TEDx Project Brings New Eyes on Thunderbird

By Mohammed Abu Zainab, Guest Writer

It is with great joy and accomplishment that we bring to our Thunderbird community the work of a 3 year journey from inception that has finally come to fruition. And now, there to stay.

The videos of the talks from last semester’s TEDx event are live on the TEDx official YouTube channel, home to 3+ Million subscribers and searchable on TED’s site, the only non-profit with over 2+ Billion viewers to its content. Yes this marks our TEDx project’s new beginning online.

In what was primarily a Thunderbird production, it was also the first event in years where faculty, staff, students, alumni and Glendale Community members came together voluntarily and pledged their time and energy in producing it – both in the run up and the day of the event.

This is truly a special event for all of us, current past and hopefully future organizing members. Our TEDxYouth@Glendale event was the first TED affiliated event licensed for the city of Glendale. As it was also a momentous occasion for the 400+ youth members in attendence from the larger Glendale community which included privileged communities from high schools across the West Valley as well as not so privileged communities such as Glendale group homes and sex trafficking survivors. Besides our 100+ Thunderbird community invitees this was an event for all to benefit.

The event brought together a piece of everything our community represented in a global fashion and placed it on the global stage that is TED. And this is an equally great opportunity for Thunderbird as one of our principle partners in the production of these talks. Our TEDx license places with us the responsibility to produce the contents of our event for publication on their channels for the world to see. In our videos, the Thunderbird logo and our theme of a “World In Mind” is displayed for each viewer to see. And so the world will also see Thunderbird.

It is time now to deliver and spread these ideas and talks amongst our community and with you to enjoy! Perhaps it will inspire you to attend a TEDx or TED event, to speak in a TEDx or TED event and perhaps create a TEDx event for the opportunity to do so and for others.

And so without further or due, here are our TEDxYouth@Glendale talks.

Facebook: www.fb.com/TEDxYouthGlendale

“What Makes a Superhero? | Paul Yanson | TEDxYouth@Glendale” — If an outer being approached you, where would you say you were from? Would it…

“We Have Two Worlds & They Both Belong with Us | Olenka Cullinan | TEDxYouth@Glendale” — In a story of worlds far apart, Olenka tells of her bold move to start a new …

“What’s Wrong with Throwing Like a Girl? | Chelsea Fine | TEDxYouth@Glendale” — Chelsea Fine shows us why she feels that in her profession, she is writing in…

“Name Me Anything, I Can Play It | Josh Stefanski | TEDxYouth@Glendale” — Josh has a tenacious ability to play anything you have heard or seen. Anythin…

“A Life of Creating Music | Robert Dunger | TEDxYouth@Glendale” — Robert Dunger loves music. A lot of us do. But what Robert wants to share is …

“Rejection is Outdated | Caroline Ahlgreen & Lexie Priniski | TEDxYouth@Glendale” — Caroline and Lexi, recite a personal ode to rejection. Two high school girls …

“I Dreamt Out My Work | Rebecca Tinkle | TEDxYouth@Glendale” — Rebecca was brought up in the ghetto, never had a good education, and her job…

“The Second Half | Keith Davis | TEDxYouth@Glendale” — In a life of hardship and as a former NFL player, Keith shares how in life’s …

“The Mechanism | Elektro Botz | TEDxYouth@Glendale” — The world performing Elektro Botz premiere their new production, “the Mechani…

“What’s Beyond Competition? | Adam Shroyer | TEDxYouth@Glendale” — As Cactus High’s, F.I.R.S.T West Valley Robotics Team Mentor, Mr. Shroyer has…

“Take Back Your Brain! | Jonelle Moore | TEDxYouth@Glendale” — Jonelle is a Master Brain Trainer, and she helps you Master your brain. She s…

“Is Medicine the Only Cure? | Ben Pandya | TEDxYouth@Glendale” — Ben is a Thunderbird Global Executive Alum – With 17 years in the Pharmaceuti…

“The Laws of Being a Victim | Shanna Parker | TEDxYouth@Glendale” — As an advocate for, and mentor to, victims of Human Trafficking, Shauna is an…

For further queries please contact the current license holder, Mohammed Abu Zeinab maz@global.t-bird.edu or speak to the project’s Marketing and Communications Director Alina Buzgar, also current President of Das Tor alina.buzgar@global.t-bird.edu

 

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.