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TEDxSF Debuts TEDxSF Salons-an Intimate Gathering to Encourage Deeper Understanding

Premiere Bay Area TEDx organization debuts its newest platform, TEDxSF Salons. Appropriate for today with #OccupyWallStreet et al, the first Salon looks at issues with today’s government institutions, "Design Your Own Government: Organizing the Body Politic."

San Francisco, CA, October 20, 2011 --( First Salon Explores “Design Your Own Government: Organizing the Body Politic.”

TEDxSF, the Bay Area’s premier independent organization that delivers the TEDx experience to San Francisco today unveiled its newest platform, TEDxSF Salons. The first Salon, scheduled for October 25, looks at issues with today’s government institutions, Design Your Own Government: Organizing the Body Politic.

“Our overarching concept for this year is ‘institutionalized,’ looking at what we can do when the structures we’ve designed no longer meet our collective needs. Our speakers will explore what we can do to accelerate change – specifically when it is urgent, controversial or involves multiple stakeholders who have a vested interest in the status quo,” said Christine McCaull, curator for TEDxSF events. “We were planning our first salon on how to make government work better before the ‘American Autumn’ of protests blossomed in all major cities. It’s a timely discussion and we hope to elicit and add relevant topics to the dialogue as it continues to unfold.”

Tickets for the limited-seating event are available at Doors open at 5:30 with drinks and hors d’oeuvres; the program begins at 6:30. The TEDxSF Salon takes place at Madrone Studios, 1417 15th Street, San Francisco, Calif. In addition, TEDxSF members and others can view the event for free in an online simulcast at

Design Your Own Government speakers include:
· David Binetti, Co-Founder and CEO of Votizen, the online network of voters
· Jennifer Pahlka, Founder and Executive Director of Code for America, a group of talented web professionals and cities promoting public service and the rebooting of government
· Jamila Raqib, Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institute and foremost authority on strategic nonviolent struggle
· Ruaridh “Rory” Arrow, director of the film “How to Start a Revolution” on Gene Sharp and the Arab Spring
· Dr. Michelle Kraus, veteran political organizer, fundraiser & blogger

Musician and visionary, Bear Kittay, will perform and Silicon Valley Watcher founder, Tom Foremski, will present a curated piece on #OccupyWallStreet.

TEDxSF Salons
The new TEDxSF salons feature a select group of speakers who will deliver talks that unveil new understandings, alternative models and practical takeaways. Smaller than previous events, TEDxSF designed the Salons to provide a deeper look into a single topic. The premiere Bay Area TEDx group will hold Salons throughout the fall and winter and will focus on one contemporary institution in turmoil. TEDxSF will simulcast each Salon and provide video replays on the and web channels.

Tickets are also available for the November 29 Salon, SKOOL’d: Reconsidering Higher Education. In January, the Salon will be FutureNet: Technology, the Internet, and Information Exchange. Additional 2012 Salons will include Money, Money, Money: Banking and Finance; Humans, Healthy & Whole: Healthcare, Pharma, Food Supply; Gods and Men: Church and Religion; Activism University or Innovation University, and The Military Divide.

About TEDxSF
TEDxSF is a network of more than 4,000 San Francisco/Bay Area leaders and TED attendees that bring people together to share ideas across many disciplines. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. Visit to register. Follow TEDxSF on Twitter ( or “like” TEDxSF on Facebook for regular updates.

To become a TEDxSF member, for more information on the TEDxSF event, or to watch the TEDxSF videos, visit This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

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 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, 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.

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