At TEDxCoconutGrove 2016, the audience was encouraged to “dream” with the speakers as they stood on the token red circle and spoke about imagination, commonalities and even a tortoise named “Lonesome George.”
Held in Ransom Everglades School’s Lewis Auditorium on Feb. 5, the event and its Dream theme impressed the importance of dreams, both as aspirations and as what occurs during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Whether it was about Aztec Naguals, the impact of music on healing or confidence on the court, it was clear that everyone in the audience was engaged in the messages spoken. Even the videos played directly from the TED.com site were entracing, holding the audience in awe or causing them to burst out in laughter.
Despite this, the distractions incurred from the multiple media used during the Talks, technical difficulties during the third session and occasional issues with lighting detracted from the power of the ideas presented. The theme, while affording its speakers to speak about practically anything, managed to inadvertently restrict many of its speakers by causing them to repeatedly refer back the word “dream,” even when verbs like “look forward” or nouns like “hope” could have been used instead.
Not including the video talks, the most memorable Talks of the day were given by Derek Deville, who spoke on pursuing your passion actively through any means possible; Matt Wilson, who showed exactly how memory patterns function in the brain during sleep, and Tanya Villanueva Tepper, whose happily “even” after demonstrated how resilience is achievable even when it seems nearly impossible. The total 14 speakers were joined by three impressive performers- Combat Hippies, Eric Lewis and Tiempo Libre.
The whole premise of TED is to feature “ideas worth spreading.” For those with a curious mind, as is nearly every TED fan, TEDxCoconut Grove’s fourth year did just that. The speakers planted the seeds within their audience to dream bigger dreams, spreading their worthy ideas to be used as inspiration beyond the Grove.