Teenagers Inspiring Positive Change

They are the next generation of thinkers, artists, scientists, social activists and entrepreneurs.

Applying their creativity, wisdom and innovative thinking, these young leaders are dreaming of new possibilities and putting their ground-breaking ideas into action.

Teenagers around the world
are inspiring positive change.

It is time to learn from them.

August 28th, 2010, a dynamic group of teens presented their ideas for the future to an audience ready to be inspired at the first ever TEDxNextGenerationAsheville (TEDxNGA). This interactive, multi-media event at The Orange Peel in downtown Asheville was an opportunity for growth, learning and fun for our entire community and a springboard to action. Watch the videos now to experience the power of these young people's passion and ideas.

Highlights from TEDxNextGenerationAsheville

These inspired and courageous young people took to the stage because they are passionate about the future that we are all living into. These youth know the power of ideas and are willing to take a stand for the causes and visions they believe in. Are you? What do you care about? What inspires you? What ideas are burning in your throat and need to be spoken?

Get Involved

We are currently reconfiguring for What's Next after the 2010 event. We are looking at school-based programs, more community events, and other creative ideas to connect youth with one another, give them a platform to share ideas, expand the audience of adults who are listening and create more opportunities for intergenerational collaboration. Contact us to join our team or let us know how you'd like to get involved.

The World is Listening

11 year-old Birke Baehr is featured on TED.com for his talk about "What's Wrong With Our Food System? And How Can We Make A Difference?" His talk has already (on November 29th) been viewed over 283,000 times at Youtube and is now available to the larger TED sphere of influence. The world is ready to listen to what youth have to say. It's time to hear and integrate their wisdom.

TEDx Collaborations

In collaboration with TEDxAsheville, TEDxNextGenerationAsheville is a celebration of visionary ideas that spark conversations that matter. We are open to collaborating with other individuals, organizations and communities as we know it takes a village. Contact us and share your ideas for how we can co-create an inspiring shared future together.

 

Remaining true to the spirit of the TED Conference – hosting the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, and challenging them to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less – TEDxNextGenerationAsheville will be comprised of a mix of live talks and performances and pre-recorded talks from recent TED conferences.


What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxNextGenerationAsheville, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDx[name] event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.