Attend – July 9th @ Carolina Theater

Tickets to the inaugural TEDxDurham main event – our largest event of the year – are available now.

Door open July 9th at 9:30am at the Carolina Theater, conference starts at 10am – we hope you can attend.

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED’s media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
Imagine a day filled with brilliant speakers, thought-provoking video and mind-blowing conversation. We create a unique annual gathering in our community to share and unleash new ideas, inspire and inform called TEDxDurham. TEDxDurham is a community of artists and academics, professionals and activists, natives and newcomers; all of whom come together to discuss ideas, build relationships and explore the city we call home.
The theme of TEDxDurham 2016 is Centers and Edges.
“Without our centers, life is meaningless but without our edges life is boring.”
Another way – consider geographic, social, interpersonal, intellectual, architectural, economic, artistic, musical centers — each of these have extreme edges, places of growth and discomfort. We want to explore the centers and the edges spread across all topics and ideas. With this theme, TEDxDurham aims to explore the intersection of one person, community, or idea’s edge with the center of another.