City of Aliso Viejo partners with TEDxOrangeCoast on 2-day conference at Soka

The fourth annual TEDxOrangeCoast fall conference “Tipping Point” takes place September 19-20 at Soka University of America.

TEDxOrangeCoast conferences are known for inspiring change through positive actions by showcasing people’s ideas. TEDxOrangeCoast is a nonprofit independently organized event devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading” through annual conferences featuring fascinating doers and thinkers who present in 18 minutes or less. The City of Aliso Viejo is supporting the conference as a community partner.

“The City of Aliso Viejo is proud to be a part of something that features leading innovators, designers, educators, technologists and others sharing their ideas and inspiring change through positive actions,” said City Manager Dave Doyle.

Presenters for this year’s conference include Janet Evans, widely considered the greatest female distance swimmer in history; Umi Garretta, a 13-year-old piano virtuoso; Ronald D. Rotunda, former assistant majority counsel for the Watergate Committee; A.G. Kawamura, former California secretary of agriculture; Eric Chen, Harvard freshman and technology/biology activist; Judy Estrin, author of “Closing the Innovation Gap” and co-founder of eight technology companies; Dan Miller, managing director of The Roda Group, a seed-stage venture capital group focused on clean technology; Clinton Wilborn, an award-winning author and acclaimed performer; and actress Erin Gray of former TV shows “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century,” and “Silver Spoons.” Other speakers are listed at

“The high-caliber speakers we have lined up represent some of the most renowned talent in Southern California,” said Mojdeh Eskandari, executive producer of TEDxOrangeCoast. “We are fortunate to have them present this year.”

The conference will feature Social Spaces, a selection of themed outdoor spaces and galleries that enable guests to meet and mingle with speakers and are designed to spark innovative conversation around specific topics. Themes will include food, music, dance, art, education and more.

For Aliso Viejo community members, TEDxOrangeCoast is offering a 10% discount on daily and two-day passes (discount code: Aliso-TEDxOC). Click on Event Registration to use your code to purchase passes.

To register and for more information, visit

About Aliso Viejo
The City of Aliso Viejo is a beautiful master-planned community nestled in south Orange County, Calif. halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles. The city, which incorporated in July 2001, is a balanced community of about 49,000 residents that was rated as one of America’s Top 25 Towns to Live Well by Aliso Viejo has the allure of a small Southern California community with a robust economic climate. For more information, visit Follow the city on Twitter at or Facebook at

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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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 almost 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 on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

TED’s media initiatives include, 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; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. 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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Posted in 2014.