TEDxPhoenix: Press Play

April 26, 2015 @ Mesa Arts Center

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What’s Your TED or TEDx Story?

Posted by TEDxPhoenix Team on Monday, March 16th, 2015 in News

The tagline for TED is “ideas worth spreading.” The simplicity and power in those three words is remarkable when you think about the ripple effect that a simple 18 minute (or less) talk can have on someone. Or maybe you attended a TEDx event and something clicked for you there – a new interest, a new connection and new opportunity.

In 2014, TEDx celebrated its 10,000th event. 10,000 events that touched hundreds or thousands of people without political agendas, sales pitches or millionaire expectations. These were people, just like you, that wanted to be inspired and wanted to see the world around them in a new, engaging way. Here is a cool TEDx infographic about the 10,000 TEDx events.

When you attend the TEDxPhoenix event, you’ll meet the volunteers that make this event possible. Every one of them has a TED story – a reason that motivated them to seek out a way to spend their valuable free time dedicated to the event. You’ll meet the volunteer organizers for the event who were so inspired by their own TED stories that they created this event and continue to nurture it today.

So what about you? What’s your TED story? Have you attended a TED or TEDx event before? Did you watch a TED or TEDx talk that inspired you? Comment and share your story for a chance to win a prize. You can also buy your ticket to attend at http://www.tedxphoenix.com/attend. We look forward to swapping stories with you then!

TEDxPhoenix is back!

Posted by TEDxPhoenix Team on Thursday, February 12th, 2015 in Events, News

TEDxPhoenix 2015 Main Stage

On Sunday, April 26, 2015 we’ll celebrate “Press Play”, a look at what it takes to drown out the noise, ignore the odds, and just doing what needs to be done.

Join us at the Mesa Arts Center from 2PM – 6:30PM and make plans to enjoy fantastic talks, good food, and interactive exhibits in the lobby with some special surprises this year.

Look for our ticket link to go live on Monday, February 16th. We expect to sell out, so get your tickets early!

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and join our mailing list to get the latest information as we reveal our 2015 TEDxPhoenix speakers.

TEDxPhoenixChange 2013 is here!

Posted by TEDxPhoenix Team on Saturday, March 30th, 2013 in Events, News, TEDxPhoenixSalons

TEDxPhoenixChange 2013: Positive Disruption will take place on April 7, 2013 at the Tempe History Museum. Tickets can be purchased here.

The event will feature live local speakers along with the simulcast of TEDxChange: Positive Disruption. TEDxChange is an event created out of a partnership between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the TEDx program. It is an initiative devoted to ideas worth spreading in the areas of global health and development. TEDxPhoenixChange will explore these ideas along with other ways of disrupting communities for good.

Confirmed Local Speakers

AMY SCERRA, works with women entrepreneurs from emerging economies and manage business-training programs at Thunderbird School of Global Management.  Amy’s personal goal is to create opportunities for both local and international women entrepreneurs to expand their networks, and to provide practical tools to promote sustainable business growth.

BOB BEARD, is a cultural explorer, community connector and fan of fandom. Most recently, Bob founded the local Arizona PBS Nerd Walk which has captured the attention of other PBS stations nationwide. A life-long geek himself, Bob is writing his graduate thesis on nerds and nerd culture for the Communications Studies program at Arizona State University.

ROBERT DIEHL, is a community organizer, art curator, and New Yorker. Robert aka Bob, is the curator of TEDxScottsdale and has helped organize countless community events, including one to save the “Phoenix ficus.” Bob was also featured as one of the 100 creatives in Arizona by the Phoenix New Times in 2012.

We hope you’ll join us on April 7th and participate in a discussion about bringing positive change to our community! The Tempe History museum is located at 809 E Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282. See event details on the TED website at http://www.ted.com/tedx/events/7853.

For more information on TEDxChange, please visit: www.gatesfoundation.org/tedxchange

Announcing TEDxPhoenixChange

Posted by TEDxPhoenix Team on Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 in Events, TEDxPhoenixSalons


TEDxPhoenixChange will take place on April, 13th at 6:30pm at Changemaker Central in Tempe. The event is FREE but please RSVP to attend.

TEDxChange 2012 is a TEDx event co-organized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and TED. Convened by Melinda French Gates and hosted by Chris Anderson, TEDxChange will focus on issues surrounding global health and development. Our event is called TEDxPhoenixChange, and is one of many TEDx events happening around the globe that will expand on the ideas brought up at TEDxChange 2010.

Melinda Gates’s talk – This year Melinda’s talk will address the importance of family planning in improving health and development outcomes worldwide. She will focus on the fact that families have unequal access to the contraception they demand, depending on where they live – in fact, 215 million women who wish to avoid pregnancy do not have access to contraceptives.While her talk will be derived from reputable research as well as her own experience, it will include some potentially controversial content including references to sex, abortion, and specific types of contraception. We understand this topic can sometimes be viewed as controversial, so we wanted to let you know ahead of time.

See more details on the Attend page.

