Imagine having a eureka moment that holistically changes your thinking.  In that moment, you accept the call to dare.

These are the kinds of moments happening at TED Conferences around the world almost daily.  TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a non-profit think tank that brings together “the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.” TED is legendary among folks who like to “think different” and a resource for leaders in business, politics and the arts.

For the first time, TEDxHarlem is hosting a one-day interactive conference at Riverside Church.  Among the participants at this inaugural event are The Studio Museum’s Thelma Golden and Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson. The event aims to capitalize on a resurgence of ideas and innovation in the Harlem community, and spreading that progressiveness throughout the world.  Big thinkers from a plethora of fields like School Superintendent, Seth Andrew, are challenged to give the “talk of their lives” in an 18 minute presentation.  As the founder of Democracy Prep, Andrew does not accept excuses from his students or his teachers. At his school, it is expected that his students will work hard, go to college, and change the world.  “When you walk into a classroom at Democracy Prep, you feel two things right away – one of them is joy and the other is rigor,” says Andrew (one of around 20 presenters at TEDxHarlem.)

TEDxHarlem happens Tuesday, March 27th at Riverside Church at 490 Riverside Drive. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased via Ticketmaster or by calling 800.745.3000.

Play is Necessary: Kevin Carroll at TEDxHarlem