What drives innovation at the local level? Is it government policies? Education? The need for social change? These are some of the questions we will explore with the help of three great TED Talks. The TEDxTemeculaSalon brings together local thought leaders of all persuasions to engage in remarkable, even life-changing conversations. Whether you consider yourself a thought leader, a forward thinker, or you simply have a passion for living in an extraordinary community, come be a part of the conversation. Be a part of inspired and thoughtful development of the region and connect with others who share this desire. This is where ideas are born. The moderator, Jay Goth, works closely with the regional economic development groups to foster and grow local innovation. As a senior consultant with TriTech Small Business Development Center, Jay has talked with hundreds of entrepreneurs who are seeking to make change through business. He himself is a serial entrepreneur, having launched several businesses of his own. He has been involved in the restaurant industry, drilled oil wells, built houses, went to sea as a merchant marine, sold real estate, was in the life and health insurance industry, has most recently been an investment banker, and is now launching a new start-up of his own. Having lived the life of an entrepreneur for over thirty years, Jay can identify with many of the people who are innovating and trying to make the world a better place. This is sure to be an engaging and controversial conversation about what government should or should not be doing to foster innovation, how education can spur greater achievements, and about business’ role in fomenting social change. The Ted talks selected for commentary address these problems in ways that will make you re-think some of your opinions about innovation and how it can happen here in the Temecula Valley. Are you one of those people who sit on the sidelines and complain about how things are, or are you one of the people who take action and are committed to creating a better Temecula Valley for our children – and their children? We’re looking for difference-makers to come and share their views on innovation in the local area and hang out with other like-minded people!