5 Things to Bring to TEDxPhoenix 11.11.11

Posted by TEDxPhoenix on Thursday, November 10th, 2011 in Events

TEDxPhoenix 11.11.11 is almost here, and we wanted to get you prepared for the event by sharing 5 things you should bring to TEDxPhoenix 11.11.11.

  1. Directions: The Mesa Arts Center has plenty of parking and is located at One East Main St Mesa, AZ 85201.
  2. Your Appetite: Coffee and snacks will be provided during the breaks, and dinner from Wildflower Bread Company will also be provided.
  3. Your Favorite Pen: We’ll be handing out FIELD NOTES notebooks so you can jot down your ideas and thoughts during the event.
  4. Your Ticket: Once you’ve printed or picked up your ticket from the box office, head over to the registration table to receive your badge. You will need your badge to gain access to snacks, coffee, and dinner.
  5. YOU! Leave your distractions at work and at home, be present, meet people you don’t know, and come enjoy an evening of inspiration and ideas!

Last but not least, here’s a full rundown of the TEDxPhoenix program:

  • 3:00PM – Lobby doors open, coffee and snacks available
  • 3:40PM – Theater doors open, general seating begins (seats are not assigned)
  • 4:00PM – Session 1: Enlightenment for a Change
  • 5:15PM – Dinner
  • 6:15PM – Session 2: Unexpected Connections for a Change
  • 7:15PM – Break
  • 8:00PM – Session 3: Redefining the Status Quo for a Change
  • 9:00PM – Event ends
  • 9:30PM – After party begins

We can’t wait to show you what we have in store for TEDxPhoenix 11.11.11!

The TEDxPhoenix Volunteer Team

Johanna Blakely: Lessons from fashion’s free culture

Posted by TEDxPhoenix Team on Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 in Speakers, TED Talks

Embarrassed to say we’re a little star-struck about Johanna Blakley being one of our TEDxPhoenix speakers! This is our favorite of her TEDTalks.

TEDxPhoenix Scholarship for Students

Posted by TEDxPhoenix Team on Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 in News

Hey students, want to attend TEDxPhoenix? We’re offering a ticket scholarship! Each year, we offer scholarships in the form of tickets to those who might otherwise not be able to attend due to financial hardship. We feel that it is important to have students attend the event as you represent the future of great ideas worth spreading!

See all the details and application form here. The deadline for this application is Thursday, November 3rd at 11:59PM Arizona time.

This year four of the tickets are generously being sponsored by Changing Hands Bookstore.

Video: Pamela Slim / The strength and power for economic recovery is in our youth

Posted by TEDxPhoenix Team on Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 in TEDxPhoenix Videos

Pamela Slim is an author and business coach who helps frustrated corporate employees break out and start their own companies. Her blog and book, Escape from Cubicle Nation, help people discover work that they’re truly passionate about. Pam believes the key to economic and social recovery is in our youth. Instead of talking about the apathy of the new generation, we need to clear the way and support them to do their thing. As we allow the free minds of our younger generation to escape the traditional corporate world, economic recovery will follow. As Pam learned from Amanda Wang, our greatest pain can be our greatest source of power. There is hope.

Recorded at TEDxPhoenix 2010.

TEDTalks: Halloween Edition

Posted by TEDxPhoenix Team on Monday, October 31st, 2011 in TED Talks

We tried to pick the perfect TED Talk for Halloween… nailed it! ;)

5 Great TEDxTalks Not on TED.com

Posted by TEDxPhoenix on Sunday, August 14th, 2011 in TED Talks

If you’re unfamiliar with TEDx, then think of it as an independently organized, hyper-local version of the TED Conference where organizers around the world attempt to bring a taste of TED to their community. In addition, every TEDx speaker has a shot at making it to TED.com if the folks at TED HQ feel that the talk is TED worthy, and here’s where it gets a bit tricky.

Now consider this, in order for a TEDxTalk to be considered for TED.com, it first has to be viewed by the folks at TED. Taking into account that there’s an average of 300 TEDxTalks being generated each month, then it’s obvious that the folks at TED have a lot of work ahead of them.

So with this in mind, we at TEDxPhoenix wanted to see if we could bring attention to some great TEDxTalks we’ve come across on the TEDx YouTube Channel, that we feel deserve a spot on TED.com. Also in the spirit of TED, we’re avoiding self-praise by not including TEDxPhoenix talks, but do check them out if you get a chance.

By the way, if any TEDx organizers post their own version of “5 Great TEDxTalks Not on TED.com”, then contact us and we’ll link to your post at the end of this article. So without further ado, here’s our list of five great TEDxTalks not (yet) on TED.com!

TEDxSanJoseCA – Chris Waugh – Can we Use Design to Make Life More Interesting?

TEDxDirigo – Zoe Weil – The World Becomes What You Teach

TEDxSanJoseCA – Jeff Greason – Rocket Scientist: Making Space Pay and Having Fun Doing It

TEDxDublin – Josh Klein – Hacking Work

TEDxBoulder – Grant Blakeman – Minimalism – For a More Full Life

Recommended TEDxTalks not on TED.com from fellow TEDxers:
» TEDxYouth@Amman | 5 Great TEDxTalks not on TED

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