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TEDx Paonia is 'a celebration of ideas'

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Did you know that a Fishtrap Fellow and Wyss Scholar for Conservation of the Intermountain West and a pioneer in sustainable regenerative investing live in Paonia? And that the teacher and head coach of the two-time state champion Paonia Eagles earned his master's degree in leadership in 2015?

Do you wonder what they might have to say?

These three individuals, along with about a dozen other "leading contemporary thinkers, innovators and influencers" will give a presentation at the Paradise Theatre on Feb. 6, as part of TEDx Paonia. The theme of the event is "Pushing Through The Pavement."

The event is a celebration of ideas and will tie Paonia with the globally recognized TED brand, said Julia Bowman, an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer with the Western Slope Conservation Center and one of the event's organizers. Speaking at last week's meeting of the Rotary Club of the North Fork, Bowman said that like Rotary, the event is intended to build connections and create relationships and friendships with people outside of the area.

The founders of TED, which stands for Technolology, Entertainment and Design, believe in the power of ideas "to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world," according to TED.com. The non-profit began in 1984 as a conference on the three original topics. Today, TED talks spread ideas, usually in the form of roughly 18-minute talks, throughout the world and in more than 10 languages.

TEDx events are independently organized based on the ideas behind TED talks. TEDx Paonia speakers will be videoed, and individual talks will be placed on the TED global network for the world to see.

Speakers were chosen from more than 30 applicants and are being coached on how to give their talks, according to co-organizer Elaine Brett with Friends of the Paradise Theatre. "It's an amazing process, and very structured."

Brett said that of the first 40 tickets sold, 30 were from outside the North Fork Valley. While general admission tickets for the day-long event sold out last week, some VIP tickets were still available.

Sponsorships are still being sought, and include a long list of benefits, including local and/or global branding exposure and VIP tickets, depending on the level of sponsorship.

In addition to the TEDx Paonia event, the Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media and Rocky Mountain PBS will screen two films highlighting Colorado history on Feb. 4 at the Paradise Theatre. The event is part of The Colorado Experience Roadshow, celebrating the people, places and events that have shaped the state.

"Ladies of the Mines" follows the stories of three inspirational women who held their own in the early days of Colorado's mining camps, enduring challenges including high altitudes, pack rats and spoiled Thanksgiving turkeys.

"Cinema on the Plains" covers the state's movie theaters from 1910 through the 1950s, and how they served as social and community hubs for towns located on the harsh Eastern Plains.

A question and answer session and reception will follow the films. The event is free. For more information, visit www.paradiseofpaonia.com.

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