Humans have always pushed the boundaries... without our doing so, much of our modern world and the ideas within it would still be unknown to us.
Our fifth TEDxCalgary event on June 4th brought you the stories of many modern explorers. In their own ways, they're exploring the frontiers of ideas and actions that help us to better understand and work with the complex systems that surround us: agriculture and food, education, medicine, global conflict, leadership and collaboration, and others.
TEDxCalgary 2011: Breaking Through was as much about the perseverance and discipline of making profound breakthroughs in thought and action as it was about the discovery itself. Our speakers have visited many of the frontiers in their fields, and brought back their perspectives on a crucial dimension of moving forward toward the future: grappling with and improving the many systems within which we live day-to-day. We hope that they opened your mind to the possibilities of change that they've helped to bring about through their own efforts. More importantly, they gave you a chance to take up the challenge of their work and make your own even more powerful discoveries.
Click on the images below to see some of the photos from our event. The full photoset can be found on our Flickr pages.
Speakers and performers
View our exciting list of speakers and performers for the event! Click on the link to see the speaker profiles and talks!
As part of our licencing with TEDx, we present a mix of live speakers and pre-recorded TEDTalks from the main bank on TED.com. These are carefully selected and form an integral part of our event's overall narrative theme. Here are the pre-recorded talks that we presented on June 4th:
Sam Richards | A radical experiment in empathy
Kathryn Schulz | On being wrong
Sarah Kay | If I should have a daughter