If you like getting TED, the celebrated series of mini-video lectures by world-renowned brainiacs, artists and out-of-the-box thinkers, delivered weekly to your inbox, then you’ll love TEDxTacoma, an affiliated event coming to the Museum of Glass Hot Shop Auditorium, April 17. Tickets are spendy at $65 and $100 a pop, but it’s cheaper than a college course, and a heck of a lot more fun.
TEDxTacoma has rounded up some of the region’s best and brightest including:
Kathleen O’Brien, a nationally recognized leader in the field of sustainability
Paul Rucker, Creative Capital grant recipient, award-winning musician and visual artist
Joe Kane, journalist (The New Yorker, Esquire, National Geographic) and author of Running the Amazon
Joe Mirabella, a campaign manager at Change.org
Donald Byrd, Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater
Patricia Talton, President/CEO of the Northwest Leadership Foundation
Janine Terrano, founder of Topia Technology and other leading-edge internet companies
Salvador A. Mungia, a past-president of the Washington State Bar Association and partner at Gordon Thomas Honeywell, who promotes providing legal services for those who, because of their economic situation, are easily exploited.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program.