TEDxUF Club: Exploring Social Entrepreneurship With UF Enactus
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For our last TEDxUF Club meeting of the school year, we had the pleasure of teaming up with UF Enactus, a "social entrepreneurship organization composed of academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world." During the meeting, we dove into the idea of social entrepreneurship, as well as the the topics of non-profit motivations, giving to your community, listening in order to understand needs, and creating sustainable social change.

The talk we watched was "Poverty, money -- and love" by Jessica Jackley. She talks about how microloans can empower people experiencing poverty.

Then, we discussed:

Why do you think it is important to listen to people in the community before even beginning to plan a project?

What role do you think empowerment plays in making sustainable change? Do you think donations contribute or work against this goal?

Do you think social entrepreneurship projects are entirely replicable in different settings?


We look forward to seeing you at our club meetings next school year! And we can’t wait to see you at our annual Art Showcase on March 16 at First Magnitude, as well as our TEDxUF conference on March 24 at the Hippodrome and Satellite Venue at Bryan Hall.

Stay connected with us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter for updates and inspirational content throughout the day.

A special thanks goes to our logistics director Alex Camacho and UF Enactus for leading the discussion and being a part of this event!

You're Invited to This Year's Satellite Venue

This year, we will be holding a satellite venue event in Bryan Hall at the same time as the main TEDxUF 2018 Conference!

But what exactly is a satellite venue?

Well, since the main event isn’t free this year, we wanted to offer a free event to include everyone who cannot make it to the main event. There is no registration process, and anyone can come and go as they please.

Downstairs, the live talks will be streamed throughout the day, and there will be interactive booths, engagement activities and booths upstairs. Some of these will even include VR!

The schedule will be as follows:

Doors will open at 12:00 p.m. The first session of speakers will run until 2:00 p.m., followed by a food and lab break until 3:30. The second session of speakers will be until 5:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us.

We look forward to seeing you here on March 24th!

TEDxUF Club: Designing for Social Good With Vox Graphis
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In this week’s TEDxUF club meeting on Feb. 6, we teamed up with VoxGraphis to discuss design’s impact on the daily lives of people, how design is used to solve problems and how we can think about design purposes in more innovative ways. For those who would like to ponder further over the questions and videos, and for those who could not make it to the meeting, here is what we discussed:

Our first talk was Sinéad Burke’s “Why design should include everyone,” where she discusses the lack of design that is adaptable to her as a little person. She asks the question, “Who are we not designing for?”

Her ideas sparked the following questions:

Is design just a tool to create function & beauty? Or does design greatly impact people’s lives?

Why do we spend little time considering the design of things around us, such as airports, planes and terminals?

Why should we be considering when we design? And why is accessibility important?

When we describe something as accessible, who is it accessible to? Whose needs aren’t being accommodated?

What can we do to be allies for people who are abled differently?

For our next talk, we watched “When we design for disability, we all benefit” by Elise Roy. She shares how being deaf gives her a unique perspective on experiencing the world, which allows her to think outside-the-box in solving complex problems.

Then, we discussed:

What can we learn from looking sideways or asking stupid questions?

Which parts of the design thinking process do you utilize in your own life?

  1. Define the problem
  2. Empathize
  3. Ideation
  4. Prototype & Test
  5. Sustainability (Implementation)

Do you believe that everyone is creative? Can everyone become creative problem solvers through design thinking?

Do you think designing for disability first would always be beneficial? Could there be a downfall to this approach?

Why is it important to bring people from different disciplines with diverse perspectives together?


We hope to see you at our next meeting on Feb. 27 at 6:30! This will be our last TEDxUF Club of the semester.

Stay connected with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates and inspirational content throughout the day.

A special thanks goes to our creative director Victoria Gerson for leading the discussion, as well as Vox Graphis for being a part of this event!

Open Call for Artists for Art Showcase!
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We are excited to be having our annual Art Showcase at First Magnitude Brewing Company on March 16th!

This event is a great way for local artists and the Gainesville community to come together to explore creative perspectives on the theme of the main TEDxUF event.

Currently, we have an open call for artists, and all mediums of art are acceptable for submission. The deadline to submit all work is Feb. 4 at 11:59 p.m. Selected pieces from the showcase will also be displayed at the main event on March 24th at the Hippodrome.

You can submit here.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the TEDxUF Art Showcase organizer Alicia Frazer at amfrazer@ufl.edu.

Check out last year’s event here.

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(Photographs are from the 2017 event.)

