The future is often thought of as some distant concept impossible to predict or control. However in reality, the future is now. It is something shaped by the ideas, attitudes and decisions we make. These actions collectively impact our society and dictate our future. This year's TEDxEdmonton event will challenge our speakers and audience to go beyond their comfort zones, exploring new ideas and questioning existing paradigms from a variety of disciplines. Our hope is that this year's TEDxEdmonton will inspire you to take action, and encourage you to help us build Edmonton's future, together.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDxEdmonton ED (Education) is a new event that will bring together leaders across education, technology entrepreneurs, artists and creators to challenge the way we think about learning. Combining TEDTalks videos, live speakers, and conversations, it'll be an education event like no other in our city and province. How do we educate our children, our students, our employees, and ourselves to live and succeed in an evolving world? How do we disrupt the status quo and replace traditional approaches to learning? How do we leave the politics of education behind to focus on impact and innovation?
The world doesn't simply need big ideas. The world needs great vision, powered by creators, engineers, entrepreneurs and change agents with the ability to execute and ambition to prove it. It's about having the courage to be the first one, to lead others into unfamiliar territory, to transform unproven ideas into something real. It's about who can outwork, outplay and outsmart the competition, and who question the usual definitions of success. At TEDxEdmonton 2012, we'll challenge you to go beyond ideas, fight constraints, create momentum, inspire followers, and take action. It's time you activate those big ideas and start building something great for the world, right here from Edmonton and beyond.
We’re in the midst of an exciting era. We’re living in an interconnected knowledge economy shaped by the creative industries, information technology, and globalization. And we’re seeing a new generation of connected artists, scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs emerging who can transform seeds of new ideas into bold new works, companies and products. At TEDxEdmonton 2011, we’ll meet some of these remarkable people, some from abroad, others from right here in our hometown. We promise you another dizzying day of inspiration, wonder and curious delight, as we experience the stories, visions, and passions of these bold individuals through the art of live presentation.
The world is changing and the creative and entrepreneur economy is here. It’s a new world where ideas, knowledge, creativity and entrepreneurship rule. Where community trumps geography, where small is the new big, and where innovation and entrepreneurial savviness is so much more valuable. It’s a new world that presents an opportunity for Edmontonians, particularly our young generation, to make our mark on the global stage today. Because if we don’t, other cities will continue to pass us by. We wanted TEDx Edmonton to be a spark that would ignite and connect the entrepreneurial and creative energy we’ve always had in our community.
Food: it sustains us physically, connects us culturally, and brings us together socially. However while food is a common element of our daily lives, it is often taken for granted and in some cases also misunderstood. Our next TEDxEdmonton salon challenges how we think about food - from how it gets produced to how we understand it before making purchasing decisions. The event will feature a combination of both live speakers and a lively discussion featuring thought leaders from Edmonton's food community.
Spaces define where we live, where we work, and influence how we connect with one another. They can be physical or virtual, natural or man-made and can be designed in a variety of shapes, styles and mediums. This TEDxEdmonton Salon challenges how we think about everyday spaces, their design and our relationship to them. The event will feature leading thinkers from the community as well as a lively interactive discussion. Whether you are an architect, designer, urban planner, or simply love to learn - then this event is for you!
Technology continues to change the face of human communication and interaction as we know it. Social networks have become the primary method of communication for younger generations and digitally-aware consumers. We can post status updates to solicit responses, share opinions, update others on our activities, and let others know where we are and what we're doing. But can technology ever replace human interaction? Do these technologies make us feel safer, happier, connected and more engaged? In this Salon, we'll explore how these changes are transforming the nature of our interactions with each other.
As the Internet came to be, we were all excited by the awesome possibilities that would be realized once this free-flowing, open network allowed musicians, artists, scientists and engineers around the world to instantly share their work. Remixing, collaboration, and new innovations would be the result. But while there have been great examples of open source projects (like Wikipedia) fueled by the wisdom of crowds, there are many examples where open source culture has fostered nasty group dynamics and mediocre collaborations. Have we glorified open-source software, free information and collective work at the expense of individual creativity? Or is open source culture here to stay?