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Choose your favorite TEDx San Antonio speaker


SAN ANTONIO – You think you know, but do you really?

This year’s TEDx San Antonio theme is short, sweet and to the point, and hopes to trigger strong reaction from this year’s crop of poignant speakers.

Nine of the speakers gave KSAT a sneak peek into the writing process, and even snippets of their talks, that they will present on stage March 5 at Rackspace’s global headquarters in Windcrest.

Organizers say the theme this year will deliver “decisively balanced diversity of thought and grounded vision.”

Have you seen the full list of speakers?

TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, began in 1984 as a conference in which presenters converged to talk about “ideas worth spreading.” That has become the program’s tagline.

And without further ado, here are examples of the kinds of talks audience members will experience.

Kate Hayward is an artist and thinker whose talk, “Draw like a child; see like a master,” will explore our conversations and just how unmemorable many of them can be. But, with the right tools, those conversations can become truly inspired with a simple technique.

James Andrews is a principal in the San Antonio architecture firm, Overland Partners. He will talk about the power of a mission. Noting that his company’s mission statement changed his life, he will attempt to persuade others into thinking about mission statements and how they could impact their life.

Wayne Hartman comes to TEDx San Antonio giving us all a little something to think about: How we always have our mobile devices in our hands. And it’s that nasty habit that Hartman says can be so good in connecting us, but so bad in likewise disconnecting us. His talk, “Phone Zombies,” may change your life.

Angie Mock thought she’d be at the top of the corporate ladder. In fact, she was. But then her twins were born at just 24 weeks. “There were a lot more important things than my perfect corporate life,” she said. It changed the course of her life and now she comes to TEDx to talk about all the things people think they know, but probably don’t really.

Joyce Slocum is the president and CEO of Texas Public Radio. As someone who ran NPR and served on the network’s counsel, she knows what success looks like. Slocum says there are just two words that sum up the secret to success: ____ _____. She says you'll have to attend to find out what they are.

Jason Rosenfeld has worked in community health and has learned a lot about the aspects of a community. He will be speaking about community as more than a geographic thing. The most important thing is a community's unity. But what happens when that breaks? Find out with Jason’s talk.

Victor Pagona, chair of the photography department at the Southwest School of Art, says community-based art education is a melting pot of learning. But learning is complex. Pagona’s talk will explore ideas on innovation happening in the most unexpected places.

Laura Cole, the administrator for BiblioTech, gives an imaginative talk on your memories of libraries, places where we have very emotional connections. In her talk, she explores how libraries are being reimagined, and may not have the same feeling as before, but probably the same power.

Amy Cunningham will explore compassion fatigue. First responders, hospital workers, and others in the healthcare industry may recognize this topic. But it could be happening to you, too. Hear how Cunningham discovered this phenomenon, how it’s significant, and how it can be identified and remedied in her compelling talk, “Drowning in Empathy: The cost of of vicarious trauma.”

Have you seen the full list of speakers?