x = independently organized TED event

Theme: Truth or Dare (TED2015 Live Simulcast)

This event occurred on
March 17, 2015
11:15am - 10:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
United States

The inaugural TEDxEmersonSchool event will be a live simulcast of TED2015—the annual flagship conference that started it all. Twenty dynamic presenters will spread their ideas in short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less), and we'll broadcast each of them live from the TED Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.

According to TED organizers, this may be the most provocative, invigorating, mind-shifting TED yet.


In our fast-changing world, a reliable grasp on the truth is hard to come by. Take the following widely held beliefs. True or false?

— The news is bad.
— Nature is good.
— Technology is no fun any more.
— Growing inequality is inevitable.
— Privacy matters more than transparency.
— Our kids will be worse off than we are.
— We've lost the battle against Big Brother.
— Physics is becoming incomprehensible.
— We've left it too late to prevent a climate crisis.
— The political right has run out of decent ideas.
— Robots will destroy more jobs than they create.
— The genomics revolution arrived too late to help me.

In 2015, we'll be questioning every one of these statements—and many more—in search of deeper truth, richer understanding, better questions. We will find the minds best capable of reframing our most familiar beliefs and concerns... and leave time in the program to challenge them in turn, to test their logic, to dig deeper.


We will also be inviting some of the most exciting creators of the future to share their visions with us. Inventors, Designers, Explorers, and Change Makers of all stripes (provided only that those stripes are colored bold). We're at a time of significant global challenge. Yet our political and economic systems seem barely capable of responding appropriately. And meanwhile, astounding new technologies may be creating alarming unintended consequences and complexities. Who has the ideas that will create a future we actually want? They're out there. And we need to hear from them like never before.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDx[name], where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDx[name] event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.

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Organizing team


  • Andy Zimmer