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TEDxUniversityofNevada 2018: A Stage for Transforming Whispers Into Bold, New Ideas

TEDxUniversityofNevada: A Stage for Transforming Whispers into Bold, New Ideas

Imagine a room bursting with promise, packed with hundreds of eager and curious individuals who willingly come together each year with open-minds, conscious awareness, and focused attention to learn from one another, share big ideas, and participate in meaningful discussions that ignite real change in their communities – welcome to TEDxUniversityofNevada 2018. “New, big, inspiring, ideas, wow, and amazing” are just a few of the words you’ll see continually popping up across social media from those sharing their real-time sentiments during this experience.

School teachers, principals, professors, attorneys, journalists, healthcare professionals, tourists, scientists, students, singer/songwriters, retirees, military veterans, politicians, executive leaders, even young children—you will find them all here—all gloriously bound together by a common interest in: ideas. Ideas that percolate through the social fabric, only to re-emerge in compelling and transformative fashion.

Saturday, January 27th marked the return of TEDx for TEDxUniversityofNevada 2018 – now in it’s sixth year. Nearly 1,400 local Northern Nevada community members converged to take part in this sold out, full day event featuring a diverse set of 21 speakers and performers.  After preparing for months, these individuals came together to share a fresh set of powerful and paradigm-changing ideas. Sentiments included:


Ideas Begin with a Whisper; TEDx is a Platform for Change.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said: “Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, and small minds discuss people.” And, according to former TEDxUniversityofNevada speaker and event volunteer Paul Klein:


“TEDx is a stage for an idea, that was once just a whisper, to build into something that changes the world.”


This year’s event kicked off with a dynamite video entitled “Whisper,” which characterizes Reno’s culture as a stage for cultivating some of the world’s biggest and best ideas.



In the video, Paul states: “Every year our higher education system generates thousands of live wires, sparking, looking to connect and contribute energy. Welcome to Reno: a town forged by technology, entertainment and design.” Not unlike the students graduating each year from the University of Nevada, Reno, TEDx speakers also double as live wires – sparking new connections and ideas, infusing energy into the greater local and global community.

To date, TEDxUniversityofNevada’s videos have seen nearly 30 million collective views. Which ideas do you think will take root and sprout around the the world this year?

Hard Hitting Topics Take Center Stage at TEDxUniversityofNevada 2018.

Topics at this year’s event ranged from free speech, fake news, immigration, sexual harassment, sexual health, female empowerment, food waste, and workplace civility to the implications of the Internet of Things, the limits of human physical performance, the realities of stalking, even how to re-think one’s concept of self in a rapidly changing world.

When asked about her observations from the event, ACLU attorney Lee Roland, who gave a talk about free speech, said: “The thing that’s really striking me is how well this event has been curated to reflect the current zeitgeist, you know there were talks about campus speech, fake news, about using your privilege in creative ways, talks about mental health. I just felt like everything that was discussed had it’s finger on the pulse.”

When taken together, speakers at this year’s event provided a dynamic and multifaceted set of perspectives. By all accounts, this year’s event was a huge success and we are excited to share this event with the community, proud to bring new voices to the stage, and hopeful for where those ideas may lead.