TEDxSoCal To Return to Long Beach Saturday, July 14th

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Last July, Long Beach hosted its inaugural TEDxSoCal – a day long conference with 23 speakers and performers who represented and embraced the theme of “Thriving” within the categories of well-being, sustainability, creative cultures and lifelong learning.

The TEDxSoCal committee has just announced the second annual TEDxSoCal, which will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at the Center Theater in Long Beach. This year’s conference investigates “The Alchemy of Transformation.” Talks will address the way in which we constantly live with change – internally and externally, individually and within groups. The conference will explore ideas from people harnessing change (from within themselves, their work places, their living spaces) to improve their own life and their community. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear and discuss “ideas worth spreading” from people with the courage to imagine a better future and the spirit and determination to make it happen.

Following the 2010 TED Conference held in Long Beach, Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske put forth an agenda item requesting the City Manager to apply for a license from TED to allow the City of Long Beach to hold a TEDx event. The Councilwoman wanted to give Long Beach residents the opportunity to experience a local, independently organized TEDx event, and participate in this innovative way to build a stronger and better community. The agenda item was the first step in bringing the successful first annual TEDxSoCal to Long Beach in July 2011. On Tuesday, May 22, 2012, Councilwoman Schipske will provide an update on TEDxSoCal and announce the launch of ticket sales during the City Council meeting.

The 2012 TEDxSoCal planning committee includes: Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, Steve Goodling (Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau), Lynne Wainfan (Compass Alliance Strategic Consulting), Sandy VandenBerge (Long Beach Community Foundation), John Glaza (Arts Council for Long Beach), Dr. Jerry Schubel (Aquarium of the Pacific), Justin Hectus (Keesal, Young and Logan) April Economides (Green Octopus Consulting) and Blair Cohn (Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association).

TEDxSoCal will feature 18 dynamic speakers and performers, including:

  • Rudy DeFelice – Lawyer turned entrepreneur and founder of Kidworth which enables parents to help kids form a financial foundation by using kid’s income in productive ways
  • Dr. Katherine Loflin – Principal of Loflin Consulting Solutions in which she focuses on helping leaders from all aspects of society improve their cities with the “placemaking” model
  • David Mocarski – Principal at Arkkit Forms Design and chairman of the Environmental Design Department at Art Center College of Design
  • Natasha Case and Freya Estreller – Started the Coolhaus ice cream sandwich food truck, one of the leading innovative dessert companies
  • Sithea San – Cambodian genocide survivor, one of the founders of Cambodia Town in Long Beach

TEDxSoCal is a public event. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, May 22nd at 12pm. Tickets will cost $60 (plus processing fees) for general admission and $25 (plus processing fees) for students. Tickets will be available through Eventbrite, with attendee and ticket information available on the event website, Facebook page , and Twitter.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; 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.

For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration.

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