About Us

TEDxEvansStreet is an all-day independently organized TED event experience dedicated to spreading ideas by blending innovation, insight, and storytelling. The experience collectively ignites the Florence community’s commitment to lifelong learning and spark positive change.

The theme for this year is The Audacity to Dream.  We can look at a series of definitions for the word dream , ” a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep” or ” to contemplate the possibility of doing something or that something might be the case” – whether conscious or unconscious we can only hope we all dare to do it – dream.  Some who dare to dream, dream to make a difference in someone else’s life or simply their own.  Either way, the real revelation in making a dream a tangible reality that often encourages, motivates, and frankly, deal with real issues uninhibited is to live it.  With Florence’s TEDxEvansStreet, we seek to share the dreams of those that have become realities that are forever changing society, in hopes of sparking those that may not have the audacity to dream to act, resulting in ultimately forever impacting institutions.

About TEDx/TED

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.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at 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.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.

TEDxEvansStreet Team

Licensee/Lead Organizer

Tonita Perry, info@tedxevansstreet.org


Bernadette Ross, speakers@tedxevansstreet.org


Uschi Jeffcoat and Chermaine Lyde, production@tedxevansstreet.org

Audience & Outreach

Debra Lowery, admin@tedxevansstreet.org


Les Echols, volunteers@tedxevansstreet.org

Public Relations/Marketing Communications

Pete Mazzaroni, pr@tedxevansstree.org


Alice Fuller, webmaster@tedxevansstreet.org