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We’re thrilled to announce the 2011 TEDxColumbus line up.  After many months of nominations, interviews, conversations and research, the list is complete.

“The heart-and-soul of a TEDx event is the passion, talent, data, perspective and determination that comes through in every talk.  This year at TEDxColumbus the speakers and performers will offer a delicate balance of primary research, unbelievable life journeys, fascinating analyses and overall, really big ideas that will stretch every mind in the room.” said Ruth Milligan, Event Curator. “Everyone is assured to walk away with their own personal time capsule of experience and knowledge.”

In alphabetical order, those who will present include:

Alex Bandar– Visionary, Metallurgist, Connector
For a guy that doesn’t sleep much, Alex has an amazingly coherent vision for the world. Concerned with the death of “shop,” his vision for bringing a “maker” experience to the students in Columbus is only one part of his story. He’ll share how that vision is informed by his morning, noon and night passion (yes, different than his day job), where he’s quietly built one of the most dynamic collaboratives of engineers, artists and tinkerers in the region.

Mark Berman– Naturalist, Educator, Entomologist
Who cares about the bug?  Mark does.  And thinks you should too.  He’ll bring a unique lens to the two, four or ten legged creatures that in his opinion, can bring you perspective and maybe in return, a little respect.

David Burns– Innovator, Antagonist, Educator, Father
The pathway that David took to being a pioneer in the STEM/ 21st Century Learning Movement is a fascinating journey.  But what this leader knows about education makes him question: is education system viable anymore? He’ll uncover his own trepidation on this topic, fueled both by the irrelevant standards he faces in his daily work but also by the challenges of his three teenaged, college-contemplating children and how this impacts them.

Mike Figliuolo – Traveler, Teacher, Entrepreneur
While travel creates great stress and anxiety for many, some find it an amazing set of moments that illustrate the human condition.  Today Mike will share a different angle on his journeys and the interesting places they have taken him – and now, all of us.

Theresa Flores– Warrior, Vigilante, Advocate
Theresa’s passionate advocacy for one of the most vulnerable segments of our society is inspired by her own horrifying experience.  As she introduces you to a world far beyond your mind’s reach, she’ll show it can really be found next door.  And how one answer to it all might be found in a tiny bar of soap.

Jamie Greene– Planner, Architect, Collaborator
As our city has a moment in time as it turns 200 next year, Jamie will help guide hundreds of initiatives, events, promotions, exhibits, books and more into a year-long, collective commemoration.  But at the heart of it all, we’re curious, why does it matter?  In a brief reflection, Jamie will bring clarity to this question and inspire us to join in the movement.

Denny Griffith– Artist, Administrator, Visionary
Most creative individuals end up with more than one persona in life.  How do they support, conflict and interact with each other?  Denny will reveal his vulnerable insights from years searching for the balance between his public and private personas.

Claudia Kirsch– Radiologist, Artist, Pioneer
Claudia spends her life looking for hitchhikers, the kind that take ‘free rides’ along your nerves carrying cancer. Through her blend of science and a little art, she’s redefining how radiologists look at the most congested traffic site in our bodies: the head and neck. Her discoveries will inspire and may someday even save your life.

Maryanna Klatt–  Researcher, Yogi, Teacher
The impact of chronic stress on our health, productivity, and overall wellbeing can be catastrophic.  But how do you reduce it without adding one more thing to your life? Maryanna will reveal from her significant research initiatives that learning stress reduction techniques within the very ecosystem where we spend our days may be the most viable solution.

Dirk Knemeyer– Provocateur, Entrepreneur, Thinker
Dirk argues humanity took a wrong turn, but is getting close to finding its way again. After centuries of industrial production in inhuman ways and scales we now have the opportunity to turn our substantial capacity for remaking the world toward the most promising and unexplored of frontiers: ourselves. Dirk challenges us to view the future through the lens of the self.

Randy Nelson – Professor, Neuroscientist, Researcher
Dr. Nelson has a deep curiosity about the dark side of light at night.  His research will reveal that our passion for electrification has more complex consequences than can meet the sleeping eye.

Bart Overly–  Futurist, Architect, Thinker
As our population rapidly ages and lives much longer, how so might the habitats we have constructed for our comforts adapt to this change?  A global review of attitudes towards this longevity crisis (or opportunity) might enlighten design and development’s reaction towards it.  As a student of architecture, Bart will share his perspectives on this ever dynamic and somewhat troubling dilemma.

Janet Parrott– Filmmaker, Storyteller, Professor
The exploration of hospice was not one that Janet had planned to take, but found herself in South Africa doing just that.  As a filmmaker, Janet was equipped with tools to tell the story of a very different approach to what we embrace in America as hospice, but challenged by the pathway that took her there, having lost many personal friends to HIV/AIDS herself.  Janet will reveal the struggle that ensues when the creator becomes a part of the creation.

