TedXNormal returns in person with “The Power of Two”

For the first time since pre-pandemic, life lessons and motivation will find their way back to Normal.

TEDxNormal returns in person for the first time in three years on Saturday. The Ted Talk series was canceled in 2020 and hosted online in 2021.

The three-hour event at the Normal Theater in Uptown will feature 11 speakers.

Like all TED talks, the event focuses on technology, entertainment and design, said event organizer and former TedXNormal presenter Kate Browne.

“We’re bringing that Ted Talk experience right here to Bloomington-Normal,” Browne said. “These discussions, when complete, will be seen by millions of people around the world. It’s an opportunity to see what’s happening in terms of innovation and big ideas right here in our community.

Speakers focus on the topic, “The Power of Two,” which Browne says could have many interpretations — from math to career changes to dog photography. It is also tied to the year 2022 and two years of doing live broadcasts after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tickets are on sale for $20 and are available on the TedXNormal website. There will also be a reception after the presentations at Bakery and Pickle in Bloomington for all attendees.

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