Four Best Speaker Videos From Latest TEDx Atlanta

The videos from this fantastic TEDx event are finally out, and I wanted to share my favorites with you. TEDxAtlanta’s latest event was titled RE:SOLVE—What do significant solutions require?

Logan Smalley Turned a Movie Into a Movement

Logan Smalley helped his friend with muscular dystrophy, Darius, see the world. As a means to take the trip, they started making a documentary, helped turn Darius Goes West into a movement, raising an amazing amount of money and winning over twenty awards. Logan speaks on the digital revolution and the ability of good content and a meaningful story to become a movie movement phenomenon even if you shoot it on a phone. Modern movie making is accessible, and individuals can create and spread a meaningful story that helps solve a problem. He shares real examples of how his bootstrapped project used sideways marketing to further spread their message and spread the story as a movement.

If you haven’t seen the movie, it is a great watch.

Tad Leithead speaks on Atlanta at a Cross Roads

Tad Leithead, Chairman of the Atlanta Regional Commission, covers the amazing opportunities that need to be seized today to continue Atlanta’s leadership and transformation for the next 50 years. From securing water to having one of the largest urban aging populations and from transportation infrastructure to education, Tad helps frame the challenges facing the largest city in the South and sprinkles in some of the statistics that make this such a compelling watch and opportunity for the city and entrepreneurs.

Ryan Gravel on The Atlanta Beltline and Modern Transit Solutions

Ryan Gravel conceived of The Atlanta Beltline Project as his graduate thesis at Georgia Tech in 1999, and it stems from trying to answer the question, “How do you make Atlanta into a place you’d want to live the rest of your life?” He speaks on modern transit and how our cities have evolved into an unsustainable tangle that negatively impacts our quality of life. Ryan’s examples and storytelling are wonderful with succinct visuals. This is a must for anyone dealing with city planning, communities, transportation, developers, retailers, architecture and even healthcare.

A bit of background, from the Atlanta Beltline site, “the Atlanta Beltline is a long term project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting 45 neighborhoods directly to each other. It is the most comprehensive economic development effort ever undertaken by the city and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban development projects underway in the United States.”

Harrison Dillon Solving Oil Energy Issues Through Microbs

Harrison Dillon, President, CTO and co-founder of Solazyme, speaks about his vision to create fuel through micro algae that took 9 years to realize. Getting funding for a field that didn’t exist yet, and evolving technology to make a better energy solution that is environmentally friendly. Harrison has a compelling vision and is bringing a new solution to market that will likely be a component of our future fuel solution.

Two other groups to check out from TEDxAtlanta are the band Modern Skirts and the presenter Farmer D who works with Whole Foods to rethink sustainable gardening and what we can do with food waste.

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