How the Local Web Is Helping Neighbors Connect and Build Community

The following is an excerpt of a talk Mike Orren recently gave at TEDxPlano. You can find information on it and all the other talks at, and see a full video of the session at the bottom of the page. I am here to sell you on an idea. And that idea is that this device and the networks it connects to were designed to make the world smaller– but their greatest use ...Read the full article

Why the World Wide Web is the Best Tool for Connecting with Your Neighbors | Mike Orren | TEDxPlano

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. The TEDxPlano 2014 theme was "On The Verge" -- Mike Orren is On The Verge of tripping into The Matrix and coming out with the perfect garage sale; better government, and a locally-owned Wal-Mart business-stealer. Mike has spent his career obsessed with using media to improve local relationships. From starting the first city magazine website at D Magazine in 1995; to founding Pegasus News in 2005; to his current gig as the head barkeep at content marketing firm Speakeasy -- he is convinced that local media and business models will eventually catch up with technology. 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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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)