TedX Talks

~ By Marty Shaw, Director of Sales & Marketing

Global-Z was honored to have sponsored the sold out TEDxManchesterVillage: the Future of Creativity  event last month! Management guru, Tom Peters, was the daylong event’s Master of Ceremonies, providing great insights and introductions to an outstanding lineup of presenters who, as Tom said, helped make the day “mind stretching”.

The ten presenters, each with their signature TED-mandated, not-to-exceed 18 minutes on the red circle carpet, were from a variety of professional disciplines, each bringing a perspective on the importance creativity has for each of us as individuals, personally and professionally. More than one of the presenters quoted Picasso with his cautionary challenge; “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

Emmy-nominated actor Tim Daly proposed we lobby Congress in Washington to expand the pursuit of so-called STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, ARTS and mathematics).

It was remarkable to see and hear so many Vermont-based thought leaders, each with their own perspective on creativity and how we must embrace it for our children and ourselves. On the topic of technology, Vermont was said to be “a tech State in cow’s clothing”. As the event organizers noted; “Vermont is a great place to create, and more and more professionals in the creative industries – film and new media, architecture, software and game development, the visual and performing arts, advertising and marketing and more – are making Vermont their home.”

The event concluded at the grand Wilburton Inn where attendees and presenters had the opportunity to reflect on and discuss the day that indeed stretched each of our minds with “ideas worth spreading”. Here’s to many more TED Talks to come!

For more on TED Talks visit their website here. Also, you can find resources to help organize a TEDx event in your community.