Last week on a warm, sunny morning, I rode my bike into downtown GR. My house is just a few miles from downtown, so the commute was short & easy. After securing my bike to a rack outside of a landmark bar, I put on one of those paper wristbands that allowed me to attend the TEDxGrandRapids event. Then, it was onto a day full of listening to talks from a diverse set of speakers from around the country. It was stimulating, provoking & motivating. And, I felt beat by the end of day. Overall, that’s what any TED event should be like!
However, when I think back on the day, there was a lot more going on than just listening. My wristband was busy note-taking & applauding. My wristband was propped under my chin as I listened closely to some unexpected messages. The wristband shook some new hands, ate lots of local food, and exchanged biz cards of new connections. It also held a craft beer at the end of the day, then clutched my bike’s handlebars during a brief rain shower on the ride home. Wow……that wristband covered a lot of ground!
As I finally cut off the wristband, I started thinking about ways to re-create the energy & interest from the TEDx event, in everyday ways. Things like attending a local lecture. A local musical performance. Reading articles from media sources that you usually don’t read. Starting a conversation with a stranger. Reading a poem. These are all accessible, free opportunities that can engage your mind in the same way a TED event does.
So, imagine putting on your own wristband & experiencing some TED moments, in your own way.