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Mavericks and Misfits

June 13, 2014

TEDxDirigo:Mavericks and Misfits, November 9th 2014

November 9th, 2014

Whether one is a “maverick” or a “misfit” is a matter of perspective. Is it positive or negative to be called a maverick? Is being a misfit a liability or an asset? At the 2014 TEDxDirigo conference, one thing that our speakers (and attendees) have in common is courage— the guts to make their own paths and pursue their individual obsessions.
Mavericks & Misfits will offer social, environmental and economic ideas from Mainers who are making an impact in the state and beyond. After five years of fall events, we know that when you gather mavericks and misfits together, extraordinary things can happen.

Request an invitation, today! 



TEDxDirigo, save the date November 9th, 2014

April 8, 2014

 

AND THIS I BELIEVE:

That the free,
Exploring mind of the individual human
is the most valuable thing in the world.

—John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Our next event celebrating creativity and innovation in Maine will be on November 9th, 2014 at the Cabot Mill in Brunswick.



TED2014 Live Viewing Party

March 8, 2014

 

In collaboration with The VIA Agency, TEDxDirigo invites you to join us for a live viewing party of TED2014.

Join us at The VIA Agency in Portland, Maine on March 19th, and don’t forget to register! Absolutely free of charge.

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Weekend of Events Announced

October 24, 2013

In addition to Sunday’s sold out event, there are unique opportunities for behind the scenes tours and fun in Brunswick over the whole weekend.

Rooms are available at special TEDxDirigo rates at the Brunswick Inn and the Captain Daniel Stone Inn. Both are walking distance to all events. Mention TEDxDirigo when booking. Only a limited number of rooms are available so book soon!

Brunswick Inn
info@TheBrunswickInn.com
207-729-4914

Captain Daniel Stone Inn
inquiry@captaindanielstone.com
207-373-1824

Friday, November 1
Welcome to Extraordinary

Salon + Performance and Art Installation - 6pm-9pm. Have dinner, a drink, and conversation. Check out a live performance by Apparatus Dance Theater between 6pm and 8pm. Apparatus is an aerial dance troop that will be also creating a massive painting on site with live music by Mosart212. Join fellow TEDx’ers to watch provocative TED Talks in the Frontier theater beginning at 7pm. Dinner is on you, inspiration is on us. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, November 2
Choose Your Own Adventure

Yoga Classes - 8am, 10am and 12noon. Three instructors, three styles. $4 off class for TEDx’ers. Book at Jaiyogahome.com and use code TEDx if attending TEDxDirigo.

Treehouse Institute Popup Makerspace and Repair Cafe - 9:30am-11:30am Bring tools to help fix other people’s stuff, or bring your bike or electronics for one our of volunteers fixers to work on. Come play with circuits of all kinds, arduinos, 3D scanning and more. Produced in collaboration with Beard and Beanie Creative, Parachute Factory, and New Mexico Highlands University. Cabot Mill, 14 Maine Street, Room 104. Brunswick. Free and open to the public.

Cabot Mill Antiques Market - 10am-5pm. The market is celebrating 17 years this weekend! That means discounts for you! www.cabotiques.com. Open to the public.

Bowdoin Art Museum Private Tour and Conversation - Join the museum’s new co-directors, Frank and Anne Goodyear for this special opportunity just for TEDx’ers. bowdoin.edu/art-museum.  Open to TEDxDirigo attendees only.

Gelato Fiasco Private Tour and Tasting - Join Fiasco owners Josh and Bruno at their flagship store. Be one of the first to taste the TEDxDirigo flavor as well as many others! www.Gelatofiasco.com. Open to TEDxDirigo attendees only.

TEDx’er Meetup - 6pm in the upstairs room at Joshua’s Tavern, a local hang out. Cash bar and a la carte menu. Organized by the TEDxDirigo ambassadors. Get to know others in the TEDx community over a pint and some food.

Sunday, November 3
The Big Day!

TEDxDirigo: GENERATE! Presenters are being announced weekly. Watch this page for more information about them. The event is sold out. You may request to be on the waitlist here. The event will be shared via a live webcast. Watch our homepage and social media for updates.

Registration 9am

GENERATE! 10am-4pm

After Party 4pm-5pm



GENERATE Program Announced

October 15, 2013

For Immediate Release

TEDxDIRIGO ANNOUNCES PROGRAM FOR NOVEMBER 3rd EVENT THEMED “GENERATE”
MAKERS, GROUNDBREAKERS AND RISK-TAKERS PRESENT AT CABOT MILL IN BRUNSWICK

October 8, 2013 (Brunswick, ME) –Today, TEDxDirigo announced the program of speakers and performers for “GENERATE,” its fifth annual fall event, on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 at the Cabot Mill in Brunswick. TEDxDirigo “GENERATE” will feature Maine residents sharing live “TEDx Talks” exploring what it means to generate: art, products, technology, ideas, and more.

“Mainers make things— and make things happen,” said Adam Burk, TEDxDirigo’s executive director. “We’re excited to once again spread new, inventive ideas throughout our community, the state, and beyond.”

GENERATE is a homecoming of sorts. The first TEDxDirigo event was held at the Frontier Café (also in Cabot Mill) in Brunswick in 2010. One hundred people attended to hear from 13 speakers, including the late Russell Libby, long-time executive director of MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association). This year, the TEDxDirigo team will make 5,000 square feet of raw space into an inspiring venue. In addition to this year’s event, guests will have the opportunity to experience Brunswick over the course of the weekend through a mix of public and private events starting on Friday night.

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First Chance To Request An Invitation For TEDxDirigo: GENERATE!

