Cincinnati State graphic design students created the materials for "Sound Ideas," the TEDxCincinnati event taking place Thursday, Oct. 3 at Memorial Hall. TEDxCincinnati coordinator Jami Edelheit is pictured at far left (Photo: Nicholas Viltrakis)
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Performers from The Bi-Okoto Dance and Drum Theatre took part in TEDxCincinnati’s event at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center on October 4, 2012. (Photo courtesy: TEDxCincinnati)
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KellyAnn Nelson of the Young Professionals’ Choral Collective was one of the speakers at the TEDxCincinnati event at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center on October 4, 2012. (Photo courtesy: TEDxCincinnati)
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'Sound Ideas' is the theme of TEDxCincinnati main stage event at Memorial Hall on Oct. 3

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CINCINNATI - If you had to give the talk of your life in just  a few minutes could you do it? What if that talk had to not only encapsulate your most creative ideas, but also inspire a room full of others? That intuitive inspiration, presented in the form of a conference, is what TED and TEDx are all about. 

TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) is a non-profit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” TEDx is an off-shoot that allows local groups to stage their own versions of TED Talks.

On Oct. 3, TEDxCincinnati brings its event, “Sound Ideas,” to the Memorial Hall stage. The program will include a mix of live talks and performances, streamed videos, audience participation, and lively conversations with people from different backgrounds.

TEDxCincinnati holds events and gatherings throughout the year featuring speakers and performers, who much like those of the main TED events, present with the intention of sharing amazing ideas with their community.

Joe Boyd, founder and president of Rebel Pilgrim Productions and a speaker at Thursday’s event, said he became involved with TEDx after being inspired by the TED Talks.

“Personally, I’ve learned so much from the national TED movement and TED talks that I was very excited to see a Cincinnati chapter emerge.” Boyd said. “I am honored to play a small part in this upcoming event and hope that it continues to stoke the fires of creativity and ingenuity that are burning in Cincinnati.”

Jami Edelheit, local organizer, became involved with TED after working as the communications and public relations coordinator for TEDxSemesteratSea,which hosted a conference for 575 college students as they sailed through the Mediterranean. That event, she said, was incredibly impactful and motivated her to bring TEDx to the Cincinnati area. 

Edelheit feels TEDx events are a great way for the public to engage and share their ideas for improving the community, and is hard at work spreading the word about how people can get involved.

“We are building a TEDxCincinnati community of people who want to spread ideas and connect with other like-minded people,” she said. That connection is assisted by social media, including Twitter and Facebook, and monthly happy hours open to the public, where people share ideas during open mic sessions, and connect with past and future TEDxCincinnati speakers and performers.

Next page: Event information, speakers and performers

Event information

"Sound Ideas" by TEDxCincinnati is one of the featured events of Cincinnati Design Week. The evening kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, when attendees can mix and mingle during happy hour and have the chance to meet and connect with the speakers and performers for the main event. 

The program will kick off at 7:15 p.m. Each performer and speaker is allotted up to six minutes. In addition to Joe Boyd of Rebel Pilgrim Productions, speakers include:

  • Dr. Ingrid Bianca Byerly, who teaches ethnomusicology on the faculty of Duke University and the University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea voyages. She is a South African interdisciplinary scholar whose research focus lies in global social protest and music revolutions.
  • Patti Ann Collins, the president of the Bootsy Collins Foundation and wife of funk musician Bootsy Collins.The foundation's mission is to help people, regardless of their finances, get proper treatment for dental conditions. 
  • Libby Hunter is the executive director and co-founder of WordPlay, a Cincinnati creative writing center that helps children find their voice through literacy and creative expression, while developing the skills, knowledge, and character necessary for them to succeed.
  • Dr. Jason Singh is executive director of OneSight, a non-profit organization providing access to quality vision care and eyewear in underserved communities worldwide.

Performers at "Sound Ideas" include:

  • Ron Esposito and his Singing Bowls. Esposito plays crystal and Tibetan bowls to create music that is quiet, dreamy, and introspective. He has released four CDs: “Lifting The Veil: Enneagram Meditations” (with Deborah Ooten), 2008; “Open Heart”, 2009; “We Are One”, 2011 and his latest, “Soul Burst,” 2013.
  • JaHipster (Dr. Tonya M. Matthews), Spoken-Soul Poet. In her day job, Matthews is Vice-President of Museums at Cincinnati Museum Center. In her spare time, she is an award-winning writer and poet. In 2011, she collaborated with the Cincinnati Ballet on “A Blind Man’s Map.”
  • Ricky Nye is a master of blues and Boogie Woogie piano. The Cincinnati musician was voted “Blues Artist Of The Year 2013” in the Cincinnati’s CEA Awards and “Best Local Musician” in CityBeat Magazine’s “Best Of Cincinnati 2013″ reader’s poll.
  • The Ass Ponys, an indie rock band based in Cincinnati, started to groove with its first album in 1990. Sample the group's musical stylings here, with the single "Little Bastards"

If you go:

  • Buy tickets online 
  • Memorial Hall on Thursday, Oct. 3
  • Happy Hour begins at 5:30 p.m.
  • Main stage event begins at 7:15 p.m.
  • For more information on this event or on the TED and TEDxCincinnati organizations, visit


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