• TEDx TRU

In an era where there is an overload of information on the internet, ideas tend to get lost in the mass. We spend our time in classes, learning theories, concepts, principles, ideas, and opinions from famous people and along the way, we form our own perceptions of things and we sometimes want to share those ideas. Perhaps, we just want to see the world not through our books but instead through somebody else’s eyes.

TEDx TRU is giving students and common people like you and me a voice. A voice to express ourselves and be the node trigger of a social change and spark the debate.

TEDx is the platform that acknowledges that everybody has an idea, a thought that they’d like to share but that is too often left unheard. We all have in us, this drive, this desire to change the world. Maybe, we do not have the means to do it but we can start one small step at a time.

Sometimes, all it takes is a word, a sentence to change somebody’s life and it all starts by giving people the opportunity to say these words loud enough to impact on someone and encourage them to try harder and be better.

As time evolves, things change - beliefs, values, perceptions, laws, and opinions - they all change. And with change often comes obsolescence. But not all ideas need to be discarded or abandoned because they are outdated. One may have interesting insights about how the “old” can be applied to the “new”. TEDx prompts us, the new generation with innovative and original ideas to deconstruct the past, learn from it and adapt it to our actuality. And where else to share your reflections than in front of a like-minded audience?

Most importantly, TEDx is about empowering people; the less heard, the minorities, the marginalized, the quiet ones. Sometimes, they are the ones who have the most inspiring stories to relate based on their journeys, their experiences, the life lessons they’ve learned and these people, they can teach us a lot. Now, we, TEDx TRU want to empower you, students from all corners of the world and also you, people from Kamloops and anywhere in Canada to share your stories, to make your voices heard, to stand up for what you believe in, and be open to learning from each other.

So, why does TEDx matter? Well, it matters because you do. Your opinions, your ideas, your stories, they matter to us and you matter you. Hopefully, this year’s event will be as great as last year’s. We grew through our truths, but it didn’t stop there. It’s time to Acknowledge, Deconstruct and Empower. We’re sure you have a lot to say and if not, perhaps you still have a lot to win. The more we know, the wiser we grow.

  • TEDx TRU

Updated: Feb 8, 2019

TEDx TRU is back and this time we are here to challenge the old and shed light on newer perspectives. If you feel that you have an idea that is unique and empowering, here’s a chance for you to voice your story.

This year the theme is Acknowledge. Deconstruct. Empower.

Acknowledge, an idea with the power to create an impact. Deconstruct, and break down to the root of the matter. Empower, others with your idea to create the positive change.

Here are a few potential topics that would help our speakers to build their stories:

Disclaimer! Below are just a few ideas to tickle those grey cells. It’s not necessary for speakers to stick to these ideas as long as they are able to relate or align their stories to the theme of the event – ‘Acknowledge. Deconstruct. Empower’. The talks also need not cover the entire theme, the speaker may choose to talk about one or two aspects of the theme.

Building a Circular Economy – The most relevant of all ideas is one that preserves our future while taking care of our present. Single-use plastic and our addiction to convenience are our biggest pitfalls with only 9% of our waste being recycled. In today’s world, we wish to build communities and governments that embrace a circular economy. The problem of waste is bigger than us because most of our waste lands up in landfills or much worse in the oceans. The benefits of a circular economy vs a linear economy is tremendous. We have to be ambitious to try new things and share this idea with as many people as possible. Sustainability is the key to future empowerment.

The Power of Story Telling and the Secwepemc Nations – We can all agree that storytelling is the most efficient way of spreading an idea and has been the most important part of the Secwepemc Nations’ culture. But today, it is important to open up the narrative, to organize ideas, and lead the change. It is our priority to give power to the Secwepemc voice and change the course of the Columbia River discussions. The river has been of ecological interest such as of the Salmon. The one river approach and restoration of salmon to the Upper Columbia River is important for the cultural, social, and economic health of our people. Their story needs to be heard, needs to be acknowledged. The community needs to be empowered.

Impact of Tourism on Small Towns – Kamloops is a small city with less than 100,000 population. The idea is to explore the social and economic impact on the lives of the people. Tourism has a positive impact if the vision and goals are clear and regulations are set up to support and boost it. With the legalization of Cannabis and Kamloops being the first to have a legal store in British Columbia is of great significance. But for an economy to be sustainable throughout the year, we need to deconstruct the old norms and be creative and lean forward to adopt innovative strategies for the development of the community. In short, aiming for a sustainable economic growth should be our imperative.

Mental Health/ Mental Wellness:

We are constantly faced with difficult phases in our lives whether it’s drug addiction, sexual abuse, cultural barriers, societal pressures, or simply self-doubt that affect our mental health. Irrespective of how big or small the issue is we need to “acknowledge” the problem and work together to break mental health stigma. Mental health challenges are not isolated cases; we are all impacted in some way or another throughout our lives.

Speakers on this topic will share stories about the prevalence of mental health challenges in our community and the impact of feeling isolated and alone. The idea is to leave our TEDx participants with the means and tools necessary to reflect and reconnect with themselves, their resiliency and each other. We will look for relevant speakers within our community that empower our audience to empathize, create compassionate support systems, and embrace healing by fostering feelings of hope and resiliency.

So, what are you waiting for? If you relate to what you read or have a similar ideas to share then put on those thinking caps and tell us your story!

  • TEDx TRU

Have an idea you wish to spread, or a story that would Acknowledge, Deconstruct and Empower? Then come be a speaker at Tedx TRU 2019!

Wondering how to be a speaker at TEDx TRU? We have answers to all your queries here:

Where can I apply?

You can submit your own application on this link. You can also share the link with someone you know, who you think will be a good speaker for TEDx TRU 2019.

Do I have to be a professional speaker or an influential person to apply?

No, you don’t have to be. We are looking for people who have a unique idea and can present their field or idea in a new light, a perspective to which the global TED community may not have access to.

When will you stop taking applications?

Early February. So, apply now!

What is the theme of the event?

‘Acknowledge. Deconstruct. Empower’. You can get more details about the theme here.

What kind of ideas are you looking for?

We are open to all kinds of idea as long as they are unique and related to the theme of event. The topic of the talks can be based on new social projects, simplifying philosophical arguments or complex theories, presenting artistic approach on things, cultural analysis, new historical perspectives, etc. The possibilities are endless. Also, note that the topic should not be a copy of any TED talk you like. ‘Uniqueness’ is the keyword. So, if you are struggling to find an idea and need some direction, read this article.

Are there any big no-nos to be aware of while forming the content?

Yes, there are. They are as follows:

  • No selling from the stage

  • No political agendas

  • No religious proselytizing (including new age beliefs)

Read more about this here.

What are the selection criteria for the speaker?

Uniqueness of the idea, relevance to this year’s theme, relatable to the local or global community, and skill of the speaker.

What is the duration of the talk? Can I get a more time?

TEDx strictly enforces the clock for all speakers. As a TEDx speaker you have to condense your ideas into a compelling 15 to 18 minute talk that communicates your best story!

Are TEDx speakers paid?

TEDx does not pay its speakers. It’s a voluntary activity that allows speakers to reach out to a global TED community.

Who is the audience and how may people will attend the event?

This event is open to students and community members. We expect to have 100 attendees.

If at all you have any other questions, please email us on