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SUBMISSIONS for 2023 are now OPEN


We also have a NON filmed TEDx Salon on Saturday, June 10th.

Our Annual show (Filming) is Saturday, September 9th. 

We book our speakers as we find them, meaning there is no hard submission deadline.
But if you wait too long, we may be fully booked.

OUR NOMINATION FORM lives at the bottom of this page.  


SATURDAY, June 10th 2023
A TEDx SALON is on the topic of

This SALON is more informal, will feature FOUR  speakers, and is NOT being filmed.

An in-depth exploration

Psychedelic Science and Medicine

A TEDxSalon on the surging popularity of psychedelics – and what new medical research on these consciousness-expanding drugs means for all of us.
 Saturday, September 9th 2023

OUR THEME for this FILMED show is:
We will present an inspiring evening of talks on Science, Culture, and the Human Experience.  Talks that will challenge our thinking, spark our imagination and leave attendees with a renewed sense of hope and possibility. Talks will include breakthroughs in research and science, exploring fresh ideas and innovative solutions to some of the most intractable problems.

Feel free to call 415-785-8873 with any questions about our process and what we tend to look for. 

We are always happy to discuss their ideas with (serious-minded) and accomplished presenters.

READ BELOW for what we typically need to see to be considered.

Thank you for being interested.


GUIDELINES:   EVERYTHING YOU COULD EVER WISH TO KNOW about being a speaker for TEDxMarin is right here.

If you have specific questions (not answered below), call the office at 415-785-8873, or email the Executive Producer (Bob Ayres) – Producer @ TEDxMarin DOT Org. 

ONLY COMPLETE and well-developed submissions will be considered.

The actual Nomination form is at the very bottom of this page.

It is common to self-nominate.

We always seek speakers offering new research, big ideas, compelling stories, or fresh perspectives on accelerating real change in the world, wellness, joy, freedom, or purpose. Wow, and genuinely new thinking, stories, and ideas are what we seek.

We feature A-list speakers bringing thought-provoking ideas on broad topics focusing on how we’ll live, cope, work, stay healthy, and thrive in the world to come.

Some of the areas which hold great interest to us for 2023 include
AI (the good and bad), Life Purpose, Psychedelic Science, Human Nature, What we can learn from animals, Work/life balance, Space, Death and dying, How to Retire, Longevity, The BrainHuman trafficking, Creativity, Homelessness, Micro-dosing, Mental health, just to name a few. Don’t worry if your topic is not on this list.



We value diversity. While connecting genuinely with our audience, speakers must be able to convey a big idea or truly new information with passion and authority. We’re looking for speakers doing fantastic work. It would be best if you had something truly important or unique to share or perhaps something which can challenge our audience to think about something important in a new way. Speakers should be able to communicate in a 12-16 min speaking slot.

TEDxMarin is not the venue for the first time/beginning speakersWe seek presenters who can argue for ideas that inspire. BIG ideas! Human stories – talks that will teach, entertain, make people think, make us laugh, cry, or encourage actionWe are proud to bring high-caliber talks to the TEDxMarin community.

REMEMBER– You are sharing ideas, not issues.

What is your big idea?

Ideas often start with “What if” or “What happens when?” What if we used plant cells to grow human skin? What if we fundamentally misunderstand compassion?

Ideas refresh and reframe our perspective. 

Below are three simple tests to apply to your talk. If just one helps frame your concept, you’re probably coming to a solid idea.

Does your talk:

  1. Reframe an existing paradigm? – Sometimes, the world agrees to look at a situation or idea from a similar perspective. What happens when we change that vantage point slightly? What new insights or understanding might we glean from a shift in perspective?
  2. Challenge an existing paradigm? – Does tradition or mindset cause us to accept, unexamined, certain conditions or ideologies? What happens when we refute the status quo? What would happen if the existing paradigm were removed?
  3. Offer a completely new paradigm? – Will your talk reveal a never-before-seen concept, technology, or methodology? Is it a true breakthrough?


These types of talks need to break new ground. If your talk is, in essence, a “motivational talk, ” please explain to us in your submission how EXACTLY you are breaking new ground in your submission. There is a very high bar to clear for us when we consider a motivational talk.

If you have any questions, call us at 415-785-8873.

ALL proposals must include RECENT Video examples of you giving a public talk and a draft script

What we tend to like. Talks that make us FEEL

Generally speaking, Talks that can touch people’s hearts and are aimed at making this world a better, healthier place are far more interesting to our audience.

Any talk that profoundly challenges us to think differently on significant issues or offers unique solutions to life’s or the world’s vexing problems? Or shares breakthrough science… we will be more interested in reviewing.

Only complete submissions can be considered. So please, fully assemble your proposal info for the form below. Because we get many nominations, we cannot answer all requests. You can call our office at 415-785-8873 if you have questions.

Speakers should tell a story or argue for an idea. They may not use the TED stage to sell products or promote themselves, books, webinars, consulting practices, or businesses. Every talk’s content must be original and give credit where appropriate. Speakers cannot plagiarize or impersonate other persons, living or dead.