TEDxAFC and John Styn Inspire San Diego

by Mark Lovett on July 17, 2012

The TED & TEDx phenomenon continues to spread, amplifying the primary message of Ideas Worth Spreading.  Over 3,000 TEDx events have been staged around the globe and there are 17,000+ videos of presentations from 130+ countries available online. On Saturday, July 14, 2012 TEDxAmericasFinestCity wowed an audience of 500 with nearly 10 hours of wisdom, insights, ideas concepts, heartbreaks and laughter.

TEDxAmericasFinest City at La Jolla Playhouse 2012

The audience was taken on a journey of exploration, from society, to community, and individual topics by the masters of ceremony, John K. Bates & Michael Weiss.

Calder Quartet

The Calder Quartet opened the day’s festivities with an exciting rendition of the composition Honey Flyers by Christine Southworth.

If you haven’t seen them perform, do yourself a favor and figure out when they’ll be playing in your home town.

This is a quartet reaching far beyond classical and contemporary genres to include rock, pop and dance themes. In this respect, Honey Flyers was an ideal piece to highlight their talents.

As with every TEDx event, this list of amazing speakers, topics and insights is far too long to cover in one blog post, but there was one important message that stood out.

John Halcyon Styn

“Crap or Cone”John “Halcyon” Styn: if you’re not familiar with John, do check out his website and videos.  He was an icon of the web and social media before any of us common folk knew what was going on, and is best known for hosting Hug Nation and touring in the infamous pink HugMobile.

One brilliant concept that he presented to the rapt crowd was “Crap or Cone”, which represents the fact that at every point in your life you have good stuff & bad stuff happening, but you always have a choice with regard to focusing your attention.

John Halcyon Styn Focus on the PositiveTo illustrate the idea he asked everyone to imagine that they have one foot in dog crap while holding an ice cream cone in one hand. In that moment you can either spend your energy thinking about the “crap”, which is everything bad going on in your life, or turn your attention to the “cone”, which signifies all the amazing aspects of your life, whether that be your present job, a significant other, or your circle of close friends.

While we do need to take care of the crap at some point, John’s advice is to place the joy and happiness in our life, the ice cream cone, at the top of the priority list.  Count your blessings and enjoy those things that truly satisfy the heart and soul.

John Halcyon Styn Hug Nation HugMobile

Hats Off to the TEDxAmericasFinestCity Organizers and Staff!

Mark Emerson Dewey @Ventiquity

Thanasi Arthur Glavas @Thanasi

Jackie Lee @ IslandCityGirl

And Dozens More!!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

John David Tupper September 14, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Yes, crap or cone. Anyone who has been to Black Rock City during hours of dust or rain storms learn this life lesson very quickly or the most amazing place on earth becomes nothing but a miserable hell hole. I’ve seen people focus on the shit and leave mid week wondering why people think its so great.

Life is great but so often we can get caught up in the shit. Bless you Jon! Looking forward to hear the talk.


Angie Swartz July 28, 2012 at 8:24 am

Thank you for the great reminders to 1) Sign up for a Tedx event 2) Focus on my cone and 3) reconnect with John. I really enjoy how you are always attending inspiring events and sharing with the rest of us so that we are inspired to step up to greatness. Looking forward to your talk on TED!


Global Patriot July 28, 2012 at 11:04 am

I’ve got work to do with regards to my cone, Angie, and TEDxSanDiego 2012 happens on Saturday December 1st, 2012 – http://www.tedx-sandiego.com/ – which is a must see for anyone in San Diego!


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