The city of Temecula is known as a place “where the sun breaks through the mist,” a notion which has inspired local businesses and residents who believe the community of Temecula has ideas worth sharing with the world.
“TEDxTemecula is an event which will bring the community together with some of the great minds in our area to share ideas and facilitate conversation,” said organizer Jim McLaughlin.
He went on to explain, “With the theme of “Sunshine through the Mist,” TEDxTemecula focuses on the bright ideas we’re bringing forth, even in a world that often seems foggy.”
The event will be held on October 13 at the Temecula City Hall and will feature 16 speakers who will share their ideas on topics that affect residents on a local and global level. The following and more will be included in the program:
- How technologies are shaping human evolution
- Developing positive climates, cultures and connectedness
- Sustainable agriculture and winemaking
- How supporting the foster youth in our community creates a positive end result for all
- Introversion and the importance of knowing yourself
TEDxTemecula is and independently organized event modeled after TED, a nonprofit organization that is devoted to ideas worth sharing. TED has created a platform wherein great thinkers can share their ideas in 18-minute segments which are subsequently posted on TED.com for the world to watch.
McLaughlin believes that Temecula has ideas that the world will want to hear, but the local community is his primary focus.
“The event is designed to connect us to one another by sharing thought and inspiring conversation,” said McLaughlin. “We need to start talking about what is possible, not what is wrong. Hopefully, TEDxTemecula will spark new and interesting ideas within the community.”
Through a combination of TEDTalks videos and live speakers, TEDxTemecula hopes to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group setting. As such, the format will include long breaks between each session.
“The speakers will be available between sessions to connect with the audience (which will only be 100 people),” said McLaughlin. “The smaller audience inspires a deeper level of conversation.”
TEDxTemecula is seeking financial and “in-kind” sponsors for the event.
“The community has rallied around this idea in an incredible way so far,” said McLaughlin. “The website, printing and videography have already been donated, but we are seeking cash donations to help cover the cost of the venue and other expenses, along with other in-kind donations like food, wine or equipment to enhance the event.”
TEDxTemecula believes in the power of big ideas and believes that many of those ideas are right here in Temecula.
Said McLaughlin, “This is the kind of world I want to live in: where people come together to share thoughts and ideas to betterment of the community and the world. We cannot wait to share this experience with everyone.”
For more information or to apply to attend, click HERE.
Corie Maue is a local writer and regular contributor to SWRNN.