When Anis Mojgani challenges his audience to “come closer, come into this,” he’s not asking them to move closer to the stage; he’s asking them to move more resolutely into their own lives. “Your smiles are simply signs of how sacred your life actually is, so step into it.”
Anis Mojgani grew up in New Orleans, the son of an Irani father and an African-American mother. His high-flying, supremely optimistic poems have won him two National Poetry Slam championships and top honors at the World Cup Poetry Slam. He is the author of three poetry collections, Over the Anvil We Stretch, National Book Award nominee The Feather Room and the newly published Songs From Under the River.
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When Anis Mojgani challenges his audience to “come closer, come into this,” he’s not asking them to move closer to the stage.
Claire O’Connell and her colleagues at MIT have accelerated neurological research to map the human brain.
In a world where the audience dictates what “news” is, what new roles must responsible journalists learn to play?
Charles Orgbon III
Charles founded Greening Forward, a national organization of young people that has already diverted 60 tons of waste from landfills.
Marcel Benoit III
Budding teenage entrepreneur Marcel Benoit explains how he finds reasons to believe in the smallest actions, even in buying a song for 99 cents.
Painter Brendan O’Connell cofounded Everyartist.me, an organization with a simple but daunting purpose: “to spark human creativity.”
The world faces a water crisis, and most of the discussion centers on dire possibilities. But Joe Rozza is more optimistic.
Rob Cotter started with the most fundamental problem of cycling to work: How could the cyclist arrive at work minus the sweat and the smells?
Dr. Marshall Shepherd
One of the nation’s leading climate scientists explains how he goes about knocking down the “zombie theories” that plague our discussions about climate change.
The Carter Center’s Kelly Callahan shares how the simplest solutions, applied at huge scale, have almost achieved humankind’s second complete eradication of a disease that once plagued millions of people.
Jessica Moore points out that her home state’s actual solar output is far lower than it could be — and she explains how she plans to change that.
Jared & Amber Humphries
Partners in life and music, Jared and Amber Humphries blend the simplicity of the American folk song with the grandeur of the greatest musical theater.
The Graduates prove that the most versatile musical instrument is also the easiest to carry around: the human voice.
One-man band Phillip Roebuck simultaneously honors and modernizes the American folk-music tradition.
Author and jazz musician Kabir Sehgal believes democracy — like jazz — requires a firm foundation but comes to life through improvisation.
Refueled magazine creator Chris Brown crafts stories of heritage, community and the new-again DIY spirit.
Matt & Carrie Eddmenson
Matt + Carrie Eddmenson, the duo behind Imogene+Willie, lay out their made-by-hand plan for reviving the American Dream.
Oscar-Award winner Brandon Oldenburg weaves an incredible story about the new tricks Moonbot has brought to storytelling.
High school senior Brittany Wenger explains how her love of asking questions turned into a Google-award-winning, cloud-based artificial intelligence program for diagnosing breast cancer … that will also blow your mind.
Performance artist Doc Waller challenges the idea of staying “grounded” and makes his case for developing the antigravity needed to “float” to what’s next in your life.
A leader in global social enterprise, Michael Moreland teaches us how philanthropic market intervention can help us discover new markets and new applications of our skills.
Former home builder Brian Preston tells of the journey and characters that led to starting Lamon Luther, a furniture company that gives homeless men opportunity and hope.
Monica Campana, founder of Living Walls, shows how transforming abandoned walls into art not only starts conversations, but changes our relationship to our city.
Dr. Joy Doran Peterson
Bioscientist Dr. Joy Doran Peterson shows us that termites are "natural biorefineries” that can help us transition from our petroleum-based economy to one powered by renewable biofuels.
Shawn Mullins is one of the voices of the Atlanta community, having grown up in Clarkston. His folk rock storytelling has made him one of the city's most successful stars, from his breakout success "Lullaby" to his most recent hit, "Light You Up."
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra music director, Robert Spano traces history to show the connection of music and community, and reveals his ability to merge classical with contemporary by playing an original composition. Thank you to Turner Studios for providing in-kind video production services for TEDxAtlanta.
Eddie Owen, founder of Eddie's Attic, shares stories about why live music matters not just to singers and songwriters, but to the community. Thank you to Turner Studios for providing in-kind video production services for TEDxAtlanta.
