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Name: TEDxBemidji
Date: April 14, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM CDT
TEDxBemidji - Thrive
Event Description:


TEDxBemidji Announces Inaugural Event

Bemidji, Minnesota; March 1, 2017 – TEDxBemidji will take place on Friday, April 14, at The Historic Chief Theater from 2pm to 5pm. The independently organized event, licensed by TED, will feature local speakers and live music relating to the theme Thrive.  

Launched in 2009, TEDx is program of locally organized events that bring the community together to share ideas. Some of the best talks from TEDx events have been featured on TED.com and have garnered millions of views from audiences across the globe.

“TEDxBemidji’s goal is to share unique perspectives about topics that affect our lives. TEDxBemidji will showcase Bemidji as a community of creative thinkers, problem solvers, and innovators,” says event coordinator Samantha Nienow. “Each TEDx has a theme, and we have chosen Thrive. Thriving, whether you’re talking about a person or a community, requires creating the right conditions for everyone to reach their full potential. We want to spark discussions about ways to keep our community thriving and how to provide the best environment for further growth.”

TEDxBemidji includes these six speakers who will each give a twelve-minute talk:

  • Dan Carlson – Ice diving

  • Gary Johnson – Reimagining Rural Broadband

  • Liz Letson – Equine-assisted psychotherapy

  • Keila McCracken – Rethinking Clothing

  • John Repko – New Approach for Our Future

  • Anton Treuer – Showing Respect

TEDxBemidji community partners include:

Title Sponsor: Kraus-Anderson Construction Company

Major Sponsors: 1st National Bank, Bank Forward, Bemidji State University, Lakeland Public Television, Paul Bunyan Communications, Sanford Health, Security Bank

Supporting Sponsors: Choice Therapy, Greater Bemidji, Karvakko, NLFX Professional, Otter Tail Power Company, Red Zest Design, We Love Messes

In accordance with TED guidelines, only 100 tickets can be issued for this first TEDxBemidji. For more information about TEDxBemidji, visit www.TEDxBemidji.com.

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 in a small group. 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 almost 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 on a diverse mix of topics. 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, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; 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.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http:// www.facebook.com/TED

For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/ registration

The Historic Chief Theater
Date/Time Information:
April 14, 2017 from 2–5pm
Contact Information:
Samantha Nienow, TEDxBemidji Lead Coordinator
$50 for ticket
Free live streaming viewing sites at Rail River Folk School and BSU. Learn more at http://www.tedxbemidji.com/
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