TEDxTriangleNC - An independently organized TED event

TEDxTriangleNC: Living to Our Highest Potential

TEDxTriangleNC was held March 6th, 2010.

Thank you to Sponsors, Speakers, and Attendees.

Video: We apologize for the long delay in providing the videos. As each one becomes available, it will be embed and linked above.

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What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxTriangleNC, where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDxTriangleNC events, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.


David Beaver – David has founded both Mindspace Multimedia Inc. and The World Space Center, a not-for-profit working group that produced the First Overview Effect Conference, held in Arlington, Virginia in July 2007. David holds three US and International patents for the invention of The Magic Stage, a virtual reality theater technology. He has written and lectured on the cognitive science of the perception of media images and its relationship to design, perception, art, film, virtual reality and other fields. Today David writes, researches, lectures, designs and consults on his Projection Theory of Media Images and its many applications.

Phaedra Boinodiris - Phaedra is a Serious Games Program Manager at IBM where she is helping craft IBM’s serious games strategy in technical training, marketing, and leadership skill building. She is the founder of the award-winning INNOV8program, a series of games that teaches and evangelizes Business Process Management. INNOV8 is being used in over 1000 schools worldwide and is now available for public consumption.

Catherine Cadden - Catherine believes that children who have the opportunity to practice peace in the classroom will effect the change we need to create a peaceful society. As an educator since 1987, she worked in U.S. public schools, Montessori, and Waldorf classrooms, witnessing firsthand the devastating effects of the educational system, both mainstream and ‘alternative’: racism, materialism, class-ism, apathy, alienation, and violence. In 1997, Catherine walked out of the known systems of education. Inspired by the work of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., she opened the doors of TEMBA, a K–8 academic school founded on empathy, self-responsibility, and the tenets of nonviolence. To address everyday challenges, she sought advice directly from expert peacemakers: H.H. the Dalai Lama, Jack Kornfield, Marshall Rosenberg, and others. Catherine’s “peaceable revolution” didn’t stop at the classroom. In 2007, she led a grassroots project to bring Nonviolent Communication training and gifts from TEMBA students to sixty-four men, women, and children in Afghanistan. Deeply affected by the grief she witnessed while in Afghanistan and the power of empathy to offer healing, Catherine co-organized the first International Day for Empathic Action on October 2nd, 2009, sparking hundreds of events in eleven countries across six continents, including a twenty-four-hour global empathy hotline in four languages. Today, Catherine is putting the inspiration and practical knowledge for creating a safer, more joyful, and peaceful society into the hands of people worldwide through speaking engagements; workshops; her book, Peaceable Revolution Through Education; and taking people on wilderness initiations into nonviolence through her organization Play in the Wild!©.

New Music Raleigh - is a brand-new collective of classically trained musicians whose goal is to integrate contemporary music into the fabric of Raleigh by taking their art out of the concert hall and bringing the audience closer to the performers. By committing to works by living composers and through collaboration with artists across genres, NMR performances reflect modern life. Because New Music Raleigh has no fixed instrumentation, each concert is a brand new aesthetic experience; and through carefuland creative presentation, the audience connects with these intelligent, informed, and influential creators of music.

New Music Raleigh’s second concert in its existence will be April 27, 7:30 pm, at Meymandi Theatre at the Murphey School (the home of Burning Coal Theatre Company) and will feature the percussion music of Dave Maric, a world premier of composer Brett William Dietz, and will culminate in a performance of Steve Reich’s “Different Trains.”

Christopher Gergen – Christopher is a Founding Partner of New Mountain Ventures, LLC, a national leadership development company, and co-author of Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives. Additionally, Christopher is the co-founder and Board Chairman of SMARTHINKING, the leading online tutoring provider in the United States. Other entrepreneurial ventures include starting the first coffeehouse/bar dedicated to promoting the arts and music in Santiago, Chile and helping to launch the “Entrepreneur Corps” — a national service initiative sponsored by AmeriCorps*VISTA that placed 400 full-time business volunteers for a year of service in over 90 non-profit organizations across the country. Christopher is also a visiting lecturer and director of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative at Duke University. Most recently, he is co-creating Bull City Forward, an organization that will draw support from the city’s political, business and nonprofit sectors, will grow and support social entrepreneurs in a 30,000-square-foot “social innovation campus,” to be located downtown.

Hugh Hollowell – Hugh runs Love Wins Ministries, which shares unconditional love and friendship with the homeless and poor population of Raleigh, North Carolina. They focus on relationships, not outcomes. Their goal is to build relationships that cross cultures and societal barriers and to learn to love each other in accordance with their particularly hopeful interpretation of the teachings of Jesus. It is as simple - and as difficult - as that. They believe that no one is beyond love.

