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

Getting Curious about ENGAGE: Deeply

Written by  Jonathan Perkins , Published in News

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.

It's sometimes hard to remember that today holds equal parts possiblity and problem. As we constantly remind ourselves, it's a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world out there. When the U.S. military and many strategists embraced that term, it became short-hand for all the potential that the world holds, whether good or bad. Our speakers will continue to explore those factors that they see to be most crucial, matching complex societal issues with the potential ideas that can help us break through.

Above all, we seek to keep our eyes up: consciously choosing to always be curious about the events that surround us, and seeking to listen to the voices of our speakers who can help all of us gain perspective, insight, and inspiration for the future ahead. As curator of this year's event, it's humbling to engage with all of the amazing speakers who are so willing to share their intellect and ideas, and to help bring those voices to our stage on March 28th.

Be sure to join us... visit our ENGAGE: Deeply event page to register for your ticket. Speaker announcements are starting later this week!

  • Jonathan Perkins, Co-Founder and Curator



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