Tickets go on sale for TEDxTryon

Tickets for TEDxTryon will go on sale on Wednesday, Aug. 3, and can be purchased at Tryon Fine Arts Center box office or at Admission is $60, and the event is expected to sell out in advance.

The theme for TEDxTryon (scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Tryon Fine Arts Center) is “Live…Inspire…Repeat.” The event is “a community conversation exploring the people, places and experiences that shape our lives,” according to organizer Arlene Cassidy. “This event will bring together dynamic speakers, performers, and local thought leaders with an aim to become a catalyst for community talking, dreaming and growing … together.”

Ten speakers have been selected to share their ideas on topics such as health, fitness, shifting attitudes and social conventions. The presenters include:

Bill Miller of Lake Lure is the impetus behind the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge. His talk will reveal how a call to action inspired a group of dedicated volunteers, to transform an abandoned eyesore into a blooming community treasure.

Denise Medved of Hendersonville, suggests that maintaining healthy neural pathways can be as simple as child’s play. The internationally-known fitness entrepreneur challenges you to change your brain through fun, creative, physical movement, no matter what your age.

Dr. Jeff Hendricks of Columbus is a physician with a “less is more” attitude toward healing through less invasive techniques coupled with nutrition. In the world of genetics and epigenetics, discoveries of simple, safe and effective methods help us express the healthiest versions of our genes.

Dean Crisp from Mills River is a 30-year law enforcement veteran who proposes a new mindset for police departments. Rethinking police and community interactions can repair the often rocky relationship between law enforcement and those they protect and serve.

Kristy Hackler of Sugar Grove has spent her happiest moments making things grow. This educator created a “down on the farm” program for kids that not only produces bumper harvests, but teaches valuable lessons in independence, ingenuity and grit.

Jenna Kanell ponders, “What we would be capable of, if no one told us we had limitations?” The award-winning filmmaker examines the pressure to become something, by asking ourselves what would happen if we tried to “Unbecome” instead.

James Hyrnyshyn of Saluda has been writing about energy and global warming for decades, and addresses a local issue with a global solution. The cleanest, most sustainable, and most responsible way to power our area might lay in a new vision for distributing electricity.

Aaron McGinley from Asheville has seen many people, at some point, face social challenges on the internet. People with special needs face an even greater struggle with those often ambiguous digital interactions. He proposes a learning model that supports a basic internet etiquette to help guide us through those murky waters.

Robin Funsten of Asheville has a knack for conflict—more specifically, in its successful resolution. She challenges us to look at the inevitable conflicts we face as opportunities for providing positive and lasting change.

Basil Savitsky from Asheville is a futurist who revels in the power of memes to motivate us to make positive change. He envisions a protocol for guiding teens into adulthood by helping them develop their personal futures, and supporting them as they craft their preferred reality.

The nonprofit organization TED shares “ideas worth spreading,” usually in the form of short talks. TED Talk videos are posted daily at TEDx gatherings are local, self-organized TED-style events held around the world.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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One thought on “Tickets go on sale for TEDxTryon

  1. boatrocker

    I’m feeling smart alecky today.

    Where is my flying car and Han Solo blaster, TED?

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