TEDxGreenville was the first independently organized TEDx event in South Carolina. It all started in 2010 when a diverse, passionate group of TED enthusiasts from around the community came together with the singular goal of bringing an educational and inspirational TED-like experience to Upstate residents.
After many months of hard work and more than a few late night planning and brainstorming sessions, TEDxGreenville 2010 launched to a sold-out crowd at CU-ICAR. The result: a brain-teasing, inspiration-filled, day-long event unlike anything Greenville has ever experienced… and TEDxGreenville was born.
Now in its fifth year, the TEDxGreenville movement is igniting passions and building bridges like never before, while highlighting the incredible people and organizations that make the Upstate of South Carolina one of the best places to live on the planet. Yep, we said it.
UNZIPPED. Our 2014 annual conference theme has broad meanings that effortlessly apply to TED and TEDx ideals. Like opening up to new ideas and experiences. Letting go of restrictive masks or emotions. Revealing an epiphany previously hidden. Shedding confining stereotypes and fears. Peeling back layers to discover the heart of a challenge. When we are “unzipped,” intrinsic creative qualities such as wonder, enchantment, exploration, play, and delight emerge naturally. We readily pursue passions. And differences in attitudes, appearance, and lifestyle matter less… or not at all. Existing and thinking differently becomes natural and accepted.