2013 Presenters

Wayne White

You're supposed to act all impressed

Wayne White

You're supposed to act all impressed

It's About Humor, Beauty and Courage.

Wayne White is an American artist, art director, illustrator, puppeteer, and much, much more. Wayne has used his memories of the South to create inspired works for film, television, and the fine art world. In 1986, Wayne became a designer for the hit television show Pee-wee’s Playhouse, and his work was awarded with three Emmys.

 

Wayne has also designed sets and characters for shows such as Shining Time StationBeakman’s WorldRiders In The Sky, and Bill & Willis. He has also won Billboard and MTV Music Video Awards as an art director for seminal music videos including The Smashing Pumpkins' 'Tonight, Tonight' and Peter Gabriel's 'Big Time.'

 

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Website: waynewhiteart 

Twitter: @seewaynewhite

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Anne Mahlum

There is no way this will work

Anne Mahlum

There is no way this will work

Entrepreneur, Innovator, Advocate 

Anne M. Mahlum is a social entrepreneur who loves to create and build with purpose. The majority of her focus over the past four years has been on Back on My Feet, a non-profit organization she started in Philadelphia in 2007 that uses the power of running to change the way those experiencing homelessness see themselves so they can make real change in their lives. 

 

Anne regularly speaks at corporate events, academic institutions and conferences. She has presented on leadership, inspiration, the business behind starting a nonprofit, fundraising, social change and of course, the issue of homelessness

 

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Websites:  annemahlum, backonmyfeet

Twitter: @annemahlum

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Chris Pureka

Ft. Sebastian Renfield & Andrea Alseri

Chris Pureka

Ft. Sebastian Renfield & Andrea Alseri

Singer, Songwriter, Poet

Chris is the founder of her own label, Sad Rabbit Records and she has independently sold over 8000 copies of her latest album, How I Learned to See in the Dark. Meanwhile she has been touring the US for the last 10 years, and Europe the last four, performing unadorned, country-inflected folk music at cozy clubs and grand theaters, grassroots festivals and urban block parties.

 

Chris has crisscrossed the globe sharing the stage with such artists as the Lumineers, Dar Williams, Peter Mulvey, The Cave Singers, Martin Sexton and Ani DiFranco.

 

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Website: chrispureka

Facebook: facebook.com/chrispureka

Twitter: @chrispureka

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Jared Ficklin

We were promised flying cars

Jared Ficklin

We were promised flying cars

Inventor, Maker, Designer

Jared is a frog fellow.  He believes experience is key to design and has spent more than a decade finding value for the user in innovative technology and bringing solutions to large organizations.  He favors effective over expensive and form following emotion. 

 

Outside of frog as an activist for public skate parks he has seen users push cities to build the impossible and succeed in creating innovative infrastructure that engages culture and builds community.

 

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Website: frogdesign

Twitter: @jaredrawk

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Phil Hansen

The power of constraints

Phil Hansen

The power of constraints

Creative Extremist  

Phil Hansen is a multimedia artist who works at the intersection of traditional visual art, pointillism, and offbeat techniques. He is most widely known for his meta-art, videos that document the creation process, showing millions that art is action, not just result.

 

As a commercial artist, he has worked on a variety of TV and internet campaigns with clients that include the Grammy's, Skype, Diesel and Arby's. Hansen is the author of Tattoo A Banana, an innovative approach to everyday creativity.

 

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Peter Mulvey

Lyrical astrophysics 

Peter Mulvey

Lyrical astrophysics 

Singer, Songwriter, Provocateur

Peter Mulvey has been a touring singer/songwriter for twenty years, releasing well over a dozen records during that span.  In addition to playing shows from Anchorage to the Hague, from Santa Monica to Belfast, he has kept a hand in various far-flung imaginative pursuits, playing each year in a cave underneath West Virginia for the National Youth Science Camp, and arranging tours every Autumn traveling by bicycle instead of by car.  

 

His most recent record of original material, "Letters from a Flying Machine", weaves song and spoken word together to address mortality, Bach sonatas, the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, baseball, and the thoughts of children on what DNA might mean.

 

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Website: petermulvey

Twitter: @petermulvey43

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Alastair MaCartney

Impossible leaps

Alastair MaCartney

Impossible leaps

Base Jumping Philanthropist

World Champion and World Record Holder Alastair Macartney is a global adventurer that leads a team of human flight specialists that defy conventional wisdom and achieve the unachievable while raising awareness for charity.  

