BIG THINKING is coming to town...

A unique gathering of thought leaders and change agents around evidence-based decisions and actions 

From May 31 to June 2, the Social Progress Imperative and local, national, and international speakers will be in Banff for What Works 2022Truth + Trust.

It's three days of interactive discussions, workshops, debates, inspiring talks and deep conversations among participants to learn what is working across various areas of social progress, in a bid to replicate and scale for success.

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TEDxCalgaryStudio: Filipe Masetti Leite

As part of an experiment with the new TEDxStudio licence format, where we have the opportunity to record talks outside of a normal event structure, we're pleased to have captured the incredible story of Filipe Masetti Liete. 

He set out from Calgary in July 2012 (coincidentally the Stampede's 100th Anniversary) with the goal of riding solo on horseback some 16,000KM across 12 international borders to his home town in Brazil. At a pace of 30KM a day, every night was an experiment in human connections, requiring that he rely on the generosity of strangers to care for his horses and himself. The trip turned out to be an 8-year 25,000KM odyssey that took him to the very tips of the Americas, and exposed him to adventures and challenges he never anticipated.


Special thanks to the Calgary Stampede for providing our recording space at centre ring in the rodeo grounds, and to Cowley’s Rafter Six Ranch and Kateri Cowley for bringing out Filipe's filming companion, Pearl, for the day. They also provided the hay bales to help hold up our signage, and grealty contributed to making it one of the most unique talks we've ever recorded. It might even have made TEDx history!

Big shout-outs to Ben Auteur for his volunteer editing support (it was a very windy day, and it took heroic editing to get the sound right), to Andrew for his amazing photos (coming soon to our Flickr account), and to Chris and Martina from Hidden Story Productions for their always legendary recording prowess with whatever we throw at them!

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