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TEDxRVA | JUNE 23, 2017

TEDxRVA announces the return of this inspiration-packed, engaging conference for its fifth consecutive year. It will be a day full of the well-known and much-followed talks, as well as a handful of interactive happenings to enhance the experience.

In 2013, TEDxRVA made it’s debut in Richmond, VA. Organizers literally built the stage at the Haxall Point Powerplant, and began with the apropos theme of “create.” In 2014, TEDxRVA had its second event, thinking about things differently and challenging preconceptions with the reflective theme, “Re.” What better place to re-imagine than the November Theatre in Jackson Ward? In 2015, TEDxRVA came back with a unique approach and the theme, UNCOMMON, at the historic Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Arts Center. With greater accessibility and seating from years past, and increased engagement within the greater Richmond community, TEDxRVA explored and celebrated the uncommon in the RVA community and beyond. “ARTFUL” was the theme for 2016, ARTFUL is a way of perceiving, a way of doing, an effect.  Being ARTFUL means we are led by passion, we contribute value, and we bring about a healthier, more fulfilled society.

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. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. 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.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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