TEDx lecture series comes to Isle of Man

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Do you have an important message that you’d love to share, or could you inspire an audience with a short talk on your favourite Manx subject?

The first ever TEDx event will be held in the Isle of Man this November and the organisers are looking for inspiring speakers to enthral their audience with powerful, thought-provoking talks.

TEDxDouglas will take place at the Youth Arts Centre in Kensington Road, Douglas, on Monday, November 10.

TED – which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design – is a non-profit organisation devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short talks, normally no longer than 15 minutes.

Since the first one-off event in 1984, the movement has developed into a worldwide phenomenon.

TEDx events are independent from the main TED conferences but operate under the same banner and follow similar principles and guidelines.

There are more than 30,000 talks in the TEDx online library from presentations in over 130countries.

Chris Stott, chief executive of Manx satellite company ManSat, is the licence holder for TEDxDouglas. He said: ‘I’ve been involved with TED for eight years now and also teach with the TED Fellows, and I’m proud to be able to bring a TEDx event to the Isle of Man.

‘The goal is to bring together bright minds to give talks that are idea-focused to foster learning, inspiration and wonder – and provoke conversations that matter.’

TEDxDouglas will be curated by Emma and John Quirk, with the talks being streamed live on the internet and uploaded to the main TED website afterwards for worldwide viewing.

Emma said: ‘We’re keen to hear from anyone who has an idea for an inspiring talk. The TED philosophy is about the power of ideas to change attitudes, to make people question the world around them and how they live their lives.

‘We have a very general theme in mind, and we want a good proportion of the talks to be based around, or inspired by, the Isle of Man. But we want to hear from individuals who believe they have an idea or a topic that needs to be heard, that needs to be aired and inspire others.’

The TED mission statement reads: ‘TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world.

‘On TED.com, we’re building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long.’

If you would like to propose an idea for a talk, contact Emma on tedxdouglas@gmail.com or call her on 341823.

Another important part of any TEDx event involves screening some lectures from the archives of the main TED conferences.

More than 1,500 talks from some of the world’s best-known speakers can be seen at www.ted.com, and the organisers of the Isle of Man’s event are seeking nominations from the Manx public.

More details about TEDxDouglas, including ticket availability, will be released soon.

Keep up to date with the latest news on Twitter (@tedxdouglas) or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tedxdouglas

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