Pittsburgh went to TEDxGrandviewAve last April and heard from several of the brightest voices in our region. If you missed this sold-out event at the New Hazlett Theater, now’s your chance to catch the talks.

The second annual TEDxGrandviewAve explored what it means to Dare to Create. Ten speakers from makers to educators to former football players took the podium.

Ian Rosenberger, the driving force behind the trash-to-energy initiative in Haiti called Thread, spoke with heart on his journey to save the life of Tassy, the young Haitian who received life-saving surgery in Pittsburgh.

Along the way, Rosenberger learned most profoundly that “poverty is not the absence of wealth, but the absence of dignity,” he told the crowd.

In another turn, Leah Lizarondo, the chef blogger and recipe queen behind The Brazen Kitchen and author of NEXTpittsburgh’s Next Wave community news column, addressed the crisis of eating in this country and the alarming statistics behind the rise of diabetes in America.

“We need to learn how to reintegrate cooking back into our lives, making it not only the hub of our home, but the hub of our city,” said Lizarondo.

The audience also heard from Brad Frost, a Pittsburgh web designer, musician and writer (soon to join the staff at NEXTpittsburgh) who creates web experiences that look and function seamlessly on multiple devices.

“The speakers and TED talk videos make us laugh and cry and inspire us to look at our community in a different way,” says Kacey Wherley, founder and director of the Pittsburgh event.

“The attendees ranged in age and background but all came together to learn more about those in the community around them. The day went flawlessly,” she adds.

Check in to revisit the event and watch the individual videos of each talk.

Deb Smit

Deb is an award-winning journalist who loves ancient places and cool technologies. A former daily newspaper reporter and Time-Life Books editor, she writes mostly about Pittsburgh. Her stories have appeared...