Nov 5, 2014

FVCC and Flathead High School to Host 2nd Annual Best of TED Fest

Flathead Valley Community College’s Entrepreneurship Center and Flathead High School’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme announce the 2nd Annual Best of TED Fest Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. in FVCC’s Arts and Technology Building. This free event is open to the public and will feature exceptional TED Talks and an opportunity for community dialogue.


TED, a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. TED originally started as a four-day conference in California in 1984 and has grown to support world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading entrepreneurial thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in generally18 minutes or less. Talks are then made available to the public for free at


“The men and women who are invited to stand on the red circle and deliver a TED Talk are entrepreneurs,” said FVCC Entrepreneurship Coordinator Jill Seigmund. “Whether they are artists, chemists, engineers or teachers, they are looking for ways to solve other people’s problems, which is exactly what entrepreneurship is all about.”

The theme of this year’s Best of TED Fest focuses on selective awareness, i.e., what humans choose to see and not to see. One of the featured Talks, “The Dangers of ‘Willful Blindness,’” highlights the travesty that befell residents of Libby as a result of decades of asbestos poisoning from the local vermiculite mine.


In addition to viewing the featured TED Talks, attendees will have a chance to exchange ideas with others in small group discussions.


“TED Talks are provocative, and this Best of TED Fest creates an opportunity to discuss important ideas with an intergenerational community group,” said Flathead High School IB Coordinator Kelli Higgins.  “I’m sure participants will leave energized and enthusiastic about further opportunities for TED-inspired dialogue.”


For more information about the Best of TED Fest, contact FVCC Entrepreneurship Coordinator Jill Seigmund at 756-3834 or