Sno-Isle Libraries will bring back TEDx in 2020

After a two-year break, TEDx returns to Sno-Isle Libraries in 2020.

TEDxSnoIsleLibraries2020 is a not-for-profit event organized by Sno-Isle Libraries to spread ideas and provide opportunities to explore, connect and cultivate new ways of thinking. TEDx is an independent event operated under license from TED, the organization behind thought-provoking, influential TED Talks.

“We are eager to bring this community-valued program back and continue to reinforce the library as a relevant, trusted leader that convenes people around ideas and information,” said Sno-Isle Libraries Interim Public Services Director David Durante.

TEDxSnoIsleLibraries2020 is scheduled for Saturday, May 9, 2020, at the Edmonds Center for Arts. ECA hosted the first two TEDxSnoIsleLibraries events in 2015 and 2016. In 2017, TEDxSnoIsleLibraries was held at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo.

Sno-Isle Libraries will announce ticket information and issue a call for presenters in the coming weeks, Durante said.

TEDxSnoIsleLibraries has an impact that reaches beyond the Sno-Isle Library District service area:

  • 53 speakers at events in 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • More than 3.5 million views of speaker videos to date
  • Online views continue to grow by 50,000 a month
  • Viewers from 19 countries

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, 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).

About TED

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. TED’s media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; TED Translators, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established The Audacious Project that takes a collaborative approach to funding ideas with the potential to create change at thrilling scale; 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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