About TEDxMarketStreet: Civic Innovation
From the gold rush to counter culture to the tech boom, San Francisco has always been at the epicenter of innovation. It's a unique place that houses a complex, innovative startup ecosystem for entrepreneurs as well as a robust social services infrastructure for those less fortunate. As disparate worlds collide on street corners or philosophically over heated debates on Facebook, we are witnessing the creation of a continually changing, inimitably eccentric history in real time. At the geographical heart of these shifting tides is Market Street, a major thoroughfare that splits the city diagonally and connects San Francisco Bay to the hilltops of Twin Peaks. Tourists, tech geeks, crack addicts, gay rights advocates, hipsters, people who are a combination of all of the above -- many indiscriminately call this important artery home. As tensions arise between future-facing tech companies and pre-existing residents who can't escape their past, can Market Street prove itself to be a successful corridor for gentrification? How can technology and civic innovation help this transformation occur in a responsible way that benefits everyone in the community? So we’re doing what any motivated, inspired event team would do: we’re inviting some of the city's leading voices to the stage in order to catalyze the conversation around gentrification in downtown San Francisco.
About TEDx: x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, Canada, along with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs; the annual TEDGlobal conference is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, the recently launched TED-Ed platform for students and educators, the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide, and TEDBooks, short e-books by speakers that elaborate on a single idea originally presented on TED’s stage. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter or on Facebook.