Organizationally, TEDxTucson is a grassroots, nonprofit initiative based in Southern Arizona. We have recently applied for 501c(3) nonprofit status. The TEDxTucson staff are professionals in their fields who give their time voluntarily. All speakers and entertainers take part on a no-fee basis. Together, we strive to make the ideas and innovations presented within our regular TEDxTucson gatherings accessible to the widest possible cross-section of our community. Here’s how we do it:
Several per year, we successfully orchestrated a gathering–we call it a Salon–where we have hosted up to 300 audience members. Once a year, we host a Conference of 500.We record our talks and post them on our website and on the TEDx channel on YouTube. All of the goods and services for each Salon, including food, wine, photography, and videography, have been donated by our sponsors, for which we are very grateful.
Since we are licensed and chartered by the worldwide TED conference organization, we must adhere to the strictest standards, and we are rewarded for doing so by the possibility of having our local TEDx talks broadcast worldwide!
Why are we so passionate about TEDxTucson?
Just as one example of why we are so passionate about this work, we believe that the Tucson area offers an advanced perspective regarding the social and economic forces that will emerge throughout the larger United States and the world during the mid- 21st century. We can see many differences between the ways things are happening in Southern Arizona, and the ways things traditionally have happened in American culture, and we want to tell you about it!
We are proud of our unique Southwest heritage and our integrative approach to social challenges. In fact, because of our location in the Sonoran Desert, so close to the border of Mexico, Tucson struggles now with many issues that we believe will soon face our global population as a whole: water rights; integration of new models for everyday work; the march of technology and the great divide it creates between young and old, rich and poor; the nonviolent, or sometimes violent, clash of cultures and values that naturally occurs as more immigrants join any community; the role of arts and ideas in a society that is so divided as to who controls the majority of power and money. Locally, these concepts form a compelling basis for our cooperative exploration of art, products, and ideas.
Globally, the world of ideas is vast, and TEDxTucson hopes to lead the way in stimulating your thinking and preparing you for the future. We hope you will be inspired to take action in your community!