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TEDx’s big ideas


Anthony Juliano, vice president of marketing and social media strategy for Asher Agency, holds the distinction of making the first-ever TEDxFort Wayne presentation. In “Accessibility – Fort Wayne’s Competitive Advantage,” he makes a case for the Summit City as an accessible place in terms of time, money and people.

“I don’t want to live in a place that is the gateway to other places. I want to live in a place that makes it good and valuable to stay right here.”

Jeffrey Gladd is a Fort Wayne physician who wants people to begin thinking of their health in terms of prevention, not treatment. In his 2012 TEDx talk, he described a broken health-care model and how it could be fixed:

“Finding the medication that fixes the disease is not health, because when you add the medication, it doesn’t deal with the root issue, so we end up adding more medication. … The health system, unfortunately, drives this disease management – this ‘sick care.’ ”

Heather Schoegler, director of community engagement at Parkview Health, is a champion at connecting people to improve the community. She presented “The Power of Two” at last year’s TEDx event, urging listeners to use personal connections to “rethink Fort Wayne”:

“If you’re connecting with the same kind of people over and over, your opportunity for growth is very limited. But when you connect with people outside of your comfort zone, outside of your normal spheres, your potential pool of connections and resources has just grown enormously.”