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  • Mark Henick featured in TEDx Talks Editor’s Picks

    MarkHenick2At TEDxToronto 2013, mental health advocate Mark Henick gave a candid and powerful talk entitled, ‘Why We Choose Suicide‘.

    We’re pleased to announce that Mark’s talk has been selected as one of the TEDx Talks Editor’s Picks for this week!

    TEDx Talks offers a vast library of talks filmed at independently organized TEDx events. It’s an excellent resource for those interested in learning about local discussions and ideas that are shared at TEDx events worldwide.

    We’re incredibly proud to see Mark featured here today. Congratulations, Mark!

  • Announcing our 2014 Leadership Team and Conference Date

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    TEDxToronto is pleased to introduce our Leadership Team for 2014. This talented group of TEDx enthusiasts will work closely together and with their subcommittees to deliver our  6th annual TEDxToronto conference, taking place at The Royal Conservatory of Music on October 2, 2014. 

    Please join us in welcoming:

    Dan Jacob - TEDxToronto license holder and Co-Chair

    Melody Khodaverdian - Co-Chair

    Meredith Dees - Director of Programming

    Steph Brown - Director of Marketing

    Valerie Bruce - Director of Logistics

    Meagan Madill - Director of After Party

    Bernadette Le-Quang - Project Manager

    With the Leadership Team finalized, we are now accepting applications for subcommittee members who wish to join our Marketing, Programming, Logistics, Partnerships and After Party teams. If you’re interested in volunteering to help us deliver what promises to be our most exciting conference to date, please submit your application on or before April 20th, 2014

    Make sure you save October 2nd, 2014 to experience the magic of TEDxToronto!

     

     

  • Final Talks Released From TEDxToronto 2013

    We are thrilled to share with you three more illuminating talks and a notable performance from TEDxToronto 2013 – all talks from the event are now live on our site and can be viewed here.

     


    Darrell Bricker
    In the past 40 years, great global migrations have changed the demographic, socioeconomic and cultural landscapes of Canada. The Central and Eastern Canadian influences that once drove the politics of our country have changed. And the many Canadians who are unaware that this has happened are at risk of being left behind if they fail to recognize and respond to the new normal. Watch as Darrell Bricker, CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs, uses research and statistics to help show how Canada is in flux, and how we must alter our perceptions about this shift.

     


    Gabrielle Scrimshaw
    Watch as Aboriginal young professional Gabrielle Scrimshaw discusses her personal journey, moving from the Hatchet Lake First Nation community in Northern Saskatchewan to Toronto, and the resultant challenges she struggled with and the hurdles she overcame. She discusses, at length, the issues that Aboriginal youth currently face, in Canada and elsewhere. She articulates how Aboriginal Canadian youth currently stand on a precipice, and that their fates may lie in either direction contingent on the action or inaction of Canadian citizens and government.

     


    Mark Bowden
    Within seconds of Mark Bowden walking on stage to close out the day’s Talks, he announced to the audience that they had already decided whether he was “friend or foe”. In his Talk, Mark argues that whether we’re aware of it or not, this kind of judgment is a direct result of the instantaneous evaluations of our primitive brains. Every day, our brain weighs the people we meet and places each person into one of four categories: friend, enemy, potential sexual partner, or indifferent. However, he argues one can employ specific behaviours to change another’s perceptions and in fact, challenges us to be “more inauthentic.”

     


    Wes “Maestro” Williams
    In course of this combination performance and Talk, Canada’s “Godfather of Hip Hop” gets over 900 hands waving in the air, including those of both teenagers and grandparents alike. Watch as Wes Williams AKA Maestro Fresh Wes discusses his continued journey as a musical artist whose songwriting has been very much inspired and defined by the city in which we live. He speaks to his lyrics as reflections of his values system, sticking to your vision, and music as a component of civic engagement. Moreover, listen to the audience react to the songs that, over the past 25 years, have become part of the soundtrack of our urban landscape.

