TEDx Salisbury event coming Jan. 30 to Headquarters Live

Salisbury’s first TEDx event is already 70 percent full, and the coveted opportunity to share new ideas and listen to carefully chosen speakers is expected to sell out.

“We as a team have worked hard to put together an incredible event. We’re excited to have 100 of Salisbury’s most passionate and most creative people attending,” Mayor Jake Day said.

Attendance is limited to 100 for the Jan. 30 event, from to 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Headquarters Live. Tickets cost $50 each and are available at tedxsby.com. Lunch will be provided by Acorn Market.

An acronym for Technology, Entertainment and Design, TED is a nonprofit formed to spread ideas, “usually in the form of short, powerful talks, 18 minutes or less,” according to the Web site. The mission is to make great ideas accessible and to spark conversation.

“I’m excited to be right in the heart of the city, and, more than anything, to have the opportunity for Salisbury to shine light on the incredible, powerful ideas that come out of our community,” Day said.

“This will be the only TEDx event on the Delmarva Peninsula south of the canal and the closest one outside of Newark, Del., Baltimore and D.C.,” the mayor said.

The concept is to create ideas worth sharing. Events are open to the public and include a cocktail hour and lunch.

There will be 11 speakers at the Salisbury TEDx event, including Jonathan Lopez, a world champion boxer; Martin Hutchison, a Salisbury pastor who is running successful community gardens to feed neighbors and build good will; Daniella Celia, a local dancer; and Grace Murdock of Salisbury, who will talk about the power of kindness.

TED began in 1984, the Web site explains, as a conference where technology, entertainment and design could merge. Independently run events, like the one that will be in Salisbury, are called TEDx, and were developed to share ideas in communities around 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 … everything we do is driven by this goal: How can we best spread great ideas?” the Web site states.

National Public Radio has a TED Hour, promoted as a “journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems (and) new ways to think.”

TED is owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation.

 

 

 

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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