Follow Friday: @TEDxToronto
Our neighbour at the Toronto office volunteers to help organize one of the city’s largest one-day events for profound change and reminded me of why this conference is so great. In its fifth year, the conference devoted to ideas worth spreading, will return once again. This follow Friday, check out some big ideas from @TEDxToronto
A Platform for Exceptional Ideas
TED was conceptualized by Richard Saul Wurman, in 1984, as a platform to bring together the convergence between Technology, Entertainment and Design, and quickly became known as TED for short. The first TED included demos of the Sony compact disc and new 3D graphics from Lucasfilm, all while mathematician Benoit Mendelbrot demonstrated how to map coastlines.
In the years following, TED became an annual event in California, attracting an influential audience from many disciplines like science, business, technology and the arts all united by their curiosity, open-mindedness and desire to think bigger.
TEDx was created in the spirit of TED’s mission, ‘ideas worth spreading,’ and is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at a grass roots level.
Although each TEDx event is unique, all TEDx events share similar traits like:
- TED Talks videos
- Live Speakers
- Deep discussion and connection
TED has grown to be a global organization devoted to supporting world-changing ideas with many initiatives.
The Choices we Make
The 2013 TEDxToronto Conference will be centered around the theme The Choices We Make. This year’s speakers will exemplify how life-changing certain moments can be and will illustrate how individual and collective choices can set people on new paths.
TEDx is happening September 26, at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. If you aren’t so lucky to attend, join the conversation online using the hashtag #TEDxToronto.