x = independently organized TED event

Theme: Macon Local

This event occurred on
May 5, 2012
10:00am - 4:30pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Macon, GA
United States

TEDxMacon made its debut into the world on May 5th, 2012. Our event theme was "Macon Local" and our goal was curating local voices that need to be heard, discuss the goods and the bads of Macon, and get the 'creative class' together in a way that could promote action and dialogue.

Despite some technical difficulties early on in the day, the event was enjoyed by nearly 75 people from all different walks of life in Macon.

Cox Capitol Theatre
382 2nd Street
Macon, GA, 31201-2736
United States
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

J. Travis Blackwell

Travis Blackwell is the Executive Director of Community Partnership, coordinating the Bibb and Monroe County Family Connection collaboratives. His collaborative efforts with partners in Bibb County have led him to extensive work in low- income neighborhoods in Macon.

Eric O'Dell

O'Dell is on of a retired colorist from the textile industry, and his mother taught elementary school. They are from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia. He grew up with two younger brothers following his father’s jobs around Dixie, eventually settling in Panama City, Florida. He attended Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and afterwards would attend Florida State’s graduate fine arts program. He returned to Macon in ’94, set up my studio downtown and renovated a house near Mercer’s campus. He spends time with his wife and their two daughters living and loving in Macon.

Alex Morrison

Alex Morrison- Executive Director, Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority Alex Morrison is currently executive director of the Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority, where he has served for one year. Prior to coming the Authority, Morrison worked with the City of Macon and worked towards the establishment of its Main Street Program.

Floco Torres

A smart, provocative and playful lyricist, Floco Torres slings references as divergent as the movie “Catch Me If You Can,” highlight reels from ESPN’s Sportscenter, the books of Malcolm Gladwell, Nickelodeon cartoons and Petula Clark’s greatest hits. And he hammers it home with a flow that glides over any beat thrown his way. As good as his studio work is, it is his stage show that has endeared him to a growing number of fans because he never holds back. He leaves it all on the field when he’s done. The fact is, whether you’re listening at home or at a concert, no one will work harder to make you feel the music than Floco Torres.

Stephanie Robinson

A native of Saudi Arabia, Stephanie Robinson has spent most of her life living and traveling overseas. Passionate about all things travel, she has dedicated her career to the Travel & Tourism Industry. She has visited 24 countries and 28 states, and knows firsthand how experiencing different cultures can change your life. Of all the places she has visited, she considers the following countries her Top 5 Best Experiences: Athens, Greece, Nairobi, Kenya, Bangkok, Thailand, Barcelona, Spain, and Cairo, Egypt. Though her travels have taken her far and wide, she has called home Macon home for the past 11 years. Stephanie graduated from Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing, and is currently pursuing an MBA at Wesleyan College.

Frank Dixon

Wil Cowart

Wil Cowart likes maps. He is a GIS Specialist at the Macon Water Authority and he loves when people ask him what GIS stands for. In his spare time Wil enjoys guitar, fencing, darts, the fine art of outdoor cooking, and hosts a weekly trivia show.

Andrew Silver

Organizing team


San Antonio, TX, United States
  • Chris Nylund
  • Craig Coleman
    Artist organizer
  • Chris Horne
    Chief Storyteller