TEDx is coming to Tullahoma in April, according to city officials.

Alderman Robin Dunn announced at the most recent meeting of the Tullahoma Board of Mayor and Aldermen that she is coordinating the city’s very first TEDxTullahoma conference.

According to Dunn, the theme of the conference is “Change,” and will feature a number of special guest speakers, including a foster care graduate, an aerospace engineer, a muralist and a puppeteer.

The event is scheduled for the last Saturday in April and will be held at UTSI.

TED is a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading ideas through short speeches, known as TED talks. It was founded in 1984 as a conference about technology, entertainment and design (TED), but now covers multitudes of topics from science to business to global affairs in hundreds of languages and countries.

TEDx is a subset of TED conferences, all independently organized on the local community level.

According to the TED website, a TEDx event is a “local gathering where live TED-like talks and performances are shared with the community.”

According to Dunn, hosting a TEDx event has been a vision of hers for several years, though she only received the licensure to do so recently.

“I love that TED talks often provide profound information in succinct presentations, and I wanted to bring something like that here to Tullahoma,” she said.

In working to bring the event to town, Dunn said she’s received overwhelmingly positive feedback on the idea, particularly from those invited to speak.

“I have asked several people to be involved and everyone has jumped on board with great enthusiasm,” she said. “It’s going to be an uplifting and positive show.”

Dunn said the theme of “Change” is precisely the message she wants guests and attendees to come away with after experiencing the event.

“Our world is changing – it always has been – but we can make choices in how we would like to see that change unfold.”

Tickets will be available soon through EventBrite.

Erin McCullough may be reached at emccullough@tullahomanews.com.

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