TED Ahead: Big Kenny Joins 'Nashville's Greatest Thinkers and Doers' at TEDxNashville


David Byrne, Sheryl Crow, Bill Gates, Temple Grandin, KIPP founders Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin, mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot, Jamie Oliver, architect David Rockwell -- these were some of the speakers you missed Feb. 9-13 in Long Beach, Calif., unless you attended the sold-out TED conference. Not to worry: Montgomery Bell Academy is hosting one of TED's independently organized auxiliary events, TEDxNashville, on March 21. If you possess a copy of McSweeney's, a Sufjan Stevens album or a LEED certification, you've likely heard of TED, which stands for "Technology, Entertainment, Design." Devoted to the propagation of "ideas worth spreading," the nonprofit has fostered the arts of public speaking, storytelling and forward thinking, inviting a broad range of public intellectuals to address anything from graphic design to human genetics in a curated forum. The latest announced speaker for the Nashville event is country star and humanitarian Big Kenny, who joins a roster that includes Titans legend Eddie George, award-winning Meharry researcher Dr. James Hildreth, brigade surgeon Maj. Scott Harrington, performance poet Minton Sparks, TSU President Melvin N. Johnson, ethnomusicologist Greg Barz, SPHERE executive director Suzi Peel and VUMC diabetes researcher Maureen Gannon. More will be announced soon, and an up-to-date list may be found on the website. Tickets may be purchased here for the inaugural Nashville event. In the meantime, care to speculate who should be added to the list, or what the ideas worth spreading might be?

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