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TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 brings 11 ideas to the stage


November 8, 2017

Dhruvik Parikh, a student at Jackson High School, speaks during TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017, Saturday, Nov. 4, on the Kamiak High School Performing Arts Center stage.

There are 11 new ideas in the Sno-Isle Libraries collection.

On Saturday, Nov. 4, 11 speakers shared themselves, their perspectives and ideas in TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017.

“Welcome to the library,” Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said to attendees at Kamiak High School, nine community sites across Snohomish and Island counties and watching the live video stream and other online viewers around the world.

In this third year of what Woolf-Ivory calls a “library without walls,” the event theme was “Sharing Our Future” and focused on the connections between the individual and the community.

The speakers included two high-school students, Dhruvik Parikh from Jackson High School in Mill Creek, and Sargun Handa, a 16-year-old at Kamiak in Mukilteo. Also taking the stage were CEOs, Tom Sebastian of Compass Health and Kathy Coffey of Leadership Snohomish County.

Nic O’Neill, president of the American Kiteflyers Association, showed how a kite is not only fun, but a lesson on living. Farmer Frog founder Zsofia Pasztor related how gardens at schools can grow food as well as children and communities. “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for,” Pasztor said in her talk. “We are the seeds; we are the gardener.”

Also speaking were Ron Carucci on understanding how to use personal power for personal and community good; Mark Perez, a Cascadia College student about service to others, Bill Bernat on interacting with depression and those dealing with depression; Dottie Metcalf Lindenburger on ways to test life before jumping in and Richard Yonck on why humans should embrace technology as the “greatest ever partnership.”

TEDxSnoIsleLibraries has become a popular and anticipated annual event. This year, in addition to live streaming to community sites and the web, the event offered an interactive opportunity for online questions and comments through

More than 1,000 people watched the event at Kamiak and the community viewing sites. More than 1,400 online viewers came from 18 countries, 29 states and 120 cities. Individual videos of each presentation will be created and posted to the’s YouTube channel. Links will be available at

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a founding partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. “TEDxSnoIsleLibraries makes the best ideas visible to our communities,” said Paul Pitkin, executive director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. “Our Foundation and other partners are delighted to invest in this effort so that audiences can attend free of charge.”


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