Knowledge is indeed power. It elevates and liberates those who possess it. It also provides comfort and a sense of security, giving us the illusion of mastery over forces that still are not fundamentally understood.
But knowledge can also oppress: It can impose checks and labels on others; it can be used for evil as easily as for good; and the hoarding of knowledge is the tool of tyrants.
At what point does all that we’ve learned, and the history we’ve written, begin to limit how we perceive the possible? Must the experiences that have shaped us, shape our future experiences?
The answer lies in whether we can cultivate the art of (un)knowing. (Un)knowing is not ignorance. It isn’t a failure to remember.
(Un)knowing is a prescription for confronting our ideas and beliefs, embracing circumstance, and moving boldly toward change.
Pastor Michael Smith | Black Murder is Normal
2014 Speakers, Human Rights, Race, Social Justice, StereotypesWatch
Ted Powell | When Your Mind Works Against You
2014 Speakers, Fear, Health, Mental Health, StereotypesWatch
Ali Butcher | Re-Imagining Urban Space
2014 Speakers, Arts & Culture, Community, Placemaking, Policy, Smart Cities, Sustainability, Urban PlanningWatch
Ed McMahon | Where am I? The Power of Uniqueness
2014 Speakers, Community, Historic Preservation, Placemaking, Sustainability, Urban PlanningWatch
Spring Behrouz | The Dynamic Future of Neuroscience
2014 Speakers, Brain Injuries, Data, Medicine, Memory, TechnologyWatch
Herb Donaldson | How To Survive an Execution
2014 Speakers, Capital Punishment, Incarceration, Justice System, RaceWatch
Aman Mojadidi | Swimmin’ With Existential Gators
2014 Speakers, Arts & Culture, Community, Diversity, StereotypesWatch
Chip Southworth | Art, A Powerful Conduit For Change
2014 Speakers, Activism, Arts & Culture, DiversityWatch
Cullen Hoback | We Don’t Have a Privacy Problem
2014 Speakers, Digital Privacy, Human Rights, Policy, Social Media, TechnologyWatch
Sara Gaver | Beyond Face Value
2014 Speakers, Disability, Discrimination, Equity, Human Rights, Inspiration, StereotypesWatch
Closing performance | JJ Grey, Joseph Shuck, Mama Blue, and The John Carver Band
2014 Performers, Musical PerformanceWatch
What to Expect at a TEDxJacksonville Conference . . .
Expect to make connections. Those moments between the talks, when you’re meeting new people and sharing thoughts about what you’ve just heard, are as important as what happens in the theater — because that’s when the ideas that matter actually start spreading.