Thank you from the organizers of TEDxSonomaCounty for an amazing event and fundraiser on November 4th!

Stay tuned for updates on the money raised, and for the links to photos and videos of all the talks.


2017 Event


November 1, 2017: Another exciting update! $40K in matching donations pledged!

The generosity is contagious! We are so pleased to announce that another of our key and founding sponsors, Jeff and Amy Kloes of ThermalSun, have so kindly offered to match another $10K in donations to the Redwood Empire Food Bank made at the event. That’s a total of $40K of  donations that will be matched!

We hope you will consider bringing your checkbooks and help us make TEDxSonomaCounty not only an afternoon of inspiration and ideas, but a successful fundraiser for our community as well. Thank you, and see you on Saturday!


October 28th: Update from TEDxSonomaCounty

TEDxSonomaCounty is partnering with the Redwood Empire Food Bank, with founding sponsor Bellwether Farms Foundation matching all dollar donations made at the event up to $25K. Additionally, sponsor Reed and Nancy Ferrick and Family will match the next $5K, up to $30K.

Please show your support of the community and county we love so much by bringing your monetary and/or canned goods donations to the event.

Thank you, and we look forwarding to seeing you at TEDxSonomaCounty on Saturday, November 4th.

TEDxSonomaCounty Organizing Committee

October 17th: Update from TEDxSonomaCounty

Dear Northern California,

Our hearts go out to all who have been affected by the wildfires. Many of our committee, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers, too, have come close to losing our homes, have lost our homes, or are still evacuated.

However, we did not hesitate with the decision to go ahead with the event on November 4th. Our venue is safe, our production crew is on board, and our committee is ready to bring our community together to celebrate the power of ideas and the role they will play in our future.

If you have already bought tickets but can no longer attend the event, please know that we will refund you. However, we ask that you consider donating your ticket back to the event to sponsor a fire victim or our first responders.

In the meantime, we know you will be out helping others and rebuilding this wonderful place we call home.

Yours in resilience,

TEDxSonomaCounty Organizing Community


A World With(out) Limits – Tickets on sale now

Saturday, November 4, 2017 | Jackson Theater at Sonoma Country Day School

Limits …. On one hand, limits can keep us safe.  They keep us comfortable.  Limits are a good thing. On the other, limits can keep us from growing, evolving, and understanding what’s beyond that door or border that we’ve constructed.

Why do we fear the unknown? Where are we venturing out, and where are we retreating to the safety of the familiar, our local communities, our tribes? What limits are moving in this world of rapidly changing science and technology?

Join us for our 6th annual afternoon of learning from those among us who are pushing limits farther than ever before.  The dreamers, the visionaries, and artists who are helping make sense of it all.

Join the conversation by following us on Facebook and Twitter.


Jackson Theater at Sonoma Country Day School
4400 Day School Place 
Santa Rosa, CA 95403


12:15 pm     Doors open

1 pm            Program begins

2:45 pm      Intermission

5 – 6 pm      Reception with local food and wine


Purchase Tickets

$45 general, $25 student




We will continue to add speakers after August 10, 2017. Check back frequently for updates!


Past Events


Saturday, November 5, 2016 | Jackson Theater at Sonoma Country Day School

Thank you to everyone who made this year’s event a resounding success!

On Saturday, November 5, our community packed the Jackson Theater for a moving afternoon of Talks from a wonderful line-up of speakers.

Is the glass half-full or half-empty? In the famous optical illusion, you see an old woman, and I see a young lady. When the Voyager 1 left the solar system, humans saw their home—the Earth—as we never had before. We were no longer at the center of the universe, but living on a “tiny, pale blue dot” in the vastness of space.

TEDxSonomaCounty will bring together leading thinkers and doers to delve into these questions and more as they explore the theme, Perspectives.

Watch Talks from Perspectives

Perspectives 2016 Flyer

Trending Now

Saturday, December 7, 2015 | Jackson Theater at Sonoma Country Day School

Trending Now screams at us from our computers and smart phones, telling us what to read, what to buy, what celebrity is doing what with whom right now. We’re never far from our apps and our feeds. The digital immigrants watch in awe as the younger generations, the digital natives, seem to accept their devices as a part of them, another limb.

In a relatively brief span of time, we have seemingly embraced a digital life: From the way we communicate to the way we shop. From the way we read and listen to music, to the way we learn and the way we create art. From the way we date, to the way we make war. But how is our humanity being defined by our technology and how are we defining it?

At TEDxSonomaCounty | Trending Now, we imagined a world where we will be more connected than ever before. How will our lives be richer beyond our imaginations as our devices, our homes and our societies become connected in new ways? Where will we embrace new technology, making the quality of our lives and the world a better place? Where will we push back preferring older ways of doing things, and why?

Watch Talks from Trending Now

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Going to the Edge

Saturday, June 14, 2014 | Jackson Theater at Sonoma Country Day School

So many of us spend much of our lives in the comfortable, safe places: Our schedules become predictable. Our work can get repetitive and dull. We interact with the same people, with backgrounds and outlooks similar to our own. What are we missing by not looking to challenge ourselves, by not going to the edges? To the edge of what’s comfortable, to the edge of what we can do, to the edge of what we understand?

What drives someone to explore the edges of their physical abilities, while others don’t? What drives a person to run 100 miles, or climb a rock face without ropes, or the many who now summit Everest? Why do we seek the edge of what seems possible?

Why do humans continue to bravely explore the unknown? Where are science, technology, and medicine pushing the limits of what we know? What is happening on the cutting edge of innovation? What new inventions and discoveries are carving our path to the future? What boundaries are being pushed?

How has our history been altered by those seeking change at the edges of what’s acceptable, ethical, or right? And how much do we know about our inner lives, our consciousness, what makes us who we are? Who is pushing the edges of creative expression?

Watch Talks from Going to the Edge


Saturday, June 15, 2013 | Jackson Theater at Sonoma Country Day School

The desire for more is a part of human nature: to know more, to experience more, to have more. It is at the root of human progress, and driven no less than the discovery of fire, the Industrial Revolution and the Information Age. Where would we be without our drive for more?

“We are now more empowered as individuals to take on the grand challenges of the planet,” says Peter Diamandis of the X Prize at TED2012. How will we use the experience of our predecessors, our technology and wealth to change the paradigm? Are we limited by the resources of our planet? Or by our minds? Do we live with an attitude of scarcity? Or abundance? Much of the world lives in poverty. What do they need more of? How could we be part of a solution, not the dilemma?

Those living with ‘more’ often find they are living with ‘less’: too busy, too tired, too disconnected. We live in the information age, constantly presented and bombarded by data. Are we more educated as a result? Do we make better decisions than ever before? Or as Sherry Turkle observes in her book, are we more “connected, but alone”?

How do we get more out of life? More passion, more love, more joy? Do we approach life as “nasty, brutish and short”, or wake up each day trying to make the most out of this “one wild and precious life”?

What does an artist need more of? And less? An explorer? A biotech researcher? An athlete? A viticulturist? A designer? A teacher? A poet? A parent?

Watch Talks from More?

A Sense of Place

Saturday, June 16, 2012 | Jackson Theater at Sonoma Country Day School

Reflect on a place that lives large in your memory. It might be a grandparent’s home, a wooded trail or your first grade classroom. How does the place we inhabit affect us, and how do we affect it? How is our sense of place changing in an increasingly connected world? How does our perspective of the world change as our place changes, geographically or demographically?

Watch Talks from A Sense of Place