Upcoming: Analyzing Perception Panel Event

TEDxUF is excited to present Analyzing Perception, our second annual panel event!

Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 13 to explore how perception is shaped and changed throughout our lives and how it affects the way we view ourselves and others. We will feature speakers from various backgrounds including media, psychology, diversity affairs, and mental health and discuss how perception plays a role in every aspect of our lives.

Our featured panelists will include:

Ryan Duffy: Associate Professor, UF Department of Psychology
Jaron Jones: Co-Founder of Self Narrate
Diana Moreno: Assistant Director, UF Multicultural and Diversity Affairs
Jim Probert: Licensed Counselor, UF Counseling and Wellness Center
Vicki Vescio: Clinical Assistant Professor, UF College of Education

Registration closes tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. We will be taking participants on a rolling acceptance, so make sure to get your applications in early!

You can apply here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd4XBPGMr11v4zipNuUHxAl8zTCF0txdImcrYFvRikFxdnJvA/viewform

Keep up with updates on the Facebook page.

Project Period Starts NOW
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Project Period is a drive created by TEDxUF to collect sanitary items for Grace Marketplace, a non-profit homeless shelter that offers support services and opportunities to those in need.

By donating pads, tampons and other sanitary items, we are creating awareness on an ignored problem in the spectrum of homelessness. People experiencing homelessness often have to make spending decisions on either food or pads, even though these are the basics for survival and well-being. We often take these items for granted, when people experiencing homelessness cannot guarantee that they will get enough of them, if any at all.

So, let’s do all we can to reach out and ensure that they’re getting what they need. Here’s how you can help.

You can donate:

·         Pads

·         Tampons

·         Diva cups

·         Menstrual cups

·         Any alternative to pads and tampons

And you can drop them off at any of these locations:

·         Curia on the Drag (2029 NW 6th St.)

·         Third House Books (113 N. Main St.)

·         TEDxUF Club Meetings (Jan. 30 and Feb. 27)

·         CORE Building (1441 Bledsoe Dr.)

·         The Agency at UF (2019 Weimer Hall)

If you have any questions, reach out to Isabella Pinzon at isabella.pguzman@gmail.com.

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Planting Trees With We Are Neutral (& Speaker Reveal!)

Last Sunday, our TEDxUF team volunteered as tree planters at Prairie Creek Preserve with We Are Neutral, a non-profit that partners up with Gainesville residents and businesses, supports tree plantings on local conservation lands and supports carbon reduction projects. We Are Neutral provides meaningful benefits to individuals and their communities, and their goal is to empower and educate people about what it means to be carbon neutral, as well as how it can realistically be practiced.

We at TEDxUF have been on board with what they stand We Are Neutral, as they have played an integral part in our events throughout the past. “We Are Neutral has made TEDxUF carbon neutral for the past four years, so to be able to plant the trees that offset our event was a priority for the team and I. There is nothing quite like making something so abstract, like carbon offsetting, feel so tangible,” TEDxUF curator Mina Robinson said.

Additionally, we are also excited to reveal that their director Anna Sampson will be speaking at this year’s conference on March 24! “I believe that we’re too creative and resourceful not to be successful in climate change. That being said, we can only improve what we can measure. I combine my passions of math and nature by calculating carbon footprints and creating carbon offsets that are responsible for tangible, meaningful and local change,” she said.

TEDxUF Club Meeting: Partnering with Teach For America

In this week's TEDxUF club meeting on Jan. 16, we teamed up with Teach For America to provoke ideas on educational opportunity, student motivation and discrimination in schools. For those who would like to ponder further over the questions and videos, and for those who could not make it to the meeting, here is what we discussed:

Our first talk was Alice Goffman's “How we’re priming some kids for college – and others for prison,” where she discusses from firsthand observation how teenagers of African-American and Latino backgrounds are “funneled” down the path to prison.

Then, we went to discussion:

What role does opportunity and education play into these two paths?

How can we keep students motivated despite the obstacles?

Do you think equal opportunities exist?

In what ways does discrimination exist at UF?


For our next TED Talk, we watched Anindya Kundu’s “The boost students need to overcome obstacles,” which illuminates how students who face personal, social and institutional challenges can defy expectations.

For our discussion, we shared perspectives on the following:

Why is it so hard to ask for help?

What can individuals do to fix these problems?


We hope to see you at our next meeting on Jan. 30 at 6:30, where we will be collaborating with Vox Graphis! Stay connected with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates and inspirational content throughout the day.

