by Alessandra Wollner
On Friday November 20th, 900 people (give or take) abandoned business as usual to sit in darkened theater and listen all day to stories of Disruption.
I’m referring, of course, to the seventh annual TEDxColumbus at the Riffe Center’s Capitol Theatre.
Sixteen speakers and performers took their place on the red dot to sing, paint or speak their way into something disruptive, in a good way. The program was divided into three parts: Disruption in Business, on the Streets, and in the Self.
The presenters were charming, authentic, poised and powerful by turn. The full playlist is here. To pique your interest, we’ll keep the recaps short and snappy. Six words short, in fact, to ride the momentum of Six in the City, a program that brings Six-Word Memoirs to cities across the U.S. as a tool for civic engagement that launched this year in Columbus at TEDxColumbusWomen.
So, sit back and enjoy some TEDxCbus bon bons. But don’t get too comfortable; the whole point of this year was disruption, remember?
Joe DeLoss Founder of Hot Chicken Takeover
HR can shorten the soup line.
Joshua Dalton Owner and Chef of Veritas Tavern
Fuck it—let’s smoke everything.
(He means food)
Cooking gives you five-sense knowledge.
Jeni Britton Bauer Founder of Jeni’s Ice Cream
Listeria leads to creativity and community.
Steve Locker Founder of Locker Soccer Academy and Author
Being patient will push kids forward.
Shawn Springs Former OSU & NFL player and founder of Windpact Inc.
Car seats yield football helmet innovation.
Eric Gnezda Songwriter and Host of Songs at the Center
Musical endeavors are best made together.
Yiem Sunbhanich Co-Founder and CEO of TNEDICCA
Basing navigation on safety, not speed.
Richard Guerrieri Forensic Scientist and Research Leader at Battelle
DNA sequencing: the gigantic genetic disruption.
Charles Noble, III Program Manager for Boys & Men of Color Initiatives at the Kirwan Institute
Transformational currency: what you leave behind.
Crystal Oertle Heroin Survivor and Storyteller
Disrupt shame by asking for help.
George Barrett Musician and CEO of Cardinal Health
Disturb your identity, find your path.
Stephanie Rond Street Artist and Founder of S.Dot Gallery
Make art that’s accessible to all.
Darrin Hoover Performance Artist and Spaceman & Alex Van Bibber Pianist, Sixth Grader, and Spaceman
Two giant steps for TEDx Columbus.
Daron Larson Mindfulness Educator
Avoid discomfort, miss opportunities for change.
Melissa Roshan Model and Speaker
Disrupt your downfall and forgive someone.
TEDxColumbus 2015 Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsRNoUx8w3rO5QYZf8gwIzLCII2cM011O
Alessandra Wollner is a third year MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at OSU.