Monday is normally when we post about the upcoming speaker at 1 Million Cups – but this week, we’re switching it up a little. This week, in place of the usual 1 Million Cups festivities, we’re having the TEDxFargo Open Mic Event: the first ever chance for anyone to try out to be a TEDxFargo speaker.


TEDxFargo is our biggest yearly event. Last year there were over 1,000 attendees, and this year we’re shooting for over 2,000. Planning for the event spans over six months, with a team that puts tireless amounts of time, effort, and creative energy into making an unforgettable event.

This year, the team has decided to let the community in on the process. That’s right, YOU have the chance to be a part of TEDxFargo. All you need is an idea. “An idea worth spreading,” as is the motto for TED talks.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Pitches can be 2 minutes maximum.
  • No audio or visual props allowed.
  • Don’t be shy!

The event will start at 9:00 AM at The Stage at Island Park [333 4th Street South]. Let us know you are coming by hitting “Join” on the Facebook event, here.

Even if you are not giving a pitch, you are still welcome to come and watch! In fact, we need you there to help us decide on a winner. The presentations will be judged by the TEDxFargo team, and results will come out after careful consideration.

So far, 112 people are signed up to attend so make sure you come 20 minutes early to get lined up.

Hitting thinker’s block? (Is that a thing?) Here’s some past TEDxFargo ideas, all on video, to get your noggin joggin’. Topics range from practicing “willful ignorance”, to ecosystem philanthropy, to the power of discomfort.

Also, check out Emerging Prairie writer Mat Gantz’s “Top 5 Takeaways from TedxFargo On Purpose.”

For more brainstorming fodder, check out this article by Forbes, titled “The 7 Steps to Delivering a Mind- Blowing TED Talk.”  Complete with Seven C’s of Original Messaging: Be Clear, Compelling, Current, Congruent, and Commercial Viable.

We look forward to hearing your ideas! See you on Wednesday.

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Marisa Jackels