As part of their new series, Perspectives, Edith Howle, the curator for TEDxCharleston, along with the head of the Perspectives program, Mary Beth Natarajan, and social media operator Claire Monahan, have hand-selected six videos that touch on timely topics. Natarajan says that playlists will be released every other month and each playlist will center around a theme. 

TEDxCharleston’s website says that this month’s videos “speak to this summer’s particular moment in history, addressing topics from nonviolence, speaking out, and taking a stand against drugs and gun violence.” 

Natarajan says that the TEDXCharleston crew was talking about the Emanuel AME tragedy a lot in the past couple of months, and they decided to create a playlist of TED and TEDx talks from around the globe that address peace and nonviolence. Natarajan says that each new playlist will identify trends currently affecting Charleston, with October’s playlist focusing on the idea of leadership, in honor of the upcoming election season.

For those of you who have been living under a rock, TED talks have been sweeping the nation for the past quarter of a century, with the original talks slated at 18 minutes, with the intention of imparting a lot of knowledge in a little amount of time. TEDx talks (the “x” stands for independently organized) generally run a bit shorter than 18 minutes and Charleston’s talks host local voices rather than big names. 

The next TEDx conference date and location is TBD (we hear it will be sometime in the fall of 2016), but check their site to keep up to date. 

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