Did you join the rest of UNC’s campus in hitting “refresh” on the TEDxUNC page in a desperate attempt for tickets last week, only to find the event sold out?
No worries — reesenews.org will be live-streaming the sold-out, one-day conference to be held at the Global FedEx Center on Saturday, Jan. 21. We’ll provide links afterwards to video clips of the individual talks.
How can I watch the conference?
Reesenews.org will livestream the conference on Saturday at 1 p.m. The video will display on the homepage — no need to navigate to any specific page.
What is TED?
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a non-profit, global set of conferences held every year that now exists under the umbrella of The Sapling Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1996 by Chris Anderson.
The first TED conference – the brainchild of Richard Saul Wurman – was held in 1984 and featured mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot, several members from the digerati community and even demos of the Sony compact disc. It was six years before the next conference, but TED has been held annually in Monterey, Calif. ever since. Encouraged by the globalizing nature of communication and consciousness, the organization has grown and morphed with the times. TED boasts a website, smartphone and iPad app on which users can stream unlimited TED talks for free, which reflects the non-profits core value of spreading all kinds of ideas to all kinds of people.
The conference traditionally features a wide variety of speakers, from scientists to musicians, technology gurus to religious leaders. The TED website celebrates its diversity of speakers and performers, saying
Over the years, TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Frank Gehry, Jane Goodall, Al Gore, Billy Graham, Annie Lennox, Peter Gabriel, Quincy Jones, Bono. Yet often the real stars have been the unexpected, like Aimee Mullins, a Paralympics competitor who tried out a new pair of artificial legs onstage, or Jennifer Lin, a 14-year-old pianist whose 6-minute improvisation moved the audience to tears.
So what’s with the “x”?
TEDx is a program intended to help communities, organizations and individuals hold TED-like events. The program offers resources to guide event planners throughout the stages of thought and organization, even issuing specific models for events directed at kids, on university campuses or in the developing world.
Who are the speakers?
Dennis Whittle: Master of Ceremonies
Dennis is currently Global Entrepreneur in Residence at UNC-Chapel Hill, as well as Visiting Lecturer at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs. He also the President of The Whittle Group, which helps companies, organizations, and people invent the future. Dennis was co-founder (and CEO from 2000-2010) of GlobalGiving, the world’s leading marketplace matching donors and social projects in over 100 countries. From 1986-2000, Dennis was an economist at the World Bank, where he lived and worked in Indonesia and Russia, leading a variety of initiatives ranging from tree crops to energy efficiency to structural adjustment. His team at the Bank created the Development Marketplace, which has been replicated ninety times around the world.
Holden Thorp: Welcome & Introduction
Holden Thorp is the University’s 10th chancellor. A UNC graduate, Thorp has rapidly progressed through several leadership posts since joining the faculty 15 years ago. A native of Fayetteville, he is a Kenan Professor of Chemistry and an award-winning teacher and researcher. He is a member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and co-author of “Engines of Innovation — The Entrepreneurial University in the 21st Century,” a UNC Press book that makes the case for the pivotal role of research universities as agents of societal change. Royalties support innovation at UNC. Thorp also serves on the U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative for the Council on Competitiveness. He has published 130 scholarly articles on the electronic properties of DNA and RNA and invented technology for electronic DNA chips that led to 19 issued or pending U.S. patents.
Victoria Hale: “The Nonprofit Pharmaceutical Sector”
Dr. Victoria Hale is a pharmaceutical scientist and global health social entrepreneur. She is the founder of Medicines360, a hybrid nonprofit/for-profit pharmaceutical company developing important health products for women, beginning with highly effective contraception. Dr. Hale is Founder & Chair Emeritus of OneWorld Health, the first nonprofit pharmaceutical company in the US. Dr. Hale established her expertise in drug development at the Food & Drug Administration and at Genentech and earned her PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from University of California, San Francisco. Honors include being elected to membership in the US Institute of Medicine and being named a MacArthur Fellow. She received the President’s Award of Distinction from the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. The Economist named Hale the recipient of its Social and Economic Innovation Award.
Alan Murray: “Television News 3.0”
Alan Murray is deputy managing editor and executive editor, online, for The Wall Street Journal. He previously served as CNBC’s Washington, D.C., bureau chief and was co-host of “Capital Report with Alan Murray and Gloria Borger.” Mr. Murray is the author of three best-selling books, including “Revolt in the Boardroom, The New Rules of Power in Corporate America,” published by HarperCollins in 2007; “The Wealth of Choices: How the New Economy Puts Power in Your Hands and Money in Your Pocket,” published by Random House in 1991; and “Showdown at Gucci Gulch: Lawmakers, Lobbyists and the Unlikely Triumph of Tax Reform,” co-authored with Jeffrey Birnbaum and published by Random House in 1987. “Gucci Gulch” received the American Political Science Association’s Carey McWilliams Award in 1988.
