Tag! You’re it!

At TEDxKids@BC we love to mix dream and play! We hope you do too and will help us with one of our big dreams -- yes, we have many! -- by playing a game of tag. But before explaining what we have in mind, I will allow myself a little digression. I started the TEDxKids@BC journey with a dream to see the birth of a global conference focusing on children -- TEDChildren I called it. I wanted to see a community form to support and nurture  kids' creativity and passion without squashing their authenticity for the sake of fitting them into predefined roles in our society. I figured, we adults are so bad at dreaming, we can't possibly imagine what the world will look like in the future for our kids. How can we then know what is best for them to learn in order to prepare for that future? The answer to this was obvious to me -- and I hope you agree too! -- we can invite them to try and figure out the future together with us and we can support them in their efforts to reshape it for themselves. TEDxKids@BC was borne out of the initial dream as a way to start creating such a community. Or better yet, pooling together existing groups that are trying to empower kids in taking ownership of their future and inviting them as partners when deciding on issues that will affect them. That is the reason we have put BC in our name -- I would've asked for Canada or World if that was possible, but sometimes we need to be realistic too ;-). It is not there to limit us in any geographic terms, but to widen the horizon for our speakers, our audience and ultimately, our community. With the use of technology, we believe we can do it. We believe we can reach out to people everywhere in the world, even if our base is British Columbia. We plan to connect with people wherever there is interest in joining our community. We hope to help our speakers share their ideas and stories with all of you reading this post, whatever your GPS coordinates might be at the time we go live on September 17. We will be streaming the event so that anyone can enjoy the stories and performances from the comfort of their home. Better yet, we'd love if you brought together a group of people in your community centre, school classroom or anywhere else you can to watch the inspiring talks from our kids. We will keep everyone informed about this and other ideas we have to help you connect with us and engage with the rest of the community. This brings me to the game I would like to invite everyone to play. If you have read this post, consider yourself tagged! Once tagged, we ask you to do two things:
  1. Go to the comments section and tell us where you're located right now -- we'd love to know more about you too, but if uncomfortable using the comments, feel free to send us an email at info@tedxkidsbc.com.
  2. Next, send this link to at least three of your friends that live in a different location from yours. Tell them they're invited to play a game of tag with the TEDxKids@BC community.
Let's have some fun and create new connections as we play! Thank you!


52 comments

David Wees » 1 Jun 2011 » Reply

Hi Kima,

I’m currently at school, in Vancouver, BC. Happy to tag some other people!

David

Debbie Mah » 1 Jun 2011 » Reply

I’m in the sunny north – Fort St. John , BC! Awesome!

Tara » 1 Jun 2011 » Reply

I’m in Hot ‘lanta, Georgia down south :).
But I think we’ve met haha

Shervin » 1 Jun 2011 » Reply

I’m from Surrey, B.C. I’ll tag a ton of people!

Tamara Malloff » 2 Jun 2011 » Reply

Hi, I’m from the beautiful Kootenays, South Slocan, specifically! I’ll tag a few folks, too!

Chris Wejr » 3 Jun 2011 » Reply

Hey Goran! I am from Agassiz, BC. SOrry for the delay… was playing frozen tag.

Sue Downing » 3 Jun 2011 » Reply

Hi! I found your link on Twitter. I am in Spirit Lake, Iowa, USA. I’m going to tag my sister in Argentina.

    Linda » 3 Jun 2011 » Reply

    I’m Sue’s sister in Buenos Aires, Argentina!

Sheila Stewart » 3 Jun 2011 » Reply

I am in the northwest end of Ontario–Thunder Bay! Fun…tag…and supportive connecting like this sounds great to me. Clever idea!

Selin » 3 Jun 2011 » Reply

I’m from Coquitlam, BC!

Janice » 3 Jun 2011 » Reply

Gambier Island, Howe Sound, BC

John » 3 Jun 2011 » Reply

I am in Manhattan Beach, California.

fiona » 3 Jun 2011 » Reply

I’m at home in Agassiz. I’m one of the 4moms1dream

Kat Haber » 3 Jun 2011 » Reply

I am in the desert of Southern California. You are it to connect in with TEDxHomer & Teens in Alaska on 9-10-11.

David Truss » 3 Jun 2011 » Reply

Currently at a BC school in Dalian, China… but heading back to Coquitlam, BC for the 2011-12 school year.

Wade Gemmell » 3 Jun 2011 » Reply

Currently working and living in Chilliwack, BC.

Tammy Dewar » 3 Jun 2011 » Reply

I’m home in Vancouver, but am going to tag my international school teacher friends!

Elena Krsteva » 3 Jun 2011 » Reply

At home in Port Moody, Canada – in front of my computer – checking email and facebook before I go to bed… I’ve just tagged all of my fb friends by posting the link on my wall…

Min Li » 3 Jun 2011 » Reply

Brilliant idea! I’m in Richmond BC.

