TEDxGrandRapids 2013 officially launched today: a successful kick-off event just wrapped up at the City Flats Ballroom, and applications for invitations are now open. And it’s with excitement that our team shares this year’s theme with you: “Tag – You’re It!”
“Tag – You’re It!” is, at its most basic level, an invitation to participate in one of the most classic games we know. It’s our way of infusing this year’s TEDxGrandRapids with a fun, fresh, playful perspective. It’s an easy way to illustrate how we feel about the way community is built and the way information is shared. If you’ve ever played tag (and we bet you have), you know that the game forges connections, fosters spontaneity, and spreads exponentially and randomly. Embracing the theme of “Tag – You’re It” is our way of recruiting you to get in the game and encouraging you to be open to a wide range of possibilities as the event unfolds.
At a deeper level, though, the “Tag – You’re It” theme can be a useful metaphor for leadership. Getting in the game, in this case, means committing to a full day as part of a vibrant audience. It means joining in on important community conversations, meeting new people, and being open to hearing something that changes you. And once that happens, you’re effectively “it.” You’re charged, we think, with taking some action based on what you’ve learned. You’re challenged, we hope, to be a catalyst in your community, school, business, or peer group. You’re “it,” and it’s your turn to tag others and to lead them to take action, too.
If you haven’t already, we hope you’ll apply for an invitation to TEDxGrandRapids 2013. We’re looking forward to playing with you.