Speakers are being sought for a conference which hopes to “stimulate dialogue and spark deep conversations and connections on technology, education, and design.” Called TEDxSweetAuburn, the conference is an offshoot of TED, a 25 year old nonprofit organization started in California devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.”

Atlanta’s TED conference is being planned for early 2013 at the King Center on Auburn Avenue. Interested speakers are invited to request a speaker proposal packet via Speak@TEDxSweetAuburn.com. Packets will be available until Friday November 16, 2012 and speakers will be announced at the launch of TEDxSweetAuburn.com Monday November 29, 2012.

“TEDxSweetAuburn will connect the leading thinkers, entertainers, educators, innovators and artists from metro Atlanta to share ideas that will shape our future event themed ‘Freshwater Legacies’,” said conference organizer Stephen N. Lackey. “The event explores the ways in which adults filter life and culture to future generations and asks a pivotal question: ‘Are we leaving our children with fresh resources, fresh ideas, and fresh innovations?'” he continued.

TED started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago and has grown to support world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

“After participating in a TED event, I immediately formulated a plan to bring this truly inspirational and life-altering event directly into my community,” said Lackey. “I want to tap Atlanta’s well of creativity and bring us together for a day of sharing and networking so that attendees leave TEDxSweetAuburn thinking, saying and doing the things necessary to leave our children and future generations with a fresh social ecosystem.”

Listed as one of Black Entertainment Television’s 2012 “Republicans toWatch,” Lackey is an Atlanta businessman, fundraiser, philanthropist and social entrepreneur.

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