TEDxSF Pushes the Limits with Alive! Maximum Living as a Human

Experience the premiere local TED-style Event on June 4 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. TEDxSF features world class presenters who will explore how we push the limits, create meaning, live on purpose and connect deeply. In addition, the event will showcase stunning art, performance and music to stir the soul.

San Francisco, CA, May 11, 2011 --(PR.com)-- TEDxSF, the Bay Area’s premier independent organization that delivers the TED experience to San Francisco today unveiled the theme of its next gala event, TEDxSF V: Alive! Maximum Living as a Human. The event promises a day of fresh talks showcasing powerful ideas on topics that address the human lifecycle from infancy to vibrant aging.

“Our world-class slate of presenters are respected researchers, inventors, authors and performers who will explore how we push the limits, create meaning, live on purpose and connect deeply,” said Christine McCaull, curator for TEDxSF events. “We will hear from people that are pushing the limits on what we know about ourselves, our society and our future. We will also be showcasing stunning art, performance and music to stir the soul.”

The limited-seating, ticketed event begins at 12:00 noon on Saturday, June 4, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Mission Street. Tickets are available at TEDxSF.org. The group will also provide a free live stream of the event at www.tedxsf.org as well as live blogging and twitter feeds using #TEDxSF. Reception and after party, from 6:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. will be catered by the phenomenal B restaurant, and ambient sound by The Scumfrog.

TEDxSF V: Alive! Maximum Living as a Human speakers include:

· James Mollison, Photographer, Where Children Sleep
· Eythor Bender of Berkeley Bionics
· Scott Hess, TRU insight
· Dr. Roz Picard, Affectiva and the MIT Media Lab
· Simon Mainwaring, author of We First
· Arlene Samen, One Heart WorldWide
· Joe Betts LaCroix, founder of Halcyon Molecular
· Andres Torres, San Francisco Giants' Centerfielder with Documentary Filmmaker Chusy Jardine
· Nicole Daedone, Slow Sex author and Founder of OneTaste
· Mel Robbins, Syndicated Talk Show Host, Author of ”Stop Saying You're Fine”
· Bill Thomas, ChangingAging.org
· Shereef Bishay, BetterMeans.org and leading thinker on the Open Enterprise
· Carey Perloff, Creative Director of American Conservatory Theater
· 1,000 Memories

Performances include San Francisco treasure, improv artist Nina Wise; David Kim on Electric Violin; New York City’s Reckless Sons and Non Stop Bhangra.

To register to become a TEDxSF member, for more information on the TEDxSF event, or to watch the event live online, visit www.tedxsf.org. This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.

About TEDxSF
TEDxSF is a network of more than 3,000 San Francisco/Bay Area leaders and TED attendees who have self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. TEDxSF, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine smaller groups to share inspiration and ideas. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. This will be the fifth San Francisco-based TEDxSF event. Visit www.tedxsf.org to register. Follow TEDxSF on Twitter (twitter.com/TEDxSF) or fan TEDxSF on Facebook for regular updates.

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

TEDGlobal 2011, "The Stuff of Life," will be held July 11-15, 2011, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED

Jeanne Alford