The first TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference was created in 1984 as a one time event in California with the emphasis largely on technology and design.
Since that time, TED conferences (owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, formed to disseminate “ideas worth spreading.”) have spread around the world addressing an increasingly wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture.
Speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can.
TEDxBrasd’Or is the first TEDx event to be held on Cape Breton Island. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDxBrasd’Or will bring together the area’s foremost thought leaders, change-makers and everyday people from diverse disciplines and challenge them to deliver powerful, unforgettable and unique TEDxTalks.
The deadline for anyone wishing to present a talk has been extended to Friday, June 10, 2011. The TEDxBrasd’Or conference is scheduled for August 20, 2011, at the Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay.
The theme of this event is “the other side has another side”.
The other side of a problem is a solution, and living in a mostly rural region of Atlantic Canada with a declining population and a loss of major industry has forced a lot of people to take action.
Moving forward to a more prosperous future is an ongoing process and it isn’t a miracle that’s going to solve problems in this part of the world, but creativity. The organizers of TEDxBrasd’Or want to look beyond simple solutions and instead explore creative, ingenious and even “out there” solutions to solve problems across a wide variety of disciplines. Their hope is these talks will help Cape Bretoners think of new ways to look at issues facing their island.
TEDxBrasd’Or welcomes applications to give a talk of 18 minutes or less at their event on a pertinent topic. Full details can be found by visiting the TEDxBrasd’Or website – tedxbrasdor.com.