TEDxToronto 2011: Theme and Venue Announcement


The TEDxToronto team is excited to begin a new chapter in TEDxToronto history and announce our 2011 theme and venue.

TEDxToronto 2011 is the third annual and official TEDx conference to be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

“We feel this year’s conference will showcase that there are exceptional people within our community that are making great strides and have ideas that are changing the world,” says Dan Jacob, Co-Chair for TEDxToronto. “Toronto is known as a first class city, and through our commitment to spreading ideas worth doing, TEDxToronto allows our communities to access the best ideas from our city, learn from them, and hopefully make them a reality.”

Theme

Re-definition: Definitions impose a frame on the world, shaping communities, social and political structures, our relationships, and ourselves. We rely on them, yet we struggle to break free of their limits. Forces all around us are shifting our definitions, and changing our realities — sometimes violently. A changing definition can be the most powerful force on Earth. A re-definition can change the world.

We’re currently looking for community nominated speakers to deliver TEDTalks that embrace this theme at our fall 2011 event. If there is someone you believe would be a great addition to our roster, please let us know via our Community Nomination form.

Venue

TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning: We are thrilled to announce that TELUS has partnered with us this year to provide us with space to host TEDxToronto 2011. The TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning at the Royal Conservatory is a world-class facility. TEDxToronto will be held in the elegantly designed Koerner Hall, featuring excellent acoustics, amazing sightlines, and sophisticated technology. We are sure that our generously donated venue will help to make TEDxToronto 2011 an event to remember. With its performance lighting and technology, the dramatic yet intimate ambiance will host up to 600 guests in September.

Date

September 23, 2011

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Please keep in touch with TEDxToronto by joining our mailing list to find out more about how to attend, web streaming, hosting a satellite event, and attending a TEDxToronto Salon leading up to the conference event.

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About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxToronto, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxToronto event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

About TED

TED is a non-profit 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 host local, self-organized 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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