TED 2017 Livestream in Bloomington

Join us from 5:15-7PM at Avers on the EastSide (on College Mall Road) on Thursday, April 27th to watch a livestream from this year’s TED conference in Vancouver.


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TEDxBloomington 2014 speaker Christy Hegarty featured on PBS’s Frontline, “Growing up Trans”.

On Tuesday, June 30th, PBS’s Frontline is airing a program called “Growing up Trans” that features TEDxBloomington 2014 speaker, Christy Hegarty and her family’s story.
In conjunction with her appearance at TEDxBloomingtonWomen last month, Christy shared the following updates: ” It has been a pivotal year for the transgender community. There has been so much momentum regarding policy changes and overall education and exposure. My TEDx talk was a very small part in the movement but I do know that it has been helping many people to start conversations and awareness around acceptance. I do my best to reach out as often as I can and take part in activities in my community, in order to educate and advocate for the LGBQT community. I continue to be so grateful to everyone that has made it possible for my child to live her life just like any other typical child. We hope to get more involved in helping to educate the New Hampshire legislature and continue to work towards creating equal rights for all throughout our country.”

Watch Christy’s TEDx talk: https://youtu.be/TFL8yEql-GU and check your local PBS listings for broadcast details on the Frontline program.

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Join us for TEDxBloomingtonWomen

May 28th, 5:30-8:30PM
Monroe County Public Library Auditorium

On Thursday, May 28th we’ll be streaming talks from the TEDWomen 2015 Conference happening concurrently in Monterey, California. In addition to watching talks from this year’s TEDWomen Conference, attendees will hear updates from TEDxBloomington speakers whose talks have helped to spark various forms of momentum within our local community. We hope that you’ll be able to join us for this Free event!



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Upcoming TEDx Events

Need a TEDx fix this fall? Check out these upcoming events nearby:

TEDxCincinnati – October 16th


TEDxIndianapolis – October 21st


TEDxLafayette – November 22nd


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Watch the TEDxBloomington 2014 Speaker Videos

June 13, 2014 – Want to relive the magic of TEDxBloomington 2014 ‘What Goes ‘Round’ or miss out on the day? You can now watch a particular speaker again or catch a talk you’ve heard about.

Want to learn more about each speaker? Visit www.tedxbloomington.com/speakers2014

In order of appearance:

Queen of Sheba : Salaam at TEDxBloomington
Illness has no poker face : Jeffrey Kline at TEDxBloomington
The power of better questions : Christian Briggs at TEDxBloomington
From the Trash to the Runway: Creative Reuse : Jeanne Leimkuhler at TEDxBloomington
We are all shapers of stone : Amy Brier at TEDxBloomington
Sexuality & Gender: Straight & Narrow or Round & Bouncy? : Danielle McClelland at TEDxBloomington
Unconditional Love: Journey with Our Transgender Child : Christy Hegarty at TEDxBloomington
Aerial Art Performance: Flight Club at TEDxBloomington
A community safety net to prevent rampage shootings : Bernice Pescosolido at TEDxBloomington
Immigration is a gift to us all : Kathy Wills at TEDxBloomington
In the Ring, Led by the Ring, or Ringing the Bell : David Quick at TEDxBloomington
Building more than homes : Chris Reinhart at TEDxBloomington
See Like an Artist, Think Like a Designer, Feel Like a Human : T. Kelly Wilson at TEDxBloomington
The Kitchen of Tomorrow-er : Mike Flaherty at TEDxBloomington
Why Don’t People Conserve Energy and Water? : Shahzeen Attari at TEDxBloomington
Renewable Energy from a Different Perspective : Jeremy Shere at TEDxBloomington
Forever and the Nature of Time : Christian Freitag at TEDxBloomingto
Written in Memory : Jeffrey Wolin at TEDxBloomington
Talking Justice: Using Words and Voice to Make Change : Marybeth Gasman at TEDxBloomington
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Sigma Play invites TEDxBloomington Fans and Offers Discount

May 2, 2014

We know TEDxBloomington fans tend to be playful and creative folks – especially those who attended the first TEDxBloomington event: The Wisdom of Play in 2011 (weren’t able to attend that event? Check out the videos here. With that in mind the creators of Sigma Play, a new conference for game designers and game enthusiasts, taking place in Bloomington May 23rd-24th at the convention center,  want to invite you and offer you a code for $10 off your conference registration if you use the code TEDX2014 or use the following link: http://www.eventbee.com/v/sigmaplay2014/discount?code=TEDX2014

One more added bonus for TEDxBloomington attendees and fans: among the great line-up of speakers and presenters for the inaugural Sigma Play conference, is Sarah Smith-Robbins, our awesome TEDxBloomington emcee.  If you didn’t get your fill of Sarah’s witty humor and insights between speakers at TEDxBloomington 2014, come spend a couple hours in her workshop on Alternate Reality Games.

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Indiana Daily Student: TEDxBloomington celebrates 3rd year

April 27, 2014

By Amanda Marino | IDS

While tires were spinning at the Bill Armstrong Stadium during Little 500, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater presented its own well-attended event.

TEDxBloomington, an independently organized TED event, celebrated its third Bloomington appearance Saturday with the theme “What Goes ’Round.”

“It’s very much a Bloomington project,” said Luci McKean, official curator for TEDxBloomington.

