If you’re on the hunt for a way to broaden your mental horizons this Saturday, you’ll undoubtedly find plenty of inspiration at TEDxVancouver taking place at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (650 Hamilton Street).
Prepare to be mentally spellbound as you take in the insightful talks, sharing of ideas, and stimulating challenges presented by 14 speakers throughout the day.
We’re notably stoked to be attending and you ought to follow suit by scoring one of the remaining tickets to this stellar event (it’s an independent TEDx operated under license from TED and the largest of its kind in Vancouver).
Hosted by Riaz Meghji (our first Icon speaker this past summer), TEDxVan will feature key speakers such as Chip Wilson (LuluLemon), Peter Gregson (award winning cellist), and mind-provoking sexologist Jessica O’Reilly.
They’ll be accompanied by talks from many others, including former Captain of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Jay DeMerit, as well as co-founder of the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education in Vancouver, Victor Chan.
Score a spot and take in the conversation, lap up the sense of community, and walk away with ideas and inspiration (as well as enjoy musical performances, stunning art displays, and incredible opportunities to do some serious networking).
We were curious for an insider’s take on just what makes attending TEDxVancover such a cool and worthwhile experience for young professionals (YPs), so we turned to none other than Riaz for input – he is the host after all.
First off, he told us that the attendees ought to be prepared for the “emotional impact of the talks,” and to “get ready to examine how important it is to build relationships, break out of patterns, and call to attention how we’re really living our day-to-day lives.”
He noted that each speaker provides a unique story and perspective, often sharing insight into respective career and personal life matters on an incredibly intimate level that might really surprise guests. In a good way, of course.
Riaz, who has just launched his own inspirational site: Every Conversation Counts, thinks these talks will provide the chance for audience members to become more self-aware, explore self-reflection, and examine the idea of communication (not just in business but on a social and emotional level).
The fact that Saturday’s independently organized TED event is taking place in Vancouver further demonstrates the fact that TED international recognizes Vancouver as a unique community and a hub for innovation and creativity.
And right now, you only have a few hours left to help prove that.