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TEDx event in Temecula to be interesting, informative and inspirational
Friday, September 13th, 2013
Issue 37, Volume 17.
The event, which is titled "The Next Stage," will focus on advancements in technology, education, wellness and a variety of other impactful issues and will take place on Nov. 16 in the conference center of the Temecula City Hall building.
The conference is one of many organized in local communities across the country by everyday citizens as part of an initiative set forward by the nonprofit organization TED (Technology, Education, Design).
While the TEDx events are localized and occur at various times throughout the year, there are two larger TED events that take place in North America and Europe every year.
Both the localized and large-scale operations operate under the banner of "ideas worth spreading."
Some of the issues discussed at this year’s Temecula conference will directly affect Southwest Riverside as a region while other issues to be addressed have the potential to impact a much broader scope of individuals, according to event organizer Jim McLaughlin.
McLaughlin organized the first TEDx Temecula event after discovering the localized conferences. He said he realized that holding such a conference would be good for a town like Temecula, which is often viewed as a "bedroom town."
"I had discovered that the TEDx events were independently organized by local communities and local people and I thought, ‘Well, that’s something I would love to be involved with. How do I do that?’" he said.
McLaughlin said the people that live in Temecula are a reason the town is so great and that their ingenuity and continued effort to facilitate ideas is what makes this conference so interesting.
"What hit me about it is there are some people in our community with some amazing stories to tell and some great ideas to sell," he said. "And the rest of the community ought to hear about those people because when we hear of people in our communities who are up to great things and doing great things it just makes all of us feel more connected and more excited about our own communities."
The City of Temecula has come on board as a sponsor this year, which McLaughlin said will bolster outreach efforts.
The support of the city will also provide the non-profit organization with additional resources that they would otherwise lack.
The event coordinator also said he’s been surprised by the number of individuals who have asked to help with the conference in some way.
"It’s a nonprofit and all-volunteer group and assuch, our budget is pretty small," he said. "We’ve had many people over the past 18 months who have wanted to contribute. Whether they are familiar with TED or not, they hear what it’s about and they want to participate."
McLaughlin and many of these individuals remain hard at work to bang out the remaining details of how long the show will be and how many speakers there will be as well.
The list of speakers for the event have yet to be confirmed at this time.
Former speakers like John Garret remember last year’s event fondly.
Garret spoke at the first annual Temecula conference which was titled the "The Sun Shines through the Mist," and his topic dealt with the impact of light pollution on space observation at nearby Palomar Observatory.
Garrett explained how increasing urban density in Temecula was negatively impacting space observation at Palomar and said that because there are more buildings and therefore more lights in the area, the range of space the telescope can explore is becoming narrowed. He proposed a number of solutions to this problem while at the conference.
Garret said that if he had to guess, there was probably an idea from his presentation that stuck with people most.
"I think the message would be what a no-brainer it is once you think about it that the kind of lighting that’s worst for light pollution also just does a bad job at lighting," Garret said.
Garret was one of many speakers at the event that day, however. Many others presented unique topics and Garret said he was impressed by many of these. "John Simpson talked of his personal encounter with a person who was the most ecologically minded person ever, but if you used the word ‘green’ in his presence, the guy just completely rebelled against that idea," he said.
"And I thought that was an interesting observation because it was related to first of all experience, but it scales out to the larger picture of what we have in our society. "
"I also thought Nick Palumbo’s talk about his winery was very engaging as far as learning what it’s really like to really build a building and incorporate sustainability and finding ways to do that,"
But the enthusiasm for the event extended past the speakers themselves and to the audience, something Jim McLaughlin said he was very glad for.
"I’d say the thing I loved most about last year’s event was how enthusiastic the audience was," he said. "There were standing ovation and cheers; there was just a lot of enthusiasm. I’m looking forward to repeating that this year."
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