When we debuted this year’s visual design, we pointed out that one leg of this year’s “X” is slightly disconnected, “leaving open the expectation that outcomes from the event will move out to influence the community, possibly even becoming a new entity all its own.” It’s this kind of organic spreading of ideas that illustrates our “Tag – You’re It” theme so well, and it’s exactly what many of this year’s speakers are facilitating this week. As they begin to arrive in town, many of them have plans to engage other West Michigan audiences and communities outside of their TEDxGrandRapids stage talks. They’ve generously set aside time to connect with area schools, foundations, and businesses, and we are so grateful that their presence here will indeed move out to influence the wider community.
Here are just a few of the ways our speakers will be interacting with the West Michigan community this week:
Designer Greg Galle is being hosted by AIGA West Michigan and Design West Michigan on Friday, May 10 for a morning talk and Q&A at the UICA. The event, Early Shift, will be an opportunity for members of the local design community to hear more from Greg about his work at Future Partners on the ways design improves lives through story, experience, visualization, user interface, and ingenuity.
Documentary filmmaker Evan Grae Davis will discuss his recently released feature length documentary It’s a Girl – a film calling for global action to stop “gendercide” and its estimated 200 million victims. He will lead a discussion at the film’s West Michigan screening on Friday, May 10 at Woodland Celebration Cinema, open to the public and hosted by the Grand Rapids Women’s Resource Center and the YWCA of West Central Michigan.
Tim Rowe is the founder and CEO of Cambridge Innovation Center, which houses over 450 startup companies and is perhaps the densest collection of startups anywhere in the world. HUB Grand Rapids is teaming up with Herman Miller and Kendall College of Art & Design to host a breakfast event with Tim on Friday, May 10, where he’ll speak on the topic of Nurturing an Entrepreneurial Community.
Our thanks to our speakers for sharing their time and wisdom with West Michigan, and our thanks to the many area organizations who are enthusiastically hosting them with open arms. We love watching this game play out in our community!