She opened the show with emcee Sarah Smith-Robbins, a professor in the Kelley School of Business.

McKean encouraged the audience to take out their cell phones and live tweet throughout the show. The event was streamed live worldwide.

Following the introduction, Jeffery Kline, an emergency physician and researcher at IU’s School of Medicine, took the stage.


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Herald-Times: Attendees gain new perspectives at TedxBloomington conference

Saturday, April 26, 2014 10:41 pm | Updated: 12:03 am, Sun Apr 27, 2014.

By Emily La Borde elaborde@heraldt.com

Most of Bloomington was abuzz with Little 500 festivities on Saturday, but the Buskirk-Chumley Theater downtown had a different kind of buzz; one of new ideas, creativity, connections.

This year’s TedxBloomington, with its theme of “What Goes ’Round,” had more local Bloomington speakers than ever before, with presentation topics ranging from Indiana limestone to common misconceptions about energy and water consumption.

Jeffrey Kline, vice chairman for research in the department of emergency medicine and professor of physiology with the Indiana University School of Medicine, shared his research about using patients’ facial expressions as a diagnostic instrument for physicians as a way to reduce unnecessary and costly tests. Kline says, “Every face has a story to tell. When it comes to illness, there is no poker face.”

Christian Briggs, co-founder of SociaLens and a Ph.D. candidate at the IU School of Informatics and Computing, encouraged each attendee to be an “everyday learner” … to “ask better questions that dive deeper in order to shape change.”

Jeanne Leimkuhler, founder of the Trashion Refashion Show and co-founder of Discardia, challenged the group to “think twice, even three times about how something could be reused.”

Christy Hull Hegarty, artist and advocate for parents of transgender children, shared her personal parenting experience and what she has learned as the mother of a transgender child.

“We need to allow our children to become something other than what we imagined,” Hegarty said.

On why she shares her personal story, Hegarty said, “The rewards are greater than the risks.”

Juan Carlos, a new Bloomington resident from Costa Rica, jumped at the chance to attend TedxBloomington.

“I’ve watched Ted Talks online and was excited I could come to TedxBloomington and experience this in person,” he said. “I thought Christy Hegarty’s talk was strong and motivational, teaching people to accept whatever life throws at us.”

Jim Ansaldo, a local comedian and musician, agreed. “It has definitely lived up to my expectations. I’m interested in new ideas and making connections, and this is a great place to do that. I like the nice mix of performances, too.”

Along with the learning sessions, TedxBloomington attendees enjoyed performances from the Flight Club, a fitness and aerial studio, and music by Salaam. There was even a massive multiplayer game of thumb wrestling.


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Herald-Times: TEDxBloomington topics to include new-age barn raising

Thursday, April 24, 2014 12:00 am

By Rick Seltzer 812-331-4243 | rseltzer@heraldt.com

Want to hear about re-imagining barn raising? How about new ways to think about local limestone?

Those are two topics that speakers will address at this year’s TEDxBloomington, which is slated for Saturday. They’re not the only speakers at this year’s event, an independently organized version of the idea-sharing conference TED. There are 20 speakers, as well as music and performance entries in this year’s Bloomington lineup.

The upcoming local TED conference is organized around the theme “What Goes ‘Round: literally or metaphorically round, spherical, global or cyclical ideas.” It’s an open theme that different speakers will be taking in different directions.

Speakers are either from Bloomington or have strong Bloomington ties, according to Luci Englert McKean, TEDxBloomington curator.

“This is the most Bloomington that TEDxBloomington has been in our three years to date,” she said. “This year’s event focuses on Bloomington speakers, primarily, but they’re speakers that don’t always have a voice in the public sphere.”

Take Amy Brier, the founder of the Indiana Limestone Symposium and an assistant professor of fine arts at Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington. She’s planning to talk about Indiana limestone and its cultural and geographic importance. She’s also planning to talk about her personal experiences with the stone.

Or take Chris Reinhart, architectural lead for Open Source Ecology. He’s going to discuss re-imagining barn raising for the 21st century with extreme manufacturing and open-source industrial equipment.

The range of speakers at this year’s TEDxBloomington also includes scientists, environmentalists and doctors, among others. They’ll share ideas in talks ranging from four to 18 minutes in length.

TED talks are only part of the experience, McKean said.

“We encourage people to connect with people outside of their usual spheres,” she said. “If you go to TEDxBloomington and you only speak to people you already know, you’re missing the bigger point.”

Saturday’s event is scheduled to take place at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. It will start at 10:30 a.m.

Visit www.tedxbloomington.com, visit the theater box office in person at 114 E. Kirkwood Ave. or call 812-323-3020 for tickets. General admission costs $50 per person, although group discounts are also available.

McKean suggested registering as soon as possible to increase the chances that custom-printed name badges will be available. Those badges, which won’t be able to be printed for last-second registrants, include topics that attendees suggest as subjects they’d like to discuss.

“We list three things on their name badges,” McKean said. “You not only get their first name, but you get conversation starters right there.”


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Heads up! Online tickets sale stop at 5pm, April 24

April 23, 2014 – TEDxBloomington online ticket sales will stop at 5 pm this Thursday, April 24th, but tickets may still be purchased at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater Box Office (114 E. Kirkwood) on Friday, April 25th, from 11 am – 6 pm, and Saturday, April 26th, starting at 9 am (or until the event sells out)!

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