X Marks the Spot: TEDx is coming to Fort McMurray

TEDxFortMcMurray_Logo_WhiteI am fortunate enough to have been enrolled in the current Leadership Wood Buffalo cohort for 2011-2012. An argument could be made that perhaps LWB’s vetting process needs to be adjusted, or perhaps one could argue the other side, that LWB made an awesometastic decision.

But the jury will be out until history can be the judge. And do you know what history will be judging? History is going to be judging a TEDx event in our community! Talk about advantage me!

For those not in the know, LWB is:

Leadership Wood Buffalo is an eight month program for individuals who are passionate about making a difference in the Wood Buffalo community. Designed to help participants acquire both a broader understanding of the critical issues affecting our community and the leadership skills necessary to resolve them, this program helps prepare participants for the challenges of their own life-long leadership journeys, build their network of diverse community leaders and develop their awareness for the opportunities and challenges in the Wood Buffalo Region.

In the beginning…

LWB is not what I really wanted to write about, it’s definitely worthy of a few posts, but I do need to start at the beginning.

Leadership Wood Buffalo logo

courtesy of Leadership Wood Buffalo

As part of the LWB program, participants are broken up into teams, and these newly-formed need to choose a community-based project, from a previously organized selection, to work on over the next eight months. When our team first sat down together on the gentle shores of Lake Christina in September, we decided not to open our LWB binders, and ignore (at least at first) the pre-determined case studies.

We proceeded to have a round-table discussion about community issues we were most passionate about. And how excited was I when “community image” seemed to be a common thread? So we agreed to think more about what we wanted to do, and perhaps a case could be made to pitch our own case study to the LWB board.

Fast forward about a month and we were happy to find the LWB board excited about our proposal… so our team got busy and started researching how we pull this whole thing off…

And in our journey to bring a TEDx event to the region, we’ve managed to bring aboard other, passionate individuals who share our hope for this event. We’re rapidly expanding out Steering Committee, strengthening our organization roles and structure. Things, as they are apt to do in our region, are moving fast.

"X" marks the spot

"X" marks the spot

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While a lot of the details are still coming out, I can share the following info:

  • event no. one will be in late March, 2012
  • there will be seats for at least 100
  • the tickets will be a combination of “invite only” as well as “general admission”
  • it will be hosted at the gorgeous, stunning, and world-class Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts
  • we have a TEDxFort McMurray Facebook page, (with a full-on website coming soon) so please come on over to “like” us and all that jazz
  • we are looking for volunteers to join “Team TEDx” in almost any capacity
  • attendees are reminded about PPE and may wish to bring helmets, as the event is capable of blowing minds
  • the whole team is excited
Want to get involved? For now, drop us a post on our TEDxFort McMurray Facebook page and we’ll be in touch.
And of course, more is always to come!
  • http://flavors.me/dbbradle Derrick Bradley

    Matt, I’m stoked for you and the whole community. Looking forward to hearing more developments.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks so much Derrick – if you’re back in AB in March, please think long & hard about making a trip to YMM… I know someone who can get you a ticket… Plus we’re trying hard to get truly world-class speakers…