It is the fall, which brings Colorado a brilliant change of the seasons. The cool air from the mountains is now descending to the front range, making mornings chilly, coats relevant and the sting of the football season apparent to everyone. It also brings back TEDxBoulder. I’ve been heading up (with the brilliant George Morris) the all-volunteer, all-awesome TEDxBoulder committee. We have worked for months to bring a world-class event to Boulder.
We have done a *ton* of work but have deliberately not shared with you just what we’re doing to make this year special.
Here are some reasons to get excited.
Outstanding Group of Speakers
- Chef Ann Cooper has done amazing work with the food we serve in schools.
- Alex Cruickshank is an early childhood educator.
- Kimya Dawson was nominated for a Grammy for the Juno Soundtrack.
- Leslie Dodson is an international affairs reporter and researcher
- Daniel Epstein runs the Unreasonable Institute
- Kimbal Musk started the Kitchen Cafe
- Jake Nickell founded Threadless
- Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore are national musical treasures
- Glorianna & Mercina Tillemann-Dick are sisters fighting to save lives through organ donation
- Robyn O’Brien is the author of UnHealthy Truth and an allergy avenger
- Joshua Onysko is the founder of Pangea Organics
- Phil Plait is a writer for Discover Magazine
- Kristen Wheeler is an Leadership Consultant
- Joel Gratz is obsessed with how weather impacts our lives
Ideas: They Are Worth Spreading
Part of the reason I love TED so much is because it takes you out of your comfort zone as an audience member. The speakers all have amazing stories from various backgrounds and disciplines.
When I first started organizing events, I got shut down by just about every venue I tried for. It takes a lot of experience and an amazing community to be able to book a place like Macky Auditorium. It is a big venue (big enough to hold our community, we hope!)
Pre And Post Show
A huge motivation for doing an event this size is strengthening the community. How do we connect big thinkers? Or, more importantly, how do we connect like-minded doers? How does our event spark conversation and action?
We have some plans and surprises planned for the event.
This is an extremely ambitious event (as one of the largest TEDx events in the world), and I want to thank everyone that has told a friend, helped out or purchased a ticket. I also want to ask you to bring this up with friends and invite them. http://tedxboulder.com/tickets is where to go if you don’t have one yet. It is reserved seating, so the earlier you buy, the better the view.
We are super excited and think we have created something really special. I hope to see you there!