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Posted by Maura Welch May 29, 2013 09:14 PM

We’re thrilled to announce that TEDxBeaconStreet is now re-blogged as part of the Community Voices program!

Welcome visitors to the TEDxBeaconStreet community where all year long we put Ideas in Action.

Our annual free TEDx  and TEDxYouth conference takes place in November. Our 2012 conference featured 80+ world class speakers and our talks have been viewed more than 3 MILLION TIMES.  Save the date for our next conference on November 16 & 17, 2013.

All year we host ADVENTURES - think of them as the worlds greatest field trips, hosted by TED speakers and the TEDx community. They offer unparalleled, behind-the-scenes access to the people and places that make Greater Boston so dynamic.

Sign up for an Adventure – Open to all and free to attend

Preview our 2013 Speakers – many of whom will host Adventures in the days and months to come…

Originally published on the blog TEDxBeaconStreet 2012.

Diversity in Grapes and All ThingsMichael Gropman

Posted by Maura Welch May 29, 2013 03:17 AM

Grapes, like people, come in hundreds of different shapes, shades and varieties; but most of us rarely venture to evaluate other types of grapes. People come in many different shades, too. Like our grape selections, we get accustomed to what we know and rarely stray from it. But we’ll never know if we have a preference or a bias, unless we step out of our comfort zone and give something different and new a try. Michael Gropman is a adjunct professor of psychology and a local police commander. In this talk from TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet he explores decreasing our bias and making intolerance intolerable.

Originally published on the blog TEDxBeaconStreet 2012.

What REALLY Happened To The USS Grunion?John Abele

Posted by Maura Welch May 29, 2013 12:46 AM

How far would you go to find out exactly what happened to a lost loved one? When the USS Grunion submarine sank mysteriously in 1942, 70 fathers, sons, uncles and brothers were gone without a trace…or were they? In a search that has spanned over half a century, the Grunion was found on the bottom of the Bering Sea thanks to the collaboration of numerous families, friends and historians from around the world. John Abele, the retired founding Chairman of Boston Scientific, and his brothers were able to locate the final resting place of their father and the rest of the crew and became that much closer to discovering what happened to the USS Grunion. This talk contains incredible pictures and video of the submarine.

Originally published on the blog TEDxBeaconStreet 2012.

Design your LifeKerah Cottrell & Heath Hunter

Posted by Maura Welch May 15, 2013 09:01 PM

Award-winning web designer Kerah Cottrell has some advice on how to design your life: “Find your passion, develop a support network, be kind to everyone, follow your heart… and you will be full-filled.” In this engaging talk, the designer of the iconic Google search page and Google News explains the art of simplicity and the importance of thinking outside the box while looking at the big picture in the quest for creativity.

Kerah introduces her fiancé, pop star Heath Hunter, who shares her passion for dance and life. Heath explains the importance of music and dance in life and the joy to be found in connecting them as he did with his song “Revolution in Paradise.” He encourages the audience to show their creativity and embrace technology that accelerates the spread of music to new places. Demonstrating their ability to bring people together, Heath and Kerah invite the audience onstage to learn the dance for “Revolution in Paradise.”

Originally published on the blog TEDxBeaconStreet 2012.

Accelerating Innovation in EducationAdam Frankel

Posted by Maura Welch May 15, 2013 02:40 AM

Adam Frankel was a senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama for four and a half years. But one day Frankel felt that words weren’t enough—he wanted to be active in the topics he cared about, namely, education. Frankel became the founding Executive Director of Digital Promise, a bipartisan, public-private partnership chartered by Congress to advance innovation in education. Frankel and his team launched a national coalition of school districts who pilot, evaluate, and scale up some of the emerging technological innovations that work for them. From technology procurement to personalized learning, to curbing summer learning loss, no issue is too big to tackle. In this forward-thinking TEDxBeaconStreet talk, Frankel outlines how we can begin to accelerate positive change, the challenges we’ll face, and how technology can help redesign classes to meet 21st century learning.


Originally published on the blog TEDxBeaconStreet 2012.

Augmented ArchitectureSimon Kim

Posted by Maura Welch May 15, 2013 02:16 AM

When Simon Kim says the word “architecture,” he doesn’t envisage traditional structures; he sees flexibility and dynamic movement. Kim pushes architecture to evolve. His firm, IK Studio, defines architecture as anything that mediates or changes an environment. Using modular robotics, Kim and his team have crafted a mobile POLYhouse that roams environments, a wearable Cloud Cloak that conceals the wearer’s identity, and a modular architectural display at the MoMA that can morph on a daily basis. Kim’s futuristic TEDxBeaconStreet talk challenges us to see architecture as more than geometry—it can be whatever we engineer it to be, to produce something extraordinary.
Simon Kim is an architect trained at the famed Architectural Association in London and at MIT, who employs cross-products to various disciplines to produce new outcomes.

Originally published on the blog TEDxBeaconStreet 2012.

The Robot RevolutionDaniel Theobald

Posted by Maura Welch May 3, 2013 03:40 AM

Humanistic roboticist and ethical innovator Daniel Theobald sees a changing world and he wants to give you the tools to help him make it better. In the technological Age of Automation only one thing is constant: change. The line between technology and robots is blurring and the nagging question of how we can survive the “robot revolution” keeps popping up. In this talk from TEDxBeaconStreet, Theobald explores what automation means for humanity and how the technology at our fingertips has made us more powerful as individuals than ever before. “We can all be superheroes instead of zombies,” says Theobald, and in a world that is changing faster and faster we must step up to create the type of world we want to live in.

Originally published on the blog TEDxBeaconStreet 2012.

Change Starts HereMatthew Cooney

Posted by Maura Welch May 3, 2013 03:16 AM

Our media-centric culture drowns us in negative energy, says social worker Matthew Cooney. It has become all too easy to get flooded by despair and get lost looking for causes to support. In answer to that, Cooney encourages us to think about what impact we can have as individuals and to make a commitment to our communities. Drawing on his own experience as Executive Director of the Brookline Teen Center, Cooney reminds us that local action can be a huge step forward and communities can make great advances by focusing on the things within their control. “Don’t get stuck on large ideas. Change starts small,” he says. And even small ideas can push boundaries.

Originally published on the blog TEDxBeaconStreet 2012.

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