x = independently organized TED event

Theme: The EDGE

This event occurred on
November 4, 2012
10:00am - 6:00pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
United States

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (subject to certain rules and regulations).

Diana Wortham Theater at Pack Place
2 South Pack Square
United States
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Liam Kelley Black

Liam is a local middle schooler who composes and performs emotionally charged spoken word/slam poetry. He will open up the conference with what “THE EDGE” means for all of us, and potentially close the conference as well.

Jeff Kluger

TIME magazine Science & Technology Editor, author of Author of Apollo 13, The Sibling Bond and numerous other articles and titles. Presented last year on the TEDxAsheville stage about the bonds between siblings. Friends with astronaut Jim Lovell, who we will be proposing a SKYPE talk with during the event, moderated by Jeff.

Casey Driessen

Grammy-nominated Asheville-based fiddle player who uses digital looping to create powerful, jaw-dropping, high-energy arrangements.

Michael Fishbach

Michael is the president of the "Great Whale Conservancy" Michael has a video on youtube showing him saving a blue whale by freeing it from a net - - which now has over 5 million views.

Brian Combs

Brian Combs is pastor of the Haywood Street Congregation. He received his Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology in 2006. Upon graduating, he used clinical pastoral education placements to confront some of the darkest corners of Atlanta. He spent time with the homeless under bridges and in line at shelters; he asked for the shifts no one wanted at Grady Hospital and found himself rocking drug-addicted babies in the neonatal ward and working with patients in the psych ward. He will be presenting about the edge of our society and comfort zone - our homeless community members, and how they play an essential role in transforming and transmuting our commonly held beliefs about the poor.

David Ostergaard

David Ostergaard is a local actor and comedian. He will either present actual data about TEDx attendees if the TEDxperience Project collects enough data; or possibly give a fake TEDx talk or comedic monologue ala Ze Frank.

Katie Spotz

On March 14, Warren Wilson grad Katie Spotz entered the record books by completing her 3,038 mile solo row across the Atlantic Ocean, after 70 days, 5 hours and 22 minutes. She raised over $100,000 for the Blue Planet Network, a nonprofit funding safe drinking water projects worldwide.

Avi Goldberg

Avi is a computer science major at UNCA. Using an single-sensor Electroencephalography (EEG) device, a headset that reads electrical activity in the brain, Goldberg can move a volume control on his computer by just thinking. Concentration makes the digital slider go up, and meditation makes it go down. He will demonstrate this technology on stage, and allow audience members to attempt the same during an intermission interstitial.

Playback Theater

Asheville Playback Theatre was founded in 1995 in North Carolina, USA, by Raphael Peter and Cat Gilliam. Now entering its sixteenth season, APT's public performances are all part of the overall theme “Building a Community of Neighbors”. In playback theatre, personal stories from audience members will be transformed into performance pieces, accompanied by improvised music.

Joe Minicozzi

Joseph Minicozzi, AICP is the principal of Urban3, LLC, a consulting company of the real estate developer Public Interest Projects. He has most recently served as the Executive Director for the Asheville Downtown Association and the new projects director of PIP. Joe is a founding member of the Asheville Design Center, a non-profit community design center dedicated to creating livable communities across all of Western North Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from University of Miami and Masters in Architecture and Urban Design from Harvard University.

Anne Heck

Interfaith minister and healer Anne Heck brings the audience to the edge of one woman's body and soul with her personal story of healing, redemption and transformation—after surviving a brutal assault that made national headlines.

Tommy Calloway

Tommy has degree in Music, Theater and Literature from UNC-Asheville and have been creating music in any genre for the last 15 years. He have served as Creative Director for five different radio stations and has been writing and producing radio spots for the last five years. He is also the Executive Producer of The Feral Chihuahuas Sketch Comedy Troupe and has been creating sound and music for comedy for the last 12 years. Tommy will be addressing humanity’s fascination with the end of the world, 2012, and our preoccupation with preparing for the end of times.

Tina Staley

Tina Staley was born and raised in Asheville. She conducted is co-founder of Pathfinders. Pathfinders was launched at the Duke University Cancer Center in 2007-2010 to assess, through a pilot research study, its feasibility and helpfulness. Pathfinders, an evidence-informed and theoretically-grounded psychosocial care program, provides a manualized and structured curriculum designed to help cancer patients achieve “personal recovery.”

Hutton Kearney

Cytogenetics Director at Mission Health. Will be speaking about the latest advancements in our understanding of genomics, mapping the genome, the database she helped develop for Mission, and the complex issues and questions that come with our ability to predict our life outcomes as a result of genetic testing.

Toubab Krewe & Adama Dembele

Toubab Krewe is an American instrumental band which fuses the music of Mali with American musical styles. The group's instrumentation includes kora, kamelengoni, soku, two electric guitars, electric bass guitar, drum set, and African percussion.

Organizing team


Asheville, NC, United States
  • Anne Manner-McLarty
    Operations Director
  • Richard Handy
    Production Director
  • Jennifer Saylor
    Content Co-Director
  • Sharon Feingold
    Content Co-Director
  • Michele Swicegood
    Volunteer Director
  • Amber Ukena
    Publicity Director
  • Karen Vizzina
    Keeper of the dollars