Ideas to Action
by Roger Killen
• TEDx conferences audiences laugh, learn and walk away with actionable wisdom. Live speakers share innovative optimistic solutions to humanity’s tough challenges and give clear actionable answers to make a difference in our lives. These ideas build aw
areness, power attitude shifts, change policies and launch movements that inspire positive change.
It was 2012. I was 61 and open to taking on a project that would be my legacy to mankind. I attended a local TEDx event and eureka, I became clear on the shape, size and form of my legacy project. TEDx Stanley Park was born.
In 2013, the first TEDx Stanley Park event took place in front of 100 guests at The Theatre inside the UBC Campus at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver. In 2015, the second TEDx Stanley Park event took place in front of 450 at the Granville Island Stage. Its thirteen talks evoked a record-breaking seven standing ovations.
TEDxStanleyPark 2016 takes place at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Saturday, May 28. Our Ideas to Action theme guided our selection of talks to those that contain powerful calls to action that give legs to dreams. 15 speakers will share their personal, powerful and diverse life-stories with you and 2,640 others. Book this date into your calendar now. Here is a sneak preview of some of the topics to be covered.
Entrepreneur Dan Lok’s talk is titled Why Don’t Great Ideas Succeed? He knows why and gives the audience ideas to help them realize their personal or business goals and dreams.
Sex therapist Maureen McGrath exposes how the growth in sexless marriages has reached epidemic proportions. She serves up tips to get lust and exciting love making back into our marital bedrooms.
United Church minister Gary Paterson reminds us how discrimination is subtle but ubiquitous. He uses creative storytelling as the gateway to new understanding, and appreciation of minorities into our mainstream society.
Technology entrepreneur Galya Westler’s talk addresses Social Media. Our addiction to social mediacan make us lonely, disconnected and depressed. She answers the big question – how to kick the habit and get the life we want back?
Former hockey-player Ryan Phillips’ new project Return to Happiness focuses on ending human trafficking and sex slavery which affects two million children. His organization fosters leadership in addressing this global epidemic.
Bosco Anthony is a digital strategist. His title talk Feeling Stuck? will guide us through a transformation from being just spectators in our lives to proactively designing a rich, full and purposeful life we love to live.
Isabelle Mercier is a branding consultant who knows how too much worry dearly costs us in health and happiness. She offers simple effective processes to quickly improve confidence and peace of mind.
Physician Gurdeep Parhar’s talk is titled Fixing Racism. When racial stereotyping manifests there are definite things we can all do to create harmony with people among all races.
Connor Beaton’s talk Behind the Man Mask reveals the complex challenges and conflicts that men face today. Connor calls on men to find freedom, experience self-expression and uncover a more real, fulfilling life for themselves and their relations.
Jessica Pautsch shows how ownership is an old broken social model and they are pretty exciting modern alternatives. She shows there are many good reasons why sharing is superior and necessary for our future survival. And way more fun too.
Iman Aghay’s talk title is Nothing to Regret. He will illuminate how small bad habits cause lifelong regrets and offer up tips to replace them with healthy, healing and happy habits.
In a talk titled Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite, Karn Manhas addresses an epidemic sweeping the world. He offers easy-to-use natural solutions for bugs that can really tick us off and cause emotional stress.
Jules Ku-Lea shows how many everyday food products are built on the backs of slaves. She educates to stop slave labour, offers consumers tools to cut through hidden abuses and marketplace deception.
Kieron Sweeney is a seasoned rider of financial roller coasters. He challenges the school system to teach financial literacy to achieve financial security. Too many people retire broke and Kieron wants to fix the problem.
Sita Sahasrabudhe knows that 20% of the world suffers from chronic illness and 80% misunderstand the personal or professional consequences. Sita empowers you to make a difference for yourself, and others.
Each speaker is passionate about their topic. Their talks reflect their highest truths. Their experience and wisdom will inspire each of us to thrive personally and discover exciting ways to make positive change in the world. That’s what TEDxStanleyPark is all about.