TEDx in Tacoma Events

TEDx was hosted in Tacoma 6 times and it is called TEDxTacoma, an independently organized TED event.

This post is about the event that took place on November 16, 2018-5: 00 pm – 9:00 pm PST
American Lake Conference Center
8085 NCO Beach Road
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, 98438

Previous events: 

  • April 22. 2016 Tacoma, WA
  • March 21, 2015 Tacoma, WA
  • February 28th 2014 Tacoma, WA
  • May 3rd, 2013 Tacoma, WA
  • April 17th, 2012 Tacoma, WA
  • Apr 23, 2010  Tacoma, WA
This presentation by James Veitch: “This is what happens when you reply to spam email” is one of the best I have seen so far. 


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. 2 major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference and TEDGlobal.

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A Career in the Arts?

Many people dream of a career as an artist or in the artistic field as, for example, art administrator. Let’s take a closer look at what it means, a career in the arts.

Becoming Arts Administrator

Arts administrators plan and organize cultural and arts activities. They work in organizations such as local authorities, art centers, theaters, and regional arts boards. Arts administrator job duties include carrying out general administration, managing budgets and keeping records, organizing security and catering facilities, organizing publicity and ticket sales, negotiating sponsorship and funding, working with local arts organizations,  and arranging venues and artists.

Career Goals For Arts Administrator:

  • Accounting Professional. You need to be well-qualified and result-oriented with over 10 years of successful experience in positions of increasing responsibility and duties. You are a creative problem-solver and marketer, who can see the big picture while never losing sight of details that deliver results as well as a motivated team player with polished communication skills: verbal, written, interpersonal, presentations, and rapport building. You are an enthusiastic self-starter who can boost production, foster efficiency and ensure profitability.
  • You are seeking a position in the technology field to complement your educational and work experience and provide challenges and opportunities for advancement in the Computer Electronics Networking field.
  • You may be searching for a permanent position at a firm that will benefit from your extensive software knowledge, computer skills, and executive administrative experience.

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Smart Tuition

An increasing number of teachers are turning from classroom teaching to tuition in search of more fulfilling experience in their chosen vocation. This may have a very positive learning impact. Smart Tuition is all about having a positive learning impact.

With increasing class sizes and renewed demands on teachers to provide a standardized approach to all pupils in their classrooms, those teachers who wish to work with students in a different way feel stifled and frustrated.

Working with students using methods that don’t find a place so strongly in the curriculum and general syllabus can offer teachers a way to explore their creativity and find ways to stimulate their students learning that is tailored to individual preferences.

Benefits for tutors

When subject experts decide to take on the role of imparting their knowledge to others, teaching is the natural step from learning to sharing what has been learned.

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Small Talk? How about Smart Conversation?

Some people are an absolute genius when it comes to small talk and social chatter. They can be put in any social situation and they will come up with topics to discuss with the person in front of them. Yes, we all envy them. In the following video, Kalina Silverman addresses the issue of Skipping  Small Talk and Connect With Others at TEDx Westminster College:

The thing is, nothing comes out of that mindless chatter, as they move from one person to the next. If you are one of those people with this natural gift, here’s what you need to know to enhance that small talk into a smart conversation. Make use of what you’ve got!

In the video, Kalina sais how she wanted to see what might happen if she would approach strangers, skip the small talk, and rather get into a more meaningful conversation right away. The conversations she had and the stories she heard indicated that good things can happen if you take the time to ask people directly to react to questions about the things that really matter in life.

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What is a GED and why is it important

Today, we’ll look at what is a GED and why is it important. The GED certificate is a high school equivalency diploma designed to help people who didn’t finish a high school get a credential that will help them in the future. The GED is meant for adults who never finished high school and gives them the chance to earn a diploma that compares to a common high school diploma.

The GED (General Education Development) was established during WW II to support returning military personnel with becoming educated and get better employment possibilities.

Preparation is very important, so check some websites to find locations close to you where GED prep classes are offered. Take a look at BestGEDClasses’s free online GED classes for the best and free options and this website also provides a complete list of GED schools across America. It uses geolocation technology that finds GED schools near you. You just need to click on “GED classes near me” and the website will show you nearest GED schools and driving directions.

In America, there still are some forty million adults who don’t have a high school diploma, and obtaining the GED diploma will open doors of colleges and universities, and certainly improve career chances.

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Graphic Design is my Passion – Can I Make it a Source of Income?

Many people write about quitting the 9 to 5 and doing your own thing. There’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, it’s an admirable goal to have. That being said, you CAN excel at your current gig and explore your passion at the same time. Well, Graphic Design is my passion – can I make it a source of income?


