2015 Theme: Emergent Properties

Emergent Properties is a term that comes primarily from Biology to describe the sum being greater than its parts. For example, a collection of just the right chemicals can lead to self-replicating cells which have properties that are not obvious based on the component parts. Ecosystems similarly have properties that are not defined by the organisms living in them.

For us, the idea extends well into all disciplines. Culture emerges out of any group of people that gets together regularly. Emotions emerge out of words on a page or paint on a canvas. Collections of mathematical equations can fit together beautifully even if none of the equations themselves has any inherent beauty. And so on.

We build our speaker list out of the collective wisdom and connections of our community, to that end, we love suggestions of great fits and indeed some of you have already started sending us them.

If you have a suggestion, send it along. If you have an email, link to a video of them speaking or any other information on the person, please include that as well. You can email suggestions to tedx@eastsideprep.org

We’ll start the speaker selection process in mid-October and continue until all our spots are filled.

About TEDx

What is TEDx? In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxEastsidePrep, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxEastsidePrep event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.