Thelma Horton – A passion for life, a commitment to live life to the full and a purpose in living it! This is how those who know Thelma Horton would describe her. Thelma is a gifted, dedicated and innovative, creative woman of transformation. She uses her skills, gifts and talents to contribute to the development of Africa, promote the empowerment of African people and illuminate the cultural history of Africans and African Americans. Based in Chapel Hill, NC, Thelma currently serves as the Executive Director of the Nigerian Diaspora Electoral Reform Group (NDERG), a US-based, non-profit non-governmental organization whose main aim is to work with Nigerians and friends of Nigeria within and outside of Nigeria towards participating in the political, social and electoral reforms in the country. Thelma is an international business consultant, the founder and CEO of Zoweh Holdings, a US based holding company, which provides strategic development consulting, life coaching and artist management services.

Andy Hunt - Andy Hunt is a programmer turned consultant, author and publisher. He authored the best-selling book “The Pragmatic Programmer” and six others, was one of the 17 founders of the Agile Alliance, and co-founded the Pragmatic Bookshelf, publishing award-winning and critically acclaimed books for software developers.

Lauranita Katende - Lauranita advocates for social justice and is engaged in the on-going process of working to dismantle oppressive systems within institutions, starting at the individual level, through her work with the Institute for Dismantling Racism in Winston-Salem, NC. Lauranita believes that through personal development and self-examination, we can learn new strategies for more effective living, inclusive of respect for human differences. She loves to engage in artistic expressions through photojournalism, live theatre, music and dance savoring every step of her life’s journey.

Sam Krishna - Sam is the Chief Problem-Solving Officer of SectorMobile, an iPhone, iPad and Macintosh software development company. He has worked with Apple and web technologies for the last 12 years (including a stint at the mothership) and has managed both RTP and Silicon Valley startup engineering teams. He is currently researching the application of personal transformation technologies into the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines in such a way that non-linear STEM-based personal learning, research and development breakthroughs can occur rapidly without years of pre-existing formal training. He is continuing his on-going research into Artificial Creativity and Knowledge Dynamics. His passions lie in the areas of technology, psychology, theology, and democracy.

Dr. Mitchell Krucoff – Mitch is a cardiologist at Duke University who is interested in exploring new healing paradigms complementary to modern high-tech medical practices. Dr. Krucoff has served on the Board of Directors of the Sri Satya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences in Puttaparthi, India since 1990 and is currently the Director of the MANTRA Study Project at the DCRI. He was Editor In Chief of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine and is currently Senior Editor of the peer review Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

Beth Richardson – Head of GIIRS, B Lab At B Lab, Beth is overseeing the development of GIIRS (the Global Impact Investing Ratings System). GIIRS provides impact investors with ratings for the social and environmental impact (but not the financial performance) of companies and funds. Beth has worked closely with social entrepreneurs and social enterprise throughout her career. She has held roles at Self-Help, a leading community development bank, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, a non-profit that supports social entrepreneurs in more than 60 countries, and the Amy Biehl Foundation Trust in Cape Town, South Africa. She grew up outside of Boston, earned her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and her MBA from Kenan-Flagler. She now lives in Carrboro, NC with her husband Steven.

Lyndon Rego - Lyndon is the Director of the Innovation Incubator at the Center for Creative Leadership. This role focuses on organizational innovation, particularly extending leadership development to new populations and through new platforms, as well as forging relationships with other institutions. A major initiative underway is the Center’s Leadership Beyond Boundaries effort, focused on developing new offerings for emerging markets, nonprofits, young leaders, and leveraging technologies such as mobile phones, iTunes, and Second Life.

August Turak - August has integrated his life-long passion for personal and organizational transformation with a highly successful career as an entrepreneur, consultant, and executive with a variety of companies like MTV, A&E, United Press International, and Bell Atlantic. Drawing on his experience as the protégé of the man who founded the IBM Executive School, 13 years working alongside the Trappist monks of Mepkin Abbey, and over 30 years of business experience. Last spring he published Business Secrets of the Trappists on Forbes.com, which topped the charts on Forbes. com for almost two weeks.

Joel Wiggins – Joel founded Men Standing in the Gap and mPowerdigm, Inc to help establish a sense of community by networking and building families. The concepts are simple...Strong Men, Strong Families, and Strong Communities. Joel has dedicated his life to unleashing the potential in people and community. His main message is I Believe in You! His messages have become favorites among students, churches, and men in which he is a speaker for the National group, Men at the Cross. His desire is for everyone to understand and operate in their God given gifts. Joel is a board member for numerous organizations such as YMCA of the Triangle, Kingdom Global Ministries, Men Standing in the Gap, Big Brothers Big Sisters and others.

