The auditorium at Manchester’s Maple Street School was packed on Saturday, September 13, when TEDxBattenkill shared a few ‘ideas worth spreading.’ The event was planned and coordinated by Michael Ellenbogen and Kate Pace, under a free license granted by TED, a set of global conferences held throughout the world.
It seems the speakers’ experiences made an impression on them. Josh Cogan, ‘Things We Forgot,’ says “The entire run of show was magical … it made me a much richer person for having done it.” Jon Bonfiglio, the ‘Museum of What We Don’t Yet Know,’ commented that TEDxBattenkill “… is proof that for cultural activity a prerequisite is good people and active minds, not tall buildings,” and entrepreneur Valentina Rice called Vermont “… a fabulous island of creativity.” Dana Walrath, ‘Comics, Medicine and Memory,’ believes that “TEDxBattenkill accomplished … the excitement created when passionate, forward-thinking people reach across the usual boundaries.” Ann Zuccardy, ‘How Being Unsafe Makes You Smarter,’ says, “It was such a joy to observe connections among a group of diverse people and ideas. If one TEDx can have this effect on a small Vermont community, imagine what it could be like on a bigger scale.”
Imagining the bigger scale is exactly what Ellenbogen and Pace are doing. The two have already set the stage for next year’s event in August.
Ellenbogen plans to attend TEDActive 2015 in March: attendance permits TEDxBattenkill to increase the allowable number of attendees. For details, email email@example.com.
TEDxBattenkill, filmed by GNAT-TV, can be seen at tedxbattenkill.org.