Looking at a small community through a TEDx lens can be a genuinely transformative act. That’s especially true in college towns like Bozeman, those minor cities with not-quite-elite universities, places where the most ambitious collegians leave after graduation and the most ambitious high schoolers head to college someplace else entirely. At a time when the Internet lets you get your ideas from anywhere, it’s easy for locals to slip into thinking their hometown is not so very far from nowhere. But actually stop to think about individual people in your town—professors, entrepreneurs, advocates—who do important work and think important thoughts, and suddenly your perspective changes. Go on to imagine 20 of those people together in a room and your nowhere can begin to look like somewhere very interesting.
From Bill Wasik’s Wired article, “Planet TEDx.”