What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDx Crescent School, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDx Crescent School event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

Why Host a TEDx?

Crescent is hosting a TEDx because we are interested in exploring new ways of living out our mission as a school. We believe that Crescent School, as a thinking and learning community, is challenged each day to bring powerful ideas worth sharing to our internal and external community in order to be a leader in boys’ education. TED provides us with a means by which we can spark conversation and inquiry about the very topics related to our work in raising and teaching boys – family, education, and economy.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.

At a TED conference, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Three major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Vancouver, Canada, simultaneous with TEDActive, in Whistler, BC; and the TEDGlobal Conference takes place each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

On, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide into more than 90 languages. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.

The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. More than 5,000 TEDx events have been held, and selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos.

The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world. The TED Fellows program helps 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. TED-Ed creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom instruction or independent learning.

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Our Theme

TEDxCrescentSchool is an all-day event featuring speakers inspired by the diverse meanings associated with the West African Akan word – Sankofa.

San – to return; Ko – to go; Fa – to look, to seek and take

As we move into the future, our individual and global histories have many insights that will aid us as we face exponentially changing realities. It is therefore important that we return, go back, seek, and most importantly take, from our history that which will assist us in making the crucial decisions that are needed to move forward, both as individuals and as a world of global communities; our very future may be dependent on it.

Join us at TEDxCrescentSchool, as our speakers present their thoughts, ideas and examples of how we can use experiences from our past as lessons for a successful future.


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St. Michael’s Junior Choir

The Junior Choir at St. Michael’s Choir School is made up of students from grades five and six. They sing Mass at St. Michael’s Cathedral every Sunday at 10:00am from September to June. The Junior Choir performs across the city at special events and can be seen at the school’s annual Massey Hall Christmas concert, the autumn Founder’s Day concert and the spring concert. They tour yearly in Ontario and beyond, and are under the direction of Mr. André-Louis Heywood.

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Michael Landsberg

One of the best-known personalities in Canadian broadcasting, Michael Landsberg has been with TSN since the network’s inception in 1984. Landsberg has hosted TSN’s OFF THE RECORD (OTR) since its debut in September 1997. The highly acclaimed 30-minute daily sports debate show is one of Canada’s longest running talk shows. Always trying to see the world of sports through the fans’ eyes, Landsberg asks his guests tough, thought-provoking and controversial questions on the day’s hottest sports topics. Twice nominated for the Gemini Award for Best Host or Interviewer in a Sports Program or Sportscast, Landsberg was the Whistler Host for Olympic Daytime on CTV during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games

Landsberg speaks publicly about his personal battle with depression and considers his ability to help reduce the stigma of mental illness as his most important professional calling.

In 2013, Landsberg’s documentary, “Darkness and Hope: Depression, Sports and Me,” was nominated for a 2013 Canadian Screen Award for Best History or Biography Documentary Program or Series. In 2012, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health also named Landsberg one of its Champions of Mental Health. Landsberg also takes to Twitter, using the hashtag #sicknotweak to encourage discussion around mental health and creating a forum for those needing help.

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The Water Brothers

Alex and Tyler Mifflin are the creators and hosts of the award winning travel-adventure documentary series, The Water Brothers. Over the past four years Alex and Tyler have travelled all around the globe, from the highest peak in Africa, to the the bottom of the Ocean, exploring some of the most important water challenges we face in the world today.

We can learn quite a bit from ancient civilizations about the importance of water technology and management to a functioning society. If we fail to fully respect these lessons and the looming threat of rising populations and climate change to water systems today, we risk the collapse of our own global civilization.”

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Dr. Alex Russell

Dr. Alex Russell is a clinical psychologist who helps children develop resilience and their own personal relationship with school and achievement. At the heart of his message is that children learn by experiencing non-catastrophic, painful failure—and it is through the process of these failures that they mature into resilient, resourceful and emotionally balanced individuals.

Dr. Russell has addressed many parent and counsellor groups over the years. He is a research affiliate with the Hincks-Dellcrest Institute where his activities include the development of an early intervention family therapy program serving families with children at risk, articles on children’s emotional development, and serving on the editorial board of Ideas: Emotional Well-Being in Child Care, a nationally circulated journal for early childhood educators.

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Tickets are Sold Out!

Thank you to all the delegates who purchased a ticket.

If you happened to have missed out on this years TEDxCrescentSchool we urge you to check out the videos from the conference.

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Thank you to all of our volunteers that helped out with the conference. It wouldn’t have been possible without you.

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