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TEDx talks to return to Shelburne Falls

Building upon the success of last fall’s premier TEDx conference, Shelburne Falls resident Stacy Kontrabecki has organized a second independently organized TEDx event on Oct. 12 from noon to 6:30 p.m. The event will again take place in Memorial Hall, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls in front of a live audience with 13 area presenters speaking to the theme “A Sense of Place.”

In keeping with this year’s theme, conference registration will also include 14 “local” adventures, visits to sites in the greater Shelburne Falls area that take place before the noon start of TEDx-Shelburne-Falls “A Sense of Place” conference and the day following the event.

The conference will be live streamed to the Internet beginning at noon. Tickets to the limited seating event may be ordered by phone at 800-838-3006 or online at www.TEDx-Shelburne-Falls.com. Tickets for the entire event are $41.

TED — which stands for “Technology, Entertainment and Design” — was founded in 1984, is a nonprofit organizer of private conferences; all its talks are available free on the Internet. Since 2009, more than 7,600 TEDx events have been held around the world.

Kontrabecki, a community organizer and entrepreneur, says that one of her primary motivations for bringing TEDx to Shelburne Falls is the rich diversity and expertise of the creative community “that deserves to be seen and heard.” Living in an ever more mobile world, four questions led Kontrabecki to establishing this year’s TEDx theme: “What place are you from? What defines a place? What is the history and nature of the places you most love and most dislike? What can you do to make the places in which you live, work and play better?”

Social entrepreneur, and partner at InCommN LLC in Shelburne, Daniel Lieberman will be this year’s conference host. InCommN works to build valuable connections among enterprises.

Those unable to get into the conference in Memorial Hall are invited to view a free live simulcast at the nearby Masonic Hall/Shelburne Falls Senior Center or Mocha Maya’s. No registration is required for the simulcast and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets for the live event in Memorial Hall are now available for sale. A full-conference ticket includes entry to both live sessions and the post-party, as well as one optional pre-conference AM Adventure and a longer Sunday Adventure. General seating is $41. Register by phone at 800-838-3006 or online at www.TEDx-Shelburne-Falls.com

Speakers include:

∎ Michelle Chamuel, vocalist, producer and composer from Amherst.

∎ Cheryl L. Dukes, chairwoman of the Town of Buckland Board of Selectmen.

∎ Wendy Ferris, director of community outreach at Franklin Land Trust.

∎ Adam Hinds, political adviser at the United Nations.

∎ Molly McLeod, artist, civic hacker and senior designer at Communicate Health who specializes in creating usable, accessible health communication products for special populations, including people with limited health literacy skills. Committed to designing for good causes, McCleod has worked on board games, documentary films and community murals.

TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.

For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration.

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