I’ve been with the same company now for 5 years. In the designing space, this is already good. I’ve been fortunate enough to move up the ranks and it’s been a rewarding journey. As I’ve been writing before, I’m in corporate design sales.

I cherish the work I’m privileged to do with my clients. The relationships I have in my industry are very fulfilling. I value them more than anything else I do in my work environment. That doesn’t mean I don’t have other passions or things I want to explore. Hence, I started writing and working with others to improve their lives and work performance.

A lot of times, people ask me how I find time to write for 1440. My answer is simple. I’m passionate about writing, designing, and helping others as well. I also am driven by leaving a legacy, especially for my children. For me, it’s an easy trade-off. Time for me stands still when I’m writing, especially about design.

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Gifted children and the lesson of passion

In the 1920s, Lewis M. Terman became a noted educational psychologist and was considered by many to be the “father of the gifted movement.” In his words, “It should go without saying that the nation’s resources of intellectual talent are the most precious resources we will ever have.” So let’s take a look at gifted children and the lesson of passion.

After fifty years, educators and the U.S. Congress came up with a definition that would help to identify this precious resource. In 1972 Congress passed U.S. Public Law 91-230 Section 806, also known as the Marland Definition.

Using the Marland Definition a school district could identify approximately 3-5 percent of its students as gifted and talented. The question for many educators was, “How and when do we know they are gifted?”

Several researchers suggested that it takes 15-20 years to determine if a person identified for a gifted program really is gifted. Other educators said that we must wait to see what contribution a person makes to society or how that person uses his/her unusual intellectual ability or talent.

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Children Have the Right to Education

Education is the right of all children and the duty of every government that adheres to the Convention on the Rights of the Child ratified by almost all countries of the world. Every child has the right to basic education of high quality. Children have the right to education. Period!

Education leads towards development, which is the surest and most powerful way to promote economic and social progress and get responsible and productive citizens. There’s no country that cannot afford their children’s education, especially in the new age of information.

Educating girls is a prerequisite to breaking the cycle of poverty that’s the legacy of generations. Investment in the education of girls puts the entire community on the path of economic and social progress, as is the welfare of the child and the mother’s level of education.

Educated girls grow to become uneducated women who, in general, are able to achieve higher incomes for their families. They will be able to have greater participation in the decision-making process, postpone the age of marriage, and provide better medical care for themselves and their families, better nutrition for their families, and stimulate their children’s education.

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What Graduates Think About Their Student Loans

Out of every three business school graduates, at least one is seriously worried about their capability to pay back their student loans, and one in five declare they are “very or extremely” worried. These figures come from a recent study of MBA alumni by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). So let’s see what graduates think about their student loans.

Over the last years, the financial debt load of MBA graduates (and not only these students) from the country’s leading programs has constantly been growing, and hikes in tuition fees have much higher than possible increases in starting MBA earnings. The recent Great Recession has hurt a lot of students as well, and many students started out with their professional education while having a lot less money in the bank to finance their academic studies.

The average debt level for MBA graduates at Wharton and Columbia is nowadays already well into the six-figures and average debt levels at schools like Duke, Yale, Dartmouth, Michigan and Virginia’s Darden School are already exceeding $100,000 for MBA graduates.

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Online Education Degree – A Course in Discipline

It is the noblest of pursuits, the want and desire to become an educator and work with students who need their education most, for example in Covcell, the online platform that provides free GED video lesson. This way, you will have a chance to shape young minds and to inform and influence the future. It is a course of education that requires thought, concern, and discipline. So let’s check out the Online Education Degree – a course in Discipline.

And while the pursuit of any degree requires discipline, the path of an online degree requires even that much more. For anyone who has finished an undergrad degree program, you know the ‘sticktoitiveness’ and fortitude that it requires to get up every day, make it to class, finish projects, complete assignments and finish your degree.

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If You Market It, Will They Come?

I have stumbled across numerous websites that are either incomplete or stagnant. I’m sorry to tell the website owners out there, but the popular movie quote, “If you build it, they will come,” is not applying to websites. Building a website is just the first step. After the site is built, it must be marketed. Chances are one means of marketing isn’t enough either. The most successful websites are marketed in multiple ways.

One obvious step to bring traffic is search engines, but search engine optimization is an ongoing effort for websites. It isn’t something that is done once and never thought about again. Google, Yahoo, and other search engines are continually tweaking their search algorithms. Competing websites are adding new content and modifying their sites continually. If we want to make it to the top and stay there, you are going to have to do the same with your site.

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