From the Mayor 04/20/16

First, I want to give a shout out to the entire City of Independence. Annie and I feel so very blessed to be a part of this community. The rededication of Logan Fountain, opening day for the park, the Fiddlers Hall of Fame induction last Saturday night; all were absolutely amazing and made us even more proud to live in Independence. Many things make Independence wonderful, but the fact that the city rolls out to support local events is just, well, cool.

The next way cool thing I want to talk about is TED.

What is a TED talk? It is an opportunity to learn from a large group of presenters, with each speaker presenting their topic very briefly, in a fast-paced style. Some TED presenters are already famous; others become famous as a result of their TED talk. 

By the way, the name TED was derived as an abbreviation of Technology, Entertainment, Design, and the TED slogan is "Ideas Worth Spreading."

The first TED Conference was held in 1984 and featured demonstrations of the Sony compact disc, and one of the first demonstrations of the Apple Macintosh computer. From 1990 on, TED became an annual event. The early events were all held in California and were several days long.

The TED events were so inspiring, that there was great demand to make the events available to more people. This led to the creation of TEDx, which are 1-day events. Our TED Talk event (TEDxICC) will be held on April 29th, and starts at 9 a.m. at Memorial Hall.

By the way, ours is the first TEDx event ever held at a Kansas Community College. How in the world did we get a TEDx event in Independence? I have no clue. I suppose they’ve heard that Independence is just about the best small town in America. Or perhaps the Innovation and/or Public Speaking gurus at ICC just needed a new challenge.

In 2006, the cost to attend the TED Conference was $4,400 per person. You’ll be glad to know that our Independence event costs only $30 and is free to students.

Why should you attend? Well, why not? You should take advantage of every opportunity to improve that amazing brain you’ve been given, and listening to a group of speakers on a wide variety of topics is a great way to do so. 

Please help us spread the word. There are a lot of people out there who would love to attend a TEDx event but have never had the chance. Send an email to your friends within 200 miles of Independence and invite them personally. I’ve heard from people that will be traveling from both Wichita and Kansas City to attend.

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Mayor Gary Hogsett