TEDxSanMiguelDeAllende Returns for a Tenth Year of Ideas Worth Sharing

TEDxSanMiguelDeAllende Returns for a Tenth Year of Ideas Worth Sharing


TEDx San Miguel de Allende
In English and Spanish, with simultaneous translation
Sat, Mar 21, 10am–5pm
Live Aqua Urban Resort
Calzada de la Presa 85
Reserved-seat tickets: 2,200 (VIP)/700/300 pesos
Boleto City, Mercado Sano
e-tickets: boletocity.com

By Klaudia Oliver

In 1984, an architect and an Emmy-winning graphic designer took note of convergence in the fields of technology, education, and design. They organized the first TED conference in Monterey, California, which included onstage demonstrations of the compact disc and the first ebook. Since 1990, the TED conference has been an annual institution, growing its audience and its scope of topics and themes, but always adhering to a strict format and philosophy of short lectures that do not seek to commercialize or proselytize.

In 2009, in the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED established an open program of independently organized events called TEDx. TEDxSanMiguelDeAllende, now in its tenth year, was one of the first TEDx participants worldwide.

This year’s TEDxSanMiguelDeAllende conference will take place on Saturday, March 21, at Live Aqua Urban Resort, Calzada de la Presa 85. The theme is “Re:Generación.” The conference organizers have provided this précis: “In a world that has passed the tipping points into destructive social, individual, and environmental change, sustainability is no longer enough. We have no choice but to regenerate—our world, our communities, and ourselves.”

There will be around a dozen innovative voices from Mexico and the United States. The short talks ranging from 10 to 18 minutes will address topics including ecology, social justice, gender issues, regenerative agriculture, water rights, and tech innovations. There will be live English-to-Spanish and Spanish-to-English translations.

Among this year’s speakers:

Arcangelo Constantini, a transdisciplinary artist who integrates art and technology. Constanini is a Rockefeller MacArthur Scholar, whose work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Latin America.

Diana Magaloni is an art historian, author, conservationist, and curator. She is currently director of the Ancient America Art Program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Raymond Bechard, a noted human rights advocate who wrote legislation forcing Facebook to remove thousands of illicit ads promoting human trafficking and child prostitution.

Salvador García Ruvalcaba, a PhD biologist and researcher who helped create the Sierra de Manantlán Biosphere Reserve.

The March 21 TEDxSanMigueldeAllende conference at Live Aqua Urban Resort will run from 10am to 5pm, including a two-hour lunch break. This year, for the first time, all seats will be reserved upon purchase. Tickets are on sale now at Boleto City, Mercado Sano, Monday through Saturday, 11am to 5pm, or online at boletocity.com. Advance tickets for the conference are 700 pesos and 300 pesos, depending on the section, and 900 pesos and 400 pesos at the door. A limited number of VIP seats in the front rows are 2,200 pesos, and include an Equinox Concert and Pre-Party at Los Senderos, on Friday, March 20, from 6pm to 11pm. There will also be a VIP closing cocktail with the TEDx speakers at Live Aqua, immediately following the conference.

For more information, please write to ben@tedxanmigueldeallende.com or visit the website tedxsanmigueldeallende.com.