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Live from TEDSummit – a look back at a productive week

Hello TEDx’ers!

We have just come out of the final session at the TEDSummit in Banff, Canada where nearly 400 members of the TEDx community came together for a week long first-of-its-kind experience. Here we were joined by many of the most prolific TED and TEDx speakers and members of all TED’s communities — together almost 1000 strong. The theme of the conference was ‘Aim higher, together’ and we certainly did!

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We wanted to share with you some of the highlights from the week.

  • We kicked off the week with a pre-conference gathering for TEDx’ers which we named the TEDx Global Forum.This was not an ordinary workshop but rather a journey centered on Passion, Purpose, and Action! In more than 30 breakout rooms, TEDx’ers articulated our shared passions, wrote out purpose statements, and brainstormed on actions we can take as a community. The outcomes of the sessions were rich and plentiful. As soon as we have a chance to process and organize all the ideas we will share them with you so we can explore and advance them together. In the meanwhile we wanted to share pictures from these breakouts.

  • Also at the TEDx Global Forum, Chris Anderson addressed TEDx’ers and spoke about his experiences as a curator (and included some amusing examples of talks “gone wrong”), his hopes for the TEDx community and his excitement to find new ideas that are emerging from new voices.The next day he hosted the TEDx community for a conversation about his latest book on speaker coaching.

  • TEDx’ers work hard and play hard! After a busy morning we went on an amazing adventure to Lake Louise where we hiked, canoed on the gorgeous blue glacier water, played lawn games and socialized against one of the world’s most magnificent backdrops.This was followed by a festive reception hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation at Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon.

  • TEDSummit kicked off on Sunday with a concert under the stars hosted by our TED Fellows, and in the opening session Chris spoke about the power of TED, the challenges we face today as the world sometimes doesn’t live up to our expectations; and, why ideas matter, now more than ever.

  • More than 114 community-led workshops and activities were offered at the Summit. The program book was 128 pages (check out a digital copy here). TEDx’ers hosted many sessions including one on tackling trauma by Jo Dee Davis and augmented learning by Eric Hawkinson. One of the most popular sessions was hosted by TEDxBeaconStreet speaker Robert Waldinger on happiness.  And best of all, many of us got to attend so many of these sessions that offered unique opportunities for learning.

  • As always, there were an abundance of fascinating talks. Jennifer Brea gave a heart wrenching talk about battling Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and eL Seed discussed the profound impact art has on our lives and our perceptions.

  • Through a pre-recorded video that was played during Session 3, Marwa al-Sabouni, an architect who lives in Syria, gave the audience insight into perhaps another reason for the war in Syria: architecture.

  • Fun gatherings were plentiful, here are just a few highlights.

  • In the end, this is how we all aim higher together.

We wish we could have all come together in one room. We missed you dearly and hope we catch you at the next TED event!  We look forward to sharing with you even more details about our time and outcomes from TEDSummit in the coming weeks!

We are excited to continue to aim higher, together, with all of you.

Until then,

Jay, Salome and the TEDx team