Organizing TEDxManitoba 2012

The first time I tweeted about being asked to sit on the Steering Committee to bring the first ever TEDx event to Winnipeg, Manitoba was around April, 2010. Within five minutes I had three replies, all saying the same thing “Really??? How can I help?”

It’s often a challenge to get individuals to give up their precious, limited off-work hours— but there’s something different about TED/TEDx… The opportunity of being part of a global education revolution inspires something in many of us and draws us in to be a part of it.

The 2011 crew did an incredible job. And after giving ourselves a month or so to rest after TEDxManitoba 2011, our thoughts turned towards doing it again in 2012. Some of us stayed on and some decided to step down. Once again, there was an incredible response from the community: “How can I help? How can I be involved?”

I officially formed the TEDxManitoba 2012 Steering Committee in May. Since then, they and their teams have been working hard behind the scenes. Our first task was to review all the Lessons Learned from 2011 to figure out what we could do the same, differently and better in 2012.

Since then, we’ve come up with an incredible theme, secured a date and venue, developed new sponsorship packages and formed a very strong, long term relationship with our inaugural Partner, the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce.

We developed an RFP, out now, for our Technical and Live Stream requirements, we’ve put out a call for speaker nominations and applications and will soon be sharing information about how to apply for TEDxManitoba 2012.

All this, and we’ll soon be launching some great visuals and a revamped website around our 2012 theme— (what) if x.

It’s exciting! And I am incredibly grateful to everyone involved. Who are these amazing folks heading up the Marketing, Venue, Sponsorship, Technical, Speakers and Guest Selection committees? Well, I hope to tell you a bit more about them on the website at some point. But for now, you should know that they are change-makers…and all incredibly passionate about ideas worth spreading.

Capturing TEDxManitoba 2012

While TEDxManitoba is a one-day event, our speaker talk videos live on long after the event as people watch them and share them with others.

Our technical team is committed to capturing these ‘ideas worth spreading’ in the highest possible quality. TEDxManitoba 2012 will be filmed in broadcast quality HD, with multiple cameras. The video, along with speaker presentations will be mixed in post-production to deliver a final video that reflects the spirit of the event, and passion of our speakers.

While the number of attendees at the live event is limited by TED guidelines, our webcast at on February 9th will allow anyone to experience TEDxManitoba 2012 in real time. We are working hard to ensure that this year’s live stream will be delivered at the highest possible quality.

HD Video, multiple camera views, and integration of speaker materials will ensure that our on-line attendees’ experience is as close as possible to being at the venue.

To help us achieve both goals, we’ve issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Event Videography and Live Stream to interested companies. You can download it here.

We’re looking to find that partner (or partners!) that understands the vision of TEDxManitoba, and can bring the resources, skills and experience needed to capture our event in video and online. Proposals are being accepted until 5pm on October 14th.

Rethinking Certainty and Fallibility

In another of our TEDx Talk re-takes leading up to TEDx Manitoba 2012, we re-present a popular presentation from outside the province at TED proper.

Earlier this year at TED2011, journalist and author Kathryn Schulz made “a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility” as human beings, based on her book, “Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error.”

And how might Schulz’s study of ‘wrongology,’ as she jokingly call it, translate into the (what)if × formula of TEDx Manitoba 2012? We might be demonstrating our own fallibility here, but it might look like this:

(standardized testing) if x
x=right answers can be as bad as wrong ones

Dare to rethink and be different at TEDx Manitoba 2012, and see whether the right path has you starting off on the wrong foot.

Have your own reformulation? We’d love to hear about it in the comments.

The Ideal TEDx Speaker

Many will apply, but only a few will be selected to speak at TEDxManitoba 2012. What makes a great TEDx speaker?

It’s a combination of certain characteristics. We seek speakers who inspire others with their “Idea Worth Spreading.” Amazing, Funny, Jaw-Dropping or Beautiful are some of the characteristics we desire. Speakers should be persuasive, ingenious and informative. And should be ready to deliver the most awesome speech they have ever given.

The speakers we need are those who have done something incredible or discovered something astonishing—something they can give to each and every member of our audience. Something they can carry home and use to change the world in their own way.

A deep passion and dedication to a cause, a concept or a journey is within every TEDx speaker. The ideal speaker changes the world around them and will change you as well.

Are you a TEDx speaker?

Do you know a possible TEDx speaker?

Reformulating Youth Crime

With a new year and a new theme for TEDxManitoba, we want to see everything open to intellectual and creative reinterpretation—even TED and TEDx talks themselves. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be revisiting some of our favourites and finding the recalculation in them.

At TEDxManitoba 2011′s compelling presentation, “Finding a Life Beyond the
,” CBC Radio’s Terry MacLeod invited a trio of young men on stage to reflect upon their reasons for once taking part in street-level organized crime.

Gripping and gritty, this conversation hinted at a complexity rarely allowed for by harsh, black-and-white discussions about the causes and curbing of crime.

In the quest to optimize social and community potential, life
beyond the gang begins with finding signs of life behind the gang. Can
we expand community efforts to re-direct the potential of these raw
forms of organization and productivity? What can be done to support
the efforts led by communities and families themselves to engage youth
lost to the street?

(Youth crime) if x
x= someone and somewhere else to turn to

At TEDx Manitoba 2012, we want to invite you to join us in leaving no thought unturned as we venture into unfamiliar territory.

What happens to youth crime when we reformulate it? How can this change the way we do things?