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Many of us have emerged from experiences of great triumph, harrowing moments, lengthy research, exhilarating discovery, or evolving circumstances only to wonder what comes next. How do you decide? What propels you forward, through the “now what” and beyond?
TEDxTraverseCity will bring together the most innovative and inspiring minds. The inspirational day will honor innovators who have passion, curiosity, creativity and adaptability to change the world with revolutionary ideas.
TEDxTraverseCity began in 2011 as the brainchild of Paul Sutherland of FIM Group and Tim Nelson of Northwestern Michigan College, and has grown into one of the most hotly anticipated yearly events in the Traverse City area.
The daylong event is intended to educate, inspire and connect great minds. TEDxTraverseCity will provide an opportunity to broaden understanding and knowledge in order to make the great Northern Michigan region one of the most exciting and promising areas. TEDxTraverseCity attendees will hear new ways of thinking, learn about breakthroughs and be motivated by those accelerating innovation and improving the lives of citizens around the world. The goal is to have each person walk away feeling enlightened, motivated and dedicated to making a difference in their lives as well as the lives of others.
Bonnie Alfonso, Alison Arnold, Bruce Byl, Mary Byl, Trish Fiebing, Kim Hagerty, Sara Harding, Kate Hogan, Scott LaBarre, Scott Lankford, Kyle Morrison, Tim Nelson, Meggen Watt Petersen, Linda Price, Karen Ruedinger, Wendy Steele
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxTraverseCity, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxTraverseCity event, 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.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 1984, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.
At a TED conference, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
On TED.com, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.
The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. Selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos.
The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world. The TED Fellows program helps world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. TED-Ed creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom instruction or independent learning.
You can go back in time and relive any of this year's fantastic presenters below. Find those spine-tingling moments and share them with your friends and colleagues. Or, dig even deeper with videos from past years on our YouTube channel:
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TEDxTraverseCity is more than a one day event. We host gatherings throughout the year called Salons. These are smaller gatherings, usually in an area gallery or restaurant, centered around a single topic or current theme.
Have a great salon topic in mind? Maybe you'd like to take the stage yourself? Or, perhaps, something wasn't quite what you expected? The TEDxTraverseCity organizers want to hear from you. Please use the form below.
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