The nonprofit TED, which promotes what it calls “ideas worth spreading,” is hosting one of its local conferences in Tempe on Sept. 8. The TEDxTempe 2011 has a theme focusing on jobs, careers and hard labor. The speakers include Jennifer Vollman of New Global Citizens, which encourages critical thinking about the world’s problems and works toward change. Other speakers are rap artist Trace Richards, trainer Phil del Real and Brett Farmiloe, who focuses on the topic of working.
The national TED events have includes speakers such as Microsoft’s Bill Gates and former Vice President Al Gore. TEDxTempe is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8. The event is free, but registration is required at www.tedxtempe.com as seats are limited. The event will take place at the Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave.