This year, Civic Commons ideastream partnered with TEDxCLE to provide an engagement element to the event. Given that TED presentations do not include any Q&A, Civic Commons provided that component by letting attendees tweet their questions for each speaker to us. We took those questions and, behind the scenes, interviewed the speakers using the questions we got via Twitter.
TED - which stands for technology, entertainment, design - is a global set of conferences that was founded in 1984. Presenters address a wide range of topics including science, business, the arts, and technology. The flagship TED Conference is held every year in California, but there are other types of TED conferences of varying scales and scope that take place all over the globe. TEDx is one of these.
The TEDx programs are planned and coordinated independently on a community basis to bring local people together to share a TED Conference-like experience.
The theme of the 2014 TEDxCLE program was Import/Export. Speakers talked about what is great about other places that we should import to Cleveland, and what’s great about Cleveland that we should export elsewhere. The speakers themselves were either imports from other parts of the country who relocated to Cleveland, or exports - native Clevelanders who decided to relocate.
Watch the videos below.