TEDx Floyd April 27, 2013


In one sense, it was an unlikely feat to pull together and produce an independently organized TED event in our tiny community.

But really, considering the fabric of Floyd, it is no marvel that with the talent and experience and sense of cooperation and community here, we now have a time capsule and broad-brush sketch of at least a certain part of the larger culture of this place.

There are voices left unheard; and there is always next year. TEDxFloyd Take Two?

Find the “front page” for the 2013 TEDx event from Floyd Virginia at this link–a total of more than three hours of edited sound and video.

Congratulations and thank you to all who worked to make this happen.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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