By Trent Ostrom
If there was ever a time to learn, it’s college. You learn more about the field you wish to enter, about yourself and about issues affecting not only your surrounding community but the country and the world. You are exposed to a variety of cultures and forced to breakout of your comfort zone.
Last year, the University of Nebraska at Omaha held its first TED event. Speakers discussed personal struggles, where we are now as a community and how we can leave a better world for our children’s children.
On Feb. 13, UNO will be hosting another TEDxUNO event with a new set of speakers and a new set of “TED Talks.”
TED’s motto is “ideas worth spreading,” which fosters a culture of learning and engagement. The format is simple: individuals speak on their expertise or experience within a certain subject matter for 18 minutes or less to a small audience.
The talks are not meant to be lectures; but rather a short, informative, entertaining yet thought-provoking presentation that forces you to look at an issue like you never had before. This is supposed to leave you with more questions than answers.
Cameron Logsdon, part-time instructor and assistant coach of Mav Forensics, spoke at last year’s inaugural TEDxUNO event. Logsdon’s presentation, “Teen Dads: The Reality Show We Really Need,” highlighted his struggle of becoming a father at age 17 and how raising a son has changed his life. Through his own personal narrative he shared with the audience, he made meaningful connections with audience members.
“I was in the lobby after I presented, and immediately a few young men from a local area high school approached me. They were struggling with the same thing,” Logsdon said. “Connecting on a personal level and connecting on a level where you ‘inspired’ somebody is truly something incredible.”
These talks are not only meant to inform but to inspire, whether they are delivered from internationally-acclaimed speakers or impactful people from the local community. Some of the most popular talks ever been presented at a TED event include “Do Schools Kill Creativity,” “The Power of Vulnerability,” and “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are.”
Audiences who attend TED events are not your typical audience. They come to learn, grow and be inspired by the subjects discussed, the speakers and ideas presented to them.
“Everyone is there to learn and not only learn but learn new ideas and hear different perspectives that they’ve never heard before,” Logsdon said. “I don’t think a single person leaves a TED event saying it was waste of their time or they didn’t learn anything.
An online-signup has been made to keep people informed about speaker, ticket and general updates about the event.