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  • My Journey With TEDxToronto


    SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR: Drew Dudley, Past Speaker & Conference Host of TEDxToronto

    Hours before my first TEDxToronto talk in 2010, I destroyed my only decent pair of shoes. A few weeks earlier I had quit my job, and sunk every penny I had (and that VISA would allow me to pretend to have) into my start-up. So, when the heel tore off my left shoe, I didn’t have much of a choice – I found a stapler and MacGyver’d up the best solution I could.

    My students in the Leadership Program at the University of Toronto had pushed me into applying to be a speaker. I resisted, intimidated by those three big red letters. I told them that TED stages were for the “big timers”, and I was, after all, just “a part-time speaker”.

    Ironically, I had also told them that I would never accept them using the word “just” to describe themselves. “Every time you say you’re ‘just’ something, you give everyone, including yourself, permission to expect less from you,” I said. They were quick to remind me of that.


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  • How Are Speakers Selected For TEDxToronto?


    SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR: Andrea Sampson, Director of Programming, TEDxToronto 2015

    After closing nominations on May 10th, we ended up with nearly 600 submissions – a record number for TEDxToronto! If you happen to be one of those who submitted a nomination for yourself or for someone else, the waiting can be difficult.

    With this in mind, here is what our Programming Team has been doing behind the scenes to identify the 12-15 speakers who will take the TEDxToronto stage on October 22nd. Our team, made up of several speaking experts and voice coaches, has developed specific selection guidelines that are unique to this year’s conference theme, Thresholds.


  • Introducing the 2015 TEDxToronto Organizing Committee

    TEDxTO2015-TEAMTEDxToronto is pleased to introduce the 2015 TEDxToronto Organizing Committee, who are working diligently to make this year’s conference memorable, innovative and inspiring. Spanning experience in entertainment, design, art, marketing and non-profit, this team of TEDx-enthusiasts is eager to bring Thresholds to life on October 22nd, 2015.


  • Announcing First-Ever Stage Design Contest

    Stage Design Contest

    For the first time, TEDxToronto is inviting the Toronto community to set the stage for the 2015 conference. On a mission to showcase the best of Toronto’s creators, thinkers and innovators, TEDxToronto will be selecting one winner (team or individual) to design and build this year’s conference stage.

    The stage design contest is an opportunity for local designers, artists and creative minds alike to express what the conference theme (Thresholds) means to them – and bring it to life on stage. The design of the TEDxToronto stage is integral to both the speaker and audience experiences, as it provides a curated environment for inspiration, courage and the sharing of ideas.


  • Announcing the TEDxToronto 2015 Conference Theme & Speaker/Performer Nominations

    Photo from the 2014 TEDxToronto conference, courtesy of The Westend Studio

    Photo from the 2014 TEDxToronto conference, courtesy of The Westend Studio

    The TEDxToronto team is excited to be announcing this year’s powerful and thought-provoking conference theme: THRESHOLDS.

    A threshold is a doorway. Whether physical or figurative, crossing or not crossing a threshold often results in profound change. Sometimes a threshold is a boundary and sometimes a breaking point. It can be a beginning – a starting point for an experience, an event, or a new age. Or a threshold can be an ending, a point of no return, a Rubicon across which one cannot look back.