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TEDxColumbus 2018: On The Edge

Speaker Nominations

TEDxColumbus 2018: ON THE EDGE

The phrase itself is full of contradiction—it can be exhilarating, or it can be terrifying. When you are on the edge of something, no matter what course of action you take, you will find yourself unknown territory. What lies over the edge could be wonderful— discovery, innovation, equity. Or it could be dangerous— disaster, violence, failure.

Living on the edge can mean a life of adventure if you choose that life. Or, it can mean a life of invisibility and struggle if circumstances force you there.

Creating on the edge can push art and design to new territories where the impact lasts beyond a single lifetime. It can also mean a life of criticism and struggle as your work is misunderstood and unrecognized.

The edge is a place of inherent RISK. It is also a place where we need to shore up our TRUST. The only thing that is certain is that you can’t remain on the edge forever. It is a transient state. At some point you must find out what lies beyond.

This year, at TEDxColumbus we invite Columbus to consider:
What is Columbus on the edge of?
What is our world on the edge of solving?
What is putting our world and community on edge?
What is happening on the edges of Columbus? On the edges of society.
How do we know where the edges lie? 
How do we redefine our self-imposed limitations and edges? 
Who is forced to the edge of society?
Who has made a discovery that will take us over the edge?
Who is creating art with an edge?


How to Nominate or Apply:
We invite you to nominate yourself or someone else to speak. Every nominee must submit a 100 word description of the idea they’d like to share in addition to a 90 second video. Additional details on the selection process can be found by clicking on the nomination form.

As a reminder– speakers and presenters who will share a distinct point of view, fueled by research, mastery or experience on one central idea, discovery, or trend are preferred.  Speakers who intend to lecture, riff, preach or opine will not be chosen.

DEADLINE for submissions is June 1st.
Please direct all questions to tedxcolumbus (at)
And please know that if you send us a name to consider and your nominee does not follow up with a video submission and companion nomination form, they will not be considered. We need to hear directly from the speaker him/herself.

If you are interested in getting notifications and updates about the November 16th event, please register your email here. We will primarily alert you to youth nominations, ticket availability and speaker line-up.

Thank you!

Some good resources to prepare your submission:

The TED Commandments  – the big picture rules that govern TED talks

Livestream hosts several live TEDx events every week across the world – if you haven’t been to a live event, check a few out.

TEDx YouTube Channel  – the archive of all 55,000 + TEDx talks to date.