2014 Schedule

 

TEDxKC 2014 Schedule

 

  • 4:30 p.m.  Kauffman Center doors open/participant gifts bags distributed
  • 5:00 p.m.  Helzberg Hall & Muriel Kauffman Theatre doors open (tickets allocated as General Admission by section)
  • 5:30 p.m.  TEDxKC begins
  • 7/7:30-ish  Separate intermissions for Helzberg Hall and Muriel Kauffman Theatre
  • 9:00 p.m.  TEDxKC concludes
  • 9-11 p.m.  Act III After-Party for Kauffman Center attendees

2014 Presenters

Don Bacigalupi 

State of the Art

Don Bacigalupi 

State of the Art

State of the Art

Curator, Executive Director
Don Bacigalupi, Ph.D., has more than 20 years of comprehensive experience in museum management. Dr. Bacigalupi joined Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art as executive director in 2009, responsible for the planning, organization, construction and inauguration of the museum. Since its opening in November 2011, he has overseen the key areas of professional staffing, governance, collections, exhibitions and education programs. In early 2013, Dr. Bacigalupi was promoted to the newly created office of museum president and board member, charged with advancing the museum’s national and global special initiatives.

 

Website:  http://crystalbridges.org

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Diana Kander

Our Approach to Innovation Is Dead Wrong 

Diana Kander

Our Approach to Innovation Is Dead Wrong 

Our Approach to Innovation Is Dead Wrong 

Author, Entrepreneur, Senior Fellow
Diana Kander entered America as an eight-year old refugee of the Soviet Union. By the time she was an American citizen, she had perfected her skills as a capitalist – selling flea market goods to grade school classmates at a markup.

 

Today, Kander is a successful entrepreneur, having founded and sold a number of ventures, and is a senior fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest nonprofit in the world dedicated to entrepreneurship and education. A sought-out public speaker and consultant, Kander has advised startup founders and Fortune 500 executives on her methodology for launching customer-focused products and services. She is the author of New York Times bestseller “All In Startup,” a business novel published by Wiley in 2014. The book is a "page turner" that helps entrepreneurs build products and services they know customers will buy.

 

Website: http://www.dianakander.com

Twitter: @dianakander

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Kawehi

Performance

Kawehi

Performance

Performance

Singer, Songwriter, Robot Enthusiast
With a voice uniquely her own, Hawaiian singer-songwriter Kawehi draws you in with her catchy hooks and honest lyric. Manned by a guitar, KoAloha ukulele and Boss RC-300 looping station, she's known across the nation as a "one-man band," creating intricate loops via beatboxing and creative guitar/ukulele usage. Since taking a giant leap to Lawrence, Kansas from her home in Hawaii, she has been featured in Music Connection magazine's "Hot 100 Unsigned Artists & Bands" in 2011. Kawehi is also known across the web as "The Kickstarter Darling," raising funds for three EPs through crowdfunding alone.

 

Now with more than 300 shows nationally under her belt, Kawehi is making a name for herself as a true DIY artist, creating music that is both tangible and relative ­­– and generating much-deserved attention from both fans and industry folk alike.

 

Website: http://kawehi.com

Twitter: @iamkawehi

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Michel Laberge 

Nuclear Fusion Within Reach

Michel Laberge 

Nuclear Fusion Within Reach

Nuclear Fusion Within Reach

Plasma Physicist
Michel Laberge is a renowned plasma physicist and a pioneer in the research and development of fusion energy. In 2002, he founded General Fusion, which has raised $50 million and currently employs 65 people in Vancouver. The company is viewed as a leader in the pursuit of commercial fusion energy. Dr. Laberge has deep experience in electronics, computers, materials, lithography, optics and fabrication. In his work with General Fusion, he has acquired practical experience in plasma physics and with all modern plasma diagnostic techniques.

 

Since 2002 Dr. Laberge has been working on the General Fusion project. He has written numerous scientific papers, has been awarded 10 patents, and has nine more pending.

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Alix Lambert

The Bully in the System

Alix Lambert

The Bully in the System

The Bully in the System

Writer, Filmmaker, Producer
Alix Lambert's feature length documentary “The Mark of Cain” was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, received an honorable mention from the French Association of Journalism, and aired on “Nightline.” She went on to produce additional segments of “Nightline” as well as seven segments for the PBS series “LIFE 360.” She has directed and produced two other feature length documentaries, “Bayou Blue” (made in collaboration with David McMahon) and “Mentor.” She has directed numerous shorts and music videos including “You as You Were” for the band Shearwater (Sub Pop) and “Tiffany” (POV).

 

Lambert has written for a number of magazines including Stop Smiling, ArtForum, The LA Weekly, and Filmmaker Magazine, and is an editor at large for the literary journal Open City. She is also an author and director and is currently producing a segment for “This American Life.”

 

Website: http://pinkghettoproductions.com

Twitter: @lixilamb

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Lawrence Lessig

Changing the Political Narrative

Lawrence Lessig

Changing the Political Narrative

Changing the Political Narrative

Activist, Philosopher, Author
Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Prior to rejoining the Harvard faculty, Lessig was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago. He also clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.

 

Lessig spent a decade arguing for sensible intellectual property law updated for the digital age. He was a founding board member of Creative Commons, an organization that builds better copyright practices through principles established first by the open-source software community

 

Website: http://www.lessig.org

Twitter: @lessig

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Robert Litan

An Economist Walks Into a Bar

Robert Litan

An Economist Walks Into a Bar

An Economist Walks Into a Bar

Economist, Author, Sr. Fellow
As an economist and attorney, Litan has had nearly four decades of experience in the worlds of the law, economic research and policy, and as an executive in the private, public and government sectors. He has directed economic research at three major organizations – The Brookings Institution, The Kauffman Foundation and Bloomberg Government – and authored or co-authored 27 books on a variety of economic topics. His most recent book, “The Trillion Dollar Economists,” will be published by Wiley Press this September.

