TEDxToronto Releases the First Round of 2013 Talks


Photograph by Andrew Williamson

We are thrilled to announce the release of the first round of videos from our September 26, 2013 Conference held at the Royal Conservatory of Music. With twelve diverse and passionate speakers it was a day full of ‘ideas worth spreading’, we hope that you will be as inspired as we were from these incredible talks.

Mark Henick: Over the course of Mark’s talk, a deep and resonant silence slowly descended over the room, culminating in an audience brought to tears – and a standing ovation. Listen and watch as Mark Henick broadens our perceptions on the subject of suicide. His TEDxTalk helps us to understand not only the point of someone who has made the decision to die by suicide, but also how we must re-frame our conversations around the subject in order to make change in the world.

Steph Guthrie: In social media, the contemporary adage “don’t feed the trolls” is the guiding and golden rule of conversation. Steph Guthrie turns the tables on the commonly accepted “rules of engagement” of the internet and delivers a TEDxTalk arguing misogynistic behaviour in social media should be no more acceptable online than its offline equivalent. In fact, she theorizes that social misogyny is not just deserving of a response, but rather demands one, and at the same time articulates how social media has made it much easier to unmask those responsible for it.

Dr. Steve Mann: Once the stuff of science fiction, in the past several years the digital capture and recording of our everyday lives has evolved from fantasy to novelty to norm. Watch as Dr. Steve Mann, the “father of wearable computing” delivers a TEDxTalk on the social, political and legal implications of this shift, making the case for what he calls "The Veillance Contract: An integrity protocol for the cyborg age,” a principle encouraging the recording of one’s environment in a bid to protect society from corruption from above.


Stay tuned for more talks from TEDxToronto 2013, which will be going up on our site in the coming days.


-The TEDxToronto Team

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