Written and performed by Gill Sotu, violin by Jamie Shadowlight, harmonium and percussion by Mandi Gee. Special thanks to Enjet Media

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to deepen and evolve, some truths remain constant: we crave connection. We seek community. And each of us has something powerful to offer if we shift our focus to coming together — instead of just getting by.

The global pandemic wrought by coronavirus may have forced us to cancel the TEDxSanDiego Ideas to Action event. But it hasn’t shut us down (more about that below).

And in this time of incredible disruption, the opportunities to connect are still all around us. Join us for the TEDxSanDiego #UsCANDoIt Challenge.

The guidelines are simple:

  1. Create something — short songs, poems, raps, prose, art, take a picture or something as simple as a heartfelt video of you talking — about someone you know who is stepping up and showing up for others as we navigate this crisis.
  2. Post your submission to social media using the hashtags #UsCANDoIt and #TEDxSanDiego.
  3. In your post, nominate (and tag) someone else to create their own unique work and to pay the #UsCANDoIt challenge forward.
  4. Select submissions will be posted at TEDxSanDiego.com/UsCANDoIt
  5. By using the hashtags below, you acknowledge that we have the right to promote and post it without further permission.

#UsCANDoIt #TEDxSanDiego

Sponsored by BOSS Capital Partners.



Literally thousands of TEDx events around the world have been canceled, but the world looks to us for great ideas and content. There have been more than 250 million views of TEDx videos in just the first three months of this year. With that in mind, we’ll continue to develop engaging, topical content in new and more interactive ways. Next up is TEDxSanDiego Circles, intimate gatherings of 10-25 people guided by TED and TEDxSanDiego, and eventually YOU!

Sign up here for TED Circles to be added to the list –

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