TEDx comes to the Springs


Dan and Kristie Cichello hope to make TEDx Colorado Springs an annual event. - VIA TEDXCOLORADOSPRINGS.COM
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  • Dan and Kristie Cichello hope to make TEDx Colorado Springs an annual event.

Some ideas are worth spreading.

Or so the founders of the Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conferences would claim. TED conferences have become synonymous with presentations geared to inspire, called TED talks. Since the advent of TED.com in 2007, TED talks have been the toast of the web, attracting millions of viewers and awards aplenty. Around the world, TEDx conferences — licensed TED conferences outside of the main event — add to the bank of ideas and information TED.com presents.

Now TEDx is coming to Colorado Springs.

Dan and Kristie Cichello are planning a TEDx event for Oct. 11 at Stargazers Theater (10 S. Parkside Drive). The event will feature between 10 and 15 local speakers, plus a performance from Celtic Steps, an Irish dance company. Dan Cichello says the theme of the event is, "Choose to start."

"We really want people to come away from this recharged and interested in taking part in something bigger than themselves," he says. 

Dan has wanted to attend a TED event since shortly after discovering the phenomenon in 2010. Unfortunately, he discovered there isn't a regular event in the Springs. Denver hosts the annual TEDx Mile High conference, but Dan thinks Colorado Springs needs its own conference.

"The thing about TEDx [events] is that they're really focused on the local community. The things that are happening in Denver are not necessarily what's happening in Colorado Springs," he says. Ultimately, he hopes to make TEDx Colorado Springs an annual event.

The 10 confirmed speakers are as follows:
  • Aron Foster will speak on making good computer security as everyday as a seatbelt.
  • Amy Snyder will discuss her experiences writing a book about a 3,000-mile bike race.
  • Kirk Sorensen will talk about the untapped energy potential in Thorium reactors.
  • Frances Cole Jones will present strategies for selling and marketing yourself.
  • Nancy Saltzman will share her experiences with loss, finding purpose, and moving on after tragedy.
  • Elizabeth Dunn will take a scientific perspective on spending smarter.
  • Elizabeth Yarnell will show how to "eat healthy in a toxic world."
  • Edward Cope will examine rites of passage.
  • Theresa Strader will talk about rescuing mill dogs.
  • Andrew Morrison will put the tiny house movement under a microscope.
  • Molly Wingate will look at the benefits and costs of slow parenting. 
For more information on the event, including ticket sales and sponsorship information, see tedxcoloradosprings.com.

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