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Theme: Exploring the meaning of human potential

Knoxville, TN, United States
November 16th, 2011

About this event

What does it mean to pursue “human potential?” Of course, there’s no one right answer – and even trying to find just one answer completely defeats the point of asking the question at all in the first place. However, one thing is for certain – reaching your potential is impossible unless you’re inquiring freely about its definition and sharing those thoughts with others. That’s why we’ve assembled some of our region’s finest authors, professors & educators, college students, social innovators, visionaries, healers, executives, startup entrepreneurs, and nonprofit founders to share with us their stories, questions, ideas, and keen insights on how all of us can thrive at every level (regardless of where we find ourselves in life). We hope you’ll be able to join us, in the spirit of TED, for this exploration of "ideas worth spreading."

The evening will be kicked off by Knoxvillian and TEDx celebrity Birke Baehr who (at 11-years old) presented a presentation titled “What’s Wrong With Our Food System” at TEDxAsheville last year. It is now the second most watched TEDx video online in the world.

Please visit our website for our speaker lineup and descriptions at!

Confirmed Speakers

  • Bill Peterson
    Discussing how lean principles can be applied to our daily lives, unleashing our potential to be highly efficient and effective beings.
  • Patrick Hunt
    An exploration of lessons learned from startups and how they can be applied toward personal growth.
  • Doug Floyd
    How to navigate time while walking in place.
  • Andrew Mellen
    Is there a correlation between living simply and peak performance?
  • Deirdre Barrett
    How can we be conscious while we're dreaming to solve problems creatively?
  • Becky Ashe
    What could the future hold for education as we help the next generation of students pursue their potential in the arts, sciences, technology, and mathematics?
  • Melanie McGhee
    Sharing ways to let go of the stress that is holding us back from reaching our potential.
  • Steven Frampton
    Exploring ways to create and embrace purpose.
  • Austin Church
    How can we all master the art of finishing what we start?
  • NJ Pesci
    Are there ways to unleash creativity and innovation in companies that can be applied in our own personal lives?
  • Amy Gibson
    How can a city maximize community engagement?
  • Alison Lebovitz
    How do we create empowerment for the upcoming generation?
  • George Duffy
    Are there creative ways to take advantage of all the technology in the world that sits idle to help those less fortunate reach their potential?
  • Chad Hellwinckel
    How does reaching our human potential relate to building local food infrastructures?

Venue and Details

The Square Room
4 Market Square
6545 Northshore Drive
Knoxville, TN, 37902
United States
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Alex Lavidge
Knoxville, TN, United States

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Alex Lavidge
Patrick Hunt
Web Marketing
Gavin Baker
Rachel Bodenbender
Set Design Co-Director / Social Media Director
Roman Karpynec
Video Production (Knox Ivi)
Molly Davis
Set Design Co-Director
Lindsay Hummel
UTK Liaison / Student Outreach
Jen McClurg Roth
Logistics Director / Speaking Coach