The Salty Caramels– Musical gumbo
With a suitcase bass drum, cast-iron skillet, heavy-gage chain and a musical saw as ingredients in their “musical gumbo”, you’d expect for the Salty Caramels to stand out, and that’s exactly what they do.

Adam Smith– Multi-Instrumentalist, Composer
His passion for fusing his Film and TV music experience, jazz idioms, art installations and free-improvised directions creates an extremely unique landscape for the adventurous musician and listener.

Rose SmithPoet
One of our many shared ‘moments’ at TEDxColumbus, Rose will delight us with her provocative poetry and engaging delivery. 

Trent Tipple – Survivor, Father, Scientist
In a touching reflection on the fragility of our existence, Trent will question our ability to truly appreciate what life has offered. He should know, he’s faced his own mortality three times.  And fortunately for his family, his patients and the world, he’s here to openly share that appreciation of his own.

Susan Willeke – Ethicist, Teacher, Steward
We’re told to keep an open mind, so why would Susan argue that we need some bias in our lives?  As an ethics trainer, she will compel you to recognize why your bias is helpful in keeping some societal order, but on occasion, how it drags us into some of our most regrettable mistakes.

 

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Thanks to a few generous sponsors who can’t use all of their TEDxColumbus tickets, we have now opened up a student scholarship lottery for seats TEDxColumbus on 11.11.11 at COSI.

If you are a student and cannot afford to attend but would like to, please register for the lottery here. Only students who can produce a student ID the day of the event will be eligible.

We will announce the winners on November 7th when every applicant will receive an email notifying them of the winners.

If you would like to help offset costs for students to attend, we welcome donations to the TEDx fund through this link

Thanks to all for your support!

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Tis the season to coordinate the curation of the third TEDxColumbus event.  We’ve been overhwelmed with speaker nominations, much to our delight.

We thought we’d share the main factors in how we sort, debate and choose the speakers as we head into the final inning of this process.

1. Chosen speakers generally fall into one of 3 categories:

     A. Primary researcher or original artist/author

     B. Primary observer of other people’s data from a unique lens

     C. Primary experiencer (our word) of a once in a lifetime event

2. Topics and ideas they speak on can be widely varying against our theme, but we aim for:

     A. Big and mind-bending

     B. Provocative and emotional

     C. Story/anecdote rich

3. Nominations not considered are:

     A. Anything remotely self promotional

     B. Policy talks – they are usually important but dry and often politically charged.

     C. Riffs – ie one sided, research-lacking, opinionated rants.

     D. Leadership and motivational talks

     E. Speakers who do not have an intrinsic tie to Columbus

 

Once we have vetted through if a speaker and topic are a potential fit, we look at the entire list altogether. This allows us to achieve balance in narrative style, native / foreign speakers, topic, gender and ethnic diversity.  This is the tough part of the process as we always end up leaving a good speaker or idea behind.  But the audience (you), would not appreciate only talks on education, or only talks by people who have overcome a life-threatening, heart-tugging obstacle.  The beauty of a live TEDx event is the connectivity one finds between diverse topics.

We don’t have an exact statistic on how long speakers take to prepare, but our rule of thumb is at least one hour per minute of presentation, particularly if it is a new talk (even on an old idea).  The first year we had one speaker leave town from his family for 3 days to work on his 12 minute talk. Let’s say it’s a notable commitment.

But the payoff if significant. Speakers know the audience is seeking new ideas and has a wide-open mind, the shared experience with the other speakers is quite amazing, and last but not least, the value of having a TEDx video online is a fairly huge perk.

We welcome your questions and suggestions as we continue to refine and improve our process. But we ask that you only give feedback if you have attended a live TEDx event.  Watching individual talks online is not an adequate judge of the wholistic experience we work to achieve for our audience every fall.

 

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Speaker nominations are now closed! We have received a wonderful list of potential presenters for this year’s event. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to nominate someone.

Now, it is the difficult job of our selection committee to gather and comb through the list and narrow down the prospects into an unparalleled mix of speakers that will create a unique “Moment in Time” on 11.11.11.

Keep checking back for more information on “A Moment in Time” and other TEDxColumbus events.

 

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We have decided to extend our speaker nominations through Friday, August 12! This allows all of you one more week to get your nominations in. We want to make sure we have a strong pool of talented speakers and performers from a variety of fields to choose from, so please keep the nominations coming!

We are working closely with our host, COSI, to create a memorable day of mind-bending talks and experiences that will be a moment in time you will never forget!

Keep checking back for the latest information about “A Moment in Time” on 11.11.11.

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We are still accepting speaker nominations for our “A Moment in Time” event on 11.11.11. Nominations are open through the end of next week (August 5). If you know anyone with an idea worth spreading, please let us know.

To view past speakers, click here.

We’ve got a riveting mix coming together with lots of surprises to create “A Moment in Time” you will never forget!

 

 

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