Introducing TED

Imagine Comox Valley would like to introduce you to TED, a non-profit organization devoted to “ideas worth spreading.

Imagine Comox Valley would like to introduce you to TED, a non-profit organization devoted to “ideas worth spreading.

Originally developed in 1984 as a conference to bring together people from the realms of technology, entertainment and design, TED has since expanded to include community-driven  TEDx events.

In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TED has created TEDx, a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. The local event is called TEDxComoxValley where x=independently organized TED event.

At TEDxComoxValley, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

Imagine Comox Valley is hosting a TEDx event this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Stan Hagen Theatre at North Island College’s Courtenay campus. Topics will cover a wide range of subjects intended to foster learning and inspiration and inspire deep conversations and connections that matter.

TEDx is an opportunity for community members to engage in a rich local dialogue. It is a chance to learn across disciplines and network with others; sharing your inspirations, expertise and insights.

The successful April 2011 TEDxComoxValley event featured speakers on diverse topics such as regional growth strategy, existential analysis and personal branding. A community member who attended raved, “Every speaker had a tidbit of something thought-provoking that I am still left to ponder over this morning. Thanks speakers and organizers! Can’t wait for the next TEDx!!”

TEDxComox Valley is a free, public event with first-come, first-served seating. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the talks begin at 7:30 p.m. at which time access to the theatre will be discontinued.

To find out more, visit www.facebook.com/TEDxComoxValley. For further information, e-mail imaginecomoxvalley@gmail.com.

— TEDxComox Valley