TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2016 is coming in November


Sno-Isle Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory at the 2015 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries event.

Tammy Mach presents “The Prototype of the American Dream” at the 2015 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries event.

2015 event photo gallery

The region’s most fascinating thinkers, innovators, performers and speakers will be on stage this November at TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2016.

This day of ideas is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 18 at Edmonds Center for the Arts and will include live speakers, TED talks on video. The event will also be live-streamed for group viewing to multiple locations across Snohomish and Island counties.

Attendees will have opportunities to hear fascinating ideas from the stage, as well as discuss these concepts and mingle with TEDx speakers and fellow audience members. Sno-Isle Libraries’ inaugural TEDx event in 2015 received overwhelmingly positive feedback from attendees, speakers and partners.

“It was a powerful day,” said Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, Executive Director of Sno-Isle Libraries. “We continue to hear from individuals who were delighted by the Libraries’ role in convening people around the ideas and issues featured in a regional TEDx event.”

Twenty-three speakers and performers took the stage with subjects ranging from innovation strategies to preparing for a NASA mission to Mars. Event attendees ranged in age from 14 to over 80 and traveled from as far away as British Columbia, California, Arizona, Texas, North Carolina and Massachusetts.

The event drew the attention of thousands at Edmonds Center for the Arts; at 10 community libraries around Snohomish and Island counties; viewing locations at Edmonds and Everett community colleges, the Snohomish PUD auditorium and the Arlington City Council chambers; as well as those who viewed the live stream on their own devices. TEDx talks posted from the event have received more than 17,000 views.

Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling said the city is excited about hosting the TEDxSnoIsleLibraries event for the second year. “The stimulating and engaging talks presented during the day showcases the best and brightest in our region,” Earling said

TEDxSnoIsleLibraries organizers have opened the presenter nomination process for the upcoming 2016 event. The idea and presenter nomination period runs through May 8. Nominations must be made online and those interested in submitting an idea or nominating a speaker should read the content and speaker guidelines available with the online form.

“It was clear from last year’s event that there is a deep well of ideas and innovations in our region,” said TEDxSnoIsleLibraries organizer Ken Harvey. “We barely scratched the surface on the ideas submitted to us. So we are confident there are more great ideas and speakers out there for the 2016 event.”

Snohomish County Excecutive Dave Somers said he’s pleased that Sno-Isle is moving ahead with a second year of the event.

“Snohomish County benefits when we have smart people articulating ideas to help our community be better, more just, and more equitable,” Somers said. “I salute those who are stretching our minds and helping us imagine the solutions to today’s and tomorrow’s challenges.”

Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson served as one of the hosts in introducing speakers at the 2015 event. “The event applied the library’s values and influence to a whole other level,” Price Johnson said. “It was inspiring to watch the audience as the speakers shared their ideas and experiences. The stories were impactful, thought-provoking and very personal.”

Joe McIalwain, Executive Director of the Edmonds Center for the Arts agreed with Price Johnson.

“When Sno-Isle Libraries first approached our team as a potential venue for the event, we knew that we aligned with the Libraries’ mission to serve as a doorway to ideas and information,” McIalwain said. “We are looking forward to a repeat of one of the most popular events we have ever hosted.”

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation was a key partner for the 2015 TEDx effort and made the commitment to support the event again in 2016.

“TEDxSnoIsleLibraries was an incredible experience that raised the visibility of our organization,” said Paul Pitkin, Executive Director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. “Our support of the Library’s 2016 effort was completely validated by our results with last year’s experience.”

Organizations that have chosen to become partners for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2016 include:

  • Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation
  • The Daily Herald
  • Edmonds Center for the Arts
  • United Way of Snohomish County
  • Community Transit
  • The Everett Clinic
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Snohomish County Arts Commission
  • Economic Alliance Snohomish County
  • Leadership Snohomish County
  • Coastal Community Bank
  • City of Edmonds
  • Heritage Bank
  • University of Washington, Bothell
  • Island County Economic Development Council
  • Snohomish PUD