TEDx1000Lakes – Call for Speakers

I can’t even tell you how excited I am to share the following opportunity. I am a big TED fan. I have been to a couple of TEDx events and they always leave me energized – and somehow feeling a little smarter and a little hungry for more knowledge. If you have an idea worth sharing, I strongly encourage you to apply…

x=independently organized TED event

The Itasca area’s first ever TEDx – TEDx1000Lakes – will be held from 9 am to 4 pm September 19, 2011 at The Myles Reif Performing Arts Center in Grand Rapids, MN. Our live audience will consist of 100 leaders and emerging leaders in the Itasca County area of Northern Minnesota; the event will also be video streamed live. TEDx1000Lakes is hosted by the Blandin Foundation.

“Expanding Opportunity” is the theme of TEDx1000Lakes. We are looking for speakers who have an “idea worth spreading” about the transformation that can happen in communities when economy, education and inclusion meet (see attached image). TEDx presentations can last between 3 and 18 minutes – long enough to say something of significance, but short enough to hold everyone’s attention and to be easily watched over the Internet. We are also looking for performances to sprinkle-in throughout the day. This TED* format has proven that the combination of carefully prepared talks and performances can have astonishing impact.

If you’re unfamiliar with TED, here are a few talks worth checking out:
• Eric Berlow: How complexity leads to simplicity (3 minutes 43 seconds)
• Mark Bezos: A life lesson from a volunteer firefighter (4 minutes)
• Kathryn Schulz: On being wrong (17 minutes 52 seconds)
• Ron Gutman: The hidden power of smiling (7 minutes 26 seconds)

As a TED offshoot, TEDx events follow many of the TED speaker rules. For example, speakers are banned from “selling from the stage,” and there is strict enforcement of the clock. TED has never paid speakers to appear, but has always committed to creating an experience that’s tremendously fulfilling and beneficial on all sides. As a TEDx event we plan to do the same. TEDx1000Lakes will cover speakers’ travel to and from Grand Rapids from any US airport and provide up to two nights of hotel accommodation.

An additional benefit of speaking at TEDx1000Lakes is that presentations can reach a vast audience on the web – available following the conference on the TEDx1000Lakes website, the TEDxTalks website and possibly on TED.com, where some talks have been attracting audiences in the hundreds of thousands or even millions. This exposure has transformed the careers of many TED presenters and performers, either by introducing them to larger audiences or recasting them in a new and thoughtful light. All talks will be recorded at TV production quality.

Next Steps
If after reviewing this information you feel that you would like to be part of TEDx1000Lakes, we ask you to complete the Call for Speakers Form and state your interest.

The form asks for the following:
• Your name and contact information
• The general idea of your speech
• The expected time you think the speech will take.
• A little bit about yourself. Since not everyone on the selection committee may know who you are, this is your opportunity to share anything that will help them understand who you are, your topic of interest and what you are about.
Call for Speakers runs through July 26, 2011. All interested speaker information will then be reviewed by a TEDx1000Lakes selection committee.

Thank you for taking the time to consider speaking for TEDx1000Lakes, please feel free to contact me at any time for any questions at 218.327.8764 or TEDx1000Lakes@gmail.com.

Warmest wishes,

Becky LaPlant
TEDx1000Lakes Lead Organizer

Background Information

TEDx is a local, self-organized event that bring people together to share ideas worth spreading. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks videos and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. The Blandin Foundation is hosting TEDx1000Lakes.

Learn more: http://video.TED.com/talks/podcast/TEDxIntro_480.mp4

*About TED
TED is owned by a not-for-profit foundation whose mission is simply to spread good ideas to the world. Much of the content ends up being offered free online. TED is also home of the famous TED Prize, which grants its winners a wish to change the world. TED is also an annual event where some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. “TED” stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future. And in fact, the event is broader still, showcasing ideas that matter in any discipline. Attendees have called it “the ultimate brain spa” and “a four-day journey into the future.” The diverse audience — CEOs, scientists, creatives, philanthropists — is almost as extraordinary as the speakers, who have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck and Bono.

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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