TEDxUCDavis Salon 2015
TEDxUCDavis Salon 2015
TEDxUCDavis started as a small project by a group of friends passionate about the power of ideas. On April 23rd, 2011, the inaugural event Think Big. Think Small. Think Forward had a modest event in folding chairs at the Alumni Visitor Center. Those 150 people experienced something special on that day: a way to hear new ideas, but more importantly, a way to connect with the passionate people around them. Bit by bit, event by event, a community of those passionate people steadily grew and grew. Four years later TEDxUCDavis found its home at the prestigious Mondavi Center for Performing Arts a stage worthy of the incredible ideas presented on it.
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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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's mission is spreading ideas. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.
The TED Conference, held annually in Long Beach, is still the heart of TED. More than a thousand people now attend. Indeed, the event sells out a year in advance and the content has expanded to include science, business, the arts and the global issues facing our world. Over four days, 50 speakers each take an 18-minute slot, and there are many shorter pieces of content, including music, performance and comedy. There are no breakout groups. Everyone shares the same experience. It shouldn’t work, but it does. It works because all of knowledge is connected. Every so often it makes sense to emerge from the trenches we dig for a living, and ascend to a 30,000-foot view, where we see, to our astonishment, an intricately interconnected whole.