"It’s always the optimists who are pushing for change because they’re the ones who actually believe in a better tomorrow."

From Byron Reese’s TEDxAustin talk, "Greatness is a decision."In his research on leaders throughout history, Reese has found that one key factor separates great leaders from the rest: the willingness to make a change. Watch his whole talk here.

"It’s always the optimists who are pushing for change because they’re the ones who actually believe in a better tomorrow."

From Byron Reese’s TEDxAustin talk, "Greatness is a decision."In his research on leaders throughout history, Reese has found that one key factor separates great leaders from the rest: the willingness to make a change.

Watch his whole talk here.

Plant walls, bento boxes, innovations, oh my!: TEDxAustin 2013

Above, scenes from TEDxAustin’s 2013 event, which took place February 9 at Austin’s new Circuit of the Americas — the Formula One racetrack right outside the Texas capital.

Attendees were treated to an all-day affair of ideas worth spreading, along with breaks designed to delight the senses — full of activities, art exhibitions, demonstrations, and even a live painting project.

Lunch was especially memorable — served in compostable bamboo bento boxes conceived by chef and TEDx speaker Elizabeth Andoh, master of the Japanese cooking style washoku.

Bottom photo via Jeff Kramer: http://www.jeffkramer.com/