January 14, 2017 – IMAGINE!

The world often requires people to think in terms of black and white. Rigid, unbendable choices seem to close us in sometimes. After a while, life seems more monochrome than ever. But we live in a world of color, and texture, and music!

This year, we at TEDxTucson challenge you to imagine our new world. We invite you to imagine, to question, to be vulnerable, to doubt, and to gain new perspective. Expose yourself to the ideas that help create our chaotic—but dazzling—world of color.

Imagine is our annual conference where we bring together Brilliant Minds and Intriguing Ideas on One Stage. You’ll meet a diverse and curated collection of inspired speakers, sharing their ideas on topics ranging from virtual reality to the power of poetics, from becoming present to sustainability in the desert.

TEDxTucson creates unique community events featuring diverse, multi-generational thought leaders from all walks of life. We support contemporary themes and highly interactive learning. We facilitate community discussions so that, together, we can envision the impact of emerging ideas.

We will begin our journey together at 9am on January 14th at the Berger Theater where we will listen to incredible speakers, play together, talk together, explore ideas, and eat! We will experience oversized toys, collaborative art and music. Connect, explore, network, and enjoy!

TEDxTucson has become a major source for brilliant ideas and innovative change. We create local experiences based on the original TED conference, an event where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged. Today, TED covers almost all topics that are shaping our future—from science, to business, to global issues.

Come IMAGINE! with us!!

Connect, explore, network, and enjoy!



Our Talks:

Sharing a Single Breath – Teré Fowler-Chapman.
An award winning, gender fluid writer, she is a wordsmith. Community organizer. Educator. Family Man.

How to Achieve Your Most Ambitious Goals – Stephen Dunerier.
As an accomplished business leader, institutional investor, author, coach, professor and artist, who in his spare time has learned to unicycle, slackline, fly aerobatically, play the drums, perform comedy and race cars, while building a global community of artists across 43 countries and all 50 US states, Stephen is what happens when the right brain and left brain learn to work together. He calls himself “just some guy.”

Warrior Spirit: Bringing Sexual Abuse out of the Shadows – Danielle McFarlin.
Taking us through her own journey of recovery from early childhood sexual abuse using her inner healer and warrior spirit as guides, author Danielle McFarlin shows us how we all can transform and heal in a rape culture society.

Healing with Better Health Literacy – Molly Hottle.
Molly strives to use her strategic communication expertise to help close the literacy gap between medical professionals and the patients they treat to improve the overall health of the country and beyond.

Diagnosing Dog Behavior Correctly Will Save Dogs’ Lives – Karyn Garvin.
The “Divine Dog” Trainer, Karyn is a professional dog trainer, devoted to saving dogs’ lives.

Planting the Rain to Grow Abundance – Brad Lancaster,
Social advocate, author and artist. Brad is the author of the award-winning books Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond.

Lost and Found – Jitesch Vaswani,
A techie by profession, and a yogi by heart, speaks about how to remain present.

Immersive History – Using Virtual Reality to Understand the Past – Tony Ford.
He has over 25 years experience in media, marketing, and business development. He is the co-founder of ArtFire.com, PopConGo.com, and is currently creating new storytelling methods for film and virtual reality As CEO of Darc Fusion.

When Did Poverty Become A Death Sentence? – Josiah Cantrall.
As a child of poverty himself, serial entrepreneur Josiah Cantrall proves what is possible when individuals refuse to allow their hopes and dreams to be limited by their circumstances or mindset.

Skating Downhill: The Art of Claiming Your Life – Adiba Nelson.
Adiba has yet to find a reason to sit down and shut up.


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is TEDxTucson, where x = independently organized TED event. The goal of TEDxTucson is to be a catalyst for change – bringing thinkers and doers in the Tucson community together to have meaningful conversations that lead to positive change.

“You’re part of the crowd that may be about to ignite the biggest learning cycle in human history.”

Chris Anderson, TED Curator