It has been an amazing ten years for TEDxCalgary as an organizing team.
When we were granted our first licence in 2009, and planned our first event for April 2010, the number of global TEDx licencees was in the hundreds and collectively we were very much an experiment. Along with others in our city and across the globe, we were given the amazing latitude by TEDx to explore and multiply, and we now number in the thousands of organizing teams internationally. Big or small, every one of those teams is doing an inspiring job of finding voices that matter to our time and place in history, and being creative in how they engage their participants.
We feel very honoured to be part of how the TEDx program is helping organizers like us to bring the energy of amazing ideas to our local cities, and allowsing us to showcase the many ideas that are hidden in our own back yard.
From our regular community salon events run by a truly awesome group of volunteer organizers and facilitators in collaboration with local library branches across the city, to our occasional speaker-based salons that will focus on parts of the broader theme, to our main annual event in November — all are part of our ongoing efforts to explore, expand, and extend the reach of ideas that matter in our local context.
Cultivating a Garden of Ideas. Nurturing a Culture of Conversation.
We continuously seek to cultivate a rich and diverse garden of ideas, and help that grow by nuturing a culture of conversation based on the principles of pluralism and active community engagement as members of civil society. You can read more about our vision and purpose as a team, and we always welcome you to join us as a volunteer in whatever capacity fits.
As a team, we have long embraced and used the metaphor of "campfire conversations": those delightful, relaxed moments that let our minds shift gears and go to new places of insight and understanding as we watch the flames dance and sparks fly. That view has always informed our programming, and this year we'll be experimenting with real campfire-based conversations across the city, both organized by us and in collaboration with others who share the perspective that campfires and the conversations that take place around them are an essential part of our deepest human connections. They allow us to exchange meaningful stories and play even more nimbly and creatively with ideas that we desperately need to share with one another in a society that is simultaneously the most and the least connected in our human history.
As always, none of the past decade would have been possible without the energy and intellect of our tremendous team of volunteers, our speakers, and our community partners. We owe all of them a profound debt of gratitude for having believed in our efforts, and supported us at every turn.
Join us on our journey to ENGAGE: with Ideas. Stay tuned to our events pages and social media channels, and be part of the conversation.
– Rahim Sajan and Jonathan Perkins, co-founders and co-curators