One Evening, Two Aggie Gals and Eight TED Ideas Worth Spreading

Last night I had the opportunity to attend TEDxTC, an independently organized TED event (for more information on TED, click here.) with fellow agriculturalist, Elizabeth Olson. TED is all about ideas worth spreading. Presenters have 18 minutes to share their idea worth spreading with the audience, resulting in high level and to the point lectures. For those looking to be exposed to new ideas and perspectives, I recommend seeking out a TED event.

Last night’s event featured eight women, four presenting from Washington, D.C. and four presenting at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul. The Washington, D.C. women were first up, and their presentations were called “The Rising,” and explored a variety of women’s issues through both tears and laughter.

While the Washington, D.C. women were beyond inspiring, the four women in St. Paul were phenomenal. Dori Moliter, Janis LaDouceur, Cecily Sommers and Peg Chemberlin all provided unique world views and ideas on women’s roles in business and the world. It was a thought provoking evening, and both Elizabeth and I left feeling intelligent and cultured.

There was one gaping hole in the program, however. Except for one of the women mentioning growing up on a Minnesota dairy farm, agriculture didn’t come up once, neither positively or negatively. For an evening focusing on forward thinking, I was disappointed that a women representing the agriculture industry wasn’t included to share an idea worth spreading. To me, this seems like a natural component. But if it wasn’t a given to include agriculture in the evening, perhaps that is even more reason to get an agriculturalist on stage at a TED event.


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