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TEDxSchriever 2017 to talk value


TEDxSchriever is scheduled to begin 9:30 a.m. at the Schriever Air Force Base Event Center, Oct. 20, 2017. There will be three speakers from the Colorado Springs/Schreiver community to spark thought and discussion surrounding values. (U.S. Air Force graphic by 2nd Lt. Scarlett Rodriguez)


In years past, TEDxSchriever has served as a platform for speakers within the Schriever family, and the local community, to volunteer and share ideas with on base and online viewers.

While speakers’ topics varied through the years, they had one thing in common; their topics encompassed their personal values, things of worth in their lives, to share with the Schriever community.

Establishing, evaluating and disputing audience perception of value is the aim of the 2017 iteration of TEDxSchriever, which will return for its fourth year Oct. 20.

“I want our community to be challenged, to take a look at what they value; time, education, money, family, friends, work, whatever,” said James Hodges, 50th Space Wing Public Affairs community relations chief and TEDxSchriever organizer. “Sometimes you can think, I know what I value, and then someone challenges you. You may realize your priorities are not matching your values.”

According to TED, the organization’s mission is to spread ideas through discussion, opening avenues and minds to the possibilities that come from free knowledge; a mission inspiring Hodges strives to support each year through TEDxSchriever.

“I find value in the discussion everyone brings to the event. Of course not everyone is going to agree with everything that is brought forth, but that's not the point. The point is to exchange ideas and inspire thought and discussion,” Hodges said.

Talks this year are aimed to appeal to all demographics within the Schriever community; however, the large group of young Airmen beginning their adult lives within Schriever may have the most to gain by learning how to prioritize values earlier than some of their predecessors.

“If you don't think there is value in something you're just going to check the box, squander the opportunity and waste time,” Hodges said. “In today's world we are moving so fast sometimes we don't take the time to realize what the value of something truly is, we just check the box and move on.

“We work hard for our money, are we spending it in a place that has the same values we work to defend?” he asked. “We work hard to provide for our families, but what's the value of that time spent away from them?”

The event will feature three presenters who will share topics and initiatives they value to potentially elicit questions and thought surrounding Schriever members’ own priorities and values.

Keeping in step with the TED format, speakers will have 18 minutes or less to inspire the audience.

The talks will be recorded and hosted on the TEDx YouTube channel and shared via the Schriever Air Force Base Facebook page.

 “I love the idea they took,” said Stacy Burns, Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado vice president of business innovation. “Being able to bring ideas forward, it’s not a sales pitch, it’s not an opportunity to get on your soapbox necessarily, but just to share an idea and talk about it and the TEDx being the local version of that is what makes this so cool.

“If someone sitting in the audience thinks of something just a little bit differently because of what I presented to them, or the other folks presenting shared with them, then you had impact,” she continued. “You can create more conversations around that. I think that makes our world better.”

The event will be held 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the event center with breaks between speakers and at the end for discussion. For more information, contact Hodges at 567-5040.

The scheduled speakers include:

Kelley Pomis, Teach for America Colorado Spring managing director,

Stacey Burns, Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado vice president of business innovation,

 Lt. Col. Lewis Sorvillo, 22nd Space Operations Squadron commander, Father/Husband/Leader

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).

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