CLC hosting TEDx Streaming for the Public

The first-ever TEDxGullLake, to be held Saturday at Madden’s on Gull Lake, can be seen without charge by attending one of the area’s live-streaming parties.

The entire day-long event, featuring 14 separate talks and performances on a wide variety of topics, can be seen live at Central Lakes College in Brainerd and at Hunt Utilities Group in Pine River. The public is invited to attend free at both locations.

“We’re trying to make these talks available to everyone in the region,” said Kate Hunt, director of TEDxGullLake. “The wider these stories and ideas can be spread, the greater the conversation that can take place.”

Central Lakes College will be hosting the TEDx talks, along with snacks, refreshments, and friendly discussion. David Hietala, Vice President of Student and Academic Affairs, will serve as master of ceremonies at CLC. Streaming will be held in a comfortable atmosphere in room E203, near the northeast entrance of the college (Door 6).
Hunt Utilities Group, located just outside of Pine River on County Hwy 2, will open its straw bale and cob building, Old Main, for viewing the talks. The live-stream events will be projected onto a big screen, hosted by Ryan Hunt, in conjunction with a potluck.
The TEDx talks begin at 9 am Saturday, with four sessions running from 9-10:15 am, 10:45 am to noon, 1:30-2:45 pm, and 3:15-4:30 pm.

TEDxGullLake will focus on “The Art of Resilience” as speakers take to the stage to offer their unique stories and “ideas worth spreading.” The entire event is patterned after the famous TED Talks, a series of short presentations and performances designed to enlighten and inspire.           TEDxGullLake is licensed by the national TED organization.

Ben Thwaits will kick off the event, with his talk “Seeing the world through a new lens,” about the surprising impact a camera has in helping troubled youth find purpose and respect. 
A former Brainerd student, 14-year-old Jessica Willits, will offer her views about reaching out student-to-student to put an end to bullying.

Luca Clemente will explain how the organization “Occupy Madison” shaped its 2011 economic protest into a movement to help the homeless by building a village of tiny homes.

Some of the other topics include: “A tool to see into the heart,” by Dr. Marie Johnson; “The power of virtual communities,” by Hannah Stonehouse Hudson; “A long-term solution to fuel poverty,” by Jason Edens; “Horses see through our armor,” by Sara Sherman; “Lake Superior: Up close and personal,” by Mike Link and Kate Crowley; “A Minnesota approach to helping veterans heal,” by Col. Scott St. Sauver; “Changing the face of rural,” by Matthew Fluharty; “Growing Growers,” by Arlene Jones; “Add a little improve to your life,” by Tane Danger. In addition, Bemidji blues musician will perform and talk about “Using blues to shed light” and former Nisswa resident Rick McLean will perform his original songs. 

Like the national TED Talks, all TEDxGullLake talks will be limited to 18 minutes or less. More information about the event can be found at first-ever TEDxGullLake is made possible by donations and grants from National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) in Staples, as well as by the Bush Foundation, USDA Rural Development, the Initiative Foundation, Essentia Health, and the Five Wings Arts Council.

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, 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.)

About TED

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, TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, 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-dollarTED 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.

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