1pm to 6:45-ish at Bend High School
In a culture that prizes “ability,” we have learned to hide and push aside our inabilities. Luca Badetti, PhD in Disability Studies, is Director of Community Life at L’Arche Chicago, a community in which people both with and without intellectual disabilities share life. From his background and experience, he shares revealing stories that invite us to know and befriend both our abilities and inabilities, so that we can become more complete and connected human beings.
Through her dual role as the Culver School District superintendent and its elementary principal, Stefanie Garber is bringing big changes to a little school district. Garber has established a partnership with Oregon State University Cascades Campus to move the district to becoming a K-12 STEM district. STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) education combined with community partners has transformed education in the Culver School District. In the two years since its implementation, this unique partnership has positively impacted the community and increased real world learning opportunities for Culver students. Best yet, this high rigor model is replicable for other districts.
As a two-time Olympic gold medalist and president of the Women’s Sport Foundation, Angela Hucles knows first-hand about the hidden power of introverts. In the world of sports, athletes train to be their best by tapping into their “inner-introvert” and finding moments to lead. The same tactic can be applied off the field. Teams in all segments of life need the special leadership qualities introverts contribute. By identifying and celebrating the hidden power of introverts, we can translate these elements into greater success in our schools, the workplace, and at home for people of all ages.
Kerri Kelly was on the fast track in the marketing world until 9/11 hit, when she lost her stepdad, a NYC fireman. That wake up call got Kelly off the “should” path and into purpose. On the healing journey, Kelly discovered a national crisis of disconnection – from our bodies, one another, critical social issues, and even from democracy itself. Simultaneously, there’s an inner revolution happening on yoga mats, meditation cushions and in creative living spaces anchored in values of interconnection and empathy. But as long as well-being remains a privilege for those who have resources, our potential for transformative collective change is limited. This is the privilege of well-being.
Franco Lodato is a provocateur and a visionary. Pioneer of “Bionics,” the theory and practice of nature-inspired design, Lodato is an expert in the interplay between design & technology. He holds 76 patents and is one of the world’s leading designers. In nature, function and aesthetics are in constant communication; bionic design philosophy applies design elements found in nature, making design functional, efficient and aesthetic. Nature has spent millions of years evolving and solving problems. We don’t need to be better problem solvers; we need to be better observers of the world around us. By so doing, we help ensure the survival of younger generations.
The single most important yet overlooked communication tool you have is your voice. The words you say hardly matter at all. The sound of your voice and the way you make people feel are infinitely more important. Roger Love is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on voice. He’s coached actors, musicians and speakers from Jeff Bridges, for his Academy Award-winning role in Crazy Heart, to Gwen Stefani to Anthony Robbins and Brendon Burchard.
From the day Tina Meier’s 13-year-old daughter, Megan, killed herself following a brutal cyberbullying attack, she has passionately shared Megan’s story on the national stage. It has served as a springboard to transform awareness into action, to educate and to create systemic change. Youth, parents and educators need to know the signs of bullying and cyberbullying. We can help prevent suicide among youth who are exposed to such attacks. Individually and collectively, we can be empowered to make a difference in the lives of young people.
Artist and change agent, Eric Pickersgill, explores the psychological and social effects that cameras and their artifacts have on individuals and societies as a whole. His viral photography series, Removed, has made visible what so many have tried to explain about the ways personal devices alter human behavior. We live in a time where the line between the real and virtual is nearly invisible. The use of personal devices is so common that the terms in which we use them is no longer discussed. Despite the accelerated proliferation of digital photographs, art still has the power to shape perspectives and alter habits. Eric is represented by Rick Wester Fine Art in NY and is on the Executive Board of Directors at The Light Factory.
Omar Samra is a father, a successful entrepreneur, and the first Egyptian, one of less than 40 people in history, to complete the Explorer’s Grand Slam – an adventurers challenge to reach the north and south pole and climb the Seven Summits. But when tragedy struck, Samra discovered that the mountains he’d climbed were never meant to be his biggest challenge. The answers to life’s most important question – why are we here – exists not in what we do or achieve, but in the depths of loss, resilience, vulnerability and ultimately learning to let go. We discover that we’re all here for one purpose alone: to heal and to help heal each other. Samra reveals humility, hope, and courage and offers a radical re-frame of what it means to be a man, and in fact, a human.
