EVENT UPDATE: Our ENGAGE: Deeply Event is Postponed

TEDxCalgary has made the difficult — but very necessary — decision to postpone our planned ENGAGE: Deeply event until October 31, 2020.

The spread of coronavirus/COVID-19 infections is a very real threat to all of us, and our risk assesments determined that our event was not appropriate to hold at this juncture, while modes of infection for the virus remain uncertain. In alignment with guidance being issued by health authorities, the City of Calgary, and now by the Government of Alberta, we voluntarily chose a course of action that we feel will best protect the health of our participants, speakers, and volunteers.

Individuals holding tickets are now being communicated with directly by email. We will continue to update the public via our website as we revise our plans for the new October 31st date. If you're a current ticket-holder looking to have your purchase refunded, please visit our events refund page for additional details and instructions.

Our thanks to our partners, speakers, and volunteers for all of their guidance and support as we made this decision, and we look forward to meeting our participants in person at ENGAGE: Deeply (Take 2) in Fall 2020.

-- The TEDxCalgary team

COMMUNITY SALONS UPDATE: All Events Suspended Immediately

Our community salons are being suspended immediately due to closure of programming and event spaces in our partner facilities of the Calgary Public Library. These suspensions are a result of measures being taken by the Library to slow or stop the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19 infections.

We completely understand and support the Library's decision to do this, and we will resume the community salons in various branches across the city as soon as it is safe and practical to do so. Please note that some community salon locations may return sooner than others, as our own programming is based on volunteer availability and specific arrangements with each branch. As we normally take a break during July and August, some locations may not resume programming until the Fall. Check our Community Salons pages on MeetUp for details.

As we figure out new and ever more innovative ways to connect and engage with our community during a time of physical isolation and distancing, stay tuned for some opportunities for interactive community salons taking place online in the coming months!

-- The TEDxCalgary team


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News and views from the TEDxCalgary team!

Staying Engaged in a Time of Isolation

We find ourselves in a time of great uncertainty that demands a period of physical isolation, but that doesn't mean we and our ideas need to be isolated socially. Like many event-focused organizations, TEDxCalgary (and many other TEDx teams worldwide, including TED itself) has been impacted by the physical isolation or distancing measures deemed so necesary to slow or stop the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19 infections. We know that these are being referred to as "social distancing", and why that descriptor is being used by governments and health professionals, but we feel that the term creates the wrong mindset. Physical distancing is absolutely essential to flatten the curve of infections spreading and reduce pressures on health care systems. But how do we stay connected to one another in a time of isolation? Fortunately, we know that we're not the only ones who think that way. Societal crises like these can be…

A legacy of engaging deeply

It's actually a bit misleading to describe this year's ENGAGE: Deeply event as our "deepest, most engaging event ever."  The truth is, we'd like to think that ALL of our events over the last decade have been part of building toward this year's culminating event for our 10th anniversary of operating as a team. Along the way, we've always strived to make each event as deeply thoughtful and engaging as our imaginations and resources of the time allowed. When you browse our photo albums on Flickr, we hope that you can see the genuine intrigue, curiosity, and engagement of our event participants. In that continuing quest, we owe an incredible depth of gratitude to the curator (and licencee) who led the effort throughout most of our years together: Rahim Sajan. In all things, we've worked as a collective team to conceptualize, plan, and carry out the events of the last…

Getting Curious about ENGAGE: Deeply

We're on the cusp of releasing our first batch of speaker names this week, and it's an exciting time for all of us on the TEDxCalgary team! Our main annual event — this year's ENGAGE: Deeply — is the culmination of countless hours of planning, from finding the right venue, scouting for speakers and reviewing nominations, coaching the speakers on their talks, and preparing the many deep and rich interactions that we've become known for over the years. For all of us on the team, this is a passion project: we LOVE ideas, and even more we enjoy the connections that come with holding an event like this for our participants (that's you!) who are equally curious about the world around us.

We're Playing With Fire!

Okay, let's re-title that to "We're playing with fire... but safely!" We're incredibly excited to be holding the first of our long-anticipated campfire events, part of our ongoing TEDxCalgary Adventures series. Some of those adventures take us to new or hidden places you've likely not seen. This one takes us to a place where humans have been gathering and sharing thoughts since we've been a species -- around the warmth of the campfire, under a (hopefully) starry night sky.

More adventures are coming!

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.

Navigators videos are released!

Big Problems. Big Opportunities. Even Bigger Ideas! Watch the videos from our 2018 main event, "Navigators". Held on November 3, 2018, we featured 16 speakers giving 14 amazing talks to a sold-out theatre of more than 400 participants. Whether you were there to see the talks in person, or are watching online for the first time, pick your favourite video and spread it around to friends, family, and colleagues! View the playlist and watch other videos from past events on TEDxCalgary's YouTube channel (and yes, please subscribe!)

Taking Pride in Contributing to Community

Why do we have a passion to contribute back to our community? It's a personal choice, and often comes with the sacrifice of hard work over long hours away from family, friends, and other more relaxing pursuits. It also brings its own sense of adventure and accomplishment, especially when you have the unique opportunity of being at the forefront of finding and telling compelling stories about ideas that can truly change the way we navigate forward as humans (not to mention as Calgarians).
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