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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Ideas Worth Spreading in TC

Kristi Kates - May 5th, 2014  
Bill Clinton’s done TED. So has U2’s Bono.

Featuring luminaries from all walks of life, TED – or technology, education, and design –started in 1984 as a Californiabased conference where a broad spectrum of speakers shared ideas.

Today, independent events – like the one coming to Traverse City – help share ideas in communities around the world.

Ideas InviTED

“TED … has grown to support world changing ideas,” said TEDx TC planning team member Sara Harding.

Harding said the conference will include both video presentations and live speakers.

“These elements will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a regional group,” Harding said. “We want to create the ultimate ‘brain experience,’ and curate a journey that features ideas and inspiration.”

Thinkers PresenTED

Innovative speakers and ground breaking concepts are perennial themes of TED, a formula that will be replicated in Traverse City. This year’s theme is “game changers.” Mari Kuraishi; Emmy Award-winning producer Danny Forster; and leadership speaker John U. Bacon.

Each speaker will have 18 minutes to “affect a significant shift in the current manner of our thinking or doing,” Harding said.

“We are honored to host speakers from all around the country and all walks of life,” she said. “They are extraordinary and brave, and we are grateful for the time and talent they will be bringing to our event and sharing with our audience.”

Harding and her team have invited 16 presenters from a variety of fields who embody this mentality, Harding said.

“They are challenging preconceptions and pushing boundaries,” she said.

Among them are Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill; Google Technologist John Militello; GlobalGiving co-founder

People ConnecTED

In addition to TEDx TC, now in its fourth year, big thinkers might also want to watch for TEDx TC Salon events, smaller local happenings that hash out big topics.

So far, three TEDx Salon events have been held; Harding said three more are slated after TEDx TC.

“Our first was on light pollution, our second was on Russian politics, and our most recent one was on water,” she said about the salon events, which are free of charge. “They will continue to focus on our theme of game changers.”

No matter which event attendees choose, Harding promises “new ways of thinking.”

“The goal is to have each person walk away feeling enlightened, motivated and dedicated to making a difference in their lives as well as the lives of others,” she said.

TEDx Traverse City is scheduled for May 14. Tickets to both the live event and simulcast are sold out; to get on a wait list visit tedxtraversecity.com.

 
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