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Mark Sylvester: It’s Almost Time for TED ... and the Friends of TEDx Initiative

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[Noozhawk’​s note: TEDxSantaBarbara makes its debut Aug. 20 at The New Vic Theater in downtown Santa Barbara. As part of the advance publicity, Noozhawk will be republishing Mark Sylvester’​s e-letters.]

It’s almost time for TED. Have you applied for a seat?

With these words, Chris Anderson, TED’s curator, kicks off the main show in Vancouver each March. It’s our favorite part of the event, as it means that the planning, strategizing and endless hours of preparing are over and it’s showtime.

If you missed last week’s speaker announcement, you can click here to see the speakers’ bios and get a sense of why we’ve invited them to the Aug. 20 TEDxSantaBarbara event at the New Vic Theater in downtown Santa Barbara.

We are almost sold out. Click here to submit your application today to attend the event.

Here’s what we’ve learned from your applications so far. You are deeply involved in the community, 90 percent of you have written about your service locally and nationally, and it’s very inspiring.

The answer to the question of how others describe you is interesting. The top five words are Connector, Entrepreneur, Business Leader, Change Agent and Social Entrepreneur. We’ll be sharing more of what we have learned about the audience from the stage at the event.

Make sure you’ve reserved your seat and, if you have friends who want to join us, send them to our website to sign up.

The Friends of TEDx Initiative

Many people in our community would like to support the efforts of TEDxSantaBarbara without calling attention to themselves or their organizations. They believe in the mission of TEDx and want our community to continue to focus on ideas worth spreading.

The Friends of TEDx is designed to provide a way for people and organizations to support the program anonymously.

The producers are sensitive to the confidential nature of this support and thank the founding members of the Friends of TEDx for suggesting a vehicle that allows them to participate easily in TEDxSantaBarbara. All contributions are tax-deductible and are managed by the Santa Barbara Foundation.

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Click here to download the Friends of TEDx brochure.

TEDxSantaBarbara Active and our Simulcast

What is an Active event? If you would like a less formal atmosphere to enjoy TEDx, you can watch the simulcast from the New Vic at the innovative new co-working space and TEDx partner, Impact Hub, at 1117 State St. Several conference rooms will be showing the talks, including a large open area where the talks can be viewed on a bigger screen. What’s different about Active viewing is that you can freely use devices, get up and wander, and have more freedom to move around. We’ll have room for 100.

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For those who live out of town or who want host a viewing of TEDx in their home that day, the event will be streamed live online. Up to 1,000 people can see every speaker through our partner Citrix using their software, GoToWebinar. During the simulcast, you’ll be able to chat with other attendees while watching the talks.

Click here to register for the TEDxSantaBarbara simulcast. You do not need to complete an application to watch the stream.

Ticketing for the New Vic Theater and at the ImpactHUB simulcast is available on July 29.

Have a Great Idea for a Partner for Us?

We have a few spots left for the right Partners. Is that you or someone you know?

Let’​s talk so we can explain how your support makes our mutual dreams come true. We have big dreams for what the event can be with your help.

Click here to view our Partner Pak or click here to drop us a note. We’ll be in touch.

Tell a Friend

Each week our TEDx community grows. Our social media efforts, this newsletter, and stories in Noozhawk increase awareness. You can help us today by forwarding this column to a friend and invite them to sign up here.

The ONLY way people will be able to register for TEDxSantaBarbara 2016 tickets is if they are on our mailing list.

We encourage you to follow us on social media. Click here to connect with us on Facebook, click here to follow us on Twitter and click here to follow us on Instagram.

Missed one of our newsletters? Click here to read them all on Noozhawk.

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Thanks for your support and enthusiasm.

— Mark Sylvester, Kymberlee Weil and the entire TEDxSantaBarbara Team

Click here to sign up for the TEDxSantaBarbara e-letter.

Mark Sylvester is the executive producer of TEDxSantaBarbara. A 20-year veteran of attending TED events, he was the executive producer of TEDxAmericanRiviera from 2010-2012. He is the ambassador for 805connect, which helps Central Coast businesses make relevant connections, and is the co-founder of introNetworks. Click here to read previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.

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