by Tania Ginoza on December 31, 2012 · 13 comments

On January 13th, 2013, speakers and performers will take the stage at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center to inspire their audience to innovate, dream and change the world. The 2nd TEDxMaui is upon us and I’ve got my ticket, how about you?

TedX 1Amy Cortese, an award winning journalist and the author of Locavesting, speaks about the history, importance and impact of local investing at TEDxMaui 2012.

What is TED and TEDxMaui?

TED is a non-profit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading that started in 1984 as a conference, bringing together people from three worlds: technology, entertainment and design.  Since then, TED has expanded its scope and makes the best talks and performances available, for free.  TED has also created a program called TEDx, which is a program of local, self-organized and independent events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

TEDxMaui is an all day independent TEDx event held on the Valley Isle.  The goal of TEDxMaui is to have each person walk away feeling enlightened, motivated and dedicated to making a difference in their lives as well as the lives of others.  This year’s presenters include sixteen year old WenLu Duffy (violinst/composer), Kamea Hadar (Lead Director of Pow Wow Hawaii, an annual gathering that brings together artists from around the world) and Graham Hill (the founder of TreeHugger.com).  You can read more about TEDxMaui, view the full presenter line-up and buy tickets to this year’s event here.

One of the wonderful things about TED and TEDx is the talks are shared online.  I watch TED and TEDx talks frequently and the speakers never fail to inspire me, broaden my perspective and expand my knowledge.  The talks often result in my researching and learning more about the topics they covered, further enhancing the experience.  TED and TEDx talks are available online at Youtube, via TED’s site and also on iTunes.

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Mother and daughter team, Lani Medina Weigart and Pomai Weigart, of Maui’s Ali’i Kula Lavender, share their thoughts on sustainable Aloha at TEDxMaui 2012.

You can like TEDxMaui on Facebook for updates and shares by the TEDxMaui team of behind the scene planning.

All images via TEDxMaui by photographer Peter Liu.

Inspiration and mindful thinking can have a domino effect.  Hearing one’s story or observations can incite others to act. Read two other Maui Bloggers’ posts below on how TEDx Maui touched them and incited action on their part.

  • Marilyn Jansen Lopes of Maui Country Farm Tours shares how TEDx prompted her to bring attention to local Maui farmers.

Also check out Maui Goodness post on their experience last year including feeling the energy from the audience.

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