Author of the national bestseller Train Your Brain for Success, Roger Seip has a knack for taking the principles of effectiveness that most of us struggle with and crystallizing them into clear strategies and action plans. He’s also passionate about teaching us how to recognize and train the incredible capacity of the human mind. He tells us the bad news: there are three common “default settings” we tend toward, each with negative consequences for perception and relating. Then he tells us the good news: once recognized, there are ways we can counteract this automatic tendency, changing the way we experience ourselves and others.
Designer, researcher, and illustrator, Molly Winter, thinks a lot about something most of us would rather not dwell on: wastewater treatment and sanitation innovation – or rather the lack thereof. Unique cultural, technical, and historical stories reveal why there has been so little innovation in sanitation. With humor and grace, Molly demonstrates our role in supporting sanitation innovation and why it’s relevant to us. We have yet to solve the issue of proper sanitation in ‘developed’ countries. Molly is director of Recode a nonprofit that works on legalizing innovation beyond just sanitation. They are working to ensure access to and accelerate adoption of sustainable building and development practices.
Lance Canales is a roots-blues musician from California’s breadbasket. He lived the life that so many songs have been written about since the birth of roots music – hard labor, one room shacks and ghosts whispering of a better life. Canales’ guttural vocals combine a hard-edged storytelling approach with stripped down, foot-stomping, acoustic instrumentation that people readily respond to; Canales and his band, The Flood, were a favorite at the 2015 Sister’s Folk Festival. Canales led the initiative to place a memorial headstone with the names of the plane crash victims of the famous Woody Guthrie song “Deportee,” who were discovered buried nameless in a mass grave in Fresno, California. Now and forever nameless no more.
Local performance troupe, Fe Fanyi, has been enlightening Central Oregon with the music and dance of West Africa since 2007. Since its formation, Fe Fanyi has performed at fundraisers, festivals and events throughout Central Oregon. Under the direction of drum instructor and artistic director, David Visiko, and dance instructor, Shannon Abero, Fe Fanyi performs traditional dance and rhythms from Guinea, Mali and the Cote’ d’Ivoire. Music and dance are powerful ways to unite us. Grand Master Djembefola Mamady Keita said that if world leaders were invited to a room filled with djembes and dununs and were taught the traditional rhythms of West Africa, we would realize world peace.
Twelve-year-old keyboard phenomenon Maxwell Friedman used to joke with the principal of his elementary school that she shared her office with him since he spent so much “reflection time” there. Discovering music and channeling his energy into the keyboard helped him turn things around. Friedman started playing piano 3-1/2 years ago and quickly took Central Oregon by storm. Friedman has played with musical heavyweights Karl Denson, ALO, and Michael Franti, and local favorites Elektrapod and Mark Ransom. A jazz-funk fusion band with Maxwell at the helm is currently in the works with help from Georges Bouhey, his longtime music teacher and mentor. Music is Friedman’s passion and sharing it with the world is his dream. Through making and sharing music, he serves as an ambassador for continued funding of the arts and inspiring kids to play music.
Sparked by the celebrated TED conferences worldwide,
TEDxBend is our very own locally organized event featuring a
dozen talks, demonstrations and performances under 18 minutes
each. TED and TEDxBend are 501(c)(3) nonprofits devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.
Bank of the Cascades
Ghost Village Films
Heirloom Floral/Grey Dog Farm
InFocus Eye Care
Mountain View Acupuncture
Tech Soft 3D
The NW Collective
Cracker Jack Medical Response Specialist
Coldwell Banker Morris Real Estate
Flip Flop Sounds
McDonald Group, Inc.
Metolius Partners LLC
Tim Underwood Productions
Ryan Shore / Larry Murphy Security