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Event Information


Goals and Vision


TED Commandments






About TED


About TEDx




EVENT INFORMATION Where Location is TBD When Sunday, November 4th, 2012 Time/Schedule TBA


TEDxAsheville is a multidisciplinary multi-media event where virtuoso performances, great talks and cutting-edge product demonstrations inspire and invite us to change ourselves and the world around us. Presenters and performs share their idea or performance of a lifetime with an eager audience of engaged fans of TED and TEDx.


The TED Commandments I Thou Shalt Not Simply Trot Out Thy Usual Schtick II Thou Shalt Dream a Great Dream, or Show Forth a Wondrous New Thing, or Share Something Thou Hast Never Shared Before III Thou Shalt Reveal Thy Curiosity and thy Passion IV Thou Shalt Tell a Story V Thou Shalt Freely Comment on the Utterances of Other Speakers for the Sake of Blessed Connection and Exquisite Controversy VI Thou Shalt Not Flaunt thine Ego. Be Thou Vulnerable. Speak of thy Failure as well as thy Success. VII Thou Shalt Not Sell from the Stage: Neither thy Company, thy Goods, thy Writings, nor thy Desperate Need for Funding; Lest Thou be Cast Aside into Outer Darkness VIII Thou Shalt Remember all the while: Laughter is Good IX Thou Shalt Not Read Thy Speech X Thou Shalt Not Steal the Time of Them that Follow Thee


Guidelines Time on Stage Speakers and product demonstrators will have 1 to 18 minutes to

present. Performers will have up to 10 minutes. The time is meant to be long enough to say or show something of significance, but short enough to hold everyone’s attention and to be easily watched as a recorded video. Talks will vary in length, and you may be asked to adjust the length of your performance or presentation.

Coaching Once selected, all speakers are strongly encouraged to work with

one of our presentation ßcoaches. There is no charge to receive this assistance and it is available even to those not in our immediate area.

Video An additional benefit of participating in TEDxAsheville is that your talk or

performance will be videotaped. This video will be made available online following the conference at the TEDxAsheville website. The talk may be selected for, where some talks have attracted over one million views. In total, TED talks have been viewed more than 500 million times worldwide and this exposure has transformed the careers of many TED speakers and performers. The most-watched TEDx talk of all time was recorded in Asheville in 2010.

Compensation TED has has never paid speakers to appear, but has always committed to creating an experience that’s fulfilling and beneficial on all sides.

TED Talk Examples We invite you to view some of our favorites TED videos at food_system.html needs_all_kinds_of_minds.html 6

APPLICATION A complete application package will include the following: 1. A one-sentence description of your “idea worth spreading.” If you wish, you can also send a longer explanation, up to one page. Performers, please send a video of you performing. Demonstrators, please send links or videos to help us understand your product and how you will demonstrate it.

Thank you for your passion and desire to be part of TEDxAsheville. We eagerly wait to be inspired by your “idea worth spreading”.

2. A short video audition Present an overview of your “idea worth spreading”. Your video will be considered for both the content of your idea AND your ability to inspire your audience. Brevity is welcomed, and we do not expect high quality production values. So long as the sound and idea quality are good (please check the sound quality). We challenge you to discover how best to express your idea and we invite your creativity and passion into the process. You may want to show yourself talking to an audience or you may choose to talk directly to the camera. We can assist with filming if needed and will gladly discuss other creative ideas that you have regarding how to complete this part of the application. The total video length should not exceed 5 minutes. You may provide a link to your uploaded video or arrange for it to be hand delivered.


About TED

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TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. Talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping worldchanging 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.

About TEDx

TEDxAsheville, now in its third year, was North Carolina’s first TEDx event. A sellout event since its inception in 2009, it has hosted presenters including “Last American Man” Eustace Conway, CNN Hero Doc Hendley, and a video presentation from environmentalist and author Bill McKibben.

TEDxAsheville Sunday, November 4th, 2012 TEDxAsheville is excited to announce that their third annual event will be bigger and better than ever! TEDxAsheville will feature passionate speakers, inspiring artistic performances, laughter, networking, and a few surprises.

TEDxAshevilleSalons Thursdays through November, 5p-630p Posana Cafe Asheville, NC TEDxAsheville Salon events are TEDx events built around the pre-recorded talks from previous TED and TEDx events. TEDxAsheville Salon events enable TED enthusiasts all over the region to meet, mix and learn with other TED enthusiasts on a weekly basis leading up to TEDxKatuah (November 5) and TEDxAsheville (November13).





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