Maybe you've heard of TED talks?  TED (an acronym for technology, entertainment, and design) is a national non-profit organization that features two annual conferences and has become renowned for showcasing inspiring and dynamic speakers from around the globe who share ideas worth spreading-TED's mission.  TED started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago and has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Oneonta is hosting a TEDxOneonta event with the theme of "Think again" on September 13 at Hartwick College's Slade Theater.  Check out featured speakers and their topics below...

- Phoebe Schreiner: (Oneonta, NY), "Why America needs a new foodshed"​
- Matt Espicopo: (Cohoes, NY), "Personal Power: Establishing Connections For Success"
- Gertrude Matshe: (Wellington, New Zealand), "Imagine if we could solve the world's problems like our blood heals wounds"​
- Abby Medcalf: (Berkeley, CA), "The Real Reason Relationships Fail"
- Cait Scudder: (Scarborough, ME), "Rising is a risk, Here's why it's worth taking."

To find out more and get tickets, visit TEDxOneonta.com.