Here’s a PDF version of the program for this year’s TEDxSMU conference. If you don’t have a ticket for the live conference next Saturday, be sure to tune in online and watch the livestream right here on our website! TEDxSMU Program
Keeping with the game and play theme we watched Stuart Brown’s talk: Play is more fun
Stuart Brown’s book- Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination and Invigorates the Soul
This week we watched Jane McGonigal’s talk: The game that can give you 10 extra years of life:
Books related to the talk:
What Video Games Have to Teach Us about Learning and Literacy by James Paul Gee
Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World by Jane McGonigal
This week we watched David MacKay’s talk A Reality Check on Renewables:
How much land mass would renewables need to power a nation like the UK? An entire country’s worth. In this pragmatic talk, David MacKay tours the basic mathematics that show worrying limitations on our sustainable energy options and explains why we should pursue them anyway. (Filmed at TEDxWarwick.)
For more information about his book: www.withouthotair.com
It’s hard to believe it’s already back-to-school time. We’ve had a great summer planning our fall events in the TEDxSMU offices, and we’re eager to kick things off…which we do tomorrow with our first TEDxSMU Wednesday for the fall semester. Check out what’s happening around TEDxSMU.
Have a free Wednesday lunch hour? Join us for TEDxSMU Wednesdays, our (free!) open-to-the-public brown bag lunchseries where we watch a talk from the TED.com archives and have a lively discussion. Registration isn’t required, but you can check our website each week for the talk we’ll be watching and updates on which room we’ll be in (always held on campus in the Lyle School of Engineering quad). Every Wednesday during the fall semester starting August 22, 12:00-1:00PM.
Looking for SMU Students: the 2012 Carole & Jim Young Fellows
The Carole & Jim Young Fellows represent the most interesting SMU students. This fall, current SMU students may apply through September 10th to be considered as a Young Fellow. We will select up to two students from each of the seven academic colleges at SMU. These students will participate in TEDxKids @SMU on November 30, TEDxSMU on December 1, and ongoing programming throughout the 2012-2013 academic year. We will announce the 2012-2013 Class on September 14.
TEDxSMU Fall Auditions: 10.19.12
Auditions for TEDxSMU are back, and even bigger in 2012! At our second round of auditions, we’re looking for a Dallasite to knock our socks off with a shorttalk or performance that makes us “re:think.”
On October 19th, we’re partnering up with Dallas Social Venture Partners to host auditions as the capstone piece of its bigBANG! conference. We want your best stories, songs, poems…anything you can deliver in 3-6 minutes. So, send us a snapshot of your dream TEDxSMU Talk!
TEDxSMU’s signature conference is taking place on Saturday, December 1st this year at the brand new City Performance Hall. We’ve got a stellar line up of speakers already working on their talks and performances for the day, and the list continues to grow. Ticket sales for TEDxSMU veterans (those who attended in 2011) are now open. If you attended but have not received your invitation to purchase your 2012 ticket, please email TEDxSMU@gmail.com. The deadline for advance purchase for previous attendees is September 7th.
For new attendees, we’re opening up ticket sales on September 19th. Stay tuned for details, but with an bigger theater, we’re expecting to have space for a whole host of new audience members, and can’t wait to see your face in the crowd on December 1.
We will also post details about TEDxKids @SMU on November 30th on our website by September 1.
This week, we watched the unforgettable Ben Dunlap talk from TED2007. His talk, which reflects on the multitude of Hungarian mentors in his life, is touching and woven with stories bearing delicate, powerful messages. You’ll want to clear your mind for the next 18 minutes and give yourself over to Ben Dunlap.
The following quote from Kurt Vonnegut sums up the conversation:
“Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.”
Thanks to everyone who joined us for the first TEDxSMU Tuesday of the Fall Semester. We had a great group and a lively discussion on the ins and outs of Internet security and cyber terrorism after watching this fascinating talk by Mikko Hypponen.
Links from our discussion:
A history of Stuxnet
For those of you who were hoping to see the other talk from TEDGlobal, it’s actually not up yet, but you can watch Underworld Investigator Misha Glenny’s other fascinating talk from TEDGlobal 2009 in the meantime. We’ll let you know if we notice the TEDGlobal 2011 talk is released.
And, not to be missed — a brief dose of magic from our friend Rives about what he would do if he controlled the Internet.
Thanks to the generous support of a TEDxSMU donor, we’re thrilled to announce the creation of the Carole & Jim Young Fellows program to bring SMU students to TEDxSMU.
The Carole & Jim Young Fellows represent the most interesting SMU students. This fall, we will open applications for students from each of the seven schools at SMU. Two students per school will be selected as Young Fellows. These students will participate as TEDxKids @SMU Hosts Supervisors and have the ability to audition as a TEDxSMU Presenter. All Fellows will be given the opportunity to attend TEDxSMU. The Young Fellows will also be invited to participate in TEDxSMU programming throughout the remainder of the 2011-2012 academic year.
Starting on August 30, SMU students may apply for the Fellowship through www.TEDxSMU.org. Applications will be open through September 30, and the inaugural class of Fellows announced on October 7.
Young Fellows will participate during the day at TEDxKids @SMU on Friday, December 2. Young Fellows receive a complimentary ticket to attend TEDxSMU on Saturday, December 3.
As part of our commitment to the students in the Dallas area, we offer TEDxKids free of charge. Students are expected to complete a service learning project. All TEDxKids-coordinated service projects will take place on Monday, January 16, 2012 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), and the Young Fellows are invited and encouraged to participate in this day as well.
The link to apply for a Young Fellowship will be active on www.TEDxSMU.org starting on August 30.
Ever wanted to give your own Talk at TEDxSMU? Now’s your chance! We’re crowdsourcing a talk this year. Use the form below to send us your greatest idea for a Talk, and we’ll invite the top 12-15 submissions to give a 3-minute version of the Talk at our TEDxSMU Auditions. The audience will vote on their favorite, and the presenter with the most votes will be invited to the TEDxSMU mainstage on December 3rd.
The deadline for submissions is September 16. We’ll let you know if you’ve been selected to present at the TEDxSMU Auditions by September 23.
Registration for the October event is forthcoming!
New Event! TEDxSMU Salon
China: Artists Behind the Wall – 9.21.11, 7PM
In partnership with the Nasher Sculpture Center
Nasher Sculpture Center Director Jeremy Strick and Melissa Chiu, Director, Asia Society and Museum, discuss the current state of affairs in China as it relates to artistic freedom and expression, including the latest on the high-profile detainment and release of artist Ai Weiwei. TEDxSMU presents mind-stretching programs that connect thought leaders, solution seekers and the merely curious to “why not?” challenges.
Tickets are $12. To purchase tickets click here or call the Nasher at 888.695.0888*. *Ticketing service charge applies.