What is TEDx?

A meeting of innovative and inspiring minds.

TEDxTraverseCity brings together the most innovative and inspiring minds. The inspirational day honors innovators who have passion, curiosity, creativity, and adaptability to change the world with revolutionary ideas.

TEDxTraverseCity began in 2011 as the brainchild of Paul Sutherland of FIM Group and Tim Nelson of Northwestern Michigan College. It has grown into one of the most hotly anticipated annual events in the Traverse City area.

The daylong event is intended to educate, inspire, and connect great minds. TEDxTraverseCity provides an opportunity to broaden understanding and knowledge to make the great Northern Michigan region one of the most exciting and promising areas. 

TEDxTraverseCity attendees will hear new ways of thinking, learn about breakthroughs, and be motivated by those accelerating innovation and improving the lives of citizens around the world. The goal is to have each person walk away feeling enlightened, motivated, and dedicated to making a difference in their life, as well as the lives of others.

NEW For TEDxTraverseCity 2018

For 2018, we are taking everything that makes TEDxTraverseCity great - a conscious and curious community, a first-rate venue, the power of incredible TEDx talks - and boldly aspiring to take it to a new level. To do this, we have partnered with FLI, a leading facilitation firm that helps transform the learning environment with communities around the world. 

New this year, is an infusion of experiential learning moments, intentionally spaced throughout the day, allowing participants to more deeply connect with the inspiration and information delivered through the power of TEDxTraverseCity talks, as well as with each other. These experiential learning moments are designed using the latest evidence-based approaches, grounded in neuroscience, positive psychology, and leading social learning techniques. 

Participants will have opportunities to reflect on and capture meaningful ideas, connect with each other through purposeful conversations, as well as explore the possibilities of new visions for themselves and their communities… all inspired and fueled by the power of what is lining up to be awe-inspiring TEDxTraverseCity. 


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.

TED is a nonpartisan nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 110 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

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