 

Litan currently is a non-resident senior fellow at Brookings; counsel to Korein Tillery, a law firm based in St. Louis and Chicago specializing in large case litigation; chief economist at Main Street Genome, a D.C.-based startup providing financial analytics to small businesses; and a regular contributor to the Think Tank blog published by The Wall Street Journal.

 

Twitter: @BobLitan

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Making Movies

Performance

Making Movies

Performance

Performance

Musicians
Making Movies makes music built upon a heavy foundation of Afro-Latino rhythms.

 

Taking cues from Latin American folklore, the band's sound swings intensely, at times sounding like Compay Segundo being played by Jimi Hendrix and at other times like The Talking Heads digging deep into a dembow. When Felix Contreras at NPR described the title track “Deriva”, he stated "...the young band Making Movies (and its producer, Steve Berlin of Los Lobos) shows us how deeply thought-out lyrics sound next to a rhythm track that somehow both propels and floats without violating the laws of physics."

 

Movies are socially active both inside and outside of the band. In 2012, they established M.U.S.I.C.A., a summer music camp in Kansas City for low-income students from immigrant families. Partnering with local nonprofit the Mattie Rhodes Center, in July 2013 the band completed a successful second year of the music camp.

 

Website: http://mkngmvs.com

Twitter: @mkngmvs

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Jenny O’Brien 

Single Digit Transportation Solution

Jenny O’Brien 

Single Digit Transportation Solution

Single Digit Transportation Solution

Transportation Activist
Jenny O’Brien has worn a lot of hats: teacher, mother, potter, pickle maker and Airbnb glamping host. Whatever the job, you can be sure it’s not what everyone else is doing. In 1996 she built from scratch a design business creating fundraising jewelry for court-Appointed special advocates programs.

 

Her work raised money and awareness for abused and neglected children from Alaska to Florida. In 2012, frustrated with the lack of transportation options in her community, O'Brien put on her transportation activist hat and stepped entirely off the beaten path. Now, she and her teammates at Carma are crafting an entirely new way of getting from here to there — together.

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Gracie Schram 

Performance

Gracie Schram 

Performance

Performance

Singer, Songwriter
At only 15 years old, Gracie Schram already possesses all the songwriting brilliance and vocal prowess needed to earn fast fans among critics and casual listeners alike. Schram’s albumI Am Me” marks her first time working with a full-fledged producer, but, surprisingly, it’s not her first album. At the age of 10, she recorded and self- released a six-song CD to benefit underprivileged children in Haiti and Africa. The impressively polished “Showers from God” went on to raise more than $30,000 for The Global Orphan Project, and the follow-up seven-song release, “Different,” also benefitted charity.

 

Giving back is at the heart of Schram’s passion as a songwriter, and it drives her pursuit of a career in music. “That’s the reason I got into music at all,” she says. “And as I started to perform more and more, it was great to see people inspired by my music and connecting to my songs.”

 

Website: http://gracieschram.com/site/

Twitter: @gracieschram

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Baratunde Thurston

Hacking Comedy

Baratunde Thurston

Hacking Comedy

Hacking Comedy

Author, Comedian, Technologist
Baratunde Thurston challenges conventional narratives on race, technology and politics with his particular brand of intellectually charged humor. He is the CEO, co-founder and hashtagger-in-chief of Cultivated Wit. He wrote The New York Times bestseller “How To Be Black” and served for five years as director of digital for the satirical news outlet The Onion.

 

When Thurston’s not delivering keynote talks at gatherings such as SXSW Interactive, LeWeb and Personal Democracy Forum, he writes the monthly back page column for Fast Company and contributes to the MIT Media Lab as a director’s fellow. He co-founded the black political blog Jack and Jill Politics, has advised the Obama White House, has more than 10 years of experience in standup comedy, and more than 30 years’ experience being black. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Website: http://baratunde.com/#baratunde

Twitter: @baratunde

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Ondi Timoner

When Genius and Insanity Hold Hands

Ondi Timoner

When Genius and Insanity Hold Hands

When Genius and Insanity Hold Hands

Disruptor, Entrepreneur, Filmmaker
Ondi Timoner has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival twice, for “Dig!” (2004) and “We Live in Public” (2009). She currently produces and hosts the only documentary talk show in the world, BYOD (Bring Your Own Doc), which has more than 150 episodes, and has created an online network for entrepreneurs, innovators and artists documenting the top thought-leaders and doers who use technology to disrupt old paradigms, called A Total Disruption.

 

Timoner has also directed numerous commercials for such clients as Ford, State Farm, the Clinton Foundation and many music videos for artists including Lucinda Williams, The Jonas Brothers, The Vines, OK Go and Fastball, which garnered her a Grammy nomination in 1998. She is a fellow of the Sundance Institute and the Tribeca All-Access Program, and has been a member of the Director’s Guild of America since 2006.

 

Website: www.interloperfilms.com

Twitter: @onditimoner

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2014 TEDxKC Challenge Winner

Changing the Narrative

2014 TEDxKC Challenge Winner

Changing the Narrative

Changing the Narrative

The TEDxKC 2014 Challenge invited participants to submit a narrative changing ideas related to health, education or Kansas City. The Challenge winner will be announced on August 9, as they are invited on stage to present their idea to the TEDxKC audience.

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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, 2012 and 2013.

 

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 2014: Changing the Narrative.

 

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 ArtsTickets Sold Out
TEDxKC 2014Changing The Narrative

Past Events

2013 Defy Impossible
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

Secondary Content: 

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


About TED

Primary Content: 

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

Secondary Content: 

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.