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.

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