On January 16, 2012 I was lucky enough to attend TEDxColumbiaSC. After attending, I promised to blog about each talk I was able to watch, but then life got a little crazy. I am on Spring Break now and hope to catch up on all those blog posts I promised (this one, ReImagine:ED, etc.).

The mission of TED (and independently organized TED events such as this one) is to share “ideas worth spreading.” Speakers are nominated (or they apply). I love TED and try to listen to one TED Talk each week (if not more). I LOVED attending this event.Videos have not been posted yet…watch the TEDxColumbiaSC website and FaceBook page for when those will be available.

Ideas/people I heard include:
*Anna Bigham with Hidden Wounds. Hidden Wounds is a non-profit organization that provides counseling to combat veterans and their families. Soldiers see and experience scary things when in combat, and I learned that there really is no organized plan in place for when they return to “normal” life. The things they experience in combat stay with them and some take their own life to escape from what they’ve seen. Anna and Hidden Wounds help them.

*Christine Johnson with SC Equality. LOVED her! She talked about the importance of saying YES. Say YES and see where it takes you. She seems pretty awesome and the work of SC Equality is close to my heart.

*Eric McClam with City Roots. Talked about urban farming.

*Cheri Brown Thompson with Healing Species. You may have heard me say before that Healing Species would be my dream job. Thompson is the founder of this organization and is really a true hero of mine. She talked about what led her to start Healing Species. Healing Species goes into schools and teaches children how to treat animals. She also shares the animal’s story with the children, because often, the animal and the child have a lot in common (adults who mistreat them, unhappy homes, etc.) The dogs have come from that type of environment and now live in happy, safe homes and that’s what Healing Species is all about=hope. Also, Thompson (a former lawyer) shared research that showed many adults who are in jail abused animals when they were children. Her hope is that by teaching these children how to care for animals, they won’t end up in jail later on. Love her.

*Columbia Alternacirque. Belly dancers. Fire eaters. What more can I say?

*Shigeharu Kobayashi. FUNNY! You should totally follow him on Twitter. He works at Camon…HEY MARTY! We should eat at Camon tonight!

I heard and saw other speakers while I was there, but those are the ones that really stick out for me. I can’t wait until next year.

I love you, TED.



About Valerie Byrd Fort

I live in South Carolina. I am passionate about libraries, books, and reading. I am also a mom. This is my blog about those things.
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