 

From setting a World Record leaping from the KL Tower in Malaysia to leading a 3-man wingsuit human flight formation from the infamous north face of the Eiger in Switzerland his team create the catalyst to inspire and motivate others to push their boundaries while bridging the intersection to support others less fortunate than themselves.

 

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Websites: AlMacartneyJump4Heroes

Twitter: @AlMacartney | @Jump4Heroes

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Kimberly Bryant

Black Girls Code

Kimberly Bryant

Black Girls Code

Activist, Technologist, Coder

Kimberly Bryant founded Black Girls Code to introduce programming and technology to a new generation of coders; coders who will become builders of technological innovation and of their own futures.

 

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Website: blackgirlscode

Twitter: @blackgirlscode

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Steve Ilardi

Brain chemistry lifehacks

Steve Ilardi

Brain chemistry lifehacks

Clinician, Neuroscientist, Writer

Steve Ilardi is a clinical researcher with a passionate interest in improving treatment for mental illness.  Together with his research team, he has developed a novel program for clinical depression based on the premise that humans were not designed for modern life.

 

This treatment program - Therapeutic Lifestyle Change - has proven to be highly promising in preliminary trials, and has already been adopted by clinicians in over a dozen countries.  

 

Steve also does statistical analysis for the NBA (most recently with the Phoenix Suns).

 

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Website: psych.ku.edu/ilardi_stephen

Book: TheDepressionCureBook

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Minddrive

Social Fuel Tour

Minddrive

Social Fuel Tour

Youth. Maker. Culture.

Short Minddrive Documentary: watch

 

MINDDRIVE’S mission is to inspire students to learn, expand their vision of the future, and to have a positive impact on urban workforce development. 

 

MINDDRIVE serves 36 students from the urban core of Kansas City, currently working with over 5 area schools; there are 24 students participating in Automotive Design Studio and 12 in Contemporary Communications. The students choose their course and also are given the freedom to align with the particular aspect of the project that gets them the most jazzed. Mentors play a huge role in finding what that spark is for each student, then figuring out a way to inspire them in that direction.

 

The program is funded through the national sponsorships of Bridgestone, Hertz Corporation, SONIC®, America's Drive-In®, KCP&L, American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation (ASME), Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Kansas City, and VML, as well as through local foundations and individual contributors.

Website: Minddrive

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Mike Lundgren

TEDxKC Host

Mike Lundgren

TEDxKC Host

Founder, Curator, Host

As a member of the TED community, Mike Lundgren jumped at the opportunity to secure one of the first TEDx local licenses in 2009 to stage an event in metropolitan Kansas City.

 

Since then, Mike and a dedicated group of event planners, volunteers and sponsors have presented a variety of major TED programming, including TEDxChange, TEDWomen, TEDxLive and the TEDxKC programs in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

 

Website: VML

Twitter: @mglundgren

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Frank Jurden

TEDxKC Co-host

Frank Jurden

TEDxKC Co-host

Simulcast Host, Co-organizer

Longtime TEDster and TEDxKC co-organizer  Frank Jurden is one of the forces behind TEDxKC and your simulcast host for TEDxKC 2013: Defy Impossible.

 

Website: VML

Twitter: @fjurden

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What would you attempt to do

 if you knew you could not fail?

—Regina Dugan, TED 2012

The opposite of poverty is not wealth.

In too many places, the opposite of poverty is justice.

—Bryan Stevenson, TED 2012

Our social problems are gigantic in scale,

our organizations are tiny up against them, and we have beliefs that keep them tiny.

—Dan Pallotta, TED 2013


Get Involved TEDxKC events
August 9, 2014Kauffman Center for the Performing ArtsTicket on-sale date to be announced
TEDxKC 2014Changing The Narrative

Past Events

2012 the long view
2011 ...if only only if...
2010 what the world needs now
2009 breakdown breakthrough

Partners

TEDxKC is made possible by these progressive organizations in Kansas City.

Organizers

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Mike Lundgren Founder, Curator Frank Jurden Co-Organizer John Mulvihill Co-Organizer Kathryn Orlowski Co-Organizer Deb Sull Volunteer Coordinator


About TED

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TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.

 

At a TED conference, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Three major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Vancouver, Canada, simultaneous with TEDActive, in Whistler, BC; and the TEDGlobal Conference takes place each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

 

On TED.com, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide into more than 90 languages. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites. Find out more at: www.TED.com

About TEDx

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In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, selforganized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

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