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

A legacy of engaging deeply

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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 ten years. But we still needed someone to spark our imaginations, to light our creativity, and get it to that all-important point where the effort can be sustained. That role was (and still is, just a little more behind the scenes for this year) played by Rahim as a masterful curator, tireless speaker coach, and continuously guiding hand. It's a proud history for us as an organizing team, and an amazing legacy to Rahim's passion for putting great ideas on stage and always working toward encouraging people he touches in his work and volunteering to be RESOURCEFUL HUMANS, not mere human resources.

If you haven't already, we encourage you to visit our past events page to browse the themes and watch some of the talks by the speakers we've had during the last decade. You'll see some commonalities along the way, as we've always stayed true to the UN Sustainable Development Goals that help inform our curatorial voice. We've always been genuinely curious about the world we live in, and seek to build toward a more positive, inclusive, and pluralistic future. Throughout this year, we're going to try and bring back some of those voices in the form of speaker alumni podcast interviews, and hopefully by highlighting some of those influential ideas during our March 28 event -- as selected by Rahim himself.

We very much hope you'll join us on March 28th. It's going to be an amazingly deep and immersive event, but it's the not the first one we've had that can make that claim, and it won't be the last.

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