Why Should Media & Creative Professionals Attend TEDxStanleyPark?

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March 8, 2016 0 Comments

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Full Disclosure: I’m partnering with TEDxStanleyPark as a Blog Ambassador, so I’m receiving a complimentary ticket for blogging about the event and  a small commission for selling tickets, which helps to support the running this blog. All opinions are my own, and I only accept ambassadorships with organizations/events that I’m excited to support. To buy a ticket with a $20 discount, enter “yilinw” in the promo code box. 

I’m super excited to announce that I have recently become a Blog Ambassador for TEDxStanleyPark, which means I’ll be covering and attending the event in May! In this post, I’m going to be sharing some inside scoop on some of the speakers, and why their talks matter, especially for those of us working  in the fields of writing/media/the arts.

Event details

Date & Time: Saturday, May 28, 2016, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Location: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 649 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Transforming ideas into action

The theme of this year’s event is “Ideas to Action”. I can relate to this greatly because my personal theme and goal for this year is to take more actions towards my goals and to challenge myself through risk-taking. Although careful planning can increase the likelihood of success, it’s easy to make plans, read books, and do research without ever taking concrete actions to apply the knowledge.

How can we find a balance between brainstorming ideas and taking action? How can we transform our thoughts into reality? I’m hoping that I can find out the answers to some of these questions at TedX.

Speakers to watch out for

Jessica Pautsch

TedX JessicaSpeaker Intro: Jessica is a social entrepreneur, strategist, and co-founder of Social Impact Tech Accelerator (SITA).

Talk: She believes that ownership has become outdated in the world and  will be giving a talk on “Crowd Inc.: 5 Ways Technology and Sharing are Changing the World”.

Why I think the talk matters: The Sharing Economy has been expanding rapidly and impacting many new sectors. From crowdfunding to social networks to collaborative media projects, there are many ways the Sharing Economy has been changing the media landscape.

Dr. Gurdeep Parhar

GurdeepSpeaker Intro: Dr. Parhar is a strong advocate for diversity and the Executive Associate Dean – Clinical Partnerships and Professionalism for UBC’s Faculty of Medicine.

Talk: He plans to open up discussion on the issue of subconscious bias and its effect on racial stereotyping. He believes that awareness and acknowledgment of this bias is an important step in fighting racism.

Why I think the talk matters: Racism continues to be prevalent in society, and it’s often indirect rather than blatant. In publishing, people-of-color continue to be underrepresented in publishing, review coverage, award lists, etc., so this is an important issue to discuss. #WeNeedDiverseBooks


Gayla Westler

GaylaSpeaker Intro: An Israeli immigrant, Gayla is the founder of 2Galvanize Ltd, a company that aims to build social apps to connect people with their communities.

Talk: After noticing people’s growing addiction to social media, which ironically have caused them to feel lonely and isolated, Gayla wants to talk about ways to recover.

Why I think the talk matters: I have a love-hate relationship with social media, and would like to establish a more healthy and balanced approach to using social media tools, and know many people who want to do the same.

Isabelle Mercier

IsabelleSpeaker Intro: A celebrated author, TV show host, and influencer, Isabelle works to super and empower entrepreneurs in their business and personal lives.

Talk: Most people have to deal with a lot of stress in their lives. Isabelle believes that this worry is often caused by people tolerating what they shouldn’t, and she will offer some solutions to help bring more peace of mind.

Why I think the talk matters: Newspapers and magazines seem to be dying. Freelancers are struggling with low rates and getting paid. We creatives have a lot on our plate, and reducing stress can help us focus on what matters — making good art and making a positive impact on those around us.

Interested in attending TEDxStanleyPark?

You can buy a ticket via Picatic. I have a special promo code for you — by entering “yilinw” in the promo code box, you’ll receive a $20 discount on each ticket. Besides receiving the discount, you’ll also help to support this blog and my work.

If you’re planning to attend the event, please drop me a line in the comments or via Twitter (@yilinwriter). I’ll be sharing exclusive updates about the event on social media, and I hope to see you at TEDxStanleyPark!