Inaugural TEDx South Lake Tahoe comes to The Loft |

Inaugural TEDx South Lake Tahoe comes to The Loft

Autumn Whitney
The Loft hosts the first-ever TEDx Talks in South Lake Tahoe on Wednesday, Oct. 5.
Courtesy / TEDx South Lake Tahoe |

TED Talks are coming to Tahoe. Yep, you read that right. On Wednesday, Oct. 5, The Loft at Heavenly Village hosts nine individuals who have up to 18 minutes to present stimulating ideas on a particular subject. It’s new to the area, exciting, and scratches your brain — TEDx South Lake Tahoe.

“I’ve been a fan of TED Talks, and the inspiration that it brings to the community of which they serve. I thought it’d be a great thing for South Lake Tahoe, to bring the community together to talk about ideas that are meaningful.

“The biggest goal is to use the talks to inspire action and taking the ideas and thoughts from the talks and bringing the community together to listen and connect, and then inspiring some kind of action from those talks,” said Robin DeSota, who led the effort to bring TEDx Talks to South Shore.

The nine participants will cover topics ranging from philanthropy to why art matters to using music festivals as a model for sustainability and even why failure should be on everyone’s bucket list.

“Pat Moore will be talking about confronting your fears and embracing your fears when doing anything in life, using his own experience with snowboarding around the world — it’s sort of a metaphor for why each of us needs to confront our fear and learn about it,” DeSota said.

The participant pool is mixed — not all are local, but according to DeSota most have some connection with the Tahoe Basin. Speakers were chosen by a review board comprised of South Lake Tahoe locals.

“We wanted folks from a variety of disciplines, variety of backgrounds, variety of ideas. We wanted to pick ideas that were different and meaningful and that would have an impact,” DeSota explained.

The event is sold out, but don’t worry — you can still catch TEDx South Lake Tahoe online via the organization’s live webcast, found at under the search “TEDx South Lake Tahoe.”

The stream is accessible to anyone and everyone, so watch it at home or with your friends. The Loft — venue of TEDx South Lake Tahoe — is also hosting a live webcast mixer for those wanting to be closer to the action. Meet the speakers, network with the TEDx South Lake Tahoe community and enjoy the live webcast in the lounge.

If you’re unable to make the event or catch the live stream, fear not — the team behind the event is interested in making this an annual South Shore endeavor.

“We would love to make this an annual event.

“We’re very happy and excited to be putting the event on and we hope that they’re connecting, inspiring and bringing people to action based on what they’ve heard here. We’re just really excited,” DeSota said. For now, they’re focusing on the event at hand.

TEDx events are independently organized conferences modeled after nonprofit organization TED’s Ideas Worth Spreading campaign. Their goal emerges from the TED experience — to engage leading thinkers from the area to create discussion on how to enhance the community.

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