About TEDxPaonia


Paonia started as a farming and mining community during the late 1800s. In the 1960s, hippies, artists, and other creative showed up, eventually making the town known amongst certain groups for its free thinkers and Rainbow Gatherings. Due its growing agritourism, Paonia has been dubbed as Colorado’s “farm-to-table capital”.

Today, Paonia is attracting digital nomads, millenials, environmentalists, more artists, and people who embrace clean living.

The interaction between all of these interests makes Paonia an interesting place to exist:

  • We are vocal.
  • We are activists.
  • We are fifth-generation conservatives and rainblow-flag flying liberals, all co-existing together in this enclave of a mere 1,500 citizens.
  • We are located in one of the poorest counties in the state, yet we produce much of Colorado’s agricultural and energy bounty.

The TEDxPaonia team looks forward to sharing more about Paonia and the North Fork Valley with you over the coming months as we select speakers and plan the event.

Our theme: Pushing Through the Pavement.

Our mission: Paonia as a thought hub that ignites creativity, curiosity, and connection.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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