TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 announces three more speakers

The next three announced speakers for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 are (clockwise from above): Richard Yonck, futurist and author; Zsofia Pasztor, executive director of Farmer Frog; and singing teacher Ruth Goddard.

Could the future be full of gardeners and singing?

Talks by three of the speakers at TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 may help answer that question.

Richard Yonck, futurist and author; Zsofia Pasztor, executive director of Farmer Frog; and singing teacher Ruth Goddard, will join nine other presenters as they share their stories from 1-5 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo.

Over the past two weeks, the first six speakers were revealed. They are:

  • Kathy Coffey, Executive Director of Leadership Snohomish County
  • Dhruvik Parikh, a student at Jackson High School in Mill Creek
  • Nic O’Neill, Executive Director of the American Kitefliers Association
  • Tom Sebastian, President and CEO of Compass Health
  • Sargun Handa, Kamiak High School student
  • Bill Bernat, mental-health awareness advocate

“There will be 12 speakers at this year’s event,” said Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director. The final three speakers will be announced the week of Oct. 2. “All of these speakers come right from our communities. I think people will find their ‘ideas worth spreading’ very exciting.”

Nine community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties will host events to view the livesteam video from Kamiak. The libraries will be Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mukilteo and Snohomish. There will also be a viewing site at Gencare in Granite Falls

While admission to Kamiak and the viewing sites is free, reservations are required. Reservations will open Oct. 15 and must be made online. When registration opens, a link will be available at sno-isle.org/tedx.

This is the third year of TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. New to the event is an enhanced opportunity to interact with the speakers, both in person and online

“There will be a separate post-event session at Kamiak where attendees will be able to ask questions of the speakers,” Harvey said. In addition to the live videostream of the event, TEDxSnoIsleLlibraries is working with Glisser.com to bring an interactive experience to anyone, anywhere participating by computer or mobile device.

During the event, participants watching through Glisser will see the live-stream video from Kamiak and all the slides a presenter may be using. They’ll also be able to post comments and submit questions for possible answers from the speakers at the post-event session.

“I think our onsite and online audiences will find the speakers from this November’s event fascinating and worth their afternoon,” said Harvey, who is also the event licensee.

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
  • OverDrive

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.com. 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.