The Art of Hope
Join the 5th-annual local forum on December, 2019, at Rio Theatre.
TEDxSantaCruz: Activate, Conference | March 8, 2014 | Hotel Paradox, Santa Cruz
TEDxSantaCruz Activate Launch Party | November 21, 2013 | Hotel Paradox, Santa Cruz
TEDx Bay Area Organizers Workshop | July 27, 2013 | Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
TEDxYouth@Watsonville 2013 Conference | May 19, 2013 | Henry J. Mello Center, Watsonville
TED 2013 Web Simulcast | Febuary 27, 2013 | Cabrillo College, Aptos
TEDxSantaCruz Open, Conference | September 15, 2012 | Cabrillo College, Aptos
TEDGlobal 2012 Web Simulcast | June 28, 2012 | Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz
TEDxSantaCruz Change 2012 Conference | April 8, 2012 | Cruzio Internet, Santa Cruz
TED 2012 Web Simulcast | March 1, 2012 | Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz
TEDxWomen 2011 Web Simulcast | December 1, 2011 | Scotts Valley Public Library, Scotts Valley
TEDGlobal 2011 Web Simulcast | July 13, 2011 | Scotts Valley Public Library, Scotts Valley
TEDxSantaCruz Engage, Conference | June 11, 2011 | Cabrillo College, Aptos
TED 2011 Web Simulcast | March 2, 2011 | Inner Light Center, Soquel
Apply to Speak
TEDxSantaCruz gathers leading thinkers, makers, and artists to share their ideas that create real change in Santa Cruz and around the world. TEDxSantaCruz is dedicated to producing events that feature stimulating presentations, discussions, entertainment, and art that spark new ideas and opportunities.
TEDxSantaCruz speakers are chosen through a highly curated process that takes into consideration ideas, speaker styles, and the flow the day. The speaker selection committee works with the speakers to prepare and develop their talks, each of which will be from 3 to 18 minutes long.
We feature speakers from both Santa Cruz County and from around the world who want to spread their unique ideas through TEDxSantaCruz. Speakers must be available all day on April 23rd for rehearsals and must stay all day on April 24th to attend the event and after party. Travel and lodging costs are the responsibility of the speaker, unless otherwise agreed to in advance. You can read more about speaking at a TEDx event in the TEDx Speaker Guide [PDF].
After you have submitted your nomination form, you will be contacted if the team would like to schedule an interview. We receive over a hundred applications for the event so we don’t respond to each application personally. Applications will close when we have selected our speaker line up for our April 24th event.
Applications are now closed.
Volunteer at an Event:
Novelist, essayist, journalist, translator, and screenwriter
Jonathan Franzen is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Letters and the author of five novels, including The Corrections, Freedom, and Purity, and five volumes of nonfiction, most recently The End of the End of the Earth. Among his honors are the National Book Award for fiction, and the EuroNatur Award, for his work in conservation. He lives full-time in Santa Cruz.
Lara Love Hardin
COO and Editorial Director of Idea Architects
Lara Love Hardin is the COO and Editorial Director of Idea Architects, a literary agency and media company based in Santa Cruz that represents and works with luminaries such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bryan Stevenson, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Steven Hawking, Jane Goodall, John Gottman, and many other academics and thought leaders. She has an MFA in creative writing and is a 4-time New York Times bestselling writer, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Designing Your Life by Dave Evans and Bill Burnett, and recent Oprah Book Club pick, The Sun Does Shine, which she co-authored with Anthony Ray Hinton. In 2019 she won a Christopher Award for her work “affirming the highest values of the human spirit”. In 2019 she was also nominated for an NAACP Image Award and short-listed for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.
Chair of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors and former Mayor of Santa Cruz
Ryan Coonerty is Chair of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors and the two-time former Mayor of Santa Cruz. He is also an entrepreneur, author, and educator. He is currently the host of "An Honorable Profession" podcast and a lecturer on law and government at UC Santa Cruz. Previously, he cofounded NextSpace Coworking, co-authored of The Rise of the Naked Economy – How to Benefit from the Changing Workplace and wrote Etched in Stone – Enduring Words from our National Monuments. Ryan was selected by the Aspen Institute to be a Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership as one of "the nation’s most promising young elected officials.” Ryan graduated from Santa Cruz’s public schools and the University of Oregon. He received a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.