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How do we ENGAGE: Connected?

As current news reports are constantly reminding us, our journey with COVID-19 is far from over. Many of us are likely tired of living through a major historical event and continally unprecedented (modern) times. The urge to get back to "normal" is strong, even though we don't know what that will mean for us going forward, or when it will happen.
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Important Event Updates for Fall 2020

It has been a tumultuous year for our events, but we've got a great line-up coming in Fall 2020! TEDxCountdown in YYC It all begins with TEDxCountdown in YYC on October 14 from 7-9 p.m, where we're collaborating with our colleagues at TEDxYYC and TEDxYouth@VictoriaPark plus the great folks at Calgary Climate Hub to present an evening of content drawn from the TED Countdown event occurring on October 10th. Together, we'll be curating a special selection of talks from the more than 50 speakers taking part in TED Countdown, and combining the talks with a superb panel of local experts to add context. Above all, we'll all be focused on getting your thoughts about how and where we can accelerate our journey to a low-carbon future by 2030. » Learn more and get registered!   ENGAGE: Connected For TEDxCalgary, we're pivoting to a series of smaller all-virtual events for Fall 2020…
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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…
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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…
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!)
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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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