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Lilacs, Mother’s Day and TEDxFlourCity rehearsals

  • Posted on: 12 May 2014
  • By: Irene

The flowers are in bloom and Rochestarians are excitedly anticipating summer 2014. This year’s Lilac Festival kicked off festival season in a huge way on Friday May 9th by breaking the Guinness World Record for the Largest Human Flower. 2,297 Festival goers joined in formation to make this giant human lilac bloom.









(Photo Credit: Burke Communications & Advertising, Rochester, NY) 

If you weren’t a part of the world’s largest human flower this weekend, you may have been buying flowers for your mother. Or maybe you ordered the beautiful summer weather for your Mother’s Day gift, in which case TEDxFlourCity awards you the title of best offspring ever.

Here at TEDxFlourCity, we spent Mother’s Day afternoon prepping some of our speakers for June 15th. Among the speakers who were kind enough to join us were Melanie Funchess, Stephen Roessner, and Gerry Szymanski. In the spirit of this year's Listen Closer theme, here is a preview of their talks:

Listen closer to the messages in your mind that inform your behavior during your daily interactions. Melanie Funchess challenges us to tune into mental thought patterns that are hard wired, automatic and difficult –but not impossible—to control. She asserts that if we find out our own biases and question our behavior, we have the power to change and reduce discrimination, starting in our own social circles.

What does it mean to “fully listen?” According to Stephen Roessner, our ears are used to hearing bad audio. Stephen will demonstrate how much information is lost when we settle for low quality audio and teach us how to listen so we apply the same standards of audio quality that we demand from visual quality in television and video.

When you hear the words “Victorian Era,” what comes to mind? If you perceived it as a time of prudence, concealing emotion and keeping up a dignified appearance, think again. Gerry Szymanski presents newly discovered tintype images of 19th century men who were not afraid to openly display affection toward one another in photographs, and shares what they convey about culture then and now.

Intrigued? Join us for their full talks and twelve others at TEDxFlourCity2014: Listen Closer, at Kilbourne Hall on Sunday June 15, 2014. Remember, you have to apply to attend and space is limited. Don’t wait!

We look forward to seeing your application. Remember to scroll over the “share” button below and share this post with your TED loving friends! We’ll catch you next week with more updates and a first look at more of our speakers!