Invented Here

Friday, December 6 2013

Shining a Spotlight on Atlanta’s Innovators & Ripple Makers

Once again, TEDxCentennialParkWomen (TEDxCPW) joined TEDWomen to offer up ideas, stories, solutions. This year we set out to explore and celebrate  invention in all its forms. In addition to technological inventions there was a broader focus on such topics as solutions to poverty; approaches to education and career; expressions of art, and, even inventions in our own lives. Conference attendees had the opportunity to learn from and meet people who’ve had the courage to change their lives, who understand what makes a leader great, and who have found compelling ways to reinvent themselves!

Our 2013 conference featured ideas and people who embodied the theme “Invented Here.” Former ABC sports anchor and now public relations professional, Traci Messier, served as emcee and wove the program together. Karyn Lu, senior manager, Insights & Inspirations, Turner Broadcasting, inspired attendees to think about how to create play where we are and trailblazer to the c-suite, Becky Blalock dared us to step out of our comfort zone and be all that we can be.

Next, our focus was on women, education and changing the world as Dr. Ed Schrader, president of Brenau University shared why he champions women’s education as a vehicle to create systemic change in communities and economies. Continuing our look at invention and education, Dr. Adriane B. Randolph, director of the BrainLab at Kennesaw State University shared her vision for brain science and the future of brain-computer science. Talk about brain power!

While we were focused on play, the brain, education, comfort zones and education -- Celeste Greene liberated our laughter with laughter yoga.  Erin Levin captivated the audience with her talk on how her life required invention to find purpose. Her story about chasing her dream and why she left her “dream job” at CNN for her real dream -- to make a difference in the world through storytelling had the audience spellbound.

The beauty of improv was illuminated by Lisa Fey, who shared the power of the words. “Yes, and . . . “ as a foundation for collaboration and possibilities. Her talk created an audience experience that gave everyone the opportunity to practice saying, “Yes, and . . “ Diana Brown, head of the Atlanta Fringe Festival, managing director of Twinhead Theatre and on the committee for Art on the Atlanta Beltline, charged us to create from our power.

Have you ever wondered what Barbie, America’s iconic doll, now age 54 would say about her experience and her dreams? In her TEDxCPW talk Dana Lupton, co-founder and executive/artistic director of Moving in the Spirit, channeled her inner-Barbie to reinvent herself for 2013 and present her demands to the Mattel board of directors.

As the action-packed day came to a close, we were amazed at the the creativity, passion, vision, and collaboration taking place in our community. There is a great deal being invented and reinvented here in Atlanta.