Join us for the 2017 TEDxJacksonville conference «We, The People» on Saturday, October 14, at The Florida Theatre.
We, The People, are the thinkers, makers, doers and dreamers. We are the pacifists and the renegades, the mob and the masses.
We are the inheritors of the past and the hope for the future. Ours is the sweat that builds great cities, the blood that secures freedom, and the strength of spirit that seeks life, liberty and justice for all.
We refuse to be defined—we define ourselves. Whether born here, brought here, or drawn here by America’s bright promise, we come to the table of democracy as equals. We possess the same unalienable rights. We are a multitude of voices bearing witness to experiences that are different and unique, finding power in our diversity and common purpose in the struggle to build a more perfect union.
We, The People, control our destiny. On Saturday, October 14, find your place in We. Because you belong. And we have work to do.
Introducing Our 2017 Speakers:
• Cynthia Barnett, Gainesville. Barnett will share her expertise on what rain can tell us about climate change.
• Brenda Bradley, Ph.D., Accokeek, Md. Bradley will talking about dealing with her own health issues and how learning what the body needs to perform optimally led her to develop the «21-day Vegan Challenge.»
• Amy Donofrio, Jacksonville. Donofrio will ask us to rethink how we talk about «at-risk» youth and declare that they are «at-hope.»
• Shari Duval, Jacksonville. As founder of K9s For Warriors, Duval will share her mission of respecting, honoring and saving the lives of combat veterans.
• Manal Fakhoury, Pharm.D., Ocala. As a pharmacist and mentor for prisoners, Fakhoury has a unique perspective on the nation's opioid epidemic.
• Melanie Flores, Atlanta. As an MIT graduate, Flores will share how she's challenging our perceptions of what children are capable of and encouraging us to think differently about how we educate them.
• Ellen Freidin, Miami. Gerrymandering manipulates voting districts so as to favor one party or class. Freidin of FairDistricts shows how citizens can fight back.
• Jeff Galloway, Atlanta. The 1972 Olympian and national running columnist created the run/walk/run method, an innovative training method for runners to reduce aches, pains and injuries. Here from Galloway, who became known as «America's Coach» among runners.
• Chris Hand, Jacksonville. Hand explores the skills of effective citizenship, arguing that we must fully embrace our rights and responsibilities as citizens in a democracy and use the skills of effective citizenship to make government work for us.
• Chad Houser, Dallas. As the executive director of Cafe Momentum, Houser will talk about how the restaurant and culinary training facility provides a transformative experience for young men and women coming out of juvenile detention.
• Marc Hudson, Jacksonville. Hudson proposes an innovative eco-utility solution to preserve the environment, put rural citizens to work and improve our green infrastructure.
• Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, M.D., Jacksonville. At 19, Quiñones-Hinojosa literally jumped the Mexico/California border fence to become a migrant worker. Today, he is a world-renowned neurosurgeon known as Dr. Q — with Disney and Brad Pitt's Plan B production company looking to turn his story into a movie.
• Jaimison Sloboden, Jacksonville. A transportation planner, Sloboden explores how we can improve our pedestrian and bicycle experiences by building better public spaces.
Introducing Our 2017 Performers:
• Nicolle Guerra, Miami. The smooth, funky, soulful and powerful sound that is GUERRA emerges from influences propelled by a love for the grooves and rhythms of Cuba, New York City and Miami.
• Arjola Miruku, Jacksonville. A pianist and nationally certified teacher of music who runs PLAY Academy of Arts, Miruku specializes in both solo and duo piano music.
• UNF Chamber Singers, Jacksonville. UNF Chamber Singers perform with the highest artistic standards and find tremendous joy in making the music come alive. Dr. Cara Tasher, Director of Choral Studies at the University of North Florida, has led the group since 2006.