In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxUTSC, where x= independently organized TED event. At our TEDxUTSC event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
In news today, it is impossible to go a day without hearing about a story being interrupted or altered. Too often do we bear witness to the narratives of others being told by those who have yet to experience the realities of the unspoken. TEDxUTSC Ellipses strives to open the narrative, continue the story, and give way for born storytellers to make their mark.
An ellipsis is not an omission. It’s an invitation to continue a story. An unfinished thought, perhaps shrouded in uncertainty but destined to change the world. A slight pause a speaker takes when they gather just the right words to impress the importance of an idea.
As humans, we intuitively fill in the blanks, based on our own experiences and self-identification- but we have a greater calling. This year TEDxUTSC invites you to join us on a journey of learning and discovery, a collective challenge to open our minds and experience the stories, realities, and truths that lie just beyond the fragmented thought. It won’t be easy, but we want to share this experience with you. With the end of each conference, we end with lingering thoughts and questions. Now our fifth year, as our stories continuously evolve, TEDxUTSC encourages you to reflect on your own narrative. Give in to the thought that tells you that there must be more to the story than meets the eye. Ellipses 2017 calls you, welcomes you to fill in the blanks. Connect the dots and tell a story. Your story…