2014 TEDxJacksonville Theme: (un)knowing

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This year's TEDxJacksonville annual live conference is themed (un)knowing and explores the endless potential of an open mind. (Un)knowing asks us to reconsider what we think we know and to think beyond our limits. Here, some members of the TEDxJacksonville leadership team share how they approach (un)knowing.

For the last year, the TEDxJACKSONVILLE team has been working hard to build an engaging, enlightening, and meaningful program for our upcoming conference on October 25th. Our theme this year is (un)knowing.

(Un)knowing is not ignorance, but rather a conscious decoupling from what society has assumed to be immutable truths. What knowledge–if unlearned–would open minds? What must we (un)know in order to make Jacksonville an ever-better city?

If you’d like to part of this conversation, we invite you to join us at this year’s conference. To show your interest in attending, all you have to do is apply. The application process helps us build a dynamic and diverse audience with broad interests, expertise and perspectives. We conduct a comprehensive, thoughtful review of every application we receive. We will extend invitations to purchase tickets based on the merits of your application, and the special talents we believe you will bring to the event.

We look forward to getting to know you!

Here, some members of the TEDxJacksonville leadership team share how they approach (un)knowing.

Do you know that feeling you get when you visit a new city for the first time? That sense of wonder and awe at the sight of massive skyscrapers, quaint architecture, colorful street art, and brand new faces? Then you have experienced (un)knowing.

Taking it a step further, try and remember what it felt like to be a child tasting your first banana, hearing your first melody, seeing your first smile. Once again, you've experienced (un)knowing.

Now let's take one more step. Imagine you are bearing witness to hatred, you are on the receiving end of senseless violence, you are judged because you are a woman or you have chocolate skin or you are in love with your soulmate, who just happens to be the same sex as you. At this point, you've likely figured out that these too are (un)knowing moments, but in a completely different way. - Tiffany Manning, Photographer

To me, (un)knowing refers to the conscious removal of knowledge. It is not forgetting, but rather a bold step in the direction of change. (Un)knowing challenges our beliefs and perceptions, and while that may seem scary at first, I find it can be a freeing, life-affirming experience. - Daniel Austin, Social Media

(un)knowing- letting go of your ego and being open to new ideas, practices and paradigms. - Heather Downs

To (un)know is to release the tension that builds during the knowing process. There is value in knowledge and facts, but at some point, the information we gather should be integrated with the emotional and physical experience of being human. (Un)knowing is deeply using the senses without having to draw conclusions about what you see, touch, hear, smell or taste. - Sarah Clarke Stuart, Presenter Coach

(Un)knowing is not having preconceived notions. It is experiencing something for exactly what it is, not what you think it should be or what you thought it might be.  (Un)knowing can be a realization and acceptance of the past, while living aware, in the presence of here and now while staying open to the vastness of potential. - Cari Holland, Marketing

I see (un)knowing as being liberated from the constraints--imposed either by self, or by society--that limit our productivity and growth.

What if you could (un)know your fear of heights? Forget that you're no good at math? No longer believed you can't travel somewhere if you don't speak the language? If we each of us could step out of the box where all our YOU KNOW YOU CAN'Ts are stored, we could make peace with change and relearn the art of the possible. - Jeanmarie Grimsley

To (un)know is to erase knowledge or experiences on which we base certain beliefs in our minds and allow ourselves to re-learn or re-experience things with an open mind. If we let ourselves (un)know, we may find that we are capable of much, much more than we ever anticipated. - Amanda Brooks

(Un)knowing – the force within that allows me to understand and respect issues from someone else’s perspective regardless of previous my bias. - Bridget McDonald, Logistics Director

To "unknow" is to undo the harmful, false, subconscious beliefs that are no longer relevant to our lives--or that perhaps never should have been relevant to begin with.  To "know" is to recognize with wonder the patterns that surround us; and to in turn "know" that this same journey of learning will never be complete, final, or immovable. - Ashley Emans