Local TED Talk spin-off returns to the Lowcountry with chaos on agenda

TEDxCharleston will return to the Charleston Music Hall in April for the third annual inspirational speaker series. (Provided).

No matter what form it takes, chaos is something our society aims to avoid at all costs. From natural disasters to cable internet blackouts - losing control just doesn't seem to have "plus" side.

But speakers at the TEDxCharleston event this year will argue otherwise. TEDx, a locally-organized speaker series modeled after the TED Talks conference in California, is returning to the Lowcountry for the third year with the theme "embrace chaos."

Organizers announced this week the event will be held April 15 at the Charleston Music Hall and tickets go on sale Feb. 24. Chosen speakers - who are typically experts in fields such as art, technology, health care or education - will lead discussions "with ideas that teach the audience how to use chaos as a construct for creativity and change," according to the organizers' statement. The list of speakers has not yet been released.

"This year's theme will leave us all inspired to address life's challenges, both big and small, differently, more productively and with an eye to real change," said Edith Howle, curator of TEDxCharleston, in a written statement.

Last year, the conference aimed at sharing inspirational ideas featured talks by National Geographic, and Ben Navorro, owner of Sherman Financial Group and benefactor of Meeting Street Academy.

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