Thursday, September 6, 2012
So TEDxKC 2012 totally lived up to they hype. Those coveted tickets were fantastic (13,000 requests for 1400 tickets), and I loved the entire experience. Abbey and I went together, stuffing our faces with fantastic veggie pizza and Boulevard beer at Grinder's before hurrying to the Kauffman Center for the event. We weren't able to pick up our goodie bags till after the event, but we found our seats and got ready.
The music was good but I far preferred the Amber Rubarth trio. I loved the combination, especially because it featured a dulcimer, a cello and her beautiful voice. I'm looking her up on iTunes as we speak...
The TED talks were all great, but some more relevant to my life and work than others. You can watch them all here. I am FASCINATED by the Athena Doctrine which you can see at 1:00 in the video. John Gerzema makes a fantastic case for the leadership traits necessary to bring the world together - and their overwhelming perception as female characteristics. No surprise there! In all seriousness, please watch it because it's just not about women but about the leadership we need.
There was a super swanky after party at the Kauffman Center, and it was perfect for the event. I love that it was in the same location as the TED talks because then most people stayed for the free drinks and appetizers. The energy in the space was fantastic - people catching up with friends and discussing "ideas worth spreading." It was a school day and Abbey and I were exhausted, so we didn't stay too long. But it was definitely awesome.
Tara and I are already plotting how to get tickets again next year. I can't tell you our plans in case you steal our idea. Just kidding! Everyone should go to TEDxKC. We're going to actually go to the Kauffman Center to ensure we get tickets. It's so worth it.
I'll leave you with my favorite quote and the theme for this year's event, "The miracle of the mind isn't that you can see the world as it is. It's that you can see the world as it isn't." (Kathryn Schultz)
PS. I took both photos. Adding to the collection of photos I already love from the Kauffman Center.