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T H E W E E K LY S U N • N O V E M B E R 23 - 29, 2016

NEWS EDUCATION

TEDXSUNVALLEY TO FACILITATE IDEA SHARING Assortment of talks and videos will highlight inaugural event

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BY DANA DUGAN

ow do we best communicate and circulate ideas? Despite social networking, the most influential way to share remains face to face. TED, a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, has become a global phenomenon since 1984. Owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation, TED started as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, but today covers almost

Vanessa Fry. Photo courtesy of TEDxSunValley

all topics––from science to business to global issues––in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events held in communities, separate from the headquarters in Vancouver, B.C., help share ideas in communities around the world. There have been more than 18,000 of these events held to date. And among the upcoming 1,307 events planned, Sun Valley will present its first TEDx, 12-7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the Sun Valley Opera House. Each event must maintain the spirit of TED itself: multidisciplinary, focused on the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. TEDx events are not agenda or single-topic driven. Organizer Aimee Christensen, the founder and executive director of the Sun Valley Institute for Resilience, has attended the main TED talks since 2009; first in Monterey, Calif., where it began, then in Long Beach, and, finally, in its present home in Vancouver, British Columbia. There is one main TED talk held each year, always a sold-out event. “There were so many requests to bring it to other communities,” Christensen said. “They devel-

oped TEDx to address these requests. The idea is find the people and ideas in a community we can showcase, and get it out to the world. I thought it would be so wonderful to have it here.” Christensen applied for the license, and brought in her friends, Andy and Kim Castellano, to help with organization and marketing. “It’s really a team effort,” she said. “There are 10 of us working on this. And I am certain we can do this for years, discovering these people in our community.” TedXSunValley will have three sessions broken up with long breaks, including a taco bar lunch in the Continental Room at the Sun Valley Inn, after the first session. As well, as part of the rules, TEDxSunValley will screen a different TED talk video after speakers in each session. Most of the speakers are local but will deliver a brand new talk, of approximately 12 minutes, to the TEDxSunValley audience. “There are people speaking we’ve known for years, like Muffy Davis. But she’s giving a whole new talk that’s very conContinued TEDXSUNVALLEY Page 12

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Sun Valley Board of REALTORS® Community Foundation presents

Winter Wonderland Saturday, December 3, 11am - 4pm FREE at the Community Campus

Mix and mingle with friends and neighbors in a Winter Wonderland Kids will have holiday fun with gingerbread houses, decorating cookies, arts and crafts, face painting, time with Santa, and movies in the theatre. Food concessions will be on-site. New unwrapped toy or donations accepted at the door. *Children must be accompanied by an adult.

This event is a part of the Holiday Baskets program, which assists local families in need during the Holidays. To volunteer, contact: robin@robinsells5b.com

Holiday Baskets

To make a tax deductible donation to Holiday Baskets, please make your check to SVBR Community Foundation PO Box 1937, Ketchum, ID 83340 or go online to SVHolidayBaskets.org Thank you to the Kiwanis Club for your years of support.

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23 November 2016  
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