14 speakers, 100 attendees
The Woodlands gets its own TEDx: Ideas spread to the suburbs with kaleidoscopeminds
The global movement responsible for "ideas worth spreading" is stretching out from Houston to the city's northern suburbs. TEDxTheWoodlands will host its first conference Sept. 24 at Lone Star College-Montgomery Campus.
Titled "Kaleidoscope Mind," TEDxTheWoodlands promises to seek multifaceted patterns playfully. What does that mean? We are not sure, but it sounds intriguing and fun.
Think of a kaleidoscope. Colorful shapes and patterns regenerate themselves from simple movement, often revealing a different attribute of the same objects using mirrors. Could it be a metaphor for how we can look at the world, our thoughts and ourselves?
We think so.
“Our amazing speakers and performers come from diverse backgrounds and experiences, yet they all have in common minds that are pattern-seeking, playful and multi-faceted,” Peter Han, TEDxTheWoodlands founder and organizer, said in a statement.
“They have an uncommon ability to draw upon their unique experiences and capabilities in playful and imaginative ways to discern patterns in their lives, to derive meaning from them, and to create new patterns to enrich their world. They all have kaleidoscope minds."
Han isn't masterminding "Kaleidoscope Mind" by himself. He is enlisting the help of his 13-year-old son Fabian Fernandez-Han — a prodigy and future social venture capitalist, who's already won the National NYSE Financial Future Challenge for crafting a new iPhone App called Oink-a-Saurus that teaches children the value of money (he was 12 years old at the time of that win) and a U.S. Molecular Frontiers Inquiry Prize — to bring together 14 speakers and performers from as close as College Station and Austin to as far away as Mumbai.
Those speakers include Ritika Arya, Dominick DiOrio, Larry Loomis-Price, Jennifer Caney Myers, Javier Fernández-Han, Joyce Juntune, Khoren Ouzounian, Daniel Kainer, Danial Vallery, Barbara Campbell, Andy Boyd, Ahmed Riaz and Teresa Huston-Dossman.
Han isn't masterminding "Kaleidoscope Mind" by himself. He is enlisting the help of his 13-year-old son Fabian Fernandez-Han — a prodigy and future social venture capitalist.
If you are curious about submerging yourself in the world of music and the mind, examining creativity in education, exploring how to be creative without being creative and learning more about design in extreme environments, TEDxTheWoodlands may strike your intellectual fancy.
TEDx events are independently organized affairs licensed by TED — which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design — meant to inspire and act as a forum to share philosophies, research and thoughts. TED lends its signature 18-minute lecture-style presentations and trusts that the local organizers curate a meaningful and appropriate speaker lineup while considering the general zeitgeist of the constituents.
Culture Pilot was responsible for first bringing TEDx to Houston audiences in 2010. In June, the second TEDx Houston "Where Do We Go From Here?" packed the University of Houston's Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre with 500-plus intellectually curious. TEDx HISD explored the fundamentals of creativity through "Primary Colors" in September. In April, TEDx RiceU focused on ideas for the future.
TEDxTheWoodlands is small and intimate, open to only 100 participants. It costs $25. An after-party, to be held at Woodlands Art League's new gallery on Market Street, is also in the work.
The event's Facebook page claims that 50 percent of the tickets were already sold by Aug. 1.