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Ideas Worth Spreading

About Us

Each year, Toledo's leading thinkers and doers gather for an event many describe as the highlight of their year. Attendees have called it "The ultimate brain spa", in the company of those creating it."

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. Speakers are from various industries, backgrounds, and world views, and give the "talk of their lives" in under 18 minutes. The speakers are prominent notables, and people you've never heard of but are doing amazing things and changing the world.

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, TEDTalks 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.)

2015 Speakers

Veralucía Mendoza

Writer and photographer. Organizer at FLOC. Champion.

Keith Burris

Columnist at Toledo Blade. Thinker.

Isabel Escobar

Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering at University of Kentucky. Scientist.

Willie Knighten

Former inmate. Facilitator and Case Manager at The RIDGE Project. Reformer.

Gary Boehm

Head of School at Maumee Valley Country Day School. Educator.

Michael Miller

Director, News and Community Content at United Way of Greater Cleveland. Former Editor in Chief at Toledo Free Press. Survivor.

Navarrow Wright

Former CTO of Interactive One and co-founder at Global Grind. Technologist.

Jodi Haney

Expert on Teacher Beliefs and Classroom Practices at BGSU. Teachers Teacher.

Matt Kutz

Author. Fullbright Scholar. Professor.

Kim Cutcher

Executive Director at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). Advocate.

Ryan Walsh

Coordinator for Wild Toledo at the Toledo Zoo. Zoologist.

  • "This kind of joy needs to be shared."

    Robin Charney, TEDxToledo 2012

2015 Video Highlights

The Condition of RC: Willie Knighten

How the Vulcan death grip changed my life: Matt Kutz

Education Latte: Jodi Haney

No Human Can Be Illegal: Veralucia Mendoza

Death Epiphany: Michael Miller

Worldwide Water: Isabel Escobar

Perception: Navarrow Wright

Reportage: Keith Burris

Personalized Education: Gary Boehm

The Science and History of Lawns: Ryan Walsh

2014 Video Highlights

I'm not supposed to be here: Eugenio Mollo

Your words: Diana Patton

You’ve likely already judged me: Marjory Curry

Fool or a football coach: Boyd White

On privacy: Fritz Byers

Judgment on Mothers: Maara Fink

Rethinking youth sports: Matt Roth, MD

The death penalty on the street: Jelani Exum

Smoking: Johnathan Ross, MD

The Gospel according to Guthrie: Larry Meyer

Remove the labels: Dan Rogers

Brand authenticity: Saga Shoffner

2013 Video Highlights

Toledo, cradle of change: Dave Beckwith

The science of learning: Karen Sirum

ReImagine -- the vision to think, to believe: Randy Oostra

Making sense of marketing in the digital age: Mike Osswald

Unconditional compassion: Gabrielle Seay

The challenges of urban education: Romules Durant

Rephotography: Ben Morales

Sensory literacy: Brian Kennedy

Toledo Toward 2000: Back to the Future: Randy Root

Autonomy over profit: Jefferson Nelson

Windows into New Worlds: Crystal Phelps

2012 Video Highlights

Faces of the World : Stephen Bennett

The Business of Human Trafficking: Dr. Celia Williamson

Power of a Portrait : Robin Charney

About Women : Nichole Kanios

The BeatBox Flutist : Brandy Hudelson

Human Role in Nature : Bob Jacksy

From Canals to Solar Cells : Dr. Alvin Compaan

Learning to Code, Coding to Learn : Jonathan Buchanan