The TEDxAsheville multimedia conference happens today, Sat. Aug. 29. This post contains a live video stream of the event, which is being held at the Orange Peel in downtown Asheville starting at 5 p.m.
TED (short for Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a nonprofit organization that started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago. The first-ever, 1984 TED included “demos of the newly released Macintosh computer and Sony compact disc, while mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot demonstrated how to map coastlines with his newly discovered fractals and AI guru Marvin Minsky outlined his powerful new model of the mind,” according to the nonprofit’s website.
TED has since expanded to include local, self-organized events, such as TEDxAsheville. The multimedia conference aims to inspire people through the power of sharing ideas.
This year’s speaker lineup includes naturalist Eustace Conway, subject of the book The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the New York Times bestseller Eat Pray Love. The lineup also includes CNN Hero and founder of the international charity organization Wine to Water: Boone, NC’s Doc Hendley, a bartender who founded an organization providing clean water and sanitation in countries around the globe.
Eclectic local musicians in the mix include composer, multi-percussionist and educator River Guerguerian, and beloved local entertainer Billy Jonas, who’s coming fresh from performing at the White House in April and eager to share tales from a sojourn in Palestine. Local entrepreneurs Laurey Masterton and John Miles will also appear, sharing the stage with Asheville-to-L.A. filmmaker Angela Shelton.
Further program details are available at the TEDxAsheville website.
AshevilleFM Community Radio will also be providing “a high fidelity audio simulcast” of the event here.