More TED Talks to Prepare You for Saturday

The registration for TEDxChandlerPublicLibrary this Saturday, October 14, is full! We are so excited to share our program with attendees. If you are fortunate to be one of those who will be in the audience on Saturday, we wanted to share a few TED Talks with you.

As part of our license, we are required to make two TED Talk videos a part of the program. This is probably one of the hardest parts of putting together a program, as well as one of the most enjoyable (aside from working with our speakers, that is).

Here are a few videos we fell in love with, but they didn’t make it into the program on Saturday. They all relate to Connect! in some way. Oh, maybe have a tissue or two nearby when you watch some of these.

We hope you enjoy these TED talks as much as we did:

Angela Patton shares her work at Camp Diva, connecting young girls with their fathers in her talk called, A father-daughter dance…in prison

Rahdika Nagpal is a robotics engineer studying the collective intelligence of insects and fish to apply their rules of engagement to robots in her talk called, What intelligent machines can learn from a school of fish

Aicha El-Wafi and Phyllis Rodriguez have a powerful friendship born out of their connection to the tragedy at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Phyllis’ son was killed in the Trade Center and Aicha’s son Zacarias Mousaoui was convicted with a life sentence for his role in the attacks. This talk is beautiful – The mothers who found forgiveness, friendship.

Hetain Patel’s performance play challenges viewers to think beyond what appears on the surface when encountering others and when we even think about ourselves. He asks the question, Who am I? Think again

Meet Our Speakers and Mark Your Calendar for Registration!

In our technology driven, ever-evolving world, we crave connection more than ever before. We look to connect in many different ways and forms to have a sense of belonging, purpose and satisfaction. Hear talks from local speakers who are making connections through research, objects, laughter and presence. What they see in the world may just change your perspective too.

Registration for the TEDx event organized by Chandler Public opens at 9:00am on Saturday, September 30, 2017; REGISTER HERE.

The TEDxChandlerPublicLibrary event, Connect!, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, October 14, at the Chandler Downtown Library, located at 22 S. Delaware Street.

Auditions were held in August and six speakers with diverse professional backgrounds were chosen. Tisha Marie Pelletier, an East Valley entrepreneur, will emcee the event.

Meet our six speakers and their topics (read more about each of them, as well as our emcee Tisha, here):

  • Lydia ChewConnecting the STEM to the root
  • Jody Crago – Objects of my obsession: How everyday objects connect us to people and the world around us
  • Dave Engelthaler, Ph.D.Connect the first world to the third world
  • Candace Lewis, Ph.DA therapeutic trip: From experience to epigenome
  • Ricky OlsonLeverage laughter to create connection
  • Jen RooneyConnect four C’s and come alive!

Admission to this event is free, and pre-registration is required. In order to meeting TEDx rules, this event is limited to 100 attendees, so individuals wanting to attend are encouraged to register as soon as they can. Previous TEDx events at the Chandler Library filled within 48 hours. For updates, continue to visit this website:

The Ten Most Popular TEDx Talks

TEDx is the concept of bringing fresh new ideas, inspiration, stories out into the open within communities. TEDxChandlerPublicLibrary is so proud to be one of the 10,000 events that have been held since TEDx was sparked in 2009. The results of all of those events has been 50,000 talks and one billion views. One billion! That is a lot of people being inspired and learning.

TEDx recently shared its ten most viewed videos.  We thought you would want to check them out too.


What we are watching on TED

First…a huge thank you to the wonderful individuals who came out to audition this last Saturday to be considered for the next TEDxChandlerPublicLibrary. We were inspired! We look forward to creating this year’s line-up.

Now…while you are waiting for the big announcement, we wanted to share some of our favorite TED Talks. These four talks/performances give us goosebumps, make us pay attention, inspire us to dream and motivate us to dance.

Camille A Brown gives a visual history of social dance in 25 moves

Amanda Palmer pays tribute to David Bowie…with a few special guests

Astronomer Aomawa Shields talks about how we will find life on other planets

Mehdi Ordikhani-Seyedlar tells us what happens in our brains when we pay attention

Can’t Make Our Audition Day?

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You really want to audition and be considered for our TEDx, but you can't make it on August 5? While we would rather see you live and in person, we don't want you to miss work, your grandma's 90th birthday or the opportunity to audition for the traveling cast of Hamilton.

We will gladly accept a video audition that is no longer than 10 minutes of introduction and presentation. Send us a link to your video on a google drive or dropbox, along with your bio, in an email to by 4 p.m. on Friday, August 4. Include the subject, TEDxChandlerPublicLibrary Audition, in your email.

If we think others will be interested in what you have to say, we will get in touch so you can talk to us in person.

Calling All Idea-Makers and Dreamers

TEDxChandlerPublicLibrary is putting a call out for speakers and performers for its next

event: Connect. In our technology driven, ever-evolving world, we crave connection more than ever before. We connect digitally, virtually, historically, socially, environmentally, architecturally, academically…you get the idea. Share your presentation, idea, talk, performance on connecting.

Auditions will be held on Saturday, August 5, starting at 9:30 a.m., at Chandler Downtown Library, located at 22 S. Delaware Street, Downtown Chandler.

Registration is required; space is limited. Sign up for your time slot here.


You must be 14 years or older. We welcome teens and adults! If you need equipment or props, bring them with you. Be prepared to share your talent or idea with the panel. Your audition can be no more than 10 minutes. Bring your bio to share with the panel.

NOTE: If you are selected to speak you will need to be available on October 14 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., as well as rehearsal the week before. You will also need to provide a headshot, speaker bio, speaker release form and your powerpoint slides (if applicable to your talk). All speakers will receive coaching sessions to help them hone their talk or performance.