MUSKEGON (WWJ) — On Tuesday, Nov. 7, TEDxMuskegon will offer ideas and insights on the meaning of reinvention — in our personal lives, in our community and in our world.

One hundred of Muskegon’s most impassioned TEDx fans will gather to watch the live event at the Beardsley Theatre at the Frauenthal Center in Muskegon and take advantage of the opportunity to network and dialogue about reinventing.

“This year’s theme resonates strongly with our Muskegon community,” said Renae Hesselink, TEDx licensee and chair of TEDxMuskegon. “Our presenter applications have increased significantly — people have a lot of experiences and ideas to share about reinventing. We’ll explore a wide range of topics, from how to reinvent the way we invest our money to how we teach our children to how we revitalize our communities. We’re certain our attendees will leave the day inspired to take action.”

The independently produced event, operated under a license from TED, is being supported by the Community Foundation for Muskegon County as a way of creating dialogue and action as well as giving Muskegon’s best and brightest a platform for sharing their thoughts, ideas and calls to action.

The format for the third TEDxMuskegon will be different from the previous two years.

“We have moved to an afternoon and early evening format this year,” said TEDxMuskegon planning team member Arend Hart. “Our goal is to condense the day to make it easier for attendees to view all of the talks and entertainment. We’re also extending the opportunity for attendees to explore the ideas shared during the afternoon with one another and the presenters themselves at the after party.”

The event will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Beardsley Theater with an after-party at Fricano Place at the conclusion of the live event.

Tickets, available on the TEDxMuskegon web site,, are $30 and include admission to the event and after party as well as refreshments.

For those unable to spend the afternoon at the Beardsley Theater, the entire event is live streamed on the TEDxMuskegon web site. All talks are recorded and archived on the web site for viewing at a future date.

Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

The TED2014 Conference will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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