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Theme: A Sense of Place.

This event occurred on
October 12, 2013
8:00am - 2:30pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts
United States

CURATOR'S STATEMENT The past year has been an eventful and exciting time for me as a freshman TEDx producer. Launching our first live conference in November, attending the TED Active simulcast with hundreds of other TEDx Organizers and Tedsters from around the world for my birthday in February, partnering with Greenfield Community College to offer TED Ed training to educators in May and a full day simulcast of the TED Global conference in June -- and this, our second live conference - has kept me busy. My travels for work and pleasure have taken me across the country to visit old friends, family and haunts, as well as fabulous new people, places and culture. What a wonderful world we live in! I enjoy my time away immensely. Interestingly, this time away brings to the forefront of my awareness, the appreciation I have for this special place I have called home for the past 13 years. I have curated and staged more than two dozen speakers, adventure guides, filmmakers and artists today so they may show you a sliver of why they love this place where we live. Their work, stories and passion remind me of my own values. The friendships I have formed while working with them and the other dedicated volunteers on this show, and the relationships I hope to form with you, are precious to me. This is why I volunteer my time to our community in this way. I hope you enjoy hearing about the ideas your neighbors - on, behind and in front of the stage -- have to share with you, whether you agree with them or not. A cultured mind is an open mind. Thank you all for your energy, your inquisitiveness and your support through this grand experiment.

Stacy Kontrabecki, Organizer & Curator
12 October 2013

Speaker Recommended Media for "A Sense of Place"

What place are you from? What defines a place? What is the history and nature of the places you most love and most dislike? What can you do to make the places you live, work and play better? Join us at the 2013 TEDxShelburneFalls conference to talk about and hear how your neighbors are answering these questions. A day of dialog, exploration and action awaits.

Tickets for the live event in Memorial Hall will be available for sale starting 12 am, Thursday August 28. Your full-conference ticket includes entry to both sessions and the post-party, as well as one optional pre-conference AM Adventure and longer Sunday Adventures. Lunch is not provided. General seating. $41.

New this year for full-conference attendees are optional pre & post conference Adventures. See Adventure descriptions for AM & Sunday Adventure details and directions. Registering early ensures your best choice for attendance at your preferred Adventure as space is very limited for these outings.

Free admission to the live simulcast at the nearby Masonic Hall/Shelburne Falls Senior Center or Mocha Mayas is also available as an alternative, but does not include Adventures. No registration is required for the simulcast and seating is first come, first serve.


9-11 am Pre-Conference AM Adventures are concurrent sessions held in the greater Shelburne Falls area. Transportation is not provided to adventures. Very limited availability, so register early for one AM Adventure/pp only.

noon-2 pm Session 1
4:30-6:30 pm Session 2
30 minute conversation periods after each session will allow attendees and speakers to mix and mingle.

7-8:30 pm Afterparty at Shelburne Historical Society

Various start times. Post-Conference Sunday Adventures are longer hikes or activities in the greater Shelburne Falls area. Transportation is not provided to adventures.

Printable speaker bios.

Memorial Hall
51 Bridge Street
Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, 01370
United States
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Organizing team

  • Scott MacPherson