All new TEDxSnoIsleLibraries getting ready for Nov. 4

The first three announced speakers for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 are (clockwise from above): Kathy Coffey, Executive Director of Leadership Snohomish County; Dhruvik Parikh, a student at Jackson High School; and Nic O’Neill, Executive Director of the American Kitefliers Association.

The 2017 edition of TEDxSnoIsleLibraries is taking shape with a fresh lineup of ideas worth spreading from area speakers, a new full afternoon event schedule and new ways to participate and engage.

“This year’s event will feature 12 speakers taking the stage at Kamiak High School, from 1-5 p.m., Nov. 4,” said Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director. “Audience members can join us there and also at nine community libraries, which will also provide convenient live-stream viewing sites across Snohomish and Island counties.”

The community-library sites will be Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mukilteo and Snohomish.

Admission to Kamiak and the community library sites is free, thanks to event partners, however reservations will be required. Reservations will open Oct. 15 and can be made online.

“People want to interact with the speakers; it’s one of the most frequent requests we get,” Harvey said. “So, we’re trying some new things this year to enhance the audience experience.”

Audience members at Kamiak will have the opportunity to interact with speakers during a question-and-answer session after the main program. And this year, organizers are teaming up with to bring interactivity to the event’s online experience.

“People will be able to see the live video stream from Kamiak and all the slides a presenter may be using,” said Harvey, who is also the event licensee. “More importantly, anyone participating through Glisser will be able to post comments and submit questions to the speakers.”

Speakers can then respond to those questions following the main event, he said

“We continue to uncover great ideas for our TEDxSnoIsleLibraries events,” Harvey said. “I think our onsite and online audiences will find the speakers from this November’s event fascinating and worth their afternoon.”

Event organizers will reveal three speakers each week over the next month. Here are the first three:

  • Kathy Coffey – Coffey lives her values as a member of Lynnwood’s Human Services Commission and Executive Director of Leadership Snohomish County. Coffey says one of her favorite TED talks is “The Joy of Lexicography” by Erin McKean.
  • Dhruvik Parikh – A student at Jackson High School in Mill Creek and a student representative on the Everett City Council, Parikh believes education isn’t confined to the classroom. His favorite TED talk is “Why we do what we do” by Tony Robbins.
  • Nic O’Neill – O’Neill is taking kite flying and herself to new heights as Executive Director of the American Kitefliers Association. O’Neill categorizes TED talks with favorites in each group, but says she finds herself returning to re-watch Saying YES! to your Weirdness by JP Sears.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a founding partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. “TEDxSnoIsleLibraries makes the best ideas visible to our communities,” said Paul Pitkin, Executive Director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. “Our Foundation and other partners are delighted to invest in this effort so that audiences can attend free of charge.

Other creative and inspiring organizations backing the 2017 event include:

  • Community Transit
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Everett Community College
  • Snohomish Health District
  • Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett
  • The Daily Herald
  • KSER
  • Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce