(Photo credit: http://sfrecpark.org/destination/japantown-peace-plaza/)

The first TEDxPeacePlaza was held on November 9, 2013, at Pa`ina Lounge in San Francisco’s Japantown.

The event featured 10 TEDx talks, including ones by San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, nationally recognized civil rights leader Lateefah Simon, entrepreneur Tulio Cardozo, immigrant rights advocate Akiko Aspillaga, and Japantown nonprofit leader Jon Osaki. The event was sponsored by the San Francisco Japantown Foundation and organized by Keith Kamisugi, Glenn Fajardo, and a talented team.

Keith organized TEDxHarrisonStreetWomen on December 6th, 2013, at the Equal Justice Society in Oakland in conjunction with the TEDWomen conference in San Francisco.

Haruka Roudebush organized TEDxPeacePlazaLive on March 18, 2014,at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco that featured a live simulcast of TED2014.

Most recently, Glenn Fajardo organized TEDxPeacePlaza: “Renewal” on May 30, 2015 at New People in Japantown in San Francisco.

The next TEDxPeacePlaza will be held on July 16, 2016.

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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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