Andrew gave me permission to release this pseudo-secret …
He’s a licensed TEDx organizer, and if you don’t know what that means, you need to educate yourself. It’ll make you, like, 1,000 times more intelligent. And dropping the TED name at cocktail parties will score you business cards, and IQ points, and most definitely nerdy love interests.
Andrew, Sanah Ladhani (my heart), Jon Andereck and I went to TEDx Nashville: A Sense of Wonder in the spring. TED has been blowing our minds for awhile, but TEDx Nashville was the boost Andrew needed to think to himself, “Hey, Vanderbilt is full of people who like inspiration, innovation, collaboration, and any other trendy buzzword you can think of … why not do a TEDx VANDERBILT?”
And I get to be his #1 sidekick! Woot!
So last night we had a huge brainstorming session to pick a theme. Tacos must not be brain food, ‘cause our creative juices were sluggish. So we started by looking at song titles off Andrew’s iPod. Avett Brothers offered some insight. David Guetta … let’s just say not what we’re going for (click that link — the micro buses love Spanish remixes of his songs).
So far winners are TEDx Vanderbilt: The Way We Love … Unbound … Revolution and Triumph … It Goes On … and more.
I’m gonna post an example of a TED talk from the big leagues. TEDx events are independently organized (what we’re doing), TED events are gigantically important prestigious events for which one has to pay something like $10,000 to attend because so many mind-blowing human beings show up to puke out their insanely cool ideas.