If you are interested in applying for Teach For America, the next deadline is on Jan. 26! If you are looking to contact someone to find out more about Teach for America, reach out to Brittany Fining at Brittany.fining@teachforamerica.org or Aaron Bos-Lun at aaron.bos-lun@teachforamerica.org.

A special thanks goes to our curator Mina Robinson for leading the discussion, as well as Teach For America for being a part of this event!

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TEDxUF Club Meeting: The Science of Creativity

This week's meeting, led by Miriam Grant and Royce Abela, dove into the idea of creativity, including the neuroscience behind it and how collaborating with others can enhance creative potential.

Starting off, we watched Charles Limb's TEDx Talk that looks explores what happens in the brain upon improvisation of music:

After, we created improvisational artwork in partners, experiencing firsthand what can happen during the collaborative process of creativity. We even created our very own TEDxUF Club Gallery:


Then, we discussed our experience:

How is creating art by yourself different from creating art with a partner?

How did you find yourself communicating and working with your partner throughout the creation of the piece?

What are the most important components that foster a creative environment? What are the least?


We hope to see you at our next meeting! Stay connected with us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter for updates on our next meeting date, as well as inspirational content throughout the day.

Meet Our Creative Director: Victoria Gerson
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This year’s TEDxUF creative director is the wonderfully creative Victoria Gerson, a senior from Miami in UF’s graphic design program. Let’s find out more about her!

Q: How did you become the TEDxUF creative director?

A: “I kind of stumbled upon it. In my sophomore year, the TEDxUF curator posted on Facebook that she was looking for a designer. I wanted to get more involved at UF, since I didn’t really do anything my freshman year, so I applied and she chose me. She was the previous year’s designer, which was great because she taught me everything she did the year before. Then, I was a designer again the next year. This year, my third year in TEDxUF, I wanted to advance in my role, so I applied to be creative director.”

Q: What does the creative team do?

A: “We mainly focus on branding and designing for the theme. For the day of the event, that incudes T-shirts, stickers, programs, badges, the slides that appear behind the speakers during their talks – anything you can actually see and touch. That’s something I love about the creative team – that you can see with your eyes the work we do and it’s tangible. We also do a lot of brainstorming and work with the marketing team and other teams to bring ideas to life.”

Q: What kind of experience has TEDxUF given you?

A: “It’s definitely one of the largest events I’ve designed for, so I feel like it’s given me good experience with real life design. School projects are usually for imaginary clients and they don’t go out into the real world, but this is for something that’s actually happening. Also, it’s been a great experience to work with such a big team. Each team within the larger TEDxUF team is focused on something different, and we work within and between all of them. It gets us out of our team bubbles, and it’s given me experience with working with different kinds of people that I don’t typically work alongside, such as those on the logistics team. I’ve gotten to learn more than just what the creative team does.”

Q: How did you become passionate about design?

A: “I’ve been into art my whole life, and when I got to middle school, I got really into photography. For high school, I applied to an art magnet high school in Miami called DASH. Since I was already really digital from my photography experience I knew I wanted to focus on the graphic design major they had. I studied graphic design starting in tenth grade, and then my high school pushed me into going to an art school for college. UF was the only university I applied to, but when I visited the design studio here, I was like, ‘This is it. I’m coming here.’ And I’ve become more excited about design ever since.”

Q: What does TEDxUF mean to you?

A: “Well, during my sophomore and junior year, I was designing for both student government and TEDxUF. And for my senior year, I decided I had to pick one to continue involvement with, and I chose TEDxUF without hesitation. I’m truly passionate about TED and I stand behind its purpose. It’s about spreading knowledge throughout the world, and with TEDx, that involves bringing TED directly to campuses and communities to share great ideas locally. TED is just people wanting to share their ideas with others and it’s very genuine. That’s something I can definitely stand behind.”



Q: Describe yourself in 3 words.

A: “Tenacious, passionate and loud.”

Q: Something a lot of people don’t know about you?

A: “I’m Brazilian and I speak Portuguese.”

Q: Book you’re currently reading?

A: “’Design: The Invention of Desire’ by Jessica Helfand”

Q: Dream job?

A: “If I could be anything in the world, I would be an ‘International Bad Design Fixer.’”

Q: Who’s your role model?

A: “My parents.”

Q: Favorite spot on campus?

A: “The graphic design studio. It’s my second home.”

Stay tuned for more interviews, and keep your ears pealed for the TEDxUF theme reveal, coming soon.

To get more involved with TEDxUF, come to our next TEDxUF Club meeting on Nov. 7 at 6:30 in Stuzin 101.

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