TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 brings 11 ideas to the stage

Dhruvik Parikh, a student at Jackson High School, speaks during TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017, Saturday, Nov. 4, on the Kamiak High School Performing Arts Center stage. Photo gallery

There are 11 new ideas in the Sno-Isle Libraries collection.

On Saturday, Nov. 4, 11 speakers shared themselves, their perspectives and ideas in TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017.

“Welcome to the library,” Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said to attendees at Kamiak High School, nine community sites across Snohomish and Island counties and watching the live video stream and other online viewers around the world.

In this third year of what Woolf-Ivory calls a “library without walls,” the event theme was “Sharing Our Future” and focused on the connections between the individual and the community.

The speakers included two high-school students, Dhruvik Parikh from Jackson High School in Mill Creek, and Sargun Handa, a 16-year-old at Kamiak in Mukilteo. Also taking the stage were CEOs, Tom Sebastian of Compass Health and Kathy Coffey of Leadership Snohomish County.

Nic O’Neill, president of the American Kiteflyers Association, showed how a kite is not only fun, but a lesson on living. Farmer Frog founder Zsofia Pasztor related how gardens at schools can grow food as well as children and communities. “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for,” Pasztor said in her talk. “We are the seeds; we are the gardener.”

Also speaking were Ron Carucci on understanding how to use personal power for personal and community good; Mark Perez, a Cascadia College student about service to others, Bill Bernat on interacting with depression and those dealing with depression; Dottie Metcalf Lindenburger on ways to test life before jumping in, and Richard Yonck why humans should embrace technology as the “greatest ever partnership.”

TEDxSnoIsleLibraries has become a popular and anticipated annual event. This year, in addition to live streaming to community sites and the web, the event offered an interactive opportunity for online questions and comments through Glisser.com.

More than 1,000 people watched the event at Kamiak and the community viewing sites. More than 1,400 online viewers came from 18 countries, 29 states and 120 cities. Individual videos of each presentation will be created and posted to the TED.com YouTube channel. Links will be available at sno-isle.org/tedx.

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 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
  • Starbucks
  • Washington Energy Services
  • Coastal Community Bank
  • SnoCo Arts

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

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.