Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Local Version of a Global Conference: TEDxAsheville 2009

A group of local fans of the global conference dedicated to “ideas worth spreading” is working with the TED Conference to bring an independently organized one-day “TEDx” conference event to Asheville this summer, date and venue TBA.

TEDxAsheville welcomes behind-the-scenes volunteers (we need videographers, sponsors, publicity help, event help and people to serve on the speaker selection committee) and speaker nominations for Asheville’s most interesting and visionary presenters.

Make a TEDxAsheville 2009 nomination at tedxavl.com. Contact the TEDxAsheville organizers at TEDxAVL (at) gmail.


TED is an annual event where some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. “TED” stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that shape our future.

The event is broader still, showcasing ideas that matter in any discipline. Attendees have called it “the ultimate brain spa” and “a four-day journey into the future.” The diverse audience — CEOs, scientists, creatives, philanthropists — is almost as extraordinary as the speakers, who have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck and Bono.


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED created a program it calls TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxAsheville, where “x” = an independently organized TED event. At TEDxAsheville, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection within the audience.

The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including this one, are self-organized.

location TBA
date late summer 2009, TBA
Tickets: This one-day conference event is FREE, seats will fill quickly.
TEDxAsheville official website

TEDTalks sample videos

Facebook: search TEDx Asheville
Twitter: follow @TEDxAVL
Email: TEDxAVL (at) gmail

TEDxAsheville is a free, nonprofit event and does not charge admission or pay presenters. This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED and is not being organized by the TED conferences — this is an independently organized TED event.

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