TEDx is a grassroots initiative created in the spirit of TED’s overall mission to research and discover “ideas worth spreading.” Two of our associates have delivered TEDx talks including Sonya Dunbar who completed one last month and appeared on the Tamron Hall Show. She talked about her favorite subject, oral hygiene for seniors. Arthuretta Holmes Martin delivered one in 2016 on having survived whistle blowing.
“I got involved with TEDx because I know my passion was worth sharing and I wanted a larger platform to bring awareness to senior’s oral health,” said Dunbar from her Jacksonville, FL home.” Dunbar says it took her four months of practicing her presentation five to six times a day before her event in Pleasant Grove, Texas.
Various groups organize TEDx events independently under a free license granted by TED, Technology, Entertainment, Design. These events are organized by passionate individuals who seek to uncover new ideas and to share the latest research in their local areas that spark conversations in their communities. There are also TED-Ed talks on educational issues.
Holmes Martin explained that she was selected by the group licensed in Wilmington, Delaware after experiencing whistle blowing while a senior contracting officer at the IRS in Washington. “It was three intensive months” of preparation for the talks, she says.