Partners join TEDxSnoIsleLibraries in serving community

When Sno-Isle Libraries officials considered getting into TEDx, a key criteria was that the effort must be community-focused.

“The TEDx model allows us to both serve and partner with our communities,” said Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory. “These events are significant undertakings and we knew we’d need help. We are honored by the response from the creative and innovative organizations who have joined us.”

For the inaugural TEDxSnoIsleLibraries in 2015, 22 businesses and agencies joined Sno-Isle Libraries and the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation to bring forth 23 innovative and interesting community members with, as the TED mantra says, “Ideas Worth Spreading.”

“What we’ve found is that there are a lot of people who want to create connected communities and TEDxSnoIsleLibraries provides a venue for engagement,” said Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director and TEDxSnoIsleLibraries licensee.

For the 2016 event, 12 more partners joined the original group bringing the total to 34 business and agencies contributing more than $120,000 in financial and in-kind support.

 “TEDxSno-IsleLibraries brings together people to honor and celebrate the talent, achievements and resources we have in our community,” said Community Transit CEO Emmett Heath. “We share those same goals of connecting our community and celebrating the local spirit.”

Paul Pitre, Chancellor for WSU North Puget Sound at Everett Chancellor, said, “Partnering with Sno-Isle Libraries makes sense for us. The TEDxSnoIsleLibraries event and WSU are both focused on the people and ideas that come from the communities we serve.”

That a library district would provide the catalyst for such an event is innovative. Sno-Isle Libraries received a 2016 Innovator award from the Urban Libraries Council, an organization for the nation’s largest public library systems.

Woolf-Ivory said TEDxSnoIsleLibraries may be innovative, but not out of step with the library district and values, purpose, core services and strategic focus.

“It’s critical to the purpose and values of the library district to make this event free for everyone, ensuring free and equal access to information and ideas,” Woolf-Ivory said. “Because at its essence, TEDx is a library without walls providing ideas worth spreading.”

TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2016 partners

Organizations that partner with TEDxSnoIsleLibraries help transform communities and the marketplace through the power of ideas. The partners are innovating examples for their industry as well as our community. Their contributions cover the cost of staging a world-class event with free admission:

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation provides a way for people to help their community libraries through private donations, enabling excellence beyond what is possible through public funds alone.

The Daily Herald, with its website,, has been the leading news and information source in Everett and Snohomish County for more than a century.

The Everett-based law firm of Anderson Hunter emphasizes efficient, comprehensive, and cost effective service for clients in a number of practice areas.

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines along with its sister airline Horizon Air, is part of the Alaska Air Group and has the highest customer satisfaction for nine consecutive years.

Edmonds Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization that presents an array of outstanding performing artists from around the world. Host of the mainstage TEDxSnoIsleLibraries event.

United Way of Snohomish County transform lives by bringing people, resources, and strategy together to solve our community's toughest challenges. They are working with other organization to determine solutions to break the cycle of poverty.

Community Transit is at the forefront of helping Snohomish County residents think transit first and a public transportation leader for the Puget Sound region.

The Pacific Northwest’s reader-supported, independent, non-profit electronic journal provides readers with the facts and analysis to intelligently participate in civic discourse on politics, culture and technology.

Coastal has a strong commitment to customer engagement and the longevity of their valued relationships.They prosper when you prosper.

A vibrant, urban city with a compact, walkable downtown area, Edmonds also preserves many characteristics of its historic origins along with access to a waterfront community.  The City has a strong commitment to community engagement, sustainability, diversity and economic development.

Edmonds Community College strengthens our diverse community by helping students access educational and career opportunities in a supportive environment that encourages success, innovation, service and lifelong learning.  Community viewing site for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries.

The Everett Clinic, part of DaVita, makes lives better together through health and healing with providers and staff doing what is right for each patient.

Economic Alliance Snohomish County is a catalyst for economic vitality resulting in stronger communities, increased job creation, expanded educational opportunities, and improved infrastructure.

The downtown Edmonds business improvement district is focused and funded to ensure downtown stays lively, attractive and prosperous.

Everett Community College educates more than 19,000 students every year at several locations in Snohomish County, with most students and faculty at the main campus in north Everett. Community viewing site for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries.

FIRST Washington inspires all young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills.

Heritage Bank directs decision-making in four fundamental areas: customers, communities, employees and shareholders. The community bank focuses on building lasting relationships to help customers reach financial goals.

Innovative is driven by the same mission as their customers: to provide the best service possible to library patrons.

In addition to operating and managing the Future of Flight, the Institute embraces the important role of stewardship of an active and healthy culture of philanthropy.

The ICEDC fosters economic balance that preserves the county’s rural character while providing business, employment, and quality of life opportunities for its residents.

KSER enriches our community through local, independent public radio and other services dedicated to arts, education, ideas and civic engagement.

Leadership Snohomish County is the place to go for leadership development in our region, convening public, private and nonprofit leadership.

OverDrive is an early leader in the digital content industry, working closely with libraries to deliver through the internet.

With a winning formula of quick service and reasonable prices, small enough to cater to individual customers as well as some of the largest corporations in the Northwest.

The Snohomish County Arts Commission cultivates and enhances a vibrant community of artists and arts organizations by connecting citizens with a range of cultural opportunities to celebrate, appreciate and participate in the diverse arts and culture of the County.

Snohomish County PUD is the second largest publicly owned utility in Washington, serving more than 337,000 electric customers and about 20,000 water customers in Snohomish County and Camano Island. Community viewing site for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries.

The Snohomish Health District is an independent special purpose district responsible for public health in Snohomish County and is an essential community partner.

The Starbucks mission to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time.

With more than 5,000 students and 45 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, the University of Washington Bothell is the fastest-growing four-year public university in the state of Washington.  They are committed to helping students succeed. Community viewing site for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries.

Family-owned and providing tailored comfort and energy saving solutions while committed to exceeding your expectations.

WSU North Puget Sound at Everett aligns with the economic development and vitality of the region and the state of Washington to prepare graduates for leadership in a rapidly changing and globally connected world.

Known for their dedication to excellence in the way they source, roast and develop our coffees to bring customers the best possible experience.

Whole Foods Market offers a place for tour community to shop where value is inseparable from values.