About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organize local, independent TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
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The organizing committee
Lyn Hartley (PhD), co-organizer / curator
Lyn is passionate about convening interesting conversations. She has a Doctorate in Human and Organizational Development and specializes in transformative learning experiences. After attending TED in 2012, she was inspired to start thinking about the possibility of a regional TEDx for the Yukon. In addition to working in the field of organizational learning and performance across the North, Lyn teaches at the Yukon College, Royal Roads University and the Justice Institute of BC. Otherwise, you can find Lyn stomping down snowshoe trails with her trusty husky companion, Bo.
Nigel Allan, co-organizer
Nigel Allan is a communications professional who works for the Yukon government and has consulted with the World Wildlife Fund for the past 8 years. Since being involved in a TEDx event for WWF he has been thinking about a local event in the Whitehorse. Nigel is originally from Australia and first came to the North in 1998. He has organized music festivals, worked in education (from K to college) and scooped ice cream. For the past three years Nigel has lived in Whitehorse with his wife Leslie, two boys and a labradoodle. This is his favourite TED Talk.