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!

 

Calgary on Purpose

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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

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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

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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Garret C. Smith--Exploring a Healing Dialogue

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Exploring a traditional, healing form of dialogue about how we can better share the surrounding lands and understand the reality of First Nations trauma within our current society. Garret utilizes his experience growing up in Treaty 7 territory, the lessons he learned from the Elders, his time spent in prison, the issue of Universities, and the life-changing path he found in acting that lead him to help himself become a better father and do what he can to help his people heal. Specifically challenging the 'male-ego' to take a deep look at oneself and reflect on how we got where we are today, and how we can improve where we end up tomorrow.

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Nicole Hartley Bradford--Awakening Villages of Connection

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Nicole Hartley Bradford has a crazy dream of a world full of re-wilded humans living on a planet we have saved from ruin (she hopes).

She sees this happening by way of our developing radically intimate relationships with ourselves, each other, and the natural world. In her dream, we have come to live again within the intimate connections and social support structure of the village, even within a much larger community or city structure.

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Kris Kelly-Frère--Transforming Communities

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Kris has staked his career on the idea that people will rise to the challenge if asked the right question.

Currently supporting the transformation of a regional recreation centre into a next generation social infrastructure hub and movement, he also leads a hybrid public health research project + social innovation lab called the GenH Play project. He's primarily interested in the craft of leadership and the development of adaptive and resilient communities.

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More adventures are coming!

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ENGAGE: 2019 is going to be a year of profound ideas...

Whether it's one of our regular monthly community salons at a local branch of the Calgrary Public Library, one of our larger engagement salons with live speakers and deep conversations, or even a campfire adventure outdoors, we're ready to talk with you about the ideas that matter for our city. We'll be exploring some fun and unique ways to share ideas with our participants, and have meaningful conversations about what we can do to help move some of them forward.

And, we'll also be featuring our main annual event again in November -- it's time to celebrate our tenth year of programming with a special type of event that goes even deeper than the more than one dozen live events we've held in the last decade.

Stay tuned to our 8 Seconds news bulletin, our social media channels, or this website for more updates as we start releasing our event plans for 2019.

Be part of the magic: ENGAGE with ideas!

 

 

TEDxCalgaryLive: TED2019 "Bigger Than Us" Livestream

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Join TEDxCalgary and other TEDx organizers from across the city on Thursday, April 18th for a full day of amazing content from the TED2019 "Bigger Than Us" event, being held in Vancouver from April 15-19.

We will be showing a mix of pre-recorded sessions from the April 15-17th event days (sessions 1 to 7) and live content from April 18th (sessions 8 to 11).

Our sessions will be in the Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall in the main lobby area from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., then switch to the BMO Financial Group Community Room from 4:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Participants are free to come and go throughout the day, but we appreciate your registering to ensure we have space throughout the day, and are able to send you a post-event feedback form (this is standard for all TEDx events):

Register to attend! http://TEDxCalgaryLive.ca

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