TEDxDetroit, an event locally organized to bring together regional leaders and share ideas worth spreading, will bring more than 1,500 attendees to the Max M. Fisher Music Center Sept. 28 for an all-day conference featuring local community and business leaders, entrepreneurs, musicians and artists.

Meanwhile, organizers of the Sept. 20 TEDxMuskegon Tuesday announced its speaker lineup.

In both events, presenters and attendees will focus on how to create, grow and share a thriving creative business culture in Michigan and beyond.

For the Detroit event, participants will gather Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Fisher Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit. If you feel you have ideas worth spreading, feel free to be a speaker at www.tedxdetroit.com and fill out the speaker submission form.

TEDxDetroit is presented by Wayne State University, General Motors, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Altair Engineering, Inc., Curve Detroit, Airfoil Public Relations, Detroit Moxie and Motor City Connect.

A limited number of tickets for TEDxDetroit are available and can be obtained by submitting an application. To submit for a conference ticket, visit www.tedxdetroit.com and fill out the relevant information. If approved, you will be mailed an invitation. Though the event is free, a $26 donation is encouraged.

The Muskegon event will be held Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Berdsley Theatre in the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts, 425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon.

Speakers and topics will include Alan Steinman on “Blue Water Economy: Perspectives, Decision-Making and Strategies”; Scott Speck on “Small City, Big Idea”; Maria Andersen, “A Recipe For Free Range Learning”; Ian Lawton, “Spiritual Technology Is The Best Thing To Happen To Both Spirituality And Technology”; Linda Juarez, “Join The 1 In 21 Movement”; Terry Sanford, “Place Making By Design”; and Kathlesen Riegler, “A Growing Passion For Cheese.”

Bios and more information can be found at www.tedxmuskegon.com. The Muskegon event is sponsored by the Community Foundation of Muskegon County.

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 UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, Calif., with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, England.

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

TED has also 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 TEDFellows 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.

In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. The local events, TEDxDetroit and TEDxMuskegon, use the x to equal independently organized TED event. At TEDxDetroit, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.


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