TEDxUNBC 2017 is coming to Prince George and the College of New Caledonia will play a title role.
The announcement of CNC’s title partnership was made yesterday at the College of New Caledonia’s library on a signature red dot — the same type of dot that innovative thought leaders will stand on when delivering their talks on September 30 of this year.
“When we heard that TEDx was coming to Prince George, we wanted to be involved at the highest level, not only to show support for the event itself, but to continue demonstrating CNC’s commitment to innovative community-minded initiatives,” said CNC President, Henry Reiser.
Partnering with events like TEDx are part of the new strategic direction that the College is committed to under its pillar of Community Engagement, expanding its involvement in the communities it serves and welcoming a broad base of community members in college activities and with a creative awareness approach.
“CNC has always played an integral role in the six communities it serves, responding to community needs with relevant programming and services,” said Alyson Gourley-Cramer, Executive Director, Communications, CNC. “But we’re also looking to align with key community events and initiatives in the future, to raise the profile of the school and engage with partners who are like-minded and forward-thinking, like our students, faculty and staff.”
CNC will be one of only three title sponsors for the event—the highest level of sponsorship available.
“TEDxUNBC 2017 would not be possible without the support of partners like the College of New Caledonia. I look forward to working with CNC in order to put on an amazing event on September 30,” said Grant Bachand, president and Curator of TEDxUNBC 2017.
TEDxUNBC 2017 describes its sponsors as partners, encouraging them to become part of the event, not simply sponsor it. CNC intends to extend its enthusiasm throughout its college community, with program, student, staff and faculty involvement, engagement opportunities and support for possible CNC speakers.
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.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Monica Lewinsky, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.