     

    -The TEDxToronto Organizing Committee

  • Relaunch of Steve Mann’s TEDxToronto Talk

    It is with great pleasure that we announce the re-release of Dr. Steve Mann’s TEDxToronto Talk. As part of the first round of videos made available from this year’s TEDxToronto conference, we released Dr. Mann’s talk to the public. Unfortunately, we were advised shortly thereafter by TED that due to the length of Dr. Mann’s talk, we were required to provide an edited version for the Official TEDxTalks YouTube channel that better conformed to the standard 18-minute TEDxTalk format.

    In this edited version of the talk, the thesis and core content of Dr. Mann’s talk remains:

    However, we’re thrilled to also offer the unedited 32 minute version for those who would like to see the original talk in its entirety:

    We hope that you will watch one or both of the above versions of Dr. Mann’s Talk. In his Talk, he addresses the digital capture and recording of our everyday lives, the social, political and legal implications of this shift, and what he calls “The Veillance Contract: An integrity protocol for the cyborg age.”

    Since his delivery of the Talk, there has been much discussion in our community about its subject matter. Our hope is that with its relaunch, the conversation will continue.

     

    Sincerely,

    The TEDxToronto Organizing Committee

     
  • 4 More Inspiring Talks & A Moving Performance From Our 2013 Conference

    We are thrilled to share four more powerful talks and a memorable performance from our 5th annual TEDxToronto conference.

     

    Michael Stone

    In Buddhist teachings, a focus is often placed on transcendence and enlightenment. In his TEDxTalk, Michael Stone speaks about his struggle with this focus, discussing his concern with how this takes attention away from the material world. He expresses how he wants to be OF the material world, engaged in and embracing of both urban life and natural environments, arguing, “we need to be more materialistic.” He postulates that the road to reconciling transcendence with the material world is not through the old model of “vertical transcendence,” but rather through “horizontal transcendence,” or transcendence through relationships with one another and the material world.

     

    Dr. Mendez

    Specializing in functional neurosurgery, brain repair, stem cells and robotics, Dr. Mendez’s technical demonstration addresses the use of remote-presence robots for medical care in neurosurgery. He confronts the idea that quality medical care should not be the sole purvey of those who live in big cities; many people live in areas of the world that are remote, if not inaccessible, at certain times of year. These people face the reality that medical care may not be available when they need it. And in this technical demonstration in which Dr. Mendez takes us to Labrador, Saskatchewan and California, he shows how long distance telementoring neurosurgery is changing this harsh reality — and could continue to better the lives of rural inhabitants all over the world in the near future.

     

    Ti-Anna Wang

    As the first talk of our day, Ti-Anna Wang set the stage for a thoughtful TEDx defined by personal stories abstracted into greater theses imbued with meaning.  Speaking about the Chinese arrest and imprisonment of her father, Wang Bingzhang, this reluctant activitst challenges us all to do what is right instead of what is easy, and asks us to rethink our respective persectives on politics, human rights, and civic engagement.

     

    Brendan Frey

    One of the last and greatest mysteries of our world lies buried within the walls of our own cells. Along with his team of researchers at the University of Toronto, Dr. Brendan Frey seeks to reveal how the genetic codes within our DNA determine the fates, sometimes good and sometimes bad, of the cells in our bodies. Watch as Dr. Frey takes us on a journey into this uncharted territory, explaining how he and his research group are beginning to decipher these genetic “recipes” and how they are responsible for diversity between cells, individuals and species. Moreover, listen as he describes how the potential decoding of this information may lead to treatments for genetic diseases, piquing our curiosity about how far science should go.

     

    Matt Good

    Closing the show, Canadian rock icon Matt Good took the stage for a combined TEDxTalk and memorable performance. Watch as Matt speaks about the subject of mental health through a personal lens. His Talk recognizes the idea that our society wants to foster creativity, but at the same time, artistic genius can sometimes be accompanied by illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Unless we recognize that gifted performers may be facing struggles, we may fail to recognize these talents altogether. Finally, listen as Matt closes the show with a haunting and echoing performance of “Strange Days,” in which his voice and guitar alone captivate and stir the audience.

     

    Stay tuned – additional TEDxToronto 2013 talks will be posted up on our site soon.

    -The TEDxToronto Organizing Committee