New Year, New TEDSoc

New year, new me. Is there a more repeated, or hated, cliche in the English language? The beginning of a new year brings optimism and a fresh start for most people. And in the case of TED Society, this is certainly true. The TED Society is having a facelift. From now on, events throughout the year will be held under the umbrella of TEDxUniversityofGlasgowSalon. Many people will be wondering why TEDxUniversityofGlasgow have started cutting people’s hair (I was already asked this question yesterday), so this blog is here to give a bit more information and context for everyone.

The first port of call, is why have we decided to do this? To give some background information, we’ll look at why TEDx events happen in the first place. TEDxWarwick began with the ambition to hold a ‘mock’ TED conference as many people can’t make the trip to North America but still want to experience live speakers talking passionately about their innovations and ideas. Luckily, TED were looking to pilot the TEDx conference and TEDxWarick held the first conference in 2006. Since then, TEDx conferences have grown exponentially and are held in places from New Delhi to Johannesburg to Paris to Edinburgh to San Fransico to Buenos Aires and, of course, the University of Glasgow. And while TEDsters were overjoyed by having conferences on their front door, their salacious apatite for more ideas worth spreading wasn’t filled yet.

Up steps the Salon events. The Salon events are said to ‘form the backbone of the TED community’ (link at bottom of page). These events are held frequently throughout the year, are more informal than TEDx conferences, usually contain lively discussions between participants, range in format from dinner parties to mini TEDx events and much more. The flexibility offered is one of the main attractions of a Salon event. A huge variety of Salon events have been held, including open air mini conferences in Madrid, and Word Cafes in Minia. The possibilities are endless.

Salon events are also fully licensed through TED, which is why you can see the beautiful new logo attached to the blog. The events will now be brought under the TEDxUniversityofGlasgow team to promote integration and outreach to the University of Glasgow student body. We hope that by holding Salon events, we can encourage more people to participate and learn something new about technology, art, science or something about themselves. We’ll be holding the Open Auditions for the TEDxUniversityofGlasgow conference on Thursday 19th January. This is an opportunity for students to become part of the selection process and help select speakers they want at the conference in March. On the 2nd February the annual Launch Party will take place which is a celebration of the TED spirit and will involve live music, live speakers, TED talks and much more. Make sure to stay posted on the Facebook page so that you don’t miss out!

Thank you so much for reading this blog. If you want to find out more information about Salon events, head over to the second link at the bottom of the page to discover more from the TED website.

Happy new year and best wishes,

The TEDxUniversityofGlasgow team.

TEDx salon events form “the backbone” of TEDx communities, from Spain to India and far beyond


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