TEDxCharleston seeks performers, speakers on virtues of embracing chaos

By Liz Segrist
Published Sept. 3, 2014

TEDxCharleston organizers are accepting applications through Oct. 14 for speakers and performers for the spring 2015 event, themed “Embrace Chaos.”

The third annual event is modeled after TED, a nonprofit that has been hosting talks about “ideas worth spreading” for 30 years.

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Chosen speakers for the Charleston event are expected to share ideas that teach how to use chaos for creativity and change, according to a news release.

Organizers are looking for speakers and performers in areas such as the environment, education, parenting, philanthropy, technology, arts, food, fashion and health care.

“We actively are looking for change agents that can share with our TEDxCharleston audience how they have gleaned outcomes from chaotic circumstances to change the community or the world,” TEDxCharleston Curator Edith Howle said in a statement.

The speakers for TEDxCharleston go through a rigorous selection process and months of preparation. A selection committee interviews applicants and selects the speakers.

For the most recent TEDxCharleston, 130 applications were submitted and 14 speakers were selected. About 600 people attended the April 8 event in downtown Charleston.

“Past TEDxCharleston speakers and performers tell us that participating in this event was a life-changing, door-opening experience,” Howle said. “We want to tap into the many unheard voices, ideas and talents that make up this community.”

The location and date of the 2015 event will be announced soon.

Reach staff writer Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119 or @lizsegrist on Twitter.

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