Planning begins for proposed TEDx-LongBeach

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tedx TEDx Long BeachFollowing up to her recently approved Council agenda item, Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske held the first planning meeting on hosting a TEDx Long Beach event in the fall.

TEDx is a new program that enables local communities such as schools, businesses, libraries, neighborhoods or just groups of friends to organize, design and host their own independent, TED-like events. The Long Beach Convention Center is the annual site for the TED Conference, which is by invitation only. A TEDx-LongBeach event would be open to the public.

“I am amazed at the interest and energy about hosting a Long Beach TEDx event,” remarked Schipske. “Not only did we have a great turn-out, but we discovered some of the participants had already set up a Facebook page and a website in anticipation of putting this together. Long Beach has some very, very creative people who are really enthusiastic about showing off our City and bringing thought-provoking speakers to what will become a premiere event.”

The initial meeting centered around timing and venue for the event. The Center Theater near the Terrace Theater and the Richard and Karen Carpenter Center on the campus of CSULB were mentioned as possible venues. A November or March 2011 date is being explored.

The initial participants included: Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, Norman Book (Long Beach Tech and, Georgia Case (Idea Group), Melissa Balmer (Idea Group), Eric Jackson (Cap Linked); Jim Worsham (Long Beach Community Foundation), Sandy VandenBerge (Long Beach Community Foundation), Craig Watson (Arts Council for Long Beach), Dr. Jerry Schubel (Aquarium of the Pacific), Brian Ulazewski (Studio 111), Robert Swayze (City of Long Beach, Economic Development Department), Steve Goodling (Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau), Sumire Gant (City of Long Beach, Transportation Bureau), Charlie Gandy (City of Long Beach, Transportation Bureau)

Anyone wishing to become involved with TEDx Long Beach, should contact the Office of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske at 562 570-6932.

About 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, on the TED website. 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. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where three exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action, and TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world. Follow TED on Twitter, or on Facebook.

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