This past April, Oklahoma City hosted the first TEDx event in our state: TEDxOKC. As expected, it was a fantastic day of inspirational and moving talks. Today at lunch I ran into Ken Stoner, who was the primary organizer of TEDxOKC, and he told me a TEDxOU event is being scheduled for January 2012. A Facebook page has been created for TEDxOU with an accompanying website to follow soon!


Ken also mentioned that many of the videos from April’s TEDxOKC are now available on YouTube. A current YouTube search for “TEDxOKC” yields 18 videos. My favorite by far was Eric Maddox – “The Evolution of Combat Interrogation.” Eric was the man responsible for leading the team which eventually found Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Take 17 minutes and watch this video. It’s amazing on multiple levels. Our nation is blessed to have intelligent, savvy warriors like Eric leading our troops and civilian forces. I’m sure you’ll notice, as I did, Eric’s team didn’t send anyone to Gitmo to acquire the intelligence needed to find Saddam.

Another 2011 TEDxOKC presentation to not miss (for very different reasons) is Kyle Dillingham’s closing thoughts in “Re-thinking the Symphony and Connecting with the World.” If you had any doubt about incredibly talented musicians in Oklahoma, Kyle will lay your doubts to rest.

Many thanks to Ken Stoner and all the other organizers as well as volunteers who made TEDxOKC a big success! Follow TEDxOU on Facebook and get ready for more inspiration in January 2012!

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