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What is TED? 

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design, TED, converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events, like TEDxDecaturPublicLibrary, help share ideas in local communities around the world.

What is TED’s Mission? Spread ideas

Just think… Decatur is a part of a global community. With TED, we are welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. Like TED, we believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. TED is 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 TEDxevents around the world, all year long. Our Decatur and surrounding community is a part of it!

TED is owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation. Their agenda is to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation. TEDxDecaturPublicLibrary welcomes you to hear these great ideas and be a part of the conversation it sparks!

Knowing Ourselves, Knowing Each Other: Creating Our Future
Tuesday, October 23, 6:00 – 8:00 pm         

Decatur Public Library is excited to announce that it is welcoming its first live speaker to its TEDxDecaturPublicLibrary event. This is the second of a 3-part series. Click HERE to register for the event.

Allie Beam will present Active Youths: Not for Playgrounds Alone

Alexandra (Allie) Beam is a sixteen year old activist who is working to inspire change within her community. Throughout her life, using her speaking abilities to the benefit of others, has always been of extreme importance. The Speech and Debate Team at University High School has allowed her to grow in her abilities as a speaker, and has allowed her the opportunity to speak to many audiences across the nation. Allie Beam is a two time qualifier for the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Tournament, which is, to date, the largest academic competition in the world. Despite her national accomplishments, Beam’s highest priority is the inspiration of change within her community. Beam was one of four students asked to speak on behalf of University High School at the March For Our Lives, in the spring of 2018. She used this opportunity to express the opinions of many students feeling unsafe in their schools after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Beam, since helped found a group called BN Youth Activists. This group helps to give students a voice in her community. Through these actions, Beam aspires to be the voice of her generation, and to speak out in order to positively impact the future.

Come back for future events:

Part 3: Tuesday, November 27, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Click HERE to register for the event. We will be featuring TWO live speakers!

TBA: Tuesday, December 18, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Click HERE to register for the event.

If you missed our very first event, you can catch up here:

Part 1: VulnerabilityTrustTechnology

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).

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