Posted on behalf of Deandria Reed-Shaw
Can you tell us a little bit about what is happening in your area?
We are offering a TEDx Conference Tue. February 6, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Mountain View College Performance Hall. A TEDx Conference is a local independently organized event that grew out of the larger TED Conference started in Silicon Valley, California.
How did Mountain View College (MVC) get involved in this?
The idea to organize a TEDx Conference at Mountain View College was proposed by Deandria Reed-Shaw, (a faculty member in the Communication Studies Department). TED’s mission to create conferences with “Ideas worth spreading,”(cutting edge, innovative and inspiring talks), appealed to Mountain View College’s creative academic culture. The TEDx Conference is a global intellectual movement. Mountain View College had its inaugural TEDx Conference in 2014. We are the only community college in DCCCD and in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area to offer an annual TEDx Conference.
How does this positively impact our students, employees, or community?
The TEDx mission also fulfills the vision of our college to empower and transform lives through exemplary education. Since TEDx is a locally organized event it invites local speakers that share compelling ideas that appeal to the needs of our community. TEDx also offers professional development for employees in the form of live or pre-recorded TED Talks. It is our hope our attendees will become intellectually enriched, inspired or agents of change. Our TED Talks are simulcast on the internet and broadcast internationally on the TEDx You Tube Channel. So our college has also gained more international exposure.
What should we expect and what timeline exists regarding this effort?
It usually takes our TEDx organizers almost a year to organize a successful event. The process of producing such an event is multifaceted and includes auditions, rehearsals, marketing campaigns, etc.
What does finishing this effort mean to the MVC?
The TEDx Committee and its volunteers feel as if we have been a part of something that can greatly empower our MVC community. TEDx transcends any individual endeavor. It has the potential to transform the lives of our DCCCD students, employees, and the international community. We continue to receive high reviews and accolades from the TED, TEDx communities and our devoted fan base.
What departments or individuals on campus helped bring this initiative to life?
The TEDx Conference is a college-wide initiative. However, here are just a few people or Departments that have contributed greatly to its success: MVC Executive Team, Marketing, Graphics, Arts and Communication Division and Professional Development.