This post was written by Danny Heggen.
Des Moines, we have joined in on a conversation – one that thousands of voices all around the world have been contributing to; one that has been held in theaters, tents, and convention centers; and one that has been celebrated by youth and adults alike.
Covering Our Bases
On Sunday, July 15th the third TEDxDesMoines will take place at the Science Center of Iowa. The purpose of this event: to share ideas worth spreading around Des Moines. Specifically, the theme is focused on “The Space Between.”
Ten speakers (and still counting) will stop to share an idea with our audience. From the farthest reaches of the universe to the inner workings of our emotions; from how we buy our coffee to our neighbor who went viral on YouTube, those in attendance will be asked to not only consider these ideas but also how are we connecting with them in our daily lives.
Earlier this year, I attended the TEDxYouth@DesMoines event, which covered three main themes: Overcoming, Becoming and Beyond. Of the 15 speakers, twelve were young people (under age 25) who had something to share about how ordinary people can do extraordinary things.
Overcoming and becoming are topics that resonate with crowds. Overcoming obstacles that rest before us. Becoming someone who is aware of himself, the world and how he fits into this place. These are accessible themes.
Then we arrived at Beyond. And I must confess that as someone who has lived in and around Des Moines for my entire life, this idea of going beyond has usually meant one thing: leaving Des Moines for another city – one that can and will provide opportunities.
Where Are We Going
As I sat in my seat that morning, the big picture of what was happening struck me. This was not Des Moines’ first TEDx event. It was, however, an opportunity to join the global conversation.
Through TEDxDesMoines, we provide our youth, our artists, our thought leaders and our business leaders with the opportunity to be heard – to have a voice that goes further than their dinner table, their office park or their school. These ideas will be heard around the world. They will also be heard around our community, forwarded through emails and reconsidered as I brush my teeth that evening.
This is the type of opportunity that can and will take our voices beyond one community and into another one, crossing over the space between.
And we don’t have to leave to do so.
We now have a Technology, Entertainment and Design community that are thriving to a point where we can come together and share ideas worth spreading. AND we now have a larger community that will recognize and support the importance of this.
Not to say Des Moines wasn’t doing this before, but this support is developing and growing. It is affecting all of us in new, exciting ways that take us beyond where we were 5 years ago, yet bind us to where we are heading together.
Looking forward to seeing you on the 15th.