Come join us Saturday, August 8th at TEDxSunnyvale!


Come join us Saturday, August 8th at TEDxSunnyvale!
Watch, discuss, and participate.

THEME: Take and Give
Is it better to give than to receive? When is it okay to ask for help? Richard Saul Wurman, the CoFounder of the TED Conference, said “If you don’t ask you don’t get.” (1)

We’re going to explore both taking and giving, and will share and discuss some great stories about taking and giving.

INSPIRATION:
There are over 2,000 TED talks on TED.com, and over 50,000 talks from TEDx events from all around the world. TEDxSunnyvale exists to bring some of the best of those talks together with passionate people to view and to ignite discussion.

LIVE ATTENDEES, NOT LIVE SPEAKERS:
So while we have live attendees, we won’t have live speakers. We’ll watch together and talk about what we’ve seen. We’ll network and meet new people.

CURATED TALKS, LIVE DISCUSSION:
Our event is structured just like any other TEDx event – with a Theme, and Sessions of talks lasting roughly an hour and a half. But in our event all the talks will be watched together on video, taken from both the TED and TEDx archives. By taking this lower-key approach to a TEDx event, we’re able to keep the costs very low, and we’re able to hold multiple events in a year.

LOW STRESS POLICY:
We keep the process of attending simple and casual. We ask only that you plan to be an active participant at the event.

There is limited free parking available, first-come, first served. There is free WiFi.
We’ll have coffee and bagels in the morning. At lunchtime we’ll get food nearby and bring it back to eat together.

SIGN UP NOW:
We have a seat available for you! Please register so we can save it for you!

Registration is open now

(We ask for an optional $5 contribution to help defray costs of refreshments.)


Register Now

WATCH THIS TALK AT HOME:
Angela, an elementary schoolteacher from Houston, Texas, was born with spinal muscular atrophy, also known as SMA. She was born requiring assistance, even more than the average baby, so when she chose her career as a schoolteacher, she didn’t even think twice about needing to ask for help.

In this talk she gave at TEDxTAMU called the “Art of Help,” Angela discusses how good she is at asking for help, but even more importantly why it’s important for society that we all become good at it. We need help whether we realize they’re not, end we all must come to terms with this. Finally being ok with asking for help can be quite uplifting. http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/The-Art-of-Help-%7C-Angela-Wriggl

What is TED?
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. https://www.ted.com/about/our-organization

What is TEDxSunnyvale?
TEDxSunnyvale is a locally organized event that operates under a license from the TED Conference. We follow the TED format of short, impactful talks.

We support all Bay Area TEDx Events:
We add another dimension to TED in the Bay Area, and another way to participate and contribute to the greater TEDx and TED communities. We encourage people to attend all the local TEDx events. We keep a list of upcoming TEDx events, and a few other events of special note, at http://tedxsunnyvale.com/events

(1) http://www.domusweb.it/en/design/2012/12/03/design-your-life.html

Join us on April 19th!

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Come join us Saturday, April 19th at TEDxSunnyvale!
Watch, discuss, and participate.

THEME: “Not Invented Here”
Living in Silicon Valley we’re proud of all the wonderful inventions from our schools and our startups. But we don’t have an exclusive on inventiveness. Many things are invented elsewhere, or were first invented a long time ago. Sometimes things are discovered instead of invented, or things just emerge. Where else do great ideas come from and what are some of their stories?

INSPIRATION:
There are over 1,700 TED talks up on TED.com, and over 30,000 talks from TEDx events. TEDxSunnyvale exists to bring some of the best of those talks together with passionate people to view and to ignite discussion.

LIVE ATTENDEES, NOT LIVE SPEAKERS:
So while we have live attendees, we won’t have live speakers. We’ll watch together and talk about what we’ve seen. We’ll network and meet new people.

CURATED TALKS, LIVE DISCUSSION:
Our event is structured just like any other TEDx event – with a Theme, and Sessions of talks lasting roughly an hour and a half. But in our event all the talks will be watched together on video, taken from both the TED and TEDx archives. By taking this lower-key approach to a TEDx event, we’re able to keep the costs very low, and we’re able to hold multiple events in a year.

