It’s happening! We’re proud to announce that Dr. Osler will be presenting at TEDx, Stowe.
We know that active sitting is an “idea worth spreading,” but to be invited to share our story and ideas on a TED stage is an exciting opportunity to spread the idea of active sitting to a much wider audience.
What is TED? The first TED talk was given 35 years ago, and TED has now grown into a cultural phenomenon. TED has become a marketplace for ideas, an agora of the digital age where literally everyone can see and be seen. Some talks have been viewed 40 million times. TED is more than the agora, however, because every TED talk goes up on YouTube, where it attains a sort of “YouTube immortality”.
Practically speaking, each TED event is a series of short presentations focused on topics – originally “Technology Entertainment and Design” but now expanded to many genres – that are considered “ideas worth spreading.” TEDx are smaller events, hosted by different communities to “discover ideas and spark conversations” at a more local level, like, say, Stowe, Vermont.
On the TEDx Stowe stage we’re hoping to spark a conversation about active sitting in schools, and how with a little innovation, it can be done cheap, fast, and effective. If you’d like a copy of the brochure describing our TEDx talk, you can download it here. And, if you think your kid’s school would be interested in a virtually cost-free approach to providing active sitting for their students, get in touch with us. We’re eager to use the power of the internet to distribute the file that will let any school, anywhere, “print” as many of active button chairs as they wish. For free.
Although the TEDxStowe event immediately sold out its 450 tickets there’s no need to fret. All the TEDxStowe talks will be up on YouTube soon. Check back after the May 9th event – we’ll be sharing our talk when it goes live!
UPDATE: Click to see the video of Dr. Osler’s TEDx presentation. | For more information on the ButtOn Chair project, please visit, buttonchairs.org.