Every year, we pick an overarching theme that rings true in our time and highlights our region. It’s awesome to think locally but this year we wanted to go one step further and contemplate globally. To make our event a symbol of our entire planet. Something bigger. Something bold. With Lake Tahoe’s shore being located at an elevation of 6,229 feet above sea level and our push to dream on a grander scale, we couldn’t think of a better theme for this year’s event than “Elevating Humanity.” A perfect combination of location AND vision.

What Does Elevating Humanity Mean?


TEDx South Lake Tahoe is a vehicle for uplifting your spirits and sparking you to do something big. These aren’t just presentations. They are talks that showcase the best of what humanity has to offer. After you’ve gotten the basic human needs like food, water, and shelter covered, the fundamental universal truth is that people aspire to do more. They want more meaning and purpose in their lives. They want to be part of something bigger than them and nothing is bigger than helping elevate humanity.

Conscious Capitalism

In the business world, a great example of an attempt to elevate humanity is conscious capitalism. It's the idea that business isn’t there just to make profits but rather focus on the universal truth. The truth to support the integration of personal, social, and global wellness as a business decision framework. There are numerous corporations that follow this mantra like TOMS® who gives away a pair of shoes for each pair it sells. Another great example is The Body Shop®. Not only do they have a philanthropic foundation, but they've helped their suppliers in remote locations and third world countries form business cooperatives to help protect their communities and earn a more sustainable living.

No matter where you stand on conscious capitalism, we can all agree on one thing: we want to make this little world a bit better than before we arrived. Come and join us on October 19th and get inspired!