Thank you for supporting TEDxSonomaCounty 2014:  “Going to the Edge”!

Speaker videos are now available here, on YouTube and on TED.com.

 Be sure to check out Mac Barnett’s talk from TEDxSonomaCounty 2014 that now has more than 1,000,000 views!  His whimsical talk speaks about writing that escapes the page, art as a doorway to wonder — and what real kids say to a fictional whale.

Please save the date for TEDxSonomaCounty 2015!

TEDxSonomaCounty: Saturday, November 7, 2015! 

The 2015 theme is:  Trending Now! screams at us from our computers and smart phones, telling us what to read, what to buy, what celebrity is doing what with whom right now.  We’re never far from our apps and our feeds.  The digital immigrants watch in awe as the younger generations, the digital natives, seem to accept their devices as a part of them, another limb.  It’s a time where we may not know our neighbors, but through ominpresent social media, we know what a high school acquaintance ate for lunch.  More than any other phrase, perhaps Trending Now! epitomizes this moment in time — our digital lives.

In a relatively brief span of time, we have seemingly embraced a digital life:  From the way we communicate to the way we shop.  From the way we read and listen to music, to the way we learn and the way we create art.  From the way we date, to the way we make war.  But how is our humanity being defined by our technology, and how are we defining it?  How much are we “alone together,” as technology pushes us closer to our machines and farther from each other?  And where are our lives richer beyond our imaginations because of it?  Where are we embracing new technology, making the quality of our lives and the world a better place?  Where are we pushing back against technology, preferring older ways of doing things, and why?TEDxSonomaCounty will bring together leading thinkers and doers to explore multiple perspectives on the theme, Trending Now!

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What is TED?

TED is a platform for ideas worth spreading. Started in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged, TED today shares ideas from a broad spectrum — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independent TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.  Learn more.

What is TEDx and TEDxSonomaCounty?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxSonomaCounty, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxSonomaCounty event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.  Learn more.

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