TEDxRockCreekPark is based upon the belief that everyone was put on the planet with a purpose and our deepest desire is to fully express that purpose. The Hero’s Journey is a metaphor for what our life calls us to do to fulfill our purpose.
About TEDxRockCreekPark Organizer: Alison Whitmire
TEDxRockCreekPark is organized by Alison Whitmire, principal at C-lever, a CEO coaching and leadership development organization. Alison has organized two previous TEDx conferences: TEDxPugetSound 2009 and TEDxPugetSound 2011. TEDxPugetSound 2009 was one of the first TEDx events in the US and featured author/speaker Simon Sinek. Simon’s talk at TEDxPugetSound became so popular that it was quickly uploaded to TED.com and licensed by a number of leadership development organizations. Since 2010, the talk has had nearly 10 million views and is one most viewed talks on TED.com. Watch Simon Sinek on TEDx.com.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.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; 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 host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows 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.
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