Ilina Ewen – Ilina is known as Mommy to two sons and a host of sappy nicknames by one husband. She’s an Audrey Hepburn fan, shoe aficionada, blogger, marketer extraordinaire, and food fanatic. She is a seasoned marketer with over 18 years of consumer research, marketing, communications, and advertising experience and has her own consulting business called iFactor. When not tweeting from the carpool line, reading cookbooks, or writing creative briefs, you’ll find Ilina in the kitchen. She has a voracious appetite for all things food related and thrives on finding economical, healthy, sustainable, and tasty ways to feed her family. She believes that food is a teaching tool, an experience, and a passport to other cultures, and the stuff that family memories are made of. Food is so much more than sustenance. Her biggest accomplishment is that her 6 and 4 year old sons ask for Manchego and apples for an after school snack and will choose mussels over meatballs in any Italian restaurant. She blogs at Dirt & Noise, Foodie Mama, Deep South Moms, Triangle Mamas, and WRAL’s Go Ask Mom.

The Emcee:

Zach Ward - ZACH WARD is a Chapel Hill-Carrboro resident and proud Carolina graduate. Founder and Artistic Director of DSI COMEDY THEATER (Awarded 2009 Small Business of the Year, 2006 INDY Triangle Arts Award), Founder and Executive Producer of the NORTH CAROLINA COMEDY ARTS FESTIVAL and International Improv Instructor, Zach has received critical acclaim from the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Tribune for DUAL EXHAUST (Top 10 “Most Influential Comedy Duos of the Past Decade”). Zach has trained comedy talent featured on Film (Maddy Curley, Stick It 2006) and TV (Jeff Richards, Saturday Night Live). Zach translates success both in business and on stage to Professional Coaching, Speaking, Brand Consulting, Leadership Development and Team Building for clients that include PROCTOR&GAMBLE, CISCO, OLD NAVY, MONSTER.COM & MOTOROLA LATIN AMERICA.

Prerecorded TED talks will also be shown to complement the speakers.

About TEDx, x=independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self- organized 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.*

(*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

About TED

TED is an annual event where some of the world's leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. "TED" stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design - three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future. And in fact, the event is broader still, showcasing ideas that matter in any discipline. Attendees have called it "the ultimate brain spa" and "a four-day journey into the future." The diverse audience - CEOs, scientists, creatives, philanthropists - is almost as extraordinary as the speakers, who have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck and Bono.

TED was first held in Monterey, California, in 1984. In 2001, Chris Anderson's Sapling Foundation acquired TED from its founder, Richard Saul Wurman. In recent years, TED has expanded to include an international conference, TEDGlobal; media initiatives, including TED Talks and TED.com; and the TED Prize. TED2010, "What the world Needs Now," will be held Feb 9-13, 2010, in Long Beach, California, with a simulcast event in Palm Springs, California. TEDGlobal 2009, "The Substance of Things Not Seen," was held July 21-24, 2009, in Oxford, UK and TEDIndia will be held in November 2009.

Should you like to sponsor TEDxTriangleNC:

The TEDxTriangleNC event is a volunteer undertaking. Although the planning and coordination is being organized by enthusiastic volunteers in the spirit of TED and this year’s speakers are participating free of charge, funds are still needed to cover necessary event costs such as:

  • Venue rental
  • Program and poster printing
  • Travel and board for non-local speakers
  • Professional videography team

In-kind contributions can include speaker gifts, such as items donated from local artisans, catering services for backstage and event rehearsals, and bed and breakfast accommodations for speakers. Visionaries in our community will view TEDxTriangleNC as a significant event for the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area, and a powerful spotlight on who we are and what this area has to offer the world.

In return for the support of sponsors, we will provide recognition in our printed material as well as on-screen logos at the event and thanks from the stage. VIP sponsors can also receive guaranteed seats at this free event.

If interested in sponsoring, please email TEDxTriangleNC.

Thank you.


TEDxTriangleNC was held Saturday, March 6th, 2010, so registration is no longer open.

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Email: TEDxTriangleNC@gmail.com

Twitter: @TEDxRTP

Facebook: TEDxTriangleNC Fan Page

TEDxTriangleNC is organized by a group of independent people who have come together because they believe in helping spread great ideas and they know there is no better place to do this than in the Triangle.

These people are:

Amy Calhoun

Eric Calhoun

Marcie Barnes

Mark Mzyk

Additional help contributed by:

Francis De los Reyes III (Our TEDster), Bora Zivkovic, Steve Burnett, Jeff Stern, and Ben Perry.

Thanks goes to Ben Scofield of Viget Labs for providing us space to work.