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Wiclif Otieno speaks about Eco Safi Products, a reform youth enterprise project he started during TEDxSanJoaquin 2011

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TEDXSanJoaquin: Just the Right Amount of Wrong

Sep 14, 2012

Get ready to explore fresh and futuristic ideas; to look at current issues with a new perspective.

Welcome to TEDxSanJoaquin 2012.

For the second year, University of the Pacific will be the site of a day-long TEDx conference,  a localized event modeled in the spirit and tradition of TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design). Held Oct. 10 in the Faye Spanos Hall, TEDxSanJoaquin 2012 will feature local and regional speakers who will talk about challenging the status quo.

The wildly popular TED conferences have showcased speakers from all walks of life, giving presentations on topics ranging from why all of us have a duty to vote to how everyone is tying their shoes wrong and how that impacts self-esteem. Those speeches are videotaped and then posted online for everyone to see.

TEDx Logo

TED speakers are challenged to give "the talk of their life" in 18 minutes or less -- and those at TEDxSanJoaquin have been given the same task. This year's line-up will include Pacific students, faculty, staff, administrators, local and regional leaders, and people who have gained national and international recognition for their ideas. 

Just the Right Amount of Wrong
With the theme of "Just the Right Amount of Wrong," this year's conference will feature speakers who offer a fresh perspective and address current issues within our community, country and the world.

Dear Stockton
A photo from a Dear Stockton project photoshoot 

"We live in a complex world, and in order to realize genuine social change and innovation, we must challenge ourselves to think critically but also differently. That's what TEDx does: It exposes people to new ideas or new ways of approaching old ideas," said Jerry Hildebrand, executive director of Pacific's Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship, which organized the event.

For Benjamin Saffold, founder of the Dear Stockton project, that's exactly what TEDxSanJoaquin did.

"While attending TEDxSanJoaquin last year, I was exposed to the Dear World project, and I was so impacted by that big idea that I started the Dear Stockton Project within a matter of weeks," he said. "Hundreds of positive images, thousands of positive impressions, citywide media coverage, a public art piece, a mural and a year later, I return to the well from which the inspiration for Dear Stockton sprung forth ready to act on my next big idea."

15 entrepreneurs, innovators and revolutionary thinkers spoke about "revolutionary ideas" at Tedx San Joaquin in 2011. Get to know some of last year's speaker by watching videos of their speeches.more

Revolutionary Ideas

Last year's TEDxSanJoaquin focused on "revolutionary ideas" and attracted more than 100  attendees. More than 2,000 people watched the program live online, and several of the videos produced from the event have since received hundreds of thousands of views. With this success, TEDxSanJoaquin 2012 will expand to include more than 2,850 participants -- accommodating 850 live attendees and drawing a projected 2,000 national and international online viewers.

Hamza Siddiqui"My experience at TEDxSanJoaquin was truly incredible. To share the stage with visionaries and pioneers from around the world was an extraordinary opportunity for a student like me. Seeing the worldwide response and discussion that arose from my own talk on YouTube and other social media platforms was especially memorable."
Hamza Siddiqui, TEDx 2011 Presenter

Watch Hamza's TEDx Video 





Siddiqui, a Pacific student at the time of the event, recited several original poems that he had written. The poems addressed issues around the Muslim-American experience and the different forms of racism and prejudice that Muslims face.

Other speeches presented last year included topics such as "fast food farming," spider webs, the "green" economy and "why corporate doesn't get it."

City 2.0: Stockton

Besides exploring the theme of "Just the Right Amount of Wrong," this year's TEDxSanJoaquin will also display the winners of the "The City 2.0: Stockton" initiative. For the past few months, both community leaders and local high school students have been submitting their solutions to Stockton's problems, including its high drop-out rate, low employment rate and high crime rate. Five projects likely to spark the creation of "Stockton 2.0" will be awarded $500 grants to put toward their ideas and a free ticket to attend TEDxSanJoaquin.  Additionally, 25 high school essay contest winners will be awarded $50 youth leadership grants and are invited to attend the live event.

TEDxSanJoaquin is a public event and all are welcome to attend. Full day tickets are $40 per person for community member and $15 for all students when presenting a valid student ID.  Flexible and VIP ticket options are also available. Tickets may be purchased at the Pacific Box Office (209.946.2UOP).  Registration will begin at 8 am and the event is scheduled from 10:30 am to 6 pm.

The event is being sponsored by the Ron and Marty Cordes FoundationUniversity of the Pacific, the Stockton Convention Center, the Port of StocktonStockton Hilton Hotel, and the Financial Center Credit Union.

To find out more about TEDxSanJoaquin 2012 or view videos of speakers from last year, visit