Apr 302015



_MG_7819-2_RundleAcademyGreetings Rundle Academy Students, Parents and Community.  I’m Karen Goepen-Wee, a teacher here at Rundle Academy, and I am the curator of TEDxRundleAcademy.

A little over a year ago, after attending TEDActive 2014, the simulcast conference of the official TED conference,  I came back to Rundle Academy with a crazy idea: wouldn’t it be amazing to have our very own TEDx event that highlighted the ideas and passions of the students here at this school?

TEDx events are independently organized TED-like, multidisciplinary events featuring short talks that seeks to highlight the unique passions, ideas, challenges, hopes, and dreams of a specific place or community.  If you would like to see one of the best, most popular TED Talks of all time, take a few minutes to view the following video.  Sir Ken Robinson’s talk is truly a great introduction to what a TED talk is like.



So, where better to have a TEDx event, than in a school?  Especially a school that celebrates and supports diverse learners and their needs.

On Saturday, May 23, 2015, I am pleased to announce that  TEDxRundleAcademy’s inaugural event will take place in Rundle Academy’s Fine Arts Centre. This 4 hour event is the culmination of a truly remarkable exercise in collaborative creativity and it  is this collaboration that is the hallmark of a TEDx event. My vision, in bringing a TEDx event to Rundle Academy, was to celebrate the ideas worth sharing that come primarily from our student body, but also are reflective of our greater community: parents, alumni members, and educators who truly try to make a difference in the lives of students.

Our program is diverse, eclectic and homegrown. We seek to educate, entertain and provoke conversations that will continue long after our event is over; conversations about diversity and how we can continue to promote it for years to come not only within our own school community, but in the greater Rundle Academy community.