TEDxCharleston to explore ‘ripple effect’

Staff Report
Published Feb. 10, 2014

New ideas about the environment, education, philanthropy, technology, the arts and health care will stem from TEDxCharleston’s 2014 speakers.

This year’s TEDxCharleston event in April is themed the “Ripple Effect.” Speakers were chosen for their ideas that are designed to create a lasting, ongoing ripple effect in people’s workspaces, communities and lives, according to a news release.

“We know there are many unheard voices in the Charleston area, and all of these speakers have an idea worth sharing. Our goal for this event was to gather inspiring people with diverse ideas that can have exponential impact on our community and our world,” TEDxCharleston Curator Edith Howle said in a statement.

2014 TEDxCharleston speakers:

  • Lisa Abernathy, an acupuncturist, herbalist, and papercut artist.
  • Annex Dance Co., a classical modern dance company.
  • Laura Ball, a music director, composer, vocalist, collaborative pianist, teacher and performer who founded the Unedited Interdisciplinary Arts Concert Series.
  • Jill Siegal Chalsty, a filmmaker, writer and conflict resolution professional who founded Community for Education Foundation.
  • Heather Collins, a cognitive neuroscientist, cognitive psychologist and biostatistician.
  • Ronald Daise, an author, performing artist, former chairman of the federal Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission and current vice president for Creative Education at Brookgreen Gardens.
  • Derreck Kayongo, a child refugee who grew up to become founder of the Global Soap Project and be named a CNN Hero in 2011.
  • Hunter Legerton, an Academic Magnet High School student who designed a modular green roof.
  • Vince Musi, an award-winning photographer for National Geographic and other international magazines.
  • Ben Navarro, founder and CEO of Sherman Financial Group, whose philanthropic venture, Meeting Street Academy, provides college prep education to underresourced students in South Carolina.
  • Kate Nevin, a portfolio manager and arts spaces creator, who founded Enough Pie, a nonprofit that supports creative placemaking and community development.
  • Dr. Edward O’Bryan, an emergency medicine doctor, who cofounded the Palmetto Medical Initiative, a global nonprofit that provides sustainable health care to those in need.
  • Jorge Roig, a law professor, attorney and writer, whose scholarship centers on emerging technologies’ impact on speech under the First Amendment.
  • Andrew Roskill, founder and CEO of BiblioLabs, a software and media company focused on helping libraries provide digital products.
  • Taiko Charleston performs Taiko, a musical art form grounded in core aspects of the martial arts, dance and percussion.
  • Greg Tavares, a comedic actor, director, educator, author and co-founder of Theatre 99.
  • Graham Whorley, a singer, songwriter.
  • John Wilson, a championship-winning soccer player on the Charleston Battery.
  • Louis Yuhasz, founder and executive director of the nonprofit Louie’s Kids.

TEDxCharleston will take place on April 8 at Memminger Auditorium at 56 Beaufain St. in downtown Charleston from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are on sale here.

Teresa Bruce, a onetime Olympic hopeful turned memoirist and screenwriter, will emcee the event. Videos from the 2013 TEDxCharleston event are online.

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