TEDxToronto’s biggest conference ever will perform intellectual Alchemy

Thursday May 24, 2012 TORONTO: The fourth annual TEDxToronto will take place on Friday, October 26, 2012, in its biggest venue yet, The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. Building on its promise of ideas worth spreading, this year’s theme is ALCHEMY.

“Alchemists in the Middle Ages were innovators – they believed in magic,” says Afshin Mousavian, Co-Chair of TEDxToronto. “The word evokes a certain curiosity and TEDx is all about wonder and the possibilities of the unknown. Today we look at human alchemy, at bringing together everyday things to create magic.”

TEDxToronto 2012 explores the theme of Alchemy, defined as the seemingly magical process of taking ordinary common elements, usually of little value, and combining them to make something extraordinary, of great value. This year’s speakers will explore the notion that “intellectual chemistry” can be the catalyst for exceptional ideas and profound change.

“We’re a megaphone to amplify the best ideas in the city,” says Mousavian. “We’re more than just a conference, we’re a platform for sharing ideas that will make the community better.”

TEDxToronto is also launching its search for four community nominated speakers, who will join a line-up to be announced in July. The nomination process is open until July 1, and can be found at www.TEDxToronto.com. Last year’s nominated speakers included Grade 12 student Nicholas Schiefer, chef Joshna Maharaj and ‘eyeborg’ Rob Spence.

“Some of our best talks have been from the community,” says Mousavian. “The talent in this city is unbelievable.”

To learn more visit www.tedxtoronto.com and follow us on Twitter @TEDxToronto.

For interviews with members of the TEDxToronto and Rethink Canada teams please

Siri Agrell, TEDxToronto
siri@tedxtoronto.comAbout 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.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 27 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; 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 TED Fellows 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.

For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at  http://www.facebook.com/TED.

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