Delegate Series: Why I attend TEDxToronto // Contradictions and Curiosity

Special contribution by Erin Graham


What, or who, is Toronto? We as a city have been described as many things. My favourites include “New York City, run by the Swiss”, and more recently, The Guardian called us “the most fascinatingly boring city in the world”. What we signal to the world, and to each other, is a city living rather happily in the midst of delightful contradictions. Arguably the most multicultural city in the world, but without the divisiveness that many other metropolitan areas are grappling with lately. Brilliant people who do fascinating things, but all in the context of cautious and deliberate economic growth.  Countless ways to feed your curiosity for new and outrageous diversions, but full of many close-knit and safe communities.

I see these contradictions come to life beautifully at TEDxToronto. When you attend TEDxToronto, you will learn what it feels like to be surrounded by 1,000 people who are curious, earnest, and open-minded. You will meet people whose perspectives will challenge your view of the world, because you didn’t know their area of expertise even existed. Sometimes, I think what TEDxToronto does to my mind is similar to what trying a new sport does to the body: you realize there are muscles and tendons being used that you didn’t know existed in the first place. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "the mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions."

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