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TEDx sparks conversations that matter — and in March 2019, Appalachian Kentucky voices will take center stage for the first time ever at TEDxCorbin.
In just three years, Corbin, Kentucky’s downtown has gone from a 40 percent vacancy rate to nearly 0 percent. Its revitalization has taken the press by storm, and inspired other Appalachian towns in the region to repopulate their own Main Streets. Within a region that holds "place" and "storytelling" in high regard as part of its cultural tradition, Corbin is a natural fit to host Eastern Kentucky's first TEDx.
A thriving rural community of 7,000 people, this small town is now home to a downtown summer concert series, a local coffee shop, several farm-to-table restaurants and, of course, the original Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant. Corbin counts in its ranks residents who range from artists to tech entrepreneurs, farmers to professors, and a former Survivor contestant to several Harvard PhDs.

As TEDx celebrates its 10th year of sparking conversations that matter, we couldn’t be more excited to bring the voices of central Appalachia to the global stage through TEDxCorbin.

The Team

Crystal Kinser
Lead Organizer and Executive Producer
Will Nash
Partnerships and Finance Co-Lead


Kristin Collins
Partnerships & Finance Co-Lead
Associate Executive Director, Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky
Alex Gibson
Executive Director, Appalshop
Brent Hutchinson
Content Production & Speaker Relations Lead
Executive Director, Hindman Settlement School
Colby Kirk
Executive Director, OneHarlan
Geoff Marietta
Event Production Director
Executive Director, Pine Mountain Settlement School
Jenny Williams
Professor, Hazard Community & Technical College

About TEDx,
x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED's media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; TED Translators, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established The Audacious Project that takes a collaborative approach to funding ideas with the potential to create change at thrilling scale; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.
More info about the TEDx program can be found here.