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TEDxSanJoaquin took place on October 10, 2012 at Fayes Spanos Concert Hall

Just the right amount of wrong: We live in a complex world. In order to realize genuine social change and innovation we must challenge ourselves to think critically
but also differently with "Just the Right Amount of Wrong."


TEDxSanJoaquin is a public event and all are welcome to attend. Tickets will be available for purchase at the University of the Pacific Box Office. Registration will begin at 8 am and the event is scheduled to take place from 10:30 am to 6 pm. Further details will be available September 2012.

For more information, view the trailer for TEDxSanJoaquin 2012 by clicking the image on the left. Please select HD for optimal viewing

About the University of the Pacific

University of the Pacific is a private university in Stockton, CA, USA. Pacific is the oldest chartered university in California. In addition to a liberal arts college and schools of education, engineering, business, international studies and music, there are three professional schools: the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, and the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences on the main campus in Stockton. Pacific is ranked among the top 100 national universities in the United States according to U.S. News & World Report, with its school of law similarly ranked among law schools.

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TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Starting as a four-day conference in California in 1984, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak about an idea worth sharing. Their talks are then made available for all at and YouTube.

TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Sir Richard Branson, Isabel Allende, Malcom Gladwell, Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala, Jane Goodall, Philippe Starck and Gordon Brown. TED’s media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit


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.) Visit for more information.

In the spirit and tradition of TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), the second annual TEDxSanJoaquin—a one-day localized celebration of innovation and ideas—will take place at University of the Pacific on October 10, 2012 in the renowned Faye Spanos Concert Hall.

This year’s TEDxSanJoaquin is themed “Just the Right Amount of Wrong,” highlighting innovative ideas, visionary leadership, and unique artists who continually challenge the status quo. TEDxSanJoaquin 2012 will feature speakers who offer a fresh perspective and address current issues within our community, country, and the world. We live in a complex world, and in order to realize genuine social change and innovation, we must challenge ourselves to think critically but also differently—“Just the Right Amount of Wrong.”

TEDxSanJoaquin celebrates those achievements with a view towards the significant challenges facing our nation as well as the world. By infusing the world renowned TED platform with the energy and spirit of brilliant Pacific students, alumni and staff, corporate and nonprofit community activists, and innovative leaders around the world, TEDxSanJoaquin will foster a continued generation of catalyzing ideas, bold innovation, sustainable solutions, and hope for the future

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The City 2.0

The City 2.0: Stockton is an initiative that works in conjunction with TEDxSanJoaquin, an independently organized event licensed by TED. TEDxSanJoaquin is themed “Just the Right Amount of Wrong,” intended to challenge us to disrupt the status quo and create innovative and sustainable solutions that positively impact our community, region, and the world.

Through TEDxSanJoaquin we hope to create an integrative force that allows local citizens to connect and participate in the creation of our unique City 2.0. If we wish to be successful in transforming the city, the Stockton community, activists, and leaders must examine the status quo with a fresh perspective in search of innovative economic and social improvement initiatives.

Rather than fix the symptoms, The City 2.0: Stockton seeks to be a part of the solution by tackling the root of the problem through a proven successful tool: civic engagement. Together, we can enable the Stockton population, widely representative of many ethnicities, genders, religions, age groups, and economic backgrounds, to recognize and achieve their full potential to transform a strained city into one filled with progress and hope.

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When and where is TEDxSanJoaquin taking place?

TEDxSanJoaquin will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 in the Faye Spanos Concert Hall at the University of the Pacific.

Faye Spanos Concert Hall
Univeristy of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Ave.
Stockton, CA 95211

How much is parking?

Event parking is free. Please park in the designated visitor’s parking areas and pick up your University of the Pacific visitor’s parking pass in Burns Tower. We highly encourage you to carpool with your friends, family and colleagues to the event.

What time does the show start?

The event begins with breakfast and registration at 8:00 AM, and doors open to Faye Spanos Concert Hall at 10:00 AM for the prompt show start time of 10:30 AM. The program will end at 6 PM with an after party for all attendees at The AVE on the Miracle Mile.

Do I have to stay all day?

You do not have to stay all day, although we highly recommend that you do. Should you want to attend for just a few hours please purchase a Flex Ticket for $10. This ticket will give you in and out privileges to just the show by session.

What time and where are registration taking place?

Registration begins at 8 AM on October 10th on the lawn next to the Faye Spanos Concert Hall. Please arrive early, as registration will end at 10 AM sharp.

Being early has its perks! Take advantage of the espresso bar, massage lounge, exhibits and photo booth in the social space before the show begins. Be one of the first 100 guests to arrive to receive a cool gift as well!

Who’s speaking?

Fourteen visionary leaders will give the talk of their lives at TEDxSanJoaquin. See their photos and bios online under the Speakers tab.

Norman Perez
Michael Tubbs
Dan Cort
Dari Sylvester
Ramesh Srinivasan
Matt Friedman
Madame Ninh
Annie Griffiths
Mustafa Babak
Deborah Alvarez Rodriguez
Cheryl Kilodavis
Joel Herche
AmyJo Mattheis
Simon Rowe

What is the social space and how do I gain access to it?

All ticket holders (with exception of flex pass holders) will have access to the Social Space, which includes gourmet cuisine (breakfast and lunch), massage lounges, espresso bars, health & fitness activities, photo booths, engaging exhibits and much more.

How much are tickets?

$100 – VIP Ticket: reserved seating, full access to show and Social Space, TEDxSanJoaquin Gift Bag and After Party

$40 Full Day Ticket - General Admission: full access to show and social space, and After Party

$15 Full Day Ticket - Student (Any Student with Valid Student ID): full access to show and social space, and After Party

$10 Flex Pass: Balcony seating, in and out privilege to show only (no Social Space access) and After Party

Where do I buy tickets?

Tickets may be purchased in-person at the Pacific Box Office (located on the side of the Long Theater facing the parking lot) or online at under the Attend tab.

What’s the dress code?

Smart casual.

Where’s the After Party?

The After Party will take place at The Ave on the Miracle Mile beginning at 6:30 PM.

2333 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95204, United States
(209) 462-5283

TEDxSanJoaquin attendees will enjoy an extended happy hour until 9 PM, appetizers and a live DJ when presenting a TEDxSanJoaquin credential (name badge or wristband).

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TEDxSanJoaquin 2011

TEDxSanJoaquin 2011 attracted 1,000+ participants that included students, community members, and world renowned thinkers, who convened at our live and online events to further our conversation around “Revolutionary Ideas.

Click a speaker to view their talk from last year's event.

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