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TEDx Asheville returns on Sept. 9 at Isis Music Hall, with tickets on sale Aug. 15. More details here in the press release:

We are pleased to announce TEDxAsheville 2018. It will take place on Sunday Sept. 9 at ISIS Music Hall from 7:30 – 10:30 PM. This independently organized event, licensed by TED, will feature local voices and performance under the theme of Higher Ground. Tickets go on sale on Aug. 15 at 10 a.m.. Please visit for more information.

Launched in 2009, TEDx is a program of locally organized events that bring communities together, all over the world, to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, speakers, videos and live performance combine to spark in-depth discussion and connection. Some of the best talks from TEDx events have gone to be featured on and garnered millions of views from audiences across the globe.

The theme “Higher Ground’ is about reaching for, and sharing, thought provoking ideas and sounds from our beautiful mountain city.

Speakers / Performers at TEDxAsheville 2018 will include:

Amy Climer, Ph.D., speaker, trainer, and coach, Climer Consulting will speak about the power of “Deliberate Creative Teams.”

Elizabeth Dankoski, mentor, ivy coach, admissions expert, The Dream School Project will speak about helping students get into the college and life of their dreams.

Joshua Ginsberg, founding director of SeekHealing, will talk about how to heal “The Emotionally Eviscerated Man.”

Lang Hornthal, executive director of Root Cause, a local Asheville not-for-profit dedicated to sustainable forestry management will speak about what a forest product is in the 21st century.

Krista-Lynn Landolfi, multi-certified master coach, expert advisor at Health Magazine. As a self-Care specialist, she will challenge the audience to think about how they would live their lives if they only had 365 days to live.

Will Sparks, is the Dennis Thompson Chair, and Professor of Leadership at the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. Sparks will speak about the explanatory and transformative power of self-awareness and broader implications and moral responsibility we have to give and receive honest and candid feedback with those in our life.

Rev. Dr. Shannon Spencer, is an ordained UCC pastor and founder of the Asheville Poverty Initiative and 12 Baskets Cafe. Spencer will speak about the myth of scarcity in her discussion about bearing witness to the truth of abundance.

Frances Tracy, known as Farmer Franny is the first female farmer to plant industrial hemp. With degrees in forestry, education, and pharmaceuticals, she’ll speak about growing a crop that is federally illegal and how it’s turning into a positive movement for “Women in Hemp,” hemp growers, artisans’ processors and businesses with aligned “farmer-focused” values.

Jessica Tomasin, has an extensive and varied background in music. She co-founded Asheville Music Professionals and in 2018, she launched Connect: Beyond the Page. Thomasin will speak to the profound impact music has on our lives—providing a universal language to articulate our thoughts and emotions. It can also be an economic driver for communities.

Free Planet Radio, an Asheville based band, consisting of two-time Grammy winner Eliot Wadopian on electric and string basses; River Guerguerian on an extensive array of global percussion instruments including Middle Eastern frame drums and doumbek, the Indian kanjira, African djembe, and Western drum set; and Chris Rosser exploring melody on the 17-stringed Indian dotar, Turkish cumbus oud, guitar, piano and melodica. Rosser’s talk will explore the intersections of musical cultures of the world.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark in-depth discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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