Take part in TEDxFMCC

With every New Year comes New Year’s resolutions and anticipated shifts in behaviors and habits we hope will move us towards becoming the best versions of ourselves.

Sometimes the motivations behind these are self-generated and sometimes we get ideas and inspiration from outside sources.

If you’re looking for new ideas and models, you might have come across a TED talk online that gave you a momentary boost of inspiration. As inspiring as a TED talk can be, being in a room where those talks are happening and surrounded by people who are also interested in new ideas can foster an even deeper level of excitement and inspiration.

Following two years of sold-out TEDx events, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, in collaboration with the Fulton Montgomery Young Professionals Network of the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, will once again host TEDxFMCC on Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. in the Allen House on the FM campus. The theme of this year’s TEDxFMCC event is “Community Leadership”.

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.

Launched in 2009, TEDx is a program of locally organized events that bring the community together to share a TED-like experience. Some of the best talks from TEDx events have gone on to be featured on TED.com and garnered millions of views from audiences across the globe.

While going to the national TED event poses many challenges — tickets for the 2019 event in Vancouver need to be applied for and prices start at $5,000 — TED also allows for independently run community events called TEDx events.

FMCC, in partnership with the FMYPN of the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, has previously hosted TEDx events on the themes of “Innovation in Education, Healthcare and Community Development.” and “Recycling the Past, Re-purposing Energies, and Re-positioning for the Future,”

The TEDxFMCC speakers for this year’s event are Johanna Duncan-Poitier, senior vice chancellor for community colleges and the Education Pipeline for the State University of New York, Gretchel Hathaway, Ph.D, dean of diversity and inclusion / chief diversity officer at Union College, Maureen Sager, project director of Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting and growing the creative industries in the eight-county Capital Region, and Leslie Ford, superintendent of Northville Central School District. Also offering remarks will be Greg Young of the FMYPN and FM president, Dustin Swanger.

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 appetizers and refreshments.

We hope you’ll join us for an evening that promises to “spread ideas and spark conversation!”

This article was written by Scott Collins, FM registrar and a member of the TEDxFMCC committee.