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

Reflections on ENGAGE: Intentionally

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Participants in discussion at ENGAGE: Intentionally Scott Blasken, Chinook Arch Photography Participants in discussion at ENGAGE: Intentionally

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 March 28, 2020, with tickets already on sale -- learn more!

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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