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TEDx Des Moines

26 Sep 2012

I ran into the always energetic Alexander Grugrich yesterday (at Mars Cafe, of course). Among the other items in our conversation, he reminded me that the next installment of TEDx Des Moines is coming up on October 13th!

The theme will be "The City 2.0" and booked speakers at the day-long event include:

  • Former Des Moines visionary and architect Jeffrey Morgan,
  • Developer and contractor Mike Nelson, and
  • Sustainability expert and local go-getter Suzet Nelson

...plus many more.

I won't be able to attend so y'all have to represent. This is an event not worth missing. It's not just about the speakers, though they form the foundation from which the event springs. TED is really about engagement and inspiration. If you go, use the speakers as a tool for engaging your fellow attendees. You will be with interesting and innovative people all day - don't waste the opportunity!

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Go visit Scott Rocketship's newest web venture, "What If Des Moines". It's basically the same idea behind DMPerspective, except that he is able to distill the what ifs down to a single sentence, on a much more frequent and regular basis.

Reminds me quite a bit of another website called "People Who..." run by an evidently very snarky friend of a friend. The schtick is this: distill a rant dow to a single meaningful sentence and encourage people to respond with their own reactions and ideas. For example:

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