It’s been five years since Tyler Kellogg shared his idea worth spreading at TEDxGreenville’s inaugural event, but his message as a 21-year old Tyler Do Good continues to resonate. Instead of signing on for a typical summer job, he embarked on a journey of performing 115 acts of kindness. He promoted the idea that you don’t need a huge budget to participate in philanthropy, just open your heart, mind, and ears. What struck me about Tyler was his authenticity, his simple message and willingness to take a risk. You can see his journey at www.tylerdogood.com.
He was 21 then, looking and listening for ways to help others; now, going on 26, he’s still listening. After he left Greenville he returned to college, earning his bachelors degree in Speech Communication in May 2010. Since March 2009, he’s presented his work to nearly 125 groups, ranging from youth groups to Fortune 500 companies. Hes’ worked as a corporate leadership consultant, a substitute teacher, a youth leadership program developer, and now as a residential counselor. His new role is working in an emergency housing unit focused on helping abused, neglected, and violent youth. In recent years, he has begun exploring his artistic side through painting, photography, and sculpture. You can view his works at www.breakthegravity.com
This year he is extending gratitude in his life by saying thank you to everyone who helps him, writing to 365 individuals who matter to him, and seeking the experience of feeling something he hasn’t felt before.
Tyler’s 2010 TEDxGreenville talk, Philanthropy On a Budget.
With this post, one in a series of past TEDxGreenville presenter updates, we hope to answer questions that we’ve asked a lot and have heard from many of you, So, they shared their idea/performance, what then? What have they been up to? Where are they now?
Phil McCreight, a member of our Interactive Team, which he led last year, works as a corporate safety, health and environmental manager with Integrated Power Services (IPS). Ask him about Beer & Napkins, next time you see him.