Theatre and International Relations in college and is currently an events coordinator. She loves making new friends and is passionate about people and politics!
Imelda Tice is a mathematics teacher at Haines City International Baccalaureate East. She came from the Philippines twenty four years ago and has taught both in private and public schools in Florida. She believes in connecting with every student in a way that creates a partnership driven toward academic achievement and success. She is passionate about turning her students into citizens of the world through outreach and service oriented projects.