up for grabs: tickets to sold out tedxcle plus a special bonus

I love ideas. I work in ideas, day in and day out. Big ideas. Small ideas. Ideas can inspire, change and make us think. Some, of course, are better than others. But what’s great about ideas, is that we all have them. And by sharing our ideas, we can spark curiosity and ignite that change. Direct those ideas towards our beloved city and you have TEDxCLE.

TEDxCLE is an independently organized TED event (technology, entertainment and design), an annual gathering bringing together the world’s leaders and doers discussing what they are most passionate about. The local event is organized by my friends, Hallie Bram and Eric Kogelschatz. They started this event last year in an effort to bring about change and innovation to our city. They are truly a dynamic duo and I am inspired by their devotion to Cleveland and commitment to organizing, what I think, is an afternoon not to be missed. I attended last year and didn’t want the conversation to end. I know it will be more of the same this year.

There’s an impressive group speaking nest week,  including: chef Jonathon Sawyer, Ari Maron, Jeff Siegler, Valerie Mayen, Matt Hlavin and Paul Hill, Jr. Visit here for a complete list of speakers and topics.

The conference, taking place once again at the Capitol Theater on Friday, April 15th, is sold out. However, thanks to Eric and Hallie, I have two tickets to give away. But wait, there’s more! What better way to digest the thoughts and passion shared throughout the event than over a pint (or six) of Jeni’s Ice Creams? That’s right, I have two tickets to give away AND six pints of glorious Jeni’s! Jeni Britton Bauer is a huge TED supporter. And in celebration of her first Cleveland store opening up in Chagrin Falls in mid April (as we all happily know by now), the organizer of TEDxColumbus has agreed to sweeten the pot – literally.

To be eligible for the tickets and ice cream, just share your idea for Cleveland within the comments of this post. Specifically, if you were mayor of Cleveland for a day, what’s your big idea for the city? What would you change, improve upon, get rid of, etc.? You have until noon on Sunday, April 10. A winner will be picked via random.org. Good luck!


  1. Posted April 8, 2011 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    If I were the mayor of Cleveland I would do everything in my power to develop our greatest resource – the waterfront.

  2. Posted April 8, 2011 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Lots of great ideas!! I stopped reading through the comments at some point, so apologize if this is a repeat.

    But I would make sure the city has a social media presence. Not just to announce reports/updates/traffic/warnings, but also to *collect* ideas from the constituents of our great city! Open communication! Both ways!

  3. Aaron M
    Posted April 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    I’d plan a multi-stage music festival like Lollapalooza or ACL.

  4. Scott H.
    Posted April 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Market Under Glass would be terrific, thanks!

  5. Posted April 9, 2011 at 10:54 am | Permalink


    Gotta push food movement here in Cleveland.
    Straighten out this food truck funk.
    Collaborate for waterfront development.
    And then I’d have lunch.
    Stregthen public safety.
    Small business/developing support for entreprenuers.
    Oh yeah, world peace.


  6. Michelle V
    Posted April 11, 2011 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Congrats #25 – you win! Thanks everyone!

  7. Posted April 19, 2011 at 5:06 am | Permalink

    This is a really great blog. Thx to the auther

  8. Allison Norris
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    My husband attended TedxCLE last friday (he works with Hallie and speaks highly of her as well). He was seriously moved beyond words by the day’s experience. I hope to attend with him next year. he did not mention the Jeni’s. I will have to ask him about that part. lol.