Speakers & Performers Move the Crowd at TEDxSomerville

The setting for this year’s TEDxSomerville, Brooklyn Boulders (12A Tyler St.) couldn’t have been more appropriate, with Sunday’s speakers and performers each putting their spin on the theme of movement. One of the many murals at Brooklyn Boulders encourages you to “Exist to Inspire” and this year’s TEDxSomerville participants did just that.

The packed house was riveted by talks from Union Square Main Streets Mimi Graney on “Keeping Our Cities Gritty” and by Matthew Dicks, who encouraged the crowd to “Say Yes.” Music performances by Prospect Hill Academy Charter School’s Blue Coda (below) and flamenco artist Juanito Pascual had the audience in turn dancing in their seats and quietly reflective.

A special appearance by former Somerville resident, musician and TED talker Amanda Palmer might have stolen the show, especially when she rocked a ukulele for a surprise performance (below).

That’s just a small sample of the inspiring, creative and moving talks and performances that were given at Sunday’s TEDxSomerville. It was a day to truly savor how vibrant and special our little city really is. Videos of the talks will be online eventually and in the meantime, you can peruse some of the many photos I snapped at the event. And if you attended TEDxSomerville, share your thoughts in the comments!

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