x = independently organized TED event

Theme: Only Connect

This event occurred on
August 27, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
(UTC -5hrs)
Decatur, Illinois
United States

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design, TED, converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events, like TEDxDecaturPublicLibrary, help share ideas in local communities around the world.

TED’s Mission? Spread ideas

Just think… Decatur is a part of a global community. With TED, we are welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. Like TED, we believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. TED is building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world's most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long. Our Decatur and surrounding community is a part of it!

TED is owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation. Their agenda is to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation. TEDxDecaturPublicLibrary welcomes you to hear these great ideas and be a part of the conversation it sparks!

Decatur Public Library
130 N. Franklin St.
Madden Auditorium
Decatur, Illinois, 62523
United States
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Benjamin Ritter

Social Entrepreneur
Dr. Benjamin Ritter, is a Chicago based social entrepreneur, coach, consultant, mentor, teacher, and expert in the fields of personal and professional internal leadership development. The culmination of his previous personal, professional, and educational experiences led him to create Live for Yourself (LFY) Consulting, a coaching/consulting company that is focused on guiding successful professionals toward finding and creating more meaning in life and at work.

Jennifer Thomas

English Teacher
Jennifer Thomas is a Decatur native with twenty years of teaching experience. Her career has included technical writing and online education pioneering. A wife, mother, and St. Paul's member, Jennifer has attended ISU and UIS where she studied English, specifically linguistics and literature.

Kelly Gagnon

In April 2017, Kelly launched Grit HQ, a content marketing agency for nonprofits and small businesses. As a nonprofit director turned entrepreneur, she thrives on meeting individuals and organizations where they are at and providing the tools and real talk to move forward. Kelly spends her non-work time doing mediocre yoga, "workation" travel hacking (traveling the world for free), and planning and blogging about her path to financial independence and early retirement (by 45 years old).

Organizing team


Decatur, IL, United States