Creating Conscious Communities: Jackie Woodside at TEDxWaldenPond

Jackie Woodside, took the stage at TEDxWaldenPond on October 13th, 2012 at Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts in Concord Massachusetts.  

(Link to Jackie's TEDxTalk)

This inaugural TEDxWaldenPond event made its debut with speakers hailing from throughout the Greater Boston area, including: Concord, Marlborough, Lexington, Acton, Maynard, Brookline, and Natick.  The organizers aligned with TED's global City 2.0 initiative along with many other cities around the world.  The theme was Urban Development: Envisioning the Future of Your Community.

TEDx Talks ranged in topic from Risk Perception to Taking History to Heart, Entrepreneurship to The Role of Art in Urban Development, Ayurvedic Medicine to Mindfullness and Parenting.   

Jackie currently resides in Marlborough, MA with her family and was born in Morristown, NY, where she graduated from Morristown Central School and spends three months each Summer.  She specializes in teaching people and teams to manage their energy rather than their time. This radically increases productivity levels while markedly decreasing stress. Jackie spent the last 20 years developing and teaching programs that empower and inspire people to live their dreams. Jackie is an author of the book “What if it’s Time for a Change” as well as a contributing author to the book “Conscious Entrepreneurs.”   

Jackie brought inspiration to a new level with her talk entitled: Creating Conscious Communities.

The TEDx organizer provide each speaker with a question upon which to consider as they prepared their talks:  "What can we do now that will positively affect future generations?"  Jackie's simple answer is: be awake to those around you.

Jackie's stage presence was palpable.  A professional speaker and life coach, performing in front of live audiences is not a new feat.  But this presentation will be placed before a future audience of untold numbers.  She confessed her vulnerability as she prepared for this talk.  She is a long-time TED fan who wanted to offer something that was genuinely inspiring to loyal TED followers.  All present during her speech would say she did just so.

During her discourse Jackie drew from the wisdom of  the 19th century French sociologist Emile Durkheim who used the term “anomie” to describe a sense of alienated discontent in individuals within communities characterized by an absence of focus on values and meaning.  Essentially it is a loss of communal feeling.  A sense of not belonging.  She asserts that in order to feel a community connection we each need to take steps to reengage with  mindfulness towards each other.

A poignant quote from Jackie's presentation: "I believe that the most important questions cannot be answered but must be felt in the heart." She advised the audience to step back from  "the dizzying frenzy of life" and to reconnect with each other. 

Another famous philosopher she quoted was Henry David Thoreau - apt as the stage she stood upon was mere miles from where he walked around Walden Pond.  She reminded us of Thoreau's  observation, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with their song still in them.”  Woodside advocated for listeners to look into their hearts and discover what was truly important to them.  She also encouraged those wanting to create conscious communities to seek like-minded individuals to co-create with them.

Fast forward to this year - Jackie has recently released her new book: Calming the Chaos: A Soulful Guide to Managing Your Energy Rather T.... It is a revolutionary tome providing step-by step insights to becoming the least stressed, most productive person you know. Through the ‘alignment’ message, pairing both spiritual and practical, Jackie helps readers live a life of purpose and passion.

She will also be featured in an upcoming anthology: Women of Spirit published by Matrika Press.

Jackie's TEDx talk was one of fourteen, along with three musical performances. 

Each woven together with the unified theme of community well-being.  Attendees came from as far away as Brattleborough, Vermont; Hudson, New Hampshire; Gloucester and Salem, Massachusetts in addition to the local surrounding towns of the Greater Boston area to support this event and listen to these important presentations.

Follow this TEDx link to see the video:

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A glimpse at Jackie's beautiful light-hearted side:

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