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TEDx: Just One More Scary Thing
Posted By Beth Terry On October 18, 2010 @ 2:37 pm In Events,Ocean Plastic Pollution | 33 Comments
From my experience, feeling fear means something is worth doing.
You all know about the TED Talks, right? The annual TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conferences bring together leading thinkers and doers giving the talks of their lives. And these talks are accessible to the public via the TED web site , a fantastic repository of ideas and inspiration. (Check out talks by Captain Charles Moore  and artist Chris Jordan  on the TED stage.)
In less than a month, I’ll be joining oceanographer Sylvia Earle, activist actor Ed Begley, Jr, environmentalist David de Rothschild, and many more experts and visionaries  on stage at TEDx: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch  in Santa Monica, CA.
My topic: Leading by example.
And yes, I’m nervous.
In keeping with the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading,” TEDx was created “to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.” Organized by the Plastic Pollution Coalition , TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch will launch a global effort to reduce plastic consumption by:
The conference takes place all day on Saturday, November 6, and will be streamed live via satellite throughout the world. You can watch the real time webcast at www.tedxgreatpacificgarbagepatch.com . There are also satellite viewing events organizing now throughout the world. Please sign up to host a viewing party .
Since I started my less plastic journey in June of 2007, I’ve been scared a lot:
I mentioned the TEDx event to my sister last night, and she texted, “Good thing you grew up LDS and giving talks is a wiz. :)” She’s right. Whatever disagreements I have with the Mormon faith of my childhood, I am eternally grateful for the excellent public speaking training I received. What I have to do now is 1. practice my talk ahead of time instead of just winging it like I tend to do, 2. get enough freakin’ sleep these next couple of weeks, and 3. breathe.
This experience will be less frightening if I know there is a community of people out there watching and supporting what we have to say, people who are committed to finding ways to eliminate disposable plastics from their lives, helping to spread the word about alternatives, and working to end the plague of plastic pollution. Will you invite your friends to watch on November 6? Will you let your organizations and networks know about the event? Will you host a viewing party ?
Please mark November 6 on your calendar and plan to send us your good wishes and intentions.
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URLs in this post:
 TED web site: http://www.ted.com/talks
 Captain Charles Moore: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/capt_charles_moore_on_the_seas_of_plastic.html
 Chris Jordan: http://www.ted.com/talks/chris_jordan_pictures_some_shocking_stats.html
 experts and visionaries: http://www.tedxgreatpacificgarbagepatch.com/meet-our-speakers/
 TEDx: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: http://www.tedxgreatpacificgarbagepatch.com/
 Plastic Pollution Coalition: http://plasticpollutioncoalition.org
 www.tedxgreatpacificgarbagepatch.com: http://www.tedxgreatpacificgarbagepatch.com
 sign up to host a viewing party: http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dDc3WElqdFAxSzVYNnBOUE9weXFIdlE6MQ
 dragged a folding table and some flyers: http://myplasticfreelife.com/2007/08/direct-action-part-2-temescal-farmers/
 Take Back The (Brita) Filter Campaign: http://www.takebackthefilter.org
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