The future looks promising I Chamber Corner

By Kim Voetberg | Nov 01, 2017

In a society that sometimes squelches creativity because by its very nature, it’s an out-of-the-box concept, those of us who embrace ingenuity may challenges finding an outlet for sharing in a dialogue of change.

Back in the mid ‘80s TED (technology, entertainment, design) was a non-profit devoted to spreading ideas, usually through short, powerful talks. Their premise was to create dialogue about “things worth sharing.” Topics ranged from science to business to global issues. Fast forwarding to 2009, the TED movement expanded to TEDx, which was a program designed to bring a TED-like experience to as many people as possible. It also expanded topics to include ideas and events that embrace change and celebrated the imagination.

While TED events may happen once or twice a year, 1,000s of TEDx events take place all over the world on an annual basis. This year, the Chamber is partnering with Sno-Isle Libraries and other businesses to provide a TEDx opportunity in Mukilteo. On November 4, 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm, this innovative event will take place at Kamiak High School. Eleven dynamic speakers ranging from local students, an executive director in the medical field, an astronaut and more, will take the stage and find that quintessential red X that literally marks the spot.

Themed as “Sharing Our Future” our speakers will delve into what risks, expectations and opportunities we might expect as we look to the future. With less than 400 seats in Kamiak’s performing arts center, tickets sold out within hours of release. However, this event will be livestreamed at eight different libraries in the area: Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mukilteo and Snohomish. It will also be available on-line on Sno-Isle’s website. Following the symposium, The Chamber website will also carry the video in its entirety.

After the TEDx event, the Mukilteo Chamber will host an invitation-only Reception for randomly selected attendees to meet with the speakers and sponsors. This no-host opportunity allows the conversation to continue, and for the community to engage in active dialogue with this year’s energetic speakers. Partnering with the Chamber are Columbia Bank and Harbour Pointe Golf Club, two of our valued chamber members. Both Columbia Bank and Harbour Pointe Golf Club are active industry leaders who believe that a healthy, vibrant community is a great place to do business.

If you have received notification from Sno-Isle Libraries that you successfully registered for the Sno-Isle TEDx, you may enter to win two tickets for the After-Event Reception. Email: and include your ticket number to be eligible to win.








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