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RALEIGH, N.C. – Technology, Entertainment, Design, a growing movement focused on entrepreneurship and the spreading of ideas that is better known as TED, is coming to the Capital City on Saturday.

TED’s mantra is “Ideas Worth Spreading.” 

TEDx, which is a regionalized version of TED, is set for Saturday at the Lincoln Theatre downtown. Organizers are expecting well over 200 people.

The event begins at 9 a.m. and lasts through the day. 

Ryan Allis, co-founder and chief executive officer of email marketing firm iContact and one of the best-known young entrepreneurs in the Triangle, is among the speakers. He’s also an outspoken advocate of sustainability and is a strong supporter of the Nourish organization.

TED is not just about venture capital or deal making or starting new companies. Sustainability and changing the way people work will be discussed.

“Building a Better World”

For example, Allis plans to talk about “Building a Better World.” Others will talk about doing more with less and changing the traditional office.

Allis, in previewing his talk, pointed out:

“I am a 27 year-old technology entrepreneur and social entrepreneur. I co-founded and am fortunate enough to lead an amazing company called iContact. We help small and mid-sized businesses succeed online. We’ve grown a lot in the past few years and now have about 300 employees.

“I’m passionate about using technology and entrepreneurship as tools to change the world. I grew up in Bradenton, Florida as the son of an Episcopal Priest from Pennsylvania and a social worker from England. I’m an angel investor in companies in the U.S. and East Africa via the Humanity Fund, an author of a book called Zero to One Million, and work as Chairman of the non-profit

“I believe that you can achieve anything you set your mind to. I live to inspire others to reach their full potential and create positive change in the world.”

Beyond just speakers, the event will include several small group discussions which TED considers essential to the spreading of ideas. The local organizers will try to distill into one day the outcome of the four-day international TED events that TED describes as “the ultimate brain spa.” Bill Gates and former President Clinton have been supporters of TED, which dates back to 1984.

If you have ideas you believe are worth spreading or want to hear what others have to say, check out the event details here.

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