Take part in second annual TEDxFMCC

Locals in upstate New York have names for their hometown cities; names that can’t be found on a map. Whether it’s Schenectady as the Electric City; Troy as the Collar City; Gloversville as the Glove City; or, Amsterdam, as the Rug City, the names behind the city reveal the foundational legacy of these communities. 

However, what happens to these communities when the product or service they’ve been dependent on for years is no longer produced there? 

While upstate New York has seen this develop first hand over time, we are certainly not alone in attempting to answer the question.  It’s a question being asked in one form or another around the country, and the answer is perpetually evolving as cities and towns grapple with re-defining themselves in the face of change. 

Some communities have filled these voids with other businesses.  Some have successfully rebranded themselves. And some have been transformed gradually one building, one block, at a time. To the members of the TEDxFMCC committee, a topic of this scope seemed like a great theme for this year’s TEDx talk.

TED is an acronym for “Technology, Entertainment and Design.” TED is a nonprofit organization built on a mission of “spreading ideas and sparking conversation” that is also synonymous with a national event consisting of short (typically up to 18 minutes in length) “TEDtalks” on a variety of topics (you can see a number of talks on ted.com). 

While going to the national TED event poses many challenges (tickets for the 2018 event in Vancouver need to be applied for and prices start at $5,000), TED also allows for community events that are independently run; these are called TEDx events.  

Last year, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, in partnership with the Fulton Montgomery Young Professionals Network (FMYPN) of the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, hosted the Fulton Montgomery region’s inaugural TEDx event that featured talks on the theme of “Innovation in Education, Healthcare and Community Development.”

Building off of 2017’s sold out TEDxFMCC event, FM, once again in partnership with FMYPN, will host TEDxFMCC 2018 on Jan. 31, at 6:30 pm in Raiders Cove at FM’s campus, 2805 Route 67, Johnstown, NY. 

The TEDx committee developed this year’s theme, “Recycling the Past, Re-purposing Energies, and Re-positioning for the Future,” with the perspective of asking, “What can we as individuals do to re-shape and revitalize our community?”

This year’s speakers include Barbara Madonna, library director, Gloversville Public Library; Tolga Morawski, director of Board, Mohawk Valley Collective; Doug Plummer, mayor, of Sharon Springs; Jason Radalin, assistant professor of theater arts at FM; and, entrepreneur and restaurateur, Aneesa Waheed. 

Also offering remarks will be Greg Young of the FMYPN, FM President Dustin Swanger, and FM student/event emcee Muhannad “Kash” Usmann.

Tickets for the event are $25 and available on Eventbrite; seating is limited to 100 guests with the event expected to sell out. Ticket price includes plentiful appetizers and refreshments. We hope you’ll join us for an evening that promises to “spread ideas and spark conversation!”

Scott Collins is the FM registrar and a member of the TEDxFMCC committee.