Living With Intent – Mallika Chopra at TEDxSanDiego 2015

For the individual who often wonders, “What am I meant to be doing in life? What is my purpose? How can I feel happier?,” Mallika Chopra’s talk offers insightful guidance. Mallika is a renowned speaker and author who encourages intent, wellness, balance, and purpose. As the daughter of Deepak Chopra, one of the most influential voices of holistic health in the world, Mallika still relates to the question that we all face – how to lead a fulfilling life.

She acknowledges the stress that our modern lifestyles can lead to as we quickly run from task to task, yet finish the day lacking a sure sense of accomplishment. As a mother, media entrepreneur, and published author, Mallika knows the familiar struggle of desiring to do something important with our lives in the midst of busy and frenzied days.

Mallika provides us with a glimpse into what it’s like growing up as the daughter of a figure who so heavily emphasizes the power of thought on our life outcomes, and shares the three questions that her father urged her to ask herself, along with practicing meditation, in order to find what health, happiness, and purpose meant for her.

These questions help us learn how to live a life of purpose and intent. Mallika explains the difference between deeper intent and task-oriented goals and shares the special conversation she had with Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now, that helped her understand what it means to live with purpose and to be present in the moment. That advice has helped her to feel peaceful, clear, and purposeful in her daily actions.

Mallika Chopra hopes that by sharing how to live with intent, she will help others live happier, healthier, more connected, and more purposeful lives. She aims for a humanity of people who believe that they are enough, and can serve the universe in their own unique way.


Invisible Cities of the Creative Mind – Xiao Xiao at TEDxSanDiego 2014

The mind is a mysterious place, a place where psychologists have only begun to scratch the surface. There are several theories about how the mind works, not molecular but metaphorically. How do we come to understand and perceive the world around us? How are our thoughts and understanding shaped each day?

Xiao Xiao, a TEDxSanDiego speaker this past year, offers a simple theory of her own; a method to help understand how we process information. Her explanation of the complex systems of our thoughts, memories, and behaviors come from a simple concept: the mind is like a network of invisible cities, which are linked together through roads (connections with others) and structures (ideas and thoughts). The explanation is so simple, it’s breathtaking.

Xiao draws you in by delivering charismatic and funny speeches across the nation about her theories of how the structure of the mind shares many similarities with the structure of the computer codes she has dedicated her life to learning and creating.

By combining her passion for music and technology, Xiao has begun to use her background in computer science to create new possibilities for musicians in the future. One project discussed was the possibility to explore the feeling of playing a duet with yourself-20 years in the past.

Xiao is a Chinese-American pianist, programmer, and designer, currently a PhD student in the Tangible Media Group of the MIT Media Lab. Her work in computer science is bridging the gap between psychology and engineering, tying in elements of her love of music and expression.

Psychologists and neuroscientists alike have been attempting to discover the answer to the fundamental question of why we do what we do since the 19th century. But maybe the question should begin to shift from why we do what we do, to how we do what we do.

Xiao begins to answer this question by explaining how she builds cities within her mind. Little factories account for the small, logical processes that occur almost instantaneously, like counting. These small factories begin to build upon each other in a series of connected networks, which serves as a parallel to problem solving with the usage of the basic codes which allow the brain to count, speak, debunk, and more.

As we attempt to use Xiao’s method to construct cities in our own minds to help us understand, remember, and connect, we are left with the question of how we can help each other build those roads and factories she so beautifully drew for the talk.

TEDx Turns Five Years Old in 2014

The first TED Conference was held in Monterey, California in 1984, and in 2014 TED celebrated its 30th birthday. The TEDx concept, on the other hand, wasn’t launched until 2009 when TEDxUSC held the first TEDx event on March 23, 2009.  At the time no one could predict if the idea of hosting locally organized “TED-like” events would take off, but after five years the results are impressive, with over 11,000 events held and over 52,000 talks posted.

TEDx events by the numbers: 2014

  • 2,540 TEDx events happened around the world
  • 1,255 cities hosted one or more TEDx event
  • 137 countries hosted one or more TEDx event

TEDx events by the numbers: All time

  • 11,469 events have happened around the world
  • 2,594 cities around the world have hosted one or more TEDx event
  • 166 countries have hosted one or more TEDx event

Just like the main TED Conference, videos are created for each of the speakers and performers who take the stage at a local TEDx event, and these videos are freely shared around the world on the TEDx YouTube channel.

TEDx Talks by the numbers: 2014

  • 219,267,189 views of talks on the TEDxTalks YouTube channel
  • 15,603 talks added to the TEDxTalks YouTube channel
  • 38 talks featured on

TEDx Talks by the numbers: All time

  • 413,940,638 views of talks on the TEDxTalks YouTube channel
  • 52,480 talks on the TEDxTalks YouTube channel
  • 3,047 talks transcribed by volunteers in TED’s Open Translation Project
  • 6,831 talks translated by volunteers in TED’s Open Translation Project
  • 308 talks featured on

So how has TEDxSanDiego faired in the five years it’s been around?  To date we’ve featured 100 speakers, and their videos have been viewed over 2 million times.  We invite you to join us for TEDxSanDiego 2015, October 17th!