The 2018 theme is CHANGE AGENTS. According to Greek Philosopher Heraclitus, the one constant in life is change. Change, as he believed it to be, was the sheer acceptance that opposition forces are essential for living life. It is the clinging to what is known and considered to be safe that is the downfall of life, which is not growth. A change agent makes a difference in the status quo. They authenticate differences through problem solving, while creating new paradigms or models that will further advance who we are. It takes practice, examination, and ethical behavior. Listen to the 2018 TEDxEvansStreet Change Agents and see who and what influences you to be a change agent.
LOVITH ANDERSON, JR.
Mayor of Lake City, SC
Growth is an Ageless Change Agent
While Lake City is on a world stage, it continues to change. For their community to thrive and grow it must remain ageless while its people are ageing! Watch here.
CAPITAL CITY CLOGGING CO
Cultural Change Through A Southern Art Form
Wowing audiences for over 16 years, lead by Heather Vassey, they demonstrate the art form as melding cultures to stimulate change. Watch here.
DON KAUSLER, JR.
Regional Editor, Morning News
News In The 21ST Century – A Change Agent
The news cycle is no longer a 24-hour time frame, but a minute by minute. In knowing this, news is a change agent in itself- truth vs fact (fake news vs real news), how does it adapt to serve the public in the 21st century. Watch here.
High School Student
Cultural Mindset Learning
Asian stereotypes, smart Asian genes and Tiger Mom at home, follow Asian students in school; however, the combination of Asian work ethics and American creativity is the real reason behind Asians’ successes in school. Watch here.
DR. VEERAL OZA
Advanced Endoscopic Gastroenterologist
Video Informed Consent – Healthcare Change Agent
Changing the paper-based informed consent process to a video informed consent process will reduce nervousness, risk, and ultimately contribute to hospitals’ bottom line. Watch here.
JENNIFER RANSAW SMITH
Personal Elevation™ Architect
Free the Secret to Welcome Change
The key to change can sometimes be held in a secret. Free the secret and change can welcome a whole new outlook and successes in life. Watch here.
SOUTHEASTERN BLUEGRASS ASSOCIATION
Bluegrass: A Change Agent of Music
Under the direction of Ernie McCormick, bluegrass, genre of country music, rooted in Appalachia, with influences of Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and English traditional music is an art form that gives a taste of true Americana. Watch here.
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY JAZZ BAND
HBCU Jazz Band
Jazz as a Change Agent in Music
Jazz is often considered the foundation of modern music. Through the years, not only has jazz music changed in form, but it also has influenced other genres of music and advancement of sound. Led by Roland Hayes, Jr., we will hear the evolution and change. Watch here.