Karon Wright is the President and Co-founder of The Greater Contribution. Together with thousands of like-minded groups around the planet, The Greater Contribution is committed to ending poverty and building a better world, based on compassion in action and using micro loans that give a hand up, not a hand out and allow poor women and their families to work their way out of poverty.? ? Founding The Greater Contribution in 2006, Karon and her colleagues were motivated by a desire to make a greater contribution to give back and make a difference in the world.? The Greater Contribution is dedicated to not only raising funds to fight poverty but also to raising awareness of the issues around poverty and providing an avenue for others who are looking for a way to make a greater contribution.? ? The first-ever TEDxConejo Conference, a one-day locally organized gathering of renowned thinkers and doers produced in association with the Conejo Valley Unified School District, brought a diverse line-up of speakers to the Scherr Forum at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center on March 27, 2010. The conference is built on the model and under license from the TED Conference, an annual gathering of some of the worlds most fascinating and influential people. This local edition, brings together some of the leading minds in the area to share ideas, insight and discussion. The program features talks, ranging in length from 3 to 18 minutes, and conversation breaks where audience members and speakers have the opportunity to talk and exchange ideas. In addition to the internationally recognized presenters, the organizers have identified several outstanding area students who will speak or perform. The daylong program was organized around the theme, Whats The Big Idea, and is divided into three sessions: Thinking, Doing, and Seeing. Topics covered included the neuroscience of beliefs, innovations and discoveries in medicine and healthcare, the principles of meaningful enterprise, new ideas in education, effective communication, computer science and art, microfinance, psychology, human perception and music. 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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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)
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