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.
Most recently, Glenn Fajardo organized TEDxPeacePlaza: “Renewal” on May 30, 2015 and TEDxPeacePlaza: “Fun” on July 16, 2016 at New People in Japantown in San Francisco.
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.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on 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.
TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.