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Ideas Worth Spreading: What To Expect At The 8th Annual TEDxBoulder

TEDx events are independently organized TED events. One of the largest TEDx events in the world and certainly in Colorado calls Boulder home. Since inception in 2010, every fall has seen an outpouring of community support and interest. The event has sold out every year to eager attendees hoping to hear speakers at the forefront of their industry. Each year, TEDx abides by a different theme. In 2016, that theme was “Discovery & Wonder”, emphasizing the connection between the scientific method and the questions with which science is struggling to answer, leading to wonderment for scientists and lay observers alike.

This year, TEDxBoulder’s theme is vague, but specific enough to encompass a multifaceted discussion. That theme is called Climate & Change. Here’s what you need to know:

Why Climate & Change and what does it mean?

There are two parts to this event, although the title might seem as though the event only discusses climate change, rather than Climate AND Change. The goal is to move past vague but interesting topics to a solid foundation for thoughtful, proactive discourse and civil debate.

According to TEDxBoulder, we are “living witness to a legislative changing of the guard with a home and political tone that is full of heat.” This is in reference to the “Change” aspect of the event, while seguing perfectly into the “Climate” aspect of TEDxBoulder. As for the “Climate” portion of the affair, TEDxBoulder conflates Climate and Change: “The Greenhouse Effect of a nation divided under one (un?)elected leader and a humankind facing the manifestation of a careless existence boils under the surface of all facets of living.”

As such, this year’s TEDxBoulder aims to shift the paradigm of TEDx by synergistically combining topics that at first seem one in the same (climate change) and break them down into their true parts – the effect of the human impact on climate change, in addition to the political strife surrounding attempts to change the status quo of how we treat our environment, our people, and our earth.

Where and when?

TEDxBoulder 2017: Climate & Change will take place Sunday, September 17 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Macky Auditorium and Concert Hall.

What should you expect?

The format of TEDxBoulder’s eighth year is streamlined, focused on content and discussion while minimizing aspects from previous events that the audience wasn’t fond of. This wasn’t too challenging, however, since TEDxBoulder’s past seven events have had an average 97 percent positive feedback rate.

That being said, here’s the general format you can expect:

  • The event is comprised of two 90-minute sessions of “all live TED style talks from local speakers and musicians.” This year, organizers believe they have gathered perhaps the best lineup of speakers in the event’s history.
  • While the event begins promptly at 4:00 p.m., doors open at 3:00 p.m. and seats will fill up quickly. Since the event is open seating, the earlier you and/or your group get to Macky, the better the seats you’ll procure. Please note – organizers ask that you do not save seats. Also, you’re encouraged to chat with those around you and meet some new friends, like-minded or not; you’re all there because of a common interest.
  • There will be one intermission during the four-hour event from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

What does a ticket get you?

There are no extra fees when purchasing your ticket for this all-volunteer event. For those of you who go to concerts, shows, and events somewhat regularly, this is surely a breath of fresh air. Moreover, your ticket price gets redeposit into the event, allowing for extra gifts for the audience.

Why TEDx?

From the horse’s mouth, TEDx was founded in the spirit of “ideas worth spreading”. Apart from official TED-sponsored events, “TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience…where x = independently organized TED events.” This all-volunteer event could always use extra helping hands. If you’re interested in volunteering, see how you can participate here.

Since every event has sold out, this year will be no different, so be sure to get your tickets soon. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait another long 12 months to attend this once a year congregation of minds.

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