What does it mean to be connected?” we asked. Are we talking about technology and the overwhelming ways we can plug in to browse, gather information or create community? Or are we talking about relationships–knowing the kind of influential people who can help you secure a job, make a deal or introduce you to the love of your life? Maybe we are talking about a yearning for connection with something more meaningful, such as earth, nature or our spiritual self? Our ability to love? To heal? Our joy? The answer to all of these questions is yes.
TEDxNapaValley 2012 is aimed to bring you some of the most valuable insights on what it means to be connected. Our speakers engineer creative products that allow us to communicate with each other in new and exciting ways. They dissect relationships, sometimes those that are unusual and surprising, to examine how they affect the outcome of our lives. They take radical approaches to remind us of our common values. Overall, they combine technology, art and design in novel ways that delight and inspire. We think the exchange of ideas is one of the best ways to build connections that last. We hope you will join us.