Twenty-three speakers will be on stage at the inaugural TEDxSnoIsleLibraries on Nov. 6.
The theme of the daylong event is “Creating New Futures.”
“Our goal is to showcase short talks that will explore how businesses, communities, and people can thrive here in Snohomish and Island counties,” said organizer Ken Harvey, director of communications for Sno-Isle Libraries.
Talks or performances will be given by Ann P. McMahon, Anna Rohrbough, Barbara Tolbert, Ben Hempstead, Catherine McHugh, Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Egils Milbergs, Erin Boyd, Evan Briggs, Frances Lewis, Jeff Ericson, Jennifer James, Ken Grant, Kenn Dickinson, Matt Cail, Nam-ho Park, Sarri Gilman, Shaela Niles, Sujan Shrestha, Swil Kanim, Tammy Mach, Terry Thoren and Xola Malik.
More information is available at sno-isle.org/tedx/speakers.
The TEDx event will last from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All seats have been reserved for the main venue, the Edmonds Center for the Arts, though people who would like to attend are encouraged to sign up for the waitlist. The public is also invited to view a simulcast of the talks and join in discussion at 10 libraries: Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Freeland, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Monroe, and Snohomish. Anyone interested in attending a library viewing group should register online at sno-isle.org/tedx/attend.
No registration is required for four other viewing sites: City of Arlington Council Chambers,110 E. 3rd St.; Edmonds Community College Black Box Theatre, 20310 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood; Everett Community College, 2000 Tower St., Jackson Wilderness Room of the Henry Jackson Building; Snohomish County PUD auditorium, 2320 California St., Everett.
For those unable to attend, the talks will also be live-streamed on the event website, sno-isle.org/tedx. The talk videos will later be archived online.
"We hope to enhance the audience's sense of mystery and delight by not pre-announcing the title of each speaker's talk,” Harvey said.
TED stands for technology, entertainment, and design. It is the name of a non-profit foundation devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TEDx events are local independently organized under license from TED.