CNMers Listen to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’ at TEDxABQ Event

September 11, 2013 -- More than two dozen CNM faculty and staff members joined in with 2,000 people at Popejoy Hall on Sept. 7 to be enlightened, inspired and entertained by TEDxABQ, an event where New Mexico’s leading thinkers and doers share “ideas worth spreading,” the TEDx slogan.
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The TEDx format calls on speakers to convey engaging ideas in 18 minutes or less. The mission of TEDxABQ is to “unlock the creative & economic potential of New Mexicans through events that draw out inspiring ideas, generate meaningful connections and foster innovation.”

Seventeen of Albuquerque’s leaders and doers gave short, explosive and evocative lectures on topics their passionate about.

Bill Meador, instructor in CNM’s School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences, was part of the core team that organized the event. “I thought it was a great day at Popejoy. There were lots of interesting speakers and an overall good day of ideas worth spreading,” he said.

Erica Volkers, dean of the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences, felt the same way. “I really enjoyed the diversity of speakers: from self-professed science geeks, to powerful women poets and medical doctors.  All spoke eloquently and powerfully and helped spark new ideas.  It is always a pleasure to be a part of TEDxABQ events, and I can’t wait for the next one,” she said.

Elliot Konetzni, assistant director of web strategy at CNM, took his entire team to TEDxABQ. “We went to listen to some of the smartest people talk about their passions,” he said, adding that his favorite talk was by a man who gave up urban existence to raise goats.

Academic Affairs Vice President Sydney Gunthorpe, who says he loves science, had his favorite too – Christopher Erickson, a research physicist at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory who believes that the future of many commonplace devices lies with technology being developed to cool and trap atoms.

Videos from the Sept. 7 event will be made available soon at

If you missed the September TEDxABQ event, don’t despair. Meador says he is organizing the TEDxABQED(ucation) event that’s scheduled for Feb. 28, 2014.

TEDx events, which have taken place in 1,200 cities and 133 countries, are off-shoots of the original TED events, which were born in Silicon Valley as a way to disseminate “ideas worth spreading,” TED’s slogan. The original TED events focused on technology, entertainment and design, and some past speakers included Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, Bill Gates, Al Gore and Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. The videos are made available free online, which has spawned a growing, global audience.