Tampa Bay based economist and author Vinny Tafuro has been invited to speak at TEDxAkron on April 21, 2018 at the Goodyear Theater in Akron’s dynamic East End. Author of Corporate Empathy and Unlocking the Labor Cage, Tafuro is a pioneering advocate for the twenty-first century economy disrupting society’s most rigid institutions and beliefs. His economic theories explore the societal and economic shifts being catalyzed by corporations as a result of technology, corporate personhood, and evolving human cognition.
Tafuro traveled to Akron, Ohio in February to explore the city and audition for the TEDxAkron organizers. Always looking for unique experiences, he used Couchsurfing.org, staying with locals and discovering the charm of Akron’s warm and friendly community and attending a Third Saturday Music Society event.
“Presenting at TEDxAkron is an amazing opportunity,” Tafuro noted, “the Rubber City remains a vital asset to American manufacturing and the historic Goodyear Theater provides the prefect venue for my message about upgrading economics for the twenty-first century.”
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.