TEDxSanDiego Conference to explore ‘World Within Our Grasp’

TEDxSanDiego is accepting applications to attend the Dec. 3 event, which will feature speakers on a wide range of topics from reviving civics instruction in the schools to software design.

The event “brings together innovators, explorers, teachers and learners in an environment that encourages collaboration, conversation and interaction” for a daylong discussion, according to its website,


TEDxSanDiego co-founder Jack Abbott said in a press release that more than 20 speakers and performers will explore this year’s theme, “The World Within Our Grasp.”

“The theme expresses the idea that anyone who is sufficiently passionate and inspired by a cause can have a positive impact on a local, national or even global scale,” Abbott said.

Speakers include Academy Award winning actor Richard Dreyfuss, whose Dreyfuss Initiative seeks to revive civics instruction in grades K-12; James Fowler, UCSD professor and author, named one of Foreign Policy magazine’s top 100 global thinkers; Robert Gupta, Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist, and Ellen Gustafson, former employee of the United Nations’ World Food Program and co-founder of FEED Projects.

The event, with 375 seats available, will be held at the Irwin M. Jacobs Hall on Qualcomm Campus.

Those accepted will have a chance to sponsor a student for TEDxYouth@SanDiego. It will include 300 participants from more than 15 local public, private and charter schools and will be held at the Proscenium Theater at Canyon Crest Academy on Nov. 20.

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