TEDx Buffalo: Coming Soon

12 May

Last week, I told you about the efforts of a local event planner and all around awesome person to bring the world renowned TEDx event series to Buffalo.  Susan Lynn Cope solicited feedback from the community about the event, put together a well-written proposal and submitted an application on behalf of Buffalo.

On Monday night, she received notification that her licensing application was approved and Buffalo would be host to a TEDx event.

Well the waiting is finally over. Last night, I received the long awaited email from TED. “Susan, congratulations — you are officially a TEDx licensee!” So it is official Buffalo! The license has been approved!!!!

I asked Susan what the immediate plans were and she is planning to host TEDx Buffalo later this year in the fall.  Her early preference for the venue is Babeville, as she stated in her application.

Babeville was constructed in two phases between 1871 and 1876, and designed by architect, John H. Selkirk. Originally named the Delaware Avenue Methodist Church, Babeville is the last known surviving example of Selkirk’s work and is an impeccable example of High Victorian Gothic Ecclesiastical architecture.

In 1999 Righteous Babe Records offered to buy the historic landmark from the City of Buffalo. Following the purchase of the derelict building, restoration efforts commenced. Seven years later, in 2006 the Delaware Avenue Methodist Church had been reinvented to what is now known as Babeville.

Babeville, today, houses a variety of separate entities. Along with housing the headquarters for Righteous Babe Records, the building also encompasses Asbury Hall, the screening room for Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center and a gallery.

This event can serve as a turning point for Buffalo and I don’t think I’m overselling it.  TED events are a celebration of good ideas and powerful energy.  As I said last week, Buffalo is a petri dish in which we are germinating ideas which respond to local socioeconomic problems.  These innovative responses to poverty, hunger, inequality, massive economic disinvestment and deindustrialization will become our major contribution to the national knowledge economy.

Within the region, we find hundreds of people, organizations and companies designing those very responses and struggling to find a platform from which to broadcast about them.  TEDx Buffalo can be that event and serves as a milestone on our long, dark journey towards enlightenment in this city and region.

Thanks to Susan for taking the initiative to bring this event to Buffalo.  WNYMedia has volunteered to sponsor and support the event in any and every way possible.

Until Susan gets the event website up and running, you can follow the event planning and news updates by following @TEDxBuffalo on Twitter or by joining the Facebook Group.

6 Responses to “TEDx Buffalo: Coming Soon”

  1. Brian Castner May 12, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    I have only ever seen small clips from TED events – 10 min on a particular topic. Soooo, who gets to decide what the topic/theme for Buffalo is? How many presentations? Are there workshops too, or a series of lectures?

    • Susan Cope May 12, 2010 at 3:12 pm #

      The TEDxBuffalo event will be a one day event with a series of speakers and videos of previous TED Talks.  There will be opportunities to network as well.

  2. ethan May 12, 2010 at 3:11 pm #

    I’m in… hyperlocal brewing?

  3. Kirsten Parker May 12, 2010 at 9:13 pm #

    Fantastic!

  4. Fabian May 13, 2010 at 4:46 pm #

    I have only ever seen small clips from TED events – 10 min on a particular topic. Soooo, who gets to decide what the topic/theme for Buffalo is? How many presentations? Are there workshops too, or a series of lectures?
    +1

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