TEDxFondduLac started at the end of 2016 when Fond du Lac officially was granted a license to hold a TEDx event. A planning team was put in place and hit the ground running. One of the biggest decisions to make was the theme that will have a huge impact locally, regionally, and globally, as well as reflect our team’s spirit. The first event was held on Saturday, August 19, 2017 in beautiful downtown Fond du Lac with 14 speakers, TED videos, activities to stimulate thinking and creativity, and much more. The theme of the first-ever TEDxFondduLac was Fear Forward.
TEDxFondduLac received a renewal of its license after that first event and held its 2018 event once again in downtown Fond du Lac. August 25, 2018’s event, themed “Enough”, featured 15 speakers, new ways to continue to be involved as the audience grew, and more engagement than before. The videos from this event were quickly edited as the excitement from the day spilled into the days that followed and all were quickly approved and included on this site.
After another license renewal, TEDxFondduLac will return on Saturday, August 17, 2019 to Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts and downtown Fond du Lac.
The TEDxFondduLac team is comprised of passionate volunteers who believe in the mission of “ideas worth spreading” and believe that Fond du Lac, Wisconsin is the place to showcase new, innovative thoughts. The team prides itself on the diverse mix of ideas that go to the stage and the work they put in to craft an experience that will keep all attendees happy and engaged. Contagious energy is abound within the team as they refer to themselves as a family, supporting each other to push boundaries in not only these events, but in their daily lives.
Tickets for our 2018 event sold out in 2 hours, and for our inaugural 2017 event, in 6 hours.
How quickly will they sell out for our next event? Only time will tell – more information to come, but tickets for the 2019 event will go on sale in early May 2019.
Anyone who is interested in Ideas Worth Spreading can attend TEDxFondduLac (with their ticket of course).
Our organizers do suggest attendees be over the age of 18. Children should not attend, so please make childcare arrangements should you wish to attend our events.
TEDxFondduLac 2017: Fear Forward (sold out in 6 hours)
TEDxFondduLac 2018: Enough (sold out in 2 hours)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Monica Lewinsky, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration.
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.)
While the August 17, 2019 event is still in the planning stages, the following schedule is the tentative timeline that previous TEDxFondduLac events fall under. TEDxFondduLac events are historically held on a Saturday to ensure participation can happen more easily from individuals from all walks of life. Likewise, breaks are strategically placed throughout the day to facilitate opportunities to visit the Downtown Fond du Lac area and enjoy the beautiful day, as well as take part in various activities.
Specific information is provided to those in attendance at events, but this handy schedule gives a glimpse into how the day has operated in the past:
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. – Registration and light breakfast
8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – First speaker session and TED videos
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Morning break (activations available)
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Second speaker session and TED videos
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Lunch break – various downtown venues
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Third speaker session and TED videos
2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Afternoon break (activations available)
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Final speaker session and TED videos
After-hours reception with heavy appetizers and cash bar available to all after the event.
TEDxFondduLac events, like all TEDx events, are run entirely by a group of volunteers who believe in the TED mission of “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Fond du Lac is lucky to have these talented individuals who believe in the power of TED and TEDx. Meet them here by clicking on their photo to see their favorite Talks and why they’re involved and to reach any of us, email firstname.lastname@example.org!
I’m a believer in the power of storytelling, to inspire, to change minds, and to change the world. The best TED talks are stories about an idea. I’m proud to be involved in bringing a TEDx event to Fond du Lac, where I hope it will inspire people to talk to each other, tell their own stories and write some new history.
Favorite Ted Talk: A delightful way to teach kids about computers
One of my passions is to inspire and be inspired. I believe the more ideas [worth spreading] and positive inspiration we can bring into our community, the stronger it will become. And what better way to contribute to our growth than an opportunity like this; to be part of a group of people working to start more conversations and drive Fond du Lac forward into its bright future.
Favorite Ted Talk: The power of vulnerability
Bringing TEDx to Fond du Lac fuels curiosity, understanding, and growth in our community – and that’s the kind of place I’m proud to call home.
Favorite Ted Talk: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes
I’m involved in TEDxFondduLac because of my passion to help others develop and improve their speaking and leadership skills. Being on the TEDxFondduLac team and also having the opportunity to work with the speakers has been truly inspiring. It is an honor to be a part of this experience, right here in our Fond du Lac community.
Favorite Ted Talk: All of the Talks from TEDxFondduLac 2017!
I’m involved in this endeavor because I believe in order to create a great community, you need to bring the community together. Everything starts with an idea and sharing those ideas with those around you leads to success.
Favorite Ted Talk: How to start a movement
Lyndsey Seewald is living out her dream as the head women’s basketball coach at Marian University in Fond du Lac after receiving educational achievements that include a BS in Psychology and a MA in Sport & Performance Psychology. Every day she goes to work with one thing in mind; how to create spaces for our student-athletes, staff, and faculty to seek and fulfill their dreams. The process is her main focus, trusting that the outcome will beautifully create itself.
After being part of the inaugural TEDxFondduLac with her Talk, Humaning, Lyndsey joins the team again as a speaker coach, assisting new speakers in crafting the best message possible.
Favorite Ted Talk: Humaning - Lyndsey's TEDxFDL 2017 Talk!
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Anytime I have wanted to learn something about a topic, I’ve searched to see if there is a TED or TEDx talk on it. These talks are powerful on their own and the energy of putting people together in a room who understand that power is nothing short of magical. I didn’t even know how much of a dream it was to bring something like this to Fond du Lac until I started going through the process and now I’m hooked. Buckle up, Fond du Lac!
Favorite Ted Talk: The price of shame
Life is like a game of tennis, those who serve well seldom lose. I want to inspire and motivate others to believe they can make a difference in our community no matter how big or small.
Favorite Ted Talk: How great leaders inspire action
Continuous growth and improvement are important to me. Status quo is boring and complacency is safe! TEDxFondduLac will push people outside their comfort zone — inspiring amazing ideas and triggering change! One small spark can ignite a fire, and TED has been known to do just that! My hope is that community members will take this opportunity to showcase their vast knowledge and highlight our community! Let’s brainstorm new opportunities and expand our minds to see what is possible – together.
Favorite Ted Talk: Create the community you want to be part of
I’m so excited to be a part of sharing ideas in Fond du Lac. Our communities greatest opportunity for growth and moving forward is to open the lines of communication and include everyone and everybody. What better way to do that than with TEDxFondduLac?
Favorite Ted Talk: How to use one paper towel
I personally believe that great things happen when community members come together in a spirit of learning, growing and are open to exploring what is possible – TEDx represents that kind of opportunity in Fond du Lac! Simply being involved, as a community volunteer in planning this event and working with this group of dedicated and energized community servants, is making this experience even better by giving me an opportunity to personally learn, grow and explore what is possible. A win, win!
Favorite Ted Talk: The power of vulnerability