Past Events

TEDxSonomaCounty 2016: Perspectives

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

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TEDxSonomaCounty 2015: 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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TEDxSonomaCounty 2014: 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

TEDxSonomaCouty 2013: More?

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?

TEDxSonomaCounty 2012: 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


About Salons

Salons are small, in-person gatherings, centered around a single theme, leveraging the expertise of local speakers and several TED videos on a relevant and engaging topic to facilitate community engagement between regular TEDx events.[/two_third]

TEDxSonomaCountySalon #2: Why We Should Focus on Strengths, in Education and Beyond

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | Hotel Petaluma

The second TEDxSonomaCountySalon was held on the evening of Wednesday, April 26th, 2017. We engaged in a conversation focused around the theme of, Why We Should Focus on Strengths, in Education and Beyond. Our speaker was Dr. Paul Porter, professor of Sonoma State University’s Department of Educational Leadership and Special Education.


In partnership with:

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In 1982, a group of teachers, business leaders and community activists in Petaluma convened to develop funding solutions for area schools in response to major budget deficits throughout the California school system. The outcome was the creation of the Petaluma Educational Foundation (PEF), a privately funded, non-profit organization whose primary goal is to raise money in the community to benefit education. Today we serve all 38 K-12 public, private and charter schools in our community, with an annual enrollment of over 13,000 students. PEF Grant and Scholarship programs continue to provide support and opportunity with more than $6,277,283 awarded since the programs started


TEDxSonomaCountySalon #1: Social Entrepreneurship

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 | Paradise Ridge Winery

This month, our committee of volunteers held the first-ever TEDxSonomaCountySalon – a smaller, more frequent, intimate, and interactive version of our annual TEDxSonomaCounty event – at Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa. The chosen topic for our pilot program was Social Entrepreneurship and featured pre-recorded TED Talks from Audrey Choi and Jane Chen, as well as a live Talk from Bill Angeloni, Founder and Director of Tenzing Consulting. In front of a packed house, Bill shared a story of organizations working together to fight hunger through creativity and cooperation after noticing an abundance of food waste created by lack of an efficient delivery method.

More TED Talks on Social Entrepreneurship: Playlist: Social Good, Inc.