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TEDxCSU seeking speakers for April conference

November 29, 2011

At a critical time for environmental stewardship, as the global discussion on sustainability continues to gain momentum, TEDxCSU is in search of local thought leaders for its First Annual TEDxCSU Conference 'Growing Greener Generations,' to be held April 23 at the Fort Collins Lincoln Center Performance Hall.

'Growing Greener Generations' gives local thought leaders the opportunity to share sustainable ideas  next spring.

Speaker hunt underway through December 15

The purpose of TEDxCSU’s speaker hunt is to identify 10 speakers from diverse backgrounds to present a unique idea related to sustainability in an 18-minute talk.

Interested participants can apply by submitting their presentation outline and contact information to, or by accessing the application online at Nominations are also being accepted.

TEDxCSU encourages anyone with a sustainable idea to apply, regardless of age, background, and experience. Applications are due by January 6.

“We ope to attract a diverse panel of speakers to represent a broad spectrum of perspectives on sustainability,” said TEDxCSU co-founder Hannah Toole. “The ideal applicant is anyone with a unique idea.”

Applicants will be notified of their invitation to participate on January 1st and will proceed to work with event organizers to polish and practice their presentation before the big event in April. The official speaker lineup will be released on January 17.


TEDx offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world. TEDxCSU is a Colorado State University organization working to bring “Growing Greener Generations” to the campus and Fort Collins communities. The group is sponsored by world-renowned animal sciences professor Temple Grandin and spearheaded by undergraduate students Hannah Toole, Brooke Burtard, and Adam Suriel-Gestwiki.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those worldchanging ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at

TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende, former UK Prime Minister Gordon Browna and CSU's own Temple Grandin.

Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference in Long Beach, California (includes a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Upcoming TED conferences,TEDTalks, and TED Conversations are available on Follow TED on Twitter at, or on Facebook at

Contact: Hannah Toole