Social Venture Institute participants take the stage at TEDx Vancouver

On October 21, TEDx Vancouver brought together 2,300 people for a day of ideas worth spreading.  The Social Venture Institute community was well-represented, with SVI participants Joel Solomon, John Izzo, Mark Brand and John Bromley each taking the stage to deliver the talks of their lives.  

Please read on to hear what Vancouver is Awesome had to say about the event:  


The TEDx Vancouver Effect 
Jenn Perutka, Vancouver is Awesome
October 23, 2012



It really is impossible to sum up the entire eight hour day at TEDxVancouver. Held this past Saturday, the event took place at the Orpheum Theatre to a sold out crowd of 2,300 people, making it the largest TEDX event in history! Those in attendance had the honour of listening to some of the most inspirational and thought-provoking speakers and I walked away feeling recharged and inspired to seize the day.  While all the speakers left an impression on me, there were a few whose words I’m still carrying around with me. Here are a few tidbits from those speakers: 


Joel Solomon – Social Venture Investor

Lucky for Bob, he’s already had the opportunity to meet with Joel Solomon during one of his 50 Coffees. This however, was my first time in his presence and I guess I wasn’t the only one really moved after his speech seeing as he received the day’s first standing ovation. Soloman delivered an inspirational speech about mortality and ethical capitalism. A few words that stuck with me:

“We are all living on borrowed time, borrowed land, borrowed past, and most of all a borrowed future.”

“No matter how much or how little money we have, what we do with it is an expression of ourselves.”

“Money needs to be as good and as clean as it can be so that people and communities can thrive.”

Solomon also quickly mentioned the importance of registering to be an organ donor, which you may do so here.