What is TED? 

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design, TED, converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events, like TEDxDecaturPublicLibrary, help share ideas in local communities around the world.

What is TED’s Mission? Spread ideas

Just think… Decatur is a part of a global community. With TED, we are welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. Like TED, we believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. TED is building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long. Our Decatur and surrounding community is a part of it!

TED is owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation. Their agenda is to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation. TEDxDecaturPublicLibrary welcomes you to hear these great ideas and be a part of the conversation it sparks!

Knowing Ourselves
Knowing Each Other
Creating Our Future
Tuesday, November 27, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

In this, our third and final portion of our 3-part series, Decatur Public Library is thrilled to offer TWO live speakers at TEDxDecaturPublicLibrary! Click HERE to register for the event.

Monica Genta will present: The Road to Loving Who You Are and Creating a Love for What You Do

Monica Genta truly believes every single person who walks into a school deserves to love that experience. On her mission to empower others on their journeys in life and learning, Monica is full of energy, passion, and love. She believes in motivating others using both humor and heartfelt messages to build relationships.

For ten years, Monica has taught science and advisory and served as a technology specialist at Mattoon Middle School (in Illinois). She is also a dynamic consultant and presenter with expertise in student motivation, instructional strategies, science education with NGSS, strength-based teaching, growth mindset, advisory curriculum, anti-bullying programs, goal setting, and the power of positivity. She has a diverse understanding of educational topics and issues and knows how to share it in a captivating way.

A National Board Certified Master Teacher and the Illinois Service Provider for the Next Generation Science Standards, Monica holds one Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction and another in Educational Leadership and Administration. She’s the author of Game Changers-the popular guide that helps teachers discover how to revolutionize classrooms with innovative teaching strategies, 180 Days of Awesome- the journey to celebrating every single day of education, and The Rooted Classroom is due out in 2019!

In her free time, Monica enjoys long road trips, accomplishing new challenges, eating unique pizzas, and impromptu dance parties.

Lisa Finn-Powell will present: The Transformative Power of Life Writing

Lisa Finn-Powell is a media and music industry professional. She is an author, speaker, journalist, singer, vocal coach and an ‘accidental expat’ who has lived, worked and travelled all over the world.

In media land she has worked in radio, television, newspaper and magazine as a creative director, humour columnist, feature writer, copywriter, producer, editor, voice-over talent and on-air personality. Her focus has been on lifestyle, food, art, travel, grief, writing and parenting.

Her musical background is as a singer and band leader for jazz, rock and function bands as well as big swing bands and orchestras. She is a vocal coach and trained in London as a conductor and choir director, and has founded and led many choirs in London and Sydney.

She holds a B.A. in Communications, English Literature and Art History from the University of Missouri and an M.A. from the University of East London, where her social policy research on US/UK family-friendly employment policies was published. In Sydney, Australia, she founded Inspire Harmony and created the Notes to Self and Writing in the Dark personal development and leadership training workshops.

She is a dynamic speaker on life writing, migration, grief, resilience, authenticity and vulnerability. Her books include ‘The Thin Time’ – a travel memoir of grief, loss and hope as an expat widow and mother of four, ’Accidental Expat’ – the upcoming series chronicling the highs and lows of  migrating and ’Under the Same Moon’ – interviews with expatriots.

Come back for future events:

TBA: Tuesday, December 18, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Click HERE to register for the event.

If you missed our first events, you can catch up here. Follow a link and watch a TED Talk:

Part 1: Vulnerability, Trust, Technology

Part 2: Happiness, Diversity of Thought, Facing the Future 

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (subject to certain rules and regulations).

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