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  • Introducing our TEDxToronto 2016 Host // Live-Stream Details

    • October 12, 2016
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    With exactly 15 days until conference day, our speakers and performers are putting the final touches on their talks and performances. The role of our host is to weave each of these stories together, keeping you engaged and allowing you to get the most out of your day.

    With that, we are proud to introduce our TEDxToronto 2016 Host, Jamie Clarke. The ultimate adventurer, Jamie is best known for summiting Mt. Everest twice, and sharing his inspirational outlook throughout his best-selling books and talks. To learn more about Jamie, check out our website.

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    Watch TEDxToronto 2016 from anywhere

    Where will you be on October 27th, 2016? If you are not attending the conference, you can still experience the full day in real-time, as of 10am, on www.tedxtoronto.com. We encourage you to organize viewing parties with your colleagues at work, common areas at school or even check-in throughout the day while you’re on the go!

    We encourage you to engage with us online (@tedxtoronto) with your thoughts, ideas, comments and questions during conference day. In partnership with The Working Group (TWG), we will also be hosting a live Q&A with our speakers & performers on Twitter Periscope (@tedxtoronto), during each of the breaks.

    We look forward to unveiling TEDxToronto 2016: Symbols & Signals to you very soon.

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  • Delegate Series: Personal Stories

    • August 19, 2016
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    Special contribution by Andrew Talpash

     

    I have been attending TEDx Toronto for three years now, and I look forward to attending each year. The talks are thought-provoking, and allow me to take time to pause and reflect on where I am going and what I am focusing on. My favourite part of each talk is the personal element, as I am intrigued by people’s unique stories and life experiences – and the way you can find ways to relate to each of these fascinating individuals.

    There is such a wide range of topics covered throughout the conference day, which allows me to get a pulse on what is at the forefront of the minds of Canadians – while becoming further informed on emerging trends in science and technology.

    The opening performance is always impressive, usually drawing from some of the best talent in Canada’s performing arts community.

    TEDxToronto is always a day that leaves me inspired.

     

    Applications to Attend are open until September 5, 2016 at 11:59pm // Apply Today Here

    Stay updated on all our announcements by following us on Twitter (@TEDxToronto), Facebook (TEDxToronto), and Instagram (@TEDxToronto) – or sign up here to receive e-mails from us directly.

  • Delegate Series: Why I attend TEDxToronto // Once a year…

    • August 14, 2016
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    Special contribution by Mauer Chiarello

     

    My favourite thing about going to TEDxToronto is that it pulls you from your daily routine and plunges you into a world you didn’t know existed – one where fascinating people are doing amazing – things that you didn’t even know needed doing. If you’re reading this, I’m confident that you have likely experienced a TED talk.

    There are thousands available to view at TED.com. These (less than) 18 minute talks are inspirational, sometimes controversial, but always entertaining and hugely educational.  Because it’s a talk and not a presentation, the best ones feel like you are being told a story – and who doesn’t love a good story? TED.com is a terrific resource, but going to a TED or TEDx conference is so much more than the talks.

    The TEDxToronto conference is phenomenal. It is well-organized by volunteers who care, and there is a strong diversity of curated speakers. The conference day includes several breaks, where you can meet interesting attendees with whom you can further the discussions and help spread great ideas.  It is more engaging and interesting than any other conference I attend – and it’s also the one day a year that I keep my phone off for the entire day. It’s a guaranteed day free of Kimye and the other vacuous pursuits of our modern lives. Interspersed with all these talks are cutting edge, diverse forms of local entertainment to keep your brain firing on all cylinders!

    I always leave TEDxToronto feeling invigorated, excited, informed – and am able to find ways to channel that into my daily life whether at work where I run a small consulting firm or at play where I perform in a community orchestra. It helps me be a better citizen of the world.

     

    Applications to Attend are open until September 5, 2016 at 11:59pm // Apply Today Here

    Stay updated on all our announcements by following us on Twitter (@TEDxToronto), Facebook(TEDxToronto), and Instagram (@TEDxToronto) – or sign up here to receive e-mails from us directly.

  • Delegate Series: Why I attend TEDxToronto // Contradictions and Curiosity

    • August 9, 2016
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    Special contribution by Erin Graham

     

    What, or who, is Toronto? We as a city have been described as many things. My favourites include “New York City, run by the Swiss”, and more recently, The Guardian called us “the most fascinatingly boring city in the world”. What we signal to the world, and to each other, is a city living rather happily in the midst of delightful contradictions. Arguably the most multicultural city in the world, but without the divisiveness that many other metropolitan areas are grappling with lately. Brilliant people who do fascinating things, but all in the context of cautious and deliberate economic growth.  Countless ways to feed your curiosity for new and outrageous diversions, but full of many close-knit and safe communities.

    I see these contradictions come to life beautifully at TEDxToronto. When you attend TEDxToronto, you will learn what it feels like to be surrounded by 1,000 people who are curious, earnest, and open-minded. You will meet people whose perspectives will challenge your view of the world, because you didn’t know their area of expertise even existed. Sometimes, I think what TEDxToronto does to my mind is similar to what trying a new sport does to the body: you realize there are muscles and tendons being used that you didn’t know existed in the first place. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “the mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.”

    Applications to Attend are open until September 5, 2016 at 11:59pm // Apply Today Here

    Stay updated on all our announcements by following us on Twitter (@TEDxToronto), Facebook(TEDxToronto), and Instagram (@TEDxToronto) – or sign up here to receive e-mails from us directly.

  • Announcing the First Round of Talks from TEDxToronto 2015

    • November 12, 2015
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    On October 22, 2015, some of Toronto’s greatest thinkers and change-makers joined together onstage at TEDxToronto to deliver powerful talks and performances that embodied our theme, “Thresholds”.

    More than one thousand delegates shared in an unforgettable experience at Koerner Hall at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning. We had attendees join us at the official satellite viewing event, and thousands watched the live stream at tedxtoronto.com.

    We are grateful for the extraordinary contributions of our 2015 partners, sponsors, supporters, speakers, performers and volunteers. Without all of you the conference would not have been possible. Thank you for your time, your contributions and your passion in helping us share ideas worth spreading.

    We are so pleased to share with you the first round of talks from TEDxToronto 2015. We hope that these talks and others will encourage you to start conversations and relationships with other passionate thinkers.

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