If someone needs for us to step up and Be a Good Neighbor, then we’re gonna do what we can to step up and Be a Good Neighbor. We can’t do it all the time — there are so many worthy organizations in the area that we’d love to help, but resources are limited.
Nonetheless, TEDxCapeMay is one that’s near and dear to our hearts.
You know how we love sponsoring organizations that help the community, right? The Exit Zero Cape May Jazz Festival, BikeMS: City to Shore, the Cape May Forum, Escape the Cape Triathlon, just to name a few.
On October 16, we’ll be sponsoring yet another great event: TEDxCapeMay. It’s an offshoot of those awesome TED Talks that you get sucked into when you least expect it. There are talks out there discussing why schools should nurture creativity, on what your body language says about you, on leadership, vulnerability, motivation, technological advancements, even “10 Things You Didn’t Know About Orgasm”. (Yes, really.) It’s a distinguished list.
TEDx Talks are independently organized. They’re for people who want to create a TED-like event in their own community. Committed to the spirit of the mission of TED — “Ideas worth spreading” — TEDx comes to Cape May for the fifth year.
Ryan spoke at TEDxCapeMay in 2013, and we’ve been sponsors since.
“It’s an important bridge-building event in the Cape May region,” Ryan says, “and we love to be involved, particularly with this year’s theme: What’s the Story?. We like to think that we’ve become part of the story of Cape May, and we love to get the chance to connect our story with the greater conversation happening at TEDxCapeMay.”
This year’s speakers will include experts on cybersecurity, sustainable preservation, fitness, self-motivation in STEM careers, politics in a digital age, and storytelling.
“TEDxCapeMay brings the best ‘ideas worth spreading’ to Cape May while CMBC brings the best beer worth drinking,” event organizer Norris Clark tells us.
We’ll be pouring our brews at the luncheon during the event, so you can talk about great things while drinking great beer. Many of the Brew Crew will be in attendance, so you’ll have a chance to meet some of us.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, er, growler for the past few decades, you’ve heard of TED, the series of inspirational conferences held all over the world in which opinion shapers from every discipline share — in 18 minutes or less — ideas worth spreading. Well, every year in our hometown, there’s TEDxCapeMay, an independently-organized off-shoot, and Cape May Brewing Company is sponsoring the 2015 initiative, happening on October 18 at Lower Cape May Regional High School.
TED is short for Technology, Education, Design because these were the original areas of focus when the program launched in 1984. Since that time, the conferences have grown to encompass all subjects… including beer. In 2013, CMBC President Ryan Krill spoke at TEDxCapeMay, and he’s also served as a member of the program’s advisory board. From the beginning, CMBC has sponsored the event.
“It is our three main, local backers — Congress Hall, Exit Zero Publishing, and Cape May Brewing Company — who really bring together the hosting of this initiative, ” says organizer Norris Clarke. “Ryan and and his whole gang are a huge giveback to the community. This sponsorship is another gift they’re giving.”
The theme for this year’s program is Truth Be Told, and includes what Norris calls a “provocative” lineup. Among the 10 presenters are television host Marc Summers, who will tackle the subject of political correctness in the entertainment industry; former liaison to President Obama Brad Jenkins, who will discuss the power of comedy in saving lives; and renowned forensic psychiatrist Michael Welner, on what it means to be evil.
Following the day will be a reception at Cape May’s Congress Hall hotel, complete with an open bar and beer from yours truly… appropriate for a day of truth-themed programming, since “people are always more truthful after a beer,” Norris says. “And you can argue that craft beer is the truest beer.”
For more information on the full presenter lineup, how to purchase tickets ($75/person), or how to sponsor a student’s attendance ($62 per person), visit the TEDxCapeMay page at TEDx.com. Or, to see Ryan’s 2013 speech, click here:
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