LOW STRESS POLICY:
We keep the process of attending simple and casual. We ask only that you plan to be an active participant at the event.

There is limited free parking available, first-come, first served. There is free WiFi.
We’ll have coffee and bagels in the morning. At lunchtime we’ll get food nearby and bring it back to eat together.

SIGN UP NOW:
We have a seat available for you! Please register so we can save it for you!

Registration is open now

(We ask for an optional $5 contribution to help defray costs of refreshments.)


Register Now

WATCH THIS TALK AT HOME:
How many of you have ever contemplated becoming a farmer, and growing all your own food? Did you ever consider what you’d do when your expensive tractor kept breaking?
When Marcin Jakubowski was faced with this challenge, he innovated. http://www.ted.com/talks/marcin_jakubowski#t-191515

What is TED?
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. https://www.ted.com/about/our-organization

What is TEDxSunnyvale?
TEDxSunnyvale is a locally organized event that operates under a license from the TED Conference. We follow the TED format of short, impactful talks.

We support all Bay Area TEDx Events:
We add another dimension to TED in the Bay Area, and another way to participate and contribute to the greater TEDx and TED communities. We encourage people to attend all the local TEDx events. We keep a list of upcoming TEDx events, and a few other events of special note, at http://tedxsunnyvale.com/events

TEDxBerkeley is this Saturday, February 8th

The fifth annual TEDxBerkeley will be held in Zellerbach Hall this Saturday. Theme is “Rethink. Redefine. Recreate”

TEDxBerkeley is the largest TEDx event in the greater SF Bay Area. There are always wonderful speakers, interesting ideas, music, and art, all with a touch of Berkeley or UCBerkeley.

Tickets are almost gone – buy now!

Special discount for the TEDxSunnyvale community – save 20% by entering the promo code “Sunnyvale” http://www.eventbrite.com/e/tedxberkeley-2014-rethink-redefine-recreate-tickets-5357333930

It looks like TEDx season in the Bay Area

It’s spring, and there are many TEDx events coming up around the greater SF Bay Area.

April saw the fourth annual TEDxMonterey, the fourth TEDxBerkeley, and the third TEDxYouth@MidPeninsula. Last weekend was the third TEDxConstitutionDrive in Menlo Park.

On Thursday, May 9th, there’s TEDxHayward. (It’s sold out.)

Saturday, May 11th is TEDxStanford. It too is sold out, they are livestreaming it so you can watch all the talks live from the comfort of your home or office. http://new.livestream.com/tedx/stanford

One of the missions of TEDxSunnyvale is to support and encourage all the TEDx events in the greater SF Bay Area. To that end, when we learn of local TEDx events, we list them here on our site. (We’ll also list some awesome nonTEDx events, like the annual MakerFaire.)

http://tedxsunnyvale.com/events/

The URL is easy to remember, or just click on the Events list you see at the top right of every page on this site.

Happy TEDxing!

/Gordon
Curator and Organizer
TEDxSunnyvale
In the heart of Silicon Valley, in the SF Bay area of Northern California

TEDxSunnyvaleChange – this Wednesday, April 3rd

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is holding TEDxChange on Wednesday morning April 3, in Seattle, Washington.

We’re holding TEDxSunnyvaleChange here in the South Bay to share the livestream of TEDxChange from Seattle. To enable people with daytime commitments to watch and participate, we’ve chosen to time-shift this to the early evening.

In our own TEDxSunnyvale style, we’ll take time to discuss each speaker before watching the next.

There is no charge to attend. Space is limited – please register so we can plan accordingly. If you register, we will hold one of our limited spaces for you.

Themed Positive Disruption, TEDxChange 2013 speakers will challenge preconceived ideas, spark discussion, engage leaders and shed light on new perspectives.

Convened by Melinda French Gates.

Disruption is usually unwelcome. It represents conflict, chaos, and potential danger. We discourage disruptive behavior in our homes and our societies, often favoring passivity and compliance.

