TEDxBoulder and the Boulder Chautauqua

Last Saturday, TEDxBoulder took place at the Chautauqua Auditorium with a large crowd in attendence.  TEDx is an offshoot of the popular TED Talks that have been held since 1984 and encompass everything from new technologies to design to spirituality.  Each speaker has 18 minutes for a presentation and if Saturday’s event is typical, these can range from a bit flat to very entertaining.  In all cases they were informative, illustrative and inspiring.

It was particularly interesting to have this event at Chautauqua.  To most Boulderites Chautauqua is a great picnic grounds, trailhead and occasional music venue.  However, the history of the Chautauqua movement is much more embedded in education than anything else.

“‘Chautauqua’ had a degree of cachet and became short hand for an organized gathering intended to introduce people to the great ideas, new ideas, and issues of public concern.

from the Chautauqua website

historic colored postcard of the Auditorium

The Chautauqua historic district, cabins and public buildings are going to be a part of a future post.  If you haven’t taken a walk all the way up to see the cabins, you should take the opportunity.

TEDxBoulder was really great and I hope another can be organized here locally.  Some of my favorite speakers/topics:

Grant Blakeman: Minimalism – for a more full life.

Brad Feld: Quarterly week off the grid.

Peter McGraw: What makes things funny?

James Brew: The value of energy efficiency.

Thad Roberts: Visualizing eleven dimensions.

Jared Polis: Funding Human Capital

Hopefully these talks will soon be available online and you can take a look-see.


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