What is TED?
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives.The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende, and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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

TED2011, “The Rediscovery of Wonder,” washeld February 28-March 4, 2011, in Long Beach, California, with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs, California

What about TEDx?
TEDxBloomington began with a simple desire by a few IU alums to ‘give back’ to the Bloomington community at large. Then the local team sprang up, balancing the equation. We are thrilled to be able to share an extraordinary city and academic community with the larger TED & TEDx world.

The members of the TEDxBloomington planning team share a common passion for TED and the TEDx platform. We truly believe in the spirit of “Ideas Worth Spreading.”

Likewise, each of us is excited to explore the very tangible intersection between “play” and “wisdom,” seeking speakers, sponsors, and participants who embody that spirit in their personal and professional lives. More than a metaphor, we see “The Wisdom of Play” theme as a powerful expectation, process, and deliverable throughout our time together.

Bloomington’s own Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, author of My Stroke of Insight, spoke at TED in 2008, and from there, sprung to world-wide attention. Her TEDTalk is the most-watched video at TED.com, now with over 1.4 million views

Why should I attend TEDxBloomington?

You should join us if you … appreciate engaging, compelling speakers … enjoy meeting local and non-local people who’ll inspire and maybe provoke you … want to hear how “regular people” are positively influencing the world … want to feel (more) excited about our community and the state of the world … want to become involved in a well-known international community concerned with improving life for all people.

What does “The Wisdom of Play” mean?
Whatever you think “The Wisdom of Play” means, by the end of the conference, you’ll have some new definitions. Although the words wisdom and play may evoke opposed images and responses, this year’s TEDxBloomington conference is about the fertile ground where the two intersect in our daily working lives.
“The Wisdom of Play” is our conference theme, and it has also inspired a number of other “Wisdom of Play” events in the city. Come back to this website closer to May to learn more about other opportunities to learn and play with us.

How can I get a ticket?
Please complete our registration form first, and from there, you’ll be directed to a website where you may purchase one seat in the Buskirk-Chumley Theater for May 14. If you’d like your friends to come, too, please do not forward the link to the purchasing site, but ask them to complete the registration form, as well.

What does it cost?
Tickets for the full-day, fast-paced event featuring 20+ world-class speakers costs only $60 and includes lunch! We believe this is an amazingly competitive price for the value you can gain not only from the speakers, but from interacting with the other participants in the audience.

Are scholarships available?
If a $60 ticket exceeds your budget and you would like to be considered for one of a limited number of scholarships, please complete the registration form, including the last question specifically asking about the value you’d hope to add to our community if you receive a scholarship. We will be informing applicants about our limited number of scholarships after May 1. If you don’t require a scholarship and want to be sure to get a seat, then please purchase your ticket now and let us provide scholarships to those most truly in need.

If you have further questions, please review the rest of our website or e-mail luci(at)tedxbloomington or christian(at)tedxbloomington.

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