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TEDxDU 2011 “call for nominations” deadline Dec. 1

The University of Denver is looking for speakers and presenters with ideas that inspire action 

DENVER — Power that doesn’t pollute, lessons from ancestors, holistic media and safe water and sanitation were among the topics discussed last spring at the University of Denver’s inaugural TEDxDU. On May 13, 2011, DU will host its second TEDx event in the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.

TED, which stands for “Technology, Entertainment and Design,” brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers with “ideas worth spreading.”  TEDx events are independently organized events licensed by TED.

The TEDxDU event will be showcasing leaders who are making a difference to improve the world and inspire action. The TEDxDU organizing committee is welcoming speaker nominations from the community to recommend local, national or international nominees who are “DUing” something to improve the world.  The plan is to feature speakers from a broad spectrum of disciplines from science to art to entrepreneurship. The theme of the 2011 event will be “radical collaboration.”

DU wants to inspire, encourage action and propel problem-solving on local and global levels through the TEDxDU event.

The typical TEDx presentation will be anywhere from three to 15 minutes.  If you know a person — yourself included — who can share engaging ideas, personal stories, give a memorable performance or express innovative ways of thinking that could effectively change the world, nominate them at the TEDxDU website. For more information on policies and restrictions go to the nomination link.

Nominations close Dec. 1, 2010.


The University of Denver is committed to improving the human condition and engaging students and faculty in tackling the major issues of our day. DU ranks among the top 100 national universities in the U.S. For additional information, go to

TED and TEDx
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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. 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 organize local, independent TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing 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. Follow TED on Twitter at, or on Facebook at TED2011, “The Rediscovery of Wonder,” will be held February 28-March 4, 2011, in Long Beach, California, with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs,

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