Arlington TEDx Brings Connectedness to Rosslyn

by Dan Lesniak

Living in an urban village as we do along the Orange Line, being connected to one’s neighborhood, friends, family, and beyond is an important factor for those who thrive in an urban setting. When a community reaches out to make connections, and to help others as well, we become closer and better able to live well. With this idea in mind, Arlington TEDx, an independently organized TED event, will be held on October 3rd from 9 to 5 at the Rosslyn Spectrum Theater. Through Technology, Entertainment, and Design TED events are put together to share a host of ideas and different points of view or experiences on those ideas. Connectedness is the theme for this year’s conference in Arlington.

There is a motley crew of sorts coming to present to our community, each with their own unique perspective on what connectedness is in regards to different aspects of everyday living. We are a vast and varied community, each with individual experiences. But these experiences, these insights can be shared, and through the sharing of them we can find common ground and better understanding for the fellow standing next to us. Around Arlington in particular, we have made connections and grown in some amazing ways, leading us to the forefront as a top urban village that is worth calling home. Tickets for TEDx are $75, and will get you in to see some incredible presentations.

So far nine speakers have been announced, they include:

  • Norton S. Beckerman has been able to overcome great odds with cognitive issues. He will be sharing his concept of brain health as it relates to cognitive ability and function: how our brains and bodies work together, as they are connected.
  • Patricia Funegra understands how food can transform lives, especially when it comes to minority and immigrant populations. She will discuss how opportunities, which create sustainable jobs, can in turn encourage healthier living.
  • Adryann Glenn will share his redemption experience, as it happened from three years in Jail, through the Offender Aid Restoration program. This is a firsthand account of a community connecting with those in need beyond what many see as typical issues.
  • Lisa Nisenson is connected to Arlington directly, will give us a fresh perspective on future opportunities that will help Arlington connect individuals through transportation, one of our most vital forms daily connectedness.
  • Evie Priestman is perhaps the most uniquely qualified to share his experiences here in Arlington, which have affected his feelings of connectedness facing a journey full of challenges as a female to male transgender youth, at the tender age of 11. Evie will share how family, school, and the community of Arlington has supported him like no other place in the country; we can be proud of Evie, and it seems he is proud of us.
  • Carolyn Rickard-Brideau will share insights as to how we are everyday, in the building we work, play, and live in affect our lives every day.
  • Elizabeth Tippens is another younger speaker, also 11, she will present on how community events, businesses, and attractions have had a direct impact on her outlook on life, which she shares via YouTube.
  • John Wanda will give our connectedness a global perspective by speaking about his non-profit organization, The Arlington Academy of Hope, a school in Uganda, which is also directly connected to schools in Arlington.

The upcoming TEDX event will be a great way for Arlington to showcase the strengths of our connections. If you are ready to connect to a new home in Arlington, myself and the Orange Line Living team, are here to provide you with our unique and specialized services so you can turn your dreams into reality. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us directly at 571-969-7653 or at [email protected]

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