Liz Lopez is a social media intern at the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs.
“Have you seen this TED video?” is a friendship-forming question that’s been tossed around among college students, public intellectuals, humanitarians, and tech enthusiasts for the past few years.
TED — short for Technology, Entertainment, and Design — is a conference series that showcases dynamic speakers and their topics through short (less than 18 minutes) and fascinating speeches, such as climate change, music theory, and economic development. By advocating a distinctive speaking style and focusing on broad, futuristic ideas, TED has established a lecture series that doesn’t fail to leave their viewers thinking.
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 TEDxPentagon, where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDxPentagon 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.
The Department of Defense is continuing their public outreach efforts by hosting TEDxPentagon: “The Human Stories” next Friday November 19, from 10 AM – 3 PM EST. Speakers from all over the world will be coming to the Navy Memorial to talk about their experiences with the military, including MSgt. Julia Watson, prior member of the Marine’s Female Engagement Team, Lt. John Pucillo, EOD technician from the Navy (think The Hurt Locker), Dr. Regina Dugan, Director of DARPA, and Gen. William E. Ward, combatant commander for AFRICOM.