Poetic Portraits of a Revolution: “Egypt and Tunisia in Stanza, Still Shot, and Stories”
Poetic Portraits of a Revolution, a project produced by the Academy Award-winning organization Empowerment Project, sent nationally recognized spoken word poets and youth educators Will McInerney and Kane Smego along with project translator and interpreter Mohammad Moussa and professional photographer and videographer Sameer Abdel-khalek to Egypt and Tunisia from June 15th – August 9th. The team collected oral histories, captured photographs and videos, and created poetic reflections that depict the sights, sounds, and emotions of life in both countries during this time of transformation. Poetry and recordings from their journey have been featured in radio segments broadcast nationally on the American Public Media show “The Story” with Dick Gordon, as well as on the WUNC program “Morning Edition.” All of the material gathered during the trip is currently being transformed into a live theater performance, a photography and poetry installation, a book publication, and a film production. Poetic Portraits of a Revolution seeks to utilize art and first-hand accounts to highlight the human experience behind these powerful social movements.
Kate Otto: “Everyday Ambassadorship: Creating Meaningful Public Service in a Globalized Era”
Working as a public health consultant, Kate is currently developing the World Bank’s ‘eTransform Africa’ initiative in the Health Sector, exploring how information and communications technologies can improve health outcomes across the continent. She is also supporting research initiatives with Innovations for Poverty Action that evaluate innovative global health initiatives, developing a global health management curriculum with Harvard Business School, and working with Mercy Corps Indonesia to create and implement a mobile phone based data collection system for maternal and child health clinics in Jakarta. Kate contributes regularly to the Huffington Post Impact Section.
Joe DeSimone: “Diversity as a Fundamental Tenet of Innovation”
Joseph DeSimone is the Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University. DeSimone is also an Adjunct Member at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. DeSimone has published over 280 scientific articles and has 120 issued patents in his name with over 120 patents pending. In 2005 DeSimone was elected into the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. DeSimone has received over 40 major awards and recognitions including the 2010 AAAS Mentor Award, the 2009 NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, the 2009 North Carolina Award, and the 2008 Lemelson-MIT Prize for Invention and Innovation. In 2002 DeSimone helped found Bioabsorbable Vascular Solutions to commercialize a fully bioabsorbable, drug-eluting stent.
Shamila Kohestani: “How Sports Impact the Lives of Women”
Shamila is entering her senior year at Drew University and will graduate in June 2012 with a major in political science and a minor in women’s studies. Ten years ago Shamila was beaten by the Taliban, deprived of any education from age 8 to 13, and confined to her home in Kabul. Shortly after the Taliban were removed from power, she began to play soccer. Her soccer involvement and position as the captain of the first Women’s Afghan National Soccer Team led to receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2006 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. While at Drew, she has continued to play soccer and serve as an advocate for Afghan women. During summers, she has been a volunteer counselor at the Julie Foudy Leadership Camps in Chicago, San Francisco, and New Jersey and this summer interned for three weeks at a program in Washington, D.C. called, I Live to Lead: Leadership Summit.
Greg Van Kirk: “Social Entrepreneurship: You are the Relative Expert”
Greg Van Kirk is an Ashoka Lemelson Fellow and the co-founder of The New Development Solutions Group. This includes Community Enterprise Solutions, Social Entrepreneur Corps and NDS Consulting. These are all ventures whose mission is to design and implement innovative responses to long-standing development challenges. His team is now focused on expanding the reach of their award winning “MicroConsignment Model” globally. Greg was recently chosen as an “Ashoka Globalizer” and as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative. He has served as an economic development consultant for organizations such as USAID, Chemonics, VisionSpring, Soros Foundation, Church World Service, IDB, Water For People and Fundacion Paraguaya. He is also the co-founder of The Center for MicroConsignment at Miami University.
Dan Ariely: “The Unexpected Joys and Problems with Creation”
Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics at Duke University, is dedicated to helping people live more sensible – if not rational – lives. His interests span a wide range of behaviors, and his sometimes unusual experiments are consistently interesting, amusing and informative, demonstrating profound ideas that fly in the face of common wisdom. In addition to appointments at the Fuqua School of Business, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, the Department of Economics, and the School of Medicine at Duke University, Dan is also a founding member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight, and the author of the New York Times bestsellers Predictably Irrational, and The Upside of Irrationality.
John McGowan: “Creativity”
John McGowan is Ruel W. Tyson, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Humanities and Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at UNC, Chapel Hill. He is that author of six books, most recently “American Liberalism” (2007) and “Pragmatist Politics” (forthcoming, 2012), and is one of the editors of the Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism (2nd. ed., 2010).