Judith J. Pickens
Judith J. Pickens of Boys and Girls Clubs, opens our eyes to what can happen in the life of a child when connections, contributions and cohesion work together as forces of good in a community. Thank you to Turner Studios for providing in-kind video production services for TEDxAtlanta.
Rhonda Lowry explains identity in the digital age through her own avatar, Grace McDunnough, who is a well-known musical performer in Second Life. Thank you to Turner Studios for providing in-kind video production services for TEDxAtlanta.
Using lessons learned from movie making, Richard Harding shared stories of overcoming hurdles to make END MALARIA NOW successful in distributing life-saving bed nets. Thank you to Turner Studios for providing in-kind video production services for TEDxAtlanta.
Doug Shipman simplifies community to the simple act of "love thy neighbor." Thank you to Turner Studios for providing in-kind video production services for TEDxAtlanta.
Greg Smith talks about how food trucks fill more than just empty stomachs. These entrepreneurs go out of their way to fill the gaps in access to food. Thank you to Turner Studios for providing in-kind video production services for TEDxAtlanta.
Judy Mauldin shares how Atlanta's own Hip Hop culture can spark the entrepreneurial spirit of youth around the world as part of the United Nations’ compendium of organizations that solve social and economic issues. Thank you to Turner Studios for providing in-kind video production services for TEDxAtlanta.
Doria Roberts reveals the five essential ingredients that make up an ideal neighborhood store that serves the people. Thank you to Turner Studios for providing in-kind video production services for TEDxAtlanta.
Through a networked transportation system of JPods, Bill James believes we can overcome our dependence on foreign oil and live within a solar budget by 2020.
The Holmes Brothers
With their amazing three-part harmonies, the Holmes Brothers sing about friendship, aging, illness, and even current politics that inspire and humor the audience.
Session One Q&A
The audience gets a chance to ask the speakers questions, and Chuck Leavell plays once more.
Dr. Rita Charon
Dr. Rita Charon asks, "What might medicine be for?" when we, as mortals, live our lives in the glare of our deaths.
John McFall demonstrates that dance is not about learning steps, and it's not about the grand performance. It's a process that opens an opportunity to express oneself and to understand oneself.
Dr. Charles Raison
Dr. Charles Raison believes our survival as a species depends on finding better ways to deal with our enemies. But who is the real enemy?
Teresa Amabile draws from her new book The Progress Principle to explain how companies can overcome the "crisis of disengagement" occurring in the workplace.
Chuck Leavell is both one of the world's most recognized musicians as keyboardist for the Rolling Stones, and one of the leading voices for environmental stewardship. He used the TEDxAtlanta stage to share how he has balanced the passions in his life.
Speaking from the heart about his life's work, Radcliffe Bailey shares his internal process for creating art that heals the lost kinship between people.
A fan of "farm to fork", Hugh Acheson makes the case for local food through the eyes of one farmer, Tim, and his mule, Luke.
Atlanta native and four-time James Beard Award Nominee, Linton Hopkins shares his passion for creating meticulous house-made dishes using naturally raised meats and proteins and fresh, local produce.
On a mission to find out how creativity can be harnessed for good, Viktor Venson ignites the creative class with a one-week challenge to bring creativity back into U.S. schools.
“One is considered stupid until proven creative.” Armin Vit presents the case for stupidity. Instead of avoiding the stupid, we should embrace it, chase it and execute stupid ideas as often as possible.
Studying the forms that the forces of nature create has made Elizabeth Turk a force of nature herself. Watch as she talks about the influences, tools and time commitment that allow her to transform reclaimed blocks of marble into intricate, gravity-defying sculpture.
“Assume nothing. Notice everything. Make something... happen.” Playwright of Night Blooms, Margaret Baldwin, shares her creative process while dealing with questions about race, identity and human rights.
In today’s world of 9-second attention spans, our introductions mean more-than-ever before. Sally Hogshead reveals the seven triggers of fascination and how to get others to fall in love with your ideas, instantly.
Being funny means more than making people laugh. Michael Ouweleen shows us how humor is the most useful and humanizing tool in the face of degrading reality or intense tragedy.
Bonnie Cramond will make you question if you’re highly creative or in need of medication — because of how poorly we recognize the difference between ADHD and the natural traits of creative people. How do we re-establish the classroom as a safe place for developing creativity?
