Polyamory in the News!
. . . by Alan M.

June 14, 2015

Poly TEDx talks

If you're not up to speed on TED and TEDx talks, here's the scoop. TED originally stood for "Technology, Entertainment, Design", the name of an influential annual conference that took on more topics with time. It's now a nonprofit organization "devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less)." TED talks became a thing because they developed a reputation for quality in all kinds of subjects.

Their success gave rise to TEDx talks, which are organized on the same model by local communities. Official description: "TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, 'Ideas worth spreading.' It supports independent organizers who want to create a TED-like event in their own community." In addition, TEDx serves as a farm system to scout local talent for the TED major league.

Two TEDx talks specifically on polyamory are currently online.

1. The latest, just up, is by Leon Feingold of Open Love NY. He delivered it earlier this spring at TEDxBushwick (a hip district of Brooklyn). Leon is super-enthused. He writes, "My TEDx Talk is finally up! Please post! Plus, if anyone spent the 19 minutes and can spend 1 more, click the link at the top of this page and give the video a 5-star rating! If it gets enough, it will be featured on the full TED site!


Polyamorous relationships consist of individuals of multi-partner relationships and families. Leon offers an insight through his journey in finding polyamory as the means to creating intimate, valuable relationships with multiple people. Through his journey and explanation, Leon debunks myths and presents the values of polyamory.

Co-Founder and former President of Open Love NY, Leon Feingold has become a polyamory activist on a national scope. He coauthors "Poly Wanna Answer?" a monthly polyamorous relationship advice column, and has discussed polyamory on The View, Huffington Post, PolyInTheMedia, Jezebel, and other media, plus the HBO movie "Americans in Bed". In 2014 he helped launch New York's first openly polyamorous residence, here in Bushwick.

2. The other was by delivered Kel Walters last fall at TEDxUTA, at the University of Texas Arlington: "Polyamory and emotional literacy" (5:36).


Polyamory, emotional literacy and the benefits they can bring to society. Having multiple romantic and sexual relationships at the same time with all partners full knowledge and consent. Build your emotional literacy."

Tragic update: Kel Walters was killed by a hit-and-run driver who ran a red light while she was crossing a street on January 16, 2015. Coverage of a memorial gathering. A friend's post.


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