Marie » 3 Jun 2011 » Reply

Hello, I’m a pre-service teacher from Australia. I live in a regional city in the State of Victoria.

Ivana » 3 Jun 2011 » Reply

Hi, I’m in Novi Sad, Serbia! This is a great idea!

Bob Cole » 3 Jun 2011 » Reply

I’m in Monterey, California at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. We’ll see who else wants to play from @MIIS.

marija pavlovic » 3 Jun 2011 » Reply

Hi, I am in Vancouver,BC and I,ll send to all my friends around the world!!!

Ljubica Ivanovska » 4 Jun 2011 » Reply

I am in Vancouver, BC. Great idea!

Verce » 5 Jun 2011 » Reply

I am in North Vancouver, BC. Excellent idea !!!

Jennifer Barr » 6 Jun 2011 » Reply

I am in Cupertino, CA. What a fun idea. I am responding to your tag of TEDxSilicon Valley! I’ll post it on our Facebook page. I was in Junior Achievement in School. Great organization. Good luck with your event!

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kim howland » 6 Jun 2011 » Reply

I am a mom and parent advocte in Nanaimo BC – (part of 4 moms 1 dream blogging)
Excited to see and be part of your dream Kima

Wilber » 7 Jun 2011 » Reply

I am a student attending Fraser Heights Secondary! Can’t wait for the event!

Grant » 7 Jun 2011 » Reply

Hi I’m Grant and I go to Fraser Heights Secondary in Surrey, B.C.

Evelyne Peeters » 12 Jun 2011 » Reply

Joining your tag game out of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. What a nice idea to get tagged this way :-)

I am one of the organizers of TEDxYouth@Amsterdam. Our TEDxYouth event will be held at November 20, 2011.

Great to connect with you guys and let;s see what we can do together at the ay of your TEDxKids event at September 17.

Looking forward to play together!

Cheers,
Evelyne Peeters
Initiator TEDxYouth@Amsterdam

Anna » 16 Jun 2011 » Reply

From Barcelona (Spain) playing the game of tag and waiting for September 17!

LIz Hall » 16 Jun 2011 » Reply

I work for the Salvation Army in the UK in a region covering some of London, Essex and Hertfordshire. My role is Regional CHn Ministry Support Worker and my passion is, quite simply, giving chn a voice. Am working with 9-12 yr olds in a project to raise the profile of what the SA does to support socially excluded families. They have planned and implimented the shooting of an advert and are currently writing a pitch to take it to our territorial office in the UK. It’s all good!

Suzanna George » 16 Jun 2011 » Reply

I’m a mom/school board member in Rescue, Ca.(that’s up north). Very excited to read your blog and plan to participate on 9/17. Will see if I can get some of our elementary and middle schools to participate. I’ll tag forward as well-thanks for a great idea!

Terri » 17 Jun 2011 » Reply

I’m in Tampa, FL , where we’ll be holding TEDxYouth@TampaBay on November 19. We’ve tagged lots of other people to play with you, and can’t wait to see what great ideas and insights the youth of BC have to share with us! What a wonderful idea! All the best to you for a terrific TEDxKids@BC event! Sending sunshine and joy from Florida!

Elisa Waingort » 29 Jun 2011 » Reply

Hello!
I am a grade 2 teacher in Calgary, Alberta.

Kat Haber » 29 Jun 2011 » Reply

For organizing TEDxHomer teens team, McKenzy Haber, 14, organizer of TEDxHomer Teens, has just been recognized by Ashoka and Best Buy in their Technology 4 a Better World national competition.

Also he was awarded a Jefferson Award-think Nobel Peace prize for community service. Their team again is organizing 2 sessions for TEDxHomer 2011: Heart Matters livestreamed on 9-10-11 from 1-8 Alaska time. They wanted to be more integrated in the larger event, so their sessions are 2nd and 4th of the 5 sessions.

He is giving a workshop on this at Ashoka’s Youth Summit in Milwaukee July 28-31, which by the way is a great opportunity to connect with this outstanding organization and highly recommend sending teens who are interested in being social entrepreneurs.

We are giving a workshop through skype at SESI at Islandwood called Teens at the Table including some of what he has learned in organizing TEDxHomer 2010: Sustain US.

Mike Haire » 14 Jul 2011 » Reply

I’m a middle school teacher out here in Abbotsford, BC. I know lots of amazing kids! Trying to get some of them to apply to speak and I will think about hosting a viewing party at our school.

Kaisar Siregar » 14 Jul 2011 » Reply

Hi, I’m from Jakarta, Indonesia. Greetings from TEDxJakarta ;) we’re going to held our 7th event at August 13th. We have a great lineup of speakers so Come and join us via the livestream :)

Dana Arthurs » 3 Aug 2011 » Reply

Currently in the Cowichan Valley British Columbia.
Sharing the message of TEDx Kids BC this morning with fellow parents Educators and students
I look forward to the great energy and messages September 17th

cheers

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