Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a TED Junkie. I watch TED videos regularly while I’m on the treadmill and dream of standing on that red carpet. So when I was invited to be a guest blogger at TedXStanleyPark I jumped at the opportunity and have been counting down the days for months.
When I arrived I was told, “You don’t look like a blogger” I guess people are used to seeing me in hiking boots with a kid or two on my back. I wonder if I missed the memo from my fellow bloggers on what the industry dress code is! It was pretty funny and made me laugh.
The theme of TedxStanleyPark was “Ideas to Action.” Roger Killen was the producer and MC the event and his goal was to serve up a legendary intellectual variety show. Mission accomplished Roger! The day was spent listening to a variety of compelling speeches, ranging in topics from leadership to beekeeping, myths of masturbation to the reality of texting and driving. Business leaders were challenged to ask themselves about the true value of money and individuals were tasked to build stronger communities. At times I felt intoxicated with information and I am excited to take these ideas to my family and community.