About

Mission

Spreading ideas. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world, so we’re presenting here, in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, USA, a forum that offers knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other. We are a community welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world.

 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.)
TEDxShelburneFalls’ Curator is Stacy Kontrabecki. Stacy is principal at Swampdancer Resources and has 20 years’ technical and management experience in the forest products industry. Stacy was “going green” 2 decades before it was vogue to do so. She is a certified FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) lead auditor and ISO 9001 auditor, maintains a forestry license in Massachusetts, and is a contributing member of the Forest Stewardship Council and the Forest Guild. She also coordinates Shelburne Falls’ Hilltown Legacy Tree Project as a Trustee of the Buckland Historical Society. She is launching Yankee Doodle Tours & Events in 2013. Contact Stacy.

About TEDxLive

TEDxLive is an extension of the TEDx program, launched by TED in 2010. TEDxLive events are TEDx events built around the live webcast of TED Conferences. TEDxLive events enable TED enthusiasts all over the world to experience live sessions of the TED Conference; events can be simple viewing events, and may also host live speakers.

View this 1:15 animation to learn about TED & TEDx.

View this 1-minute testimonial to learn what people are saying all over the world about TEDx.

General Information About TED (Technology.Entertainment.Design) www.TED.com
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.
The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. More than 7,600 TEDx events have been held, and selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos.

At a TED conference, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Three major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Vancouver, Canada, simultaneous with TEDActive, in Whistler, BC; and the TEDGlobal Conference takes place each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

On TED.com, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide into more than 90 languages. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.

The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world. The TED Fellows program helps world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. TED-Ed creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom instruction or independent learning.  Follow TED on Twitter or on Facebook.

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