But disruption can be a positive – sometimes vital – catalyst for change. It can challenge old assumptions, ignite conversations, activate authorities and expose new possibilities. Disruption can shed a unique light on difficult issues, giving a fresh urgency and perspective to the challenges of our global community.

To solve the most intractable challenges in health and development, we need positive disruption. It is the path to true progress.

Speakers

Melinda Gates: Host
Melinda Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Along with Bill Gates, she shapes and approves the foundation’s strategies, reviews results, and sets the overall direction of the organization. Melinda will host TEDxChange from the Gates Foundation campus in Seattle, Washington.

Cathleen Kaveny: Religion, tradition, and modernity
Cathleen Kaveny is an American legal scholar and theologian. She is a John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law and Theology at Notre Dame Law School, and is currently a visiting professor at Princeton University.

Halimatou Hima: Investing in girls
Halimatou Hima is a Masters in Public Policy candidate at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Following an internship in the Women & Population Division at the United Nations Foundation, she worked in the Child Protection Division at the United Nations in her home country of Niger (UNICEF).

Roger Thurow: Shifts in agriculture
Roger Thurow joined the Chicago Council in January 2010 after three decades at the Wall Street Journal. For 20 years, he was a foreign correspondent based in Europe and Africa.

Julie Dixon: Social change
Julie Dixon is the Deputy Director of Georgetown University’s Center for Social Impact Communication (CSIC), an academic initiative that examines the critical role of communication in fostering engagement in social change.

David Fasanya: Youth poet
David Fasanya is a Nigerian-American performance artist and award-winning youth poet residing in Brooklyn, NY.

Salim Shekh and Sikha Patra: Vaccine advocates
We will show a trailer from the feature film Revolutionary Optimists, about how children are saving lives in the slums of Calcutta. We will then invite Salim and Sikha, two of the children featured prominently in the film, to join onstage for Q&A.

Get involved

Overcoming global challenges takes global involvement; the conversation needs your voice!

WHERE:
TEDxSunnyvaleChange will be held in the Conference Room at TechShop San Jose, 300 South 2nd Street, San Jose, CA 95113
http://www.techshop.ws/ts_sanjose.html

Limited free parking is available in the TechShop parking lot. When that’s full, there are several pay lots and garages nearby.

WHEN:
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Registration opens at 6 p.m.
The program starts at 7 p.m. and runs approximately 90 minutes.

COST:
There is no charge to attend.

FOOD:
You are welcome to bring your own “brown bag” food to eat. Also there are several great
local take-out places within two blocks, including Pizza My Heart pizzas, Indian dosas and curries,
a taqueria, and burgers. We expect to have free coffee.

REGISTER HERE

QUESTIONS:
Email them to info@tedxsunnyvale.com

TEDxNaperville’s Arthur Zards Talks About the Importance of Name Badges

At the TEDx Organizers’ Workshop this February in Palm Springs, Arthur Zards gave a five-minute talk on name badges. In it, Arthur discusses a number of creative approaches to name badgery. Check out the following excerpt from his blog and be sure to attend TEDxSunnyvale on July 21st to receive a customized TEDxSunnyvale name tag of your very own.

What’s XNet President Arthur Zards doing this week?

Well, Arthur is at TEDActive 2012 in Palm Springs, California to inspire minds and exchange ideas worth spreading.  The four-day program features many of TED’s famous 18-minute talks as well as short talks, music, dances, and other surprises.

TEDxNaperville's Arthur Zards shows off his personalized TEDxSunnyvale badgeTEDxNaperville’s Arthur Zards shows off his personalized TEDxSunnyvale badge

An interesting feature of TEDActive is the TEDActive Projects, a central element of the event focusing on having attendees dream, plan, and execute six projects to solve challenging problems and spark initiatives discovered at TED. Assisting in this endeavor are on-site topic experts and facilitators that move discussion and consolidate goals.  Arthur signed up as one of these experts.  His topic – name badges.

A seemingly trivial part to any event or conference, a properly designed and personalized name badge can inspire networking and create conversation between strangers at an event, which is at the core of many conferences and events. Arthur outlines three rules to building a badge that will greatly increase the quality and reputation of an event.

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