TEDx moves from Edmonds to Mukilteo

Jun 14, 2017
Courtesy of: Sno-Isle Libraries Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries communications director and licensee for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries, welcomes a speaker to the stage at the 2016 event. Speaker nominations for 2017 are open June 3-11.

The two previous TEDx events were all-day Friday affairs at Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA), but his year's will be in Mukilteo.

“Our theme this year is ‘Sharing Our Future,’” said Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director and licensee for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries.

The free event is scheduled 1-5 p.m., Nov. 4 at Kamiak High School.

“We typically think of the audience as being impacted by TEDx talks, but the experience is also transformational for the speakers,” Harvey said.

In 2015, Sno-Isle crossed its organizational fingers and launched TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. In 2016, the tremendous success and support from the inaugural effort propelled even greater community interest. The reserved seating was snapped up in the first 30 hours of availability. Registration for this year’s event will open this fall.

Moving to a Saturday will allow attendance by those who couldn’t come on a work day, Harvey said. An afternoon schedule means attendees will have time for other activities that day.

The 2017 event also will feature more interaction between attendees and the speakers.

“TEDx is a powerful format to share ideas. Audience members get energized and want to ask questions of the speakers,” Harvey said. “We’re going to use the classrooms at Kamiak to create spaces for audience members and the speakers to continue sharing ideas.”

The popular IdeaLab will be back, with space for interactive, informational and display opportunities.

“TEDxSnoIsleLibraries was always envisioned as an event that not only represents the vibrancy of the entire library district, but would also physically move to different locations in Snohomish and Island counties,” Harvey said of the venue change.

TEDxSnoIsleLibraries aligns with Sno-Isle Libraries’ priorities of building civic engagement and addressing community issues, he said.

Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory has noted that Sno-Isle Libraries is all about ideas and that TEDxSnoIsleLibraries is, in essence, a library without walls.


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