Victoria Rowell’s remarkable career as a dancer, actor and author is not only proof that creativity has many mothers, but proof again that life can be so much more creative than fiction dare even imagine.
India.Arie and Idan Raichel
India.Arie touched a deep emotional chord by sharing her personal model for creating, and stories of how her life and success have both challenged and strengthened her belief in that model. The fruits of that model were then evident as India and Idan Raichel performed songs from their upcoming CD, Open Door.
Daron “Farmer D” Joffe
Farmer D explains how and why he came to be in partnership with Whole Foods, turning 40,000 lbs/week of green waste into compost for raised gardens.
Mills Snowden, of Team American HyPower, talks about the rewards of deciding to pursue an idea, even when the challenges seem steep.
David Butler, VP Design of The Coca-Cola Company, speaks to how design works on the scale of global brands, and urges us all to think big.
A resident of New Orleans, Anne Milling helped create the powerhouse group Women of the Storm in the wake of Katrina. Milling and Women of the Storm are now spearheading the Be the One campaign, ensuring the cleanup and sustainability of the Gulf Coast ecosystem.
Jim Hartzfeld, Executive Director of InterfaceRAISE, brings the significance of Interface to life by showing how one company can influence others, both within its own industry and far beyond.
Ryan Gravel — who conceived the idea of the Atlanta BeltLine — explains how the solutions that are bringing the BeltLine into reality have their foundation in the neighborhood support the idea first garnered. A great reminder that we are all part of the grandest solutions.
Tad Leithead, chairman of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), is not only clear on what issues we face as a community, but on the leap of faith he knows it takes to clear such hurdles.
Sam Williams, president of Metro Atlanta Chamber, uses the unique perspective he has gained from working on significant issues with many Atlanta leaders to create a model for the new urban statesman — corporate leaders who apply their skills to societal issues like healthcare, water and transportation.
What if you could replace the petroleum molecules that we use in fuel, foods and so many other products with a biotechnology substitute made from algae? Harrison Dillon, co-founder of Solazyme, gives the talk of his life, one day before his company delivered 150,000 gallons of algae-derived Soladiesel® fuel to the U.S. Navy.
Modern Skirts kicked off TEDxAtlanta RE:SOLVE with an acoustic set. Just like they found the solution to funding for their latest cd through Kickstarter.com, they found solutions for playing unplugged by using almost anything on the stage as an instrument.
Logan Smalley turned a promise to Darius Weems’ brother into a movement that is only just reaching its full momentum. In the process, Darius — who, like his brother, has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy — got the ride of his life.
Billy McLaughlin Part 2
Billy McLaughlin taught us all just what is possible if we are willing to relearn.
Melody Moore Jackson
Melody Moore Jackson, director of the Georgia Tech BrainLab, helps patients with locked-in syndrome relearn how to speak, write, move and play using their brainwaves.
Four school administrators share how they are rethinking education: Bo Adams, Aron Solomon, Father Ricardo Bailey and Dr. David Fincher.
Anya Kamenetz talks about how innovations are enabling personal learning networks that augment — or trump — traditional learning.
Michael Levine shares three powerful trends in digital media that are revolutionizing learning.
Gever Tulley urges us to stop thinking of education as something that we do to people, and start thinking of people as voracious self-directed learners.
Billy McLaughlin Part 1
Billy McLaughlin taught us all just what is possible if we are willing to relearn.
Hannah and Kevin Salwen
Hannah and Kevin Salwen talk about how the real power in The Power of Half is actually in what you get out of it, as much, if not more, than what you do for others.
Zoë Keating’s avant garde use of looping with her classic training as cellist reflects so much of the spirit of TEDxAtlanta — wisdom and innovation, layer upon layer, all in one amazing experience.
Melissa Kushner, founder of Goods for Good, repurposes all she has learned about creating successful partnerships.
Ellen Dunham-Jones takes you through retrofitted suburbia, transforming dead malls into buzzing downtown centers.
Steve Mugiri, editor of Afrigadget.com, demonstrates the irrepressible power of innovation and reinvention.
Watch how Matthias redesigns human environments with an econic twist.
Eric Lewis (ELEW) interprets Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
Gregory Jones assembles a model of sustainability based on collaboration.<
Watch Dr. Keith Eigel on the journey to Elevated Leadership.
Eric Lewis (ELEW) interprets “Paint It Black,” by The Rolling Stones.
Ciannat Howett on sustainability.