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Ransom hosts TEDx conference to discuss human connections


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What: TEDxCoconutGrove

Where: Lewis Family Auditorium 3575 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove

When: 1-8 p.m. Friday

Cost: $50; $10 for students.

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The human spirit in the digital age will be one of the primary subjects discussed at the TEDx conference at Ransom Everglades School on Friday.

Boo Zamek, founder of JustAskBoo, an online forum connects people and services, will be one of the speakers for TEDxCoconutGrove’s second event at Ransom.

“The human spirit and human kindness is alive and well even though so much of our communication is done digitally,” Zamek said. “It still doesn’t take away the fact that there is still an element of humanity. In my business, people reach out and help each other, and it’s all done digitally.”

Zamek will be one of 18 speakers at the conference, including Haitian author and MacArthur Genius winner Edwidge Danticat, NBC 6 Chief Meteorologist John Morales and So You Think You Can Dance winner Jeanine Mason, a Ransom alumnus.

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) began 24 years ago in California and now operates as a global set of conferences and online videos. Among the speakers at TED Talks: Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook, and Maysoon Zayid, whose talk, “I got 99 problems …. palsy is just one of them’’ has garnered more than 1.2 million views since its January posting.

TEDx are independently organized TED events. TEDxCoconutGrove held its first event in September 2012. Tom Bales, a steering committee member, said the talks are built around a theme.

“Last year we talked about square-one experiences, and the theme this year is connections,’’ Bales said. “All of our speakers are talking about some form of connection between people.”

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