Last week I was fortunate to spend the day at TEDxWinnipeg and hear from 16 inspiring individuals. They made me think, laugh, cry and learn. In 18 minutes or less each speaker shared their story. I was engaged with each and every one of them and I truly believe what I learned that day will make me a better person and citizen.

What is TED?

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

To me TED and TEDx events around the world is an affordable venue to not only hear but to also share your own message with the world and get people thinking. In a news culture so focused on negativity, scandal and disasters, TED is a breath of fresh air that truly reflects the way the world should work.

Last week I was challenged to become an environmentalist from my own back yard, asked to be aware of digital accessibility, challenged to acknowledge the story behind the label, enlightened about trans misconceptions and so much more. It was a year long education in one day and we all know education is the key to positive change in our world.

I share this with you because I believe everyone should hear these amazing messages and you can! The live events are the best but for those not able to attend, every talk is available online. I challenge you to listen to TED talks this summer while walking, relaxing in the sun or driving in your car. Every TED and TEDx talk around the world are recorded live and shared free of charge. No hidden agendas, just ideas worth sharing to get us all engaged in making our world a better place.

Download the App on your smartphone today and lets all continue to share our ideas.

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