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Reflections on ENGAGE: Intentionally

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A week after the event, it's easier to gain perspective on what our ENGAGE: Intentionally salon meant as a formal kick-off to our year of engaging with ideas.

First, we can still feel the energy of our event speakers: Kris Kelly-Frere, Nicole Hartley Bradford, and Garret C. Smith. Each gave an amazing talk, and our video editing team is ramping up to be able to present their ideas to a global TEDx audience via the TEDxTalks YouTube channel. Powerful within the Calgary context, this gives them a global level of reach to the wider TEDx audience, and allows Calgary to share even more profound ideas with the rest of world. Stay tuned to our website for their talks, which should be online in about 4-6 weeks. For now, check out some of the event photos on our TEDxCalgary Flickr site.

Second, our event partners Calgary on Purpose are now working to amplify the discussions that came out of the event through their own efforts to encourage intentional dialogue across the Calgary community. Like us, they are an entirely citizen-led initiative, intended to give voice to the ideas of all of us in the wider Calgary community. What are the measures of a "successful" city, and how do we deepen our thinking about our purpose as a city as we talk with one another about a range of community-level issues?

Third, last but not least, our amazing team of volunteer facilitators gave their collective energy and intellect to hosting a series of conversations that made new connections, and allowed for deep conversations. As the photo shows, it was outstanding to see people "leaning in" to listen to one another share their views, and all of us emerged with a better sense of what might be possible for Calgary going forward if we continue to build the level of connections that occured at the event.

Over the next few weeks, we take a short break to enjoy the (sometimes) glorious summer weather, and take some down time with family and friends to recharge our batteries. Along the way, however, stay tuned to our 8 Seconds news bulletin or our social media channels, as we're planning some fun adventures across our community that you may be interested to join us for!

And, mark the date in your calendars: our main annual event, ENGAGE: Deeply will be coming to the New Central Library on November 16th, with tickets going on sale after July 15th.

We'd also be remiss if we didn't acknowledge the gracious contribution of our friend Jan Keck, who allowed us to use some of his awesome Ask Deep Questions cards as a way to get people talking before and during the event. If you're like us, you'll often want to get beyond the small talk and reach a more meaningful level of conversation when you're in the company of equally curious people. Take a few moments to visit AskDeepQuestions.com and download some of his free conversation resources, or explore some of the awesome tools he is building!

 

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Calgary on Purpose

Published in 2019 Partners

Special thanks to Calgary on Purpose, our event partners for the ENGAGE: Intentionally Salon. They are a group of Calgarians interested in what makes a ‘successful’ city, and are engaging people from all walks of life to join that conversation. As a citizen-led platform, their mission is to increase transparency, build trust, and facilitate inclusion. They believe that every individual has the power to shape Calgary’s future.
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Calgary Public Library

Published in 2019 Partners

Our deepest appreciation to the Calgary Public Library for their encouragement and ongoing support of our community salon series. Three times a month, nine months out of the year, we hold small gatherings of curious Calgarians at library branches in downtown (New Central Library), the Southeast (Fish Creek Library) and the Northwest (Crowfoot Library). We watch a pre-recorded TEDTalk together, and dive deep into conversation on what it means for us as engaged citizens, and the wider context of Calgary.
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ENGAGE: Intentionally Salon

Published in TEDxCalgary Events

Explore a different way of building community through deep, intentional dialogue. In the process, discover how we can help shape our sense of purpose either individually, or collectively as a city.

Our three speakers sparked our imaginations with their talks, sharing both perspectives and tools that our participants could use to engage other participants in a set of deep conversations about what YOU think we need to change about our dialogue on community. We immersed ourselves in interactions with other equally curious Calgarians, helping us generate a new and far-reaching conversation about how we define our purpose.

This event featured live speakers. Please visit our Speakers page to learn more about them!

Videos are in production... stay tuned for further news on release dates!

Click on the image or link to visit our Flickr photo album for ENGAGE: Intentionally!

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