By Senior Airman Naomi Griego
50 Space Wing Public Affairs
Schriever hosted its first TEDxSchrieverStreet in Building 300 auditorium to encourage thought-provoking conversation about the topic of limits.
The event had been in the planning stages for more than a year before it became a reality here.
According to its website, in 1984 TED was just a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged, and today it covers almost all topics in more than 100 languages.
James Hodges, 50th Space Wing Public Affairs community outreach chief, and Stacy Cochran, Missile Defense Agency Public Affairs, wanted to bring the benefits of TEDx to the base.
With the assistance of Kerry Grant, chief scientist for the Joint Polar Satellite System Common Ground System and Shawn Cochran, mission data specialist for NASA, the discussion of limits were well, limitless.
Hodges had his first experience with a TEDx nearly two years ago at his previous assignment. His role the last time was a social media promoter, this time he was the one in charge of the entire event.
“In the current environment it is a free form of training,” said Hodges. “TED offers a different way of thinking.” And it has been for 30 years.
Hodges came up with the theme of “limits” after viewing a TEDTalk by Phil Hansen called “Embrace the shake,” in which Hansen, a multimedia artist, overcomes the obstacles he faced after suffering a tremor in his hand caused by nerve damage.
Hodges said we face limits every day, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are a bad thing.
“You can work within a limit, that’s what I am trying to get across,” said Hodges. “Putting this event together we faced many challenges, but true to the theme we embraced the challenge and worked through them.”
One of the members in attendance couldn’t help but share her enthusiasm after the event.
Karen Beaudoin, Airman and Family Readiness Center Chief, said the event gave her a new perspective about the limits she faces.
“I liked the whole concept,” she said. “It was very powerful.”
She said she had never really thought about limits in the way they were presented at the event.
“I learned not to fear limits,” she added.
Hodges and Cochran are considering hosting another TEDxSchrieverStreet event next year.
He said that he’d like to keep the buzz about TEDx going.
He added for those who were unable to attend the event, the recorded talks will be available on www.ted.com or the Schriever Air Force Base Facebook page.