I attended TEDx Phoenxiville this past Saturday. It feels really cool to be saying that considering I wrote a blog on the same annual event last year! I’m very happy and honored to have been a part of the Unveil Your Brilliance blog team for over a year.

Anyway, on to TEDx! TEDx Phoenixville was a TED event that was independently organized by locals of Phoenixville, PA to share ideas worth spreading.  It was amazing. Not that last year’s event wasn’t good, but this year’s event was noticeably a step up.  The theme was Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll.  The talks ranged from a dictionary editor discussing about the roots and semantic intricacies of the phrase “Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll”, to an intimacy counselor discussing female sexual shame, to a man working to radically change how patients engage in clinical trials, to a bunch of kids doing a rock and roll performance.

It was simply wonderful.  There were so many great talks laden with great ideas, but I’ll give you some of the highlights for me:

  1. The kids. Erin Riley, the owner of Rock & Roll After School gave a talk on the benefits of giving a kid an instrument instead of a game or a device. She had her students perform a couple of songs that they wrote.  They were so young and SO talented.  They made me tear up while they were performing.  Here’s a link a song that I love!: http://bit.ly/1vrYeGS
  2. Jennifer Gunsaullus. She talked about female sexual shame in societies around the world and urged us all to take a stand against it. I liked this one because it made me think of my own sexual education both at home, at school, and around my friends and how inadequate it was.  I think the points she brought up really highlighted the problems different societies have, specifically in that they attempt to control female sexuality by making it a shameful subject.
  3. The after party. By this time, everyone’s brains were overloaded with new ideas and connections. The discussions that happened in this relaxed environment were truly remarkable.  People met each other, shared ideas and business cards, and most importantly laughed together.  Many people who went to this event didn’t think their ideas were better than the next persons—and that they could laugh and joke together was proof.

In all, I think most of the talks boiled down to a common theme this year which was communication, whether that is between patients and drug companies, the words in the dictionary and yourself, or the performer and her audience.  It’s a practice.  And isn’t that why we do what we do? (i.e. write blogs every week or get up every morning and talk to people at work or read the news.)  It’s all a practice in communication with ourselves and the people around us in order to foster meaningful connections in life so that we can all learn and grow and create great things.