TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, and TEDx was created to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate relevant dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. These events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis, and every Tuesday we’re featuring a talk from a Michigan TEDx – many more at TEDxMichigan and you can also click for a list of TEDx events in Michigan!
We’re still waiting for video from recent TEDx events in Lansing, Grand Rapids & Traverse City, but here’s a video from last year’s TEDx Traverse City featuring Michigan author Jerry Dennis discussing the blind leap that creativity requires.
Jerry Dennis is a nationally renowned writer whose essays on nature, culture, and the outdoors have appeared in The New York Times, Smithsonian, Audubon, Orion, National Geographic Traveler, and many other publications. His ten books, including 2009′s The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas, and 2011′s The Windward Shore: A Winter on the Great Lakes, have appeared on national bestseller lists. (read an excerpt of The Windward Shore on Absolute Michigan) Among his many awards are the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, the Michigan Author of the Year Award, and the Great Lakes Culture Award.