Friday, December 18, 2015

Looking for an Adult Programming Idea?

For all of you National Public Radio fans out there, the TED Radio Hour is not new.  But for those who haven't heard of TED talks, this website may provide you with an abundance of programming ideas. In 1984 when the program began, TED focused primarily on Technology, Entertainment, and Design.  That is no longer the case since the talks cover topics from science to business.

At the same time, TEDx events are independently operated to help share ideas in communities around the world. Libraries can apply for an event free license to livestream the event at your library on February 16, 17, or 18, 2016. Choose a day and apply for a free license to hold a simulcast viewing event for up to one full day. Choose "TedxLive Event" on the application form, and apply soon, as application approvals do take time. Also make sure that you have the technical requirements to show the simulcast. When applying for your license, please use the naming convention “TEDx*your library name*Library*Live” as the name for the event, such as TEDxEdmondsLibraryLive.

A simulcast viewing experience connects your library audience with great ideas and with a global community of thinkers, artists, and storytellers. Your community, whether a small group or a large audience, can be among the first to see and hear these talks; and even more, a TEDxLive event can make for a great discussion.

 Image of a person giving a TED talk
Image of a person giving a TED talk

The theme of the 2016 Conference is Dreams matter. TED2016 will be dedicated to the greatest dreams we are capable of dreaming, will stare hard at humanity’s toughest challenges and listen carefully to those who can show us a way forward.

Written by:
Terrie Howe,
Public Library Development Team