Alan Warburton is lead organizer of what’s believed to be the first-ever TEDx talk in Surrey next year. The team is on the hunt for 12 speakers. (Submitted photo)

Alan Warburton is lead organizer of what’s believed to be the first-ever TEDx talk in Surrey next year. The team is on the hunt for 12 speakers. (Submitted photo)

Organizers of Surrey TEDx talk seek 12 ‘inspirational’ speakers

The 2019 event is believed to be the first-ever TEDx talk held in Surrey

What’s believed to be Surrey’s first-ever TEDx talk is in the works, and organizers are looking to hear from people who are interested in being one of their 12 speakers.

Retired principal and Ocean Park resident Alan Warburton is organizing the Surrey event, set for April 6 at the Centre Stage theatre at Surrey City Hall.

Warburton was involved in planning a White Rock TEDx talk last year, but when that event didn’t continue for 2018, he thought it was time to start one in Surrey.

“I just love it,” he said of his experience behind the scenes organizing such events, this time under the “TEDxBearCreekPark” license through TED, a non-profit foundation devoted to “spreading ideas,” in the form of “short, powerful talks” usually 18 minutes or less.

“I’ve been part of Toastmasters for 16 years now and I’ve seen the power of inspirational speeches and talks, and what they can do,” Warburton told the Now-Leader. “I see this as something that’s very timely in terms of the complexity of the world we live in. We need to be inspired.”

TED talks, he said, “take us out of the everyday things that we need to deal with and provide us with an opportunity to hear from people who have really important ideas that we can learn from. They have the potential to not only change our thinking, but to change our actions.”

To Warburton’s knowledge, the 2019 event he’s planning is the first TEDx ever held in Surrey and he said the theme will likely centre on inspiration.

At this point, the team is looking at an “Inspiration Lives Here” focus for the event, a play on Surrey’s slogan, “The Future Lives Here.”

“I love the theme of inspiring hearts and minds,” Warburton added, “because that’s really what we want to try and do.”

But Warburton said the theme could change to something that “fits a little better and reflects the community.”

“We’re a rich, culturally diverse community and we would like for the speakers to reflect that, and the audience,” he remarked.

As the 2019 event will be the first TEDx talk held by this organizing team, they are limited to selling 100 tickets, as per TED policy, explained Warburton.

“We’d love to do more than 100, but we’re limited to that. We anticipate they will go very quickly,” he said of the all-day event.

If all goes well, Warburton hopes regular — and larger — TEDx events in Surrey will follow.

“We would love to be able to expand,” he noted. “Our vision right now would be to fill out a performing arts centre. We may not get that in our first year, but we’d be looking to establish it as a major event in Surrey on a regular basis.”

Three information sessions are planned for potential speakers on Nov. 3, 10 and 17 from 9 a.m. to noon at Five Star Catering (5640 188th St.).

“The idea there is people who are interested in being a prospective speaker, have an idea to share, want to understand what TED is, this is a chance to come and learn more about TED and TEDx speaking and how we’re setting up the selection committee to determine the 12 speakers we will be having on the day itself,” said Warburton.

According to a release from TEDxBearCreekPark, presentation topics could range from “human experience, adventure; agriculture; science; technology; medicine; law; human rights; art; music; design; media; entertainment; sports; business; education; spirituality; and the environment.”

Potential speakers looking for more information, or to register to attend one of the upcoming information sessions, are asked to email tedxbearcreekpark@gmail.com.

The April 6 TEDx Talk is set to run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The speakers will address the live audience, as well as a global platform via YouTube.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey Fire Service at a garage fire in the 14400-block of 82A Ave on March 22, 2021. (Photo: Shane MacKichan)
‘Perfect storm’ of variants, increasing COVID cases are concerning for Surrey fire chief

Between police and fire, Larry Thomas said there are 8 confirmed cases, 18 others isolating

Surrey Fire Service is on scene of a fire in the 12300-block of 72A Avenue Saturday morning (April 10). (Photo: Shane MacKichan)
Surrey crews on scene of house fire

It happened in the 12300-block of 72A Avenue

Emergency crews on scene after a small plane crashed in a grassy area on the northeast side of Boundary Bay Airport Saturday morning (April 10). A freelancer said the plane caught fire and one person was transported to hospital by BC Emergency Health Services. (Photo: Shane MacKichan)
Small plane crashes at Delta’s Boundary Bay Airport

Plane appears to have suffered ‘significant’ damage, says freelancer

Signage on a South Surrey sidewalk reminds pedestrians to respect social-distancing guidelines. (Photo: Tracy Holmes)
Surrey records 4,400 COVID-19 cases in March

New cases almost doubled between February, March

Surrey RCMP are looking for these two men after a bank in the 12800-block of 96th Avenue was robbed on March 12. (Images: Surrey RCMP)
Police release images of two men suspected of robbing Surrey bank

Robbery happened on March 12 at bank in 12800-block of 96th Avenue

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and Premier John Horgan describe vaccine rollout at the legislature, March 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
1,262 more COVID-19 infections in B.C. Friday, 9,574 active cases

Province’s mass vaccination reaches one million people

A vehicle that was driven through the wall of a parkade at Uptown Shopping Centre and into the nearby Walmart on April 9 was removed through another hole in the wall later that night. (Photo via Saanich Police Department and Ayush Kakkar)
Vehicle launched into B.C. Walmart removed following rescue of trapped workers

Crews cut new hole in parkade wall to remove vehicle safely

Four members with Divers for Cleaner Lakes and Oceans were out at Cultus Lake on March 28 and 29 hauling trash out of the waters. (Henry Wang)
PHOTOS: Out-of-town divers remove 100s of pounds of trash from Cultus Lake

Members of Divers for Cleaner Lakes and Oceans hauled out 470 pounds of trash over two days

As of Saturday, April 10, people born in 1961 are the latest to be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. (Black Press files)
B.C. residents age 60+ can now register to get their COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccine registration is now open to people born in 1961 or earlier

A new saline gargle test, made in B.C., will soon be replacing COVID-19 nasal swab tests for kids. (PHSA screenshot)
Take-home COVID-19 tests available for some B.C. students who fall ill at school

BC Children’s Hospital plans to provide 1,200 kits to Vancouver district schools this April

Ruming Jiang and his dog Chiu Chiu are doing fine following a brush with hypothermia that saw several people work together to get them out of the Fraser River near Langley’s Derby Reach Park on March 25, 2021 (Special to the Advance Times)
Man finds men who rescued him from drowning in B.C.’s Fraser River

A grateful Ruming Jiang says he will thank them again, this time in person when the pandemic ends

The 10-part Netflix series Maid, which is being exclusively shot in Greater Victoria, was filming near Prospect Lake in Saanich last month. (Photo courtesy Fred Haynes)
Province announces $150,000 towards film studio, fulfilling B.C. NDP promise

Investment to fund movie studio feasibility study at Camosun College

Tyson Ginter, 7, is proud of his latest Hot Wheels he recently received by Quesnel RCMP Const. Matt Joyce. (Photo submitted)
B.C. Mountie handing out toy cars to light up children’s faces

‘A lot of times it will be the only interaction they have with the police,’ says Const. Matt Joyce

People stroll through rows of tulips in bloom during the Tulips of the Valley Festival on May 2, 2017. The colourful spring event, now called Chilliwack Tulips, opens on Sunday, April 11, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Fraser Valley tulip attraction returns this weekend for 1 month

More than 6.5 million bulbs in all at this year’s colourful Chilliwack Tulips event

Most Read