The Path to TEDxWarrenton


TEDxWarrenton is a self-sustaining, volunteer-run, group with a license from TED to independently organize a local TED event. TEDxWarrenton was established in 2021 for spreading new ideas and connecting a community within Fauquier County eager to grow their impact on the world. We welcome and champion those who want to challenge the status quo and drive change. TEDx is a platform that amplifies the ideas of change makers; a forum to foster new perspectives, and a community committed to challenging its members to be better.

TEDx is a showcase for speakers presenting great, well-formed ideas in under 18 minutes. Why under 18 minutes? This short talk model works, since it only demands the audience‚Äôs attention for a short period of time, decreasing the chance of minds wandering or daydreaming about lunch.

We applied for a TEDx license, and it took a couple of iterations. We found out that the TEDx  concept is to think big and global, and see how you can apply concepts local. Also the variety of topics and speakers is important. Lastly, is about discussing ideas, just not giving a talk – we are looking for ideas, not speakers.

Once we were awarded the TEDx license (December 2021), we knew we needed to quickly create a digital presence. This was in parallel to working through the TEDx guide. So with some effort, tedxwarrenton.com was built, and will continue to evolve.

Now the work really begins as we seek volunteers, partnerships, and speakers. All three are critical to the success of TEDxWarrenton. Are you ready?

 

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