June 5, 2013

TEDxDirigo: GENERATE

Bring your ideas and take action
November 3, 2013

To generate something is to bring it into existence. The things that we make, make us. Request an invitation to join other change makers this fall at our GENERATE event.

Whether you generate conversation, ideas or products–these are the marks we leave on this world. Bring something into existence — and share it. Our fourth annual fall event will be held at the Cabot Mill in Brunswick on November 3, 2013.

We anticipate another sell-out event, so please take a few moments to let us know you’d like to join us by requesting an invitation here.

This fall, join the conversation. GENERATE.



TEDGlobal 2013 Viewing Party + TEDxDirigo GENERATE Tryouts

April 25, 2013

Got everything figured out? Think Again.

Get your calendar, not your credit card. This one’s on us.

Register here.

Join us June 12th from 11am to 9pm at Frontier in Brunswick for a Live Viewing Party of TEDGlobal2013: Think Again, an event that promises to “…bring together those who challenge us to pause for an instant and Think Again.” Feel free to pop in for a session or camp out all day for the full experience. Food and beverage can be purchased at Frontier’s restaurant.

Save your seat here and check your reservations at the door.

TEDxDirigo GENERATE Tryouts

Ready to participate? Why stop at watching great ideas? Come share yours!
Speaker Tryouts for TEDxDirigo’s annual fall event GENERATE are being held in conjunction with our TEDGlobal 2013 viewing party. Up to 15 people will have the chance to tryout. To be considered for a tryout slot please complete this. And for bonus points upload a six second video to Vine (or YouTube or Vimeo) that shows or tells us “What do you generate?” Tweet the link to your video with the hashtag #TEDxDirigo

Save the date!

TEDxDirigo’s annual fall event, GENERATE, will be November 3 at the Cabot Mill in Brunswick. Request an invitation beginning in June.



Our Hearts and Thoughts Are With Boston

April 16, 2013

After yesterday’s tragedy at the Boston Marathon, I am  reminded both of the darkest and brightest elements of humanity. I cannot conceive what drives humans to carry out such terrible acts as detonating bombs in the presence of innocent women, children, and men. And although my heart is broken, it is filled with hope as I witness the incredible bravery and generosity that are among those brightest human elements.

We are deeply sad for those who were lost and injured in yesterday’s bombing, and we will look for ways to be sincerely helpful to them.

Our gratitude and admiration goes out to the first-responders, police, and citizens who helped the fallen as well as those needing to connect with loved ones, find a place to stay, or just see good in another human’s face.

Sincerely,
Adam



Save the Date: 2013 Schedule of Events Announced

February 28, 2013

During our live viewing party of TED2013 on Wednesday, February 27, Treehouse announced its preliminary line up of events for 2013.

Design Thinking is for Everyone with Yona Belfort
Location, Date, and Registration TBA

TEDxChange Live Viewing Party 
FREE
Register Here
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
12noon-1:30pm
Frontier
14 Maine Street
Brunswick, Maine

TEDGlobal Live Viewing Party w/ TEDxDirigo Tryouts
FREE
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Registration Available in May
Frontier
14 Maine Street
Brunswick, Maine

TEDxDirigo: GENERATE
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Registration to be announced
Nominate a Presenter Today
Cabot Mill
Brunswick, Maine

More information will be shared and more events announced in the future.



Thanks for a big year 3!

January 3, 2013

From our first TEDxDirigo event on 10-10-10 until now, we’ve hit some major milestones.

500,000+
The number of people globally that have watched TEDxDirigo Talks online

25,000+  
The number of people in Maine who have watched TEDxDirigo Talks online

10,000+
The number of volunteer hours that have gone into producing TEDxDirigo and TEDxYouth events.

1,000+  
The number of people who have attended a live TEDxDirigo event

400+
The number of people who attended Maine’s first TEDxYouth event in Cape Elizabeth

300+
The number of locations that live streamed TEDxDirigo: VILLAGES

150+ 
The number of scholarships we have awarded

50+
The number of TEDxDirigo talks available online

5
The number of full day TEDxDirigo and TEDxYouth events held

What is the impact of all those numbers?

  • an exponential awareness of Maine ideas worth spreading.
  • attraction of new capital and talent to Maine.
  • a new multi-disciplinary network of passionate, curious, and engaged people.

Thank you for being a part of this bold experiment called TEDxDirigo.

Happy new year!

Warmly,
Adam and the TEDxDirigo Team



Help Us Reflect – What’s Your TEDxDirigo Story?

December 18, 2012

What happens when you combine 300 people, live TEDx talks, ample breaks, and delicious food?

That’s the question we are asking ourselves as we settle into winter’s contemplative mood. By design TEDxDirigo is meant to be a catalytic event. It’s a serendipity accelerator.

Do you have a story of a new idea, connection, or venture that was sparked by attending TEDxDirigo? Will you share your story with us?

For example, Mike Tetreault, a presenter at TEDxDirigo: VILLAGES shared this story with us:

In my talk, I described the globally significant opportunity we have to restore 20 million herring to Maine’s Rivers in the next decade. The topic is one I care deeply about, and one to which I have been committed for the past six years.

Not long after I gave my talk, I was in the audience listening to Don Gooding of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development. Don was describing the process that he and others use in their pursuit of innovations. He said “PO!” – a provocation designed to spark non-linear thinking. “Eliminate something we take for granted. Reverse the normal order of things.” That got me thinking. What if we had a goal of not only restoring 20 million river herring to Maine’s rivers, but also of increasing our hydropower production by 20 megawatts? Could we actually do that? We could if we eliminated the need for dams when we generate hydropower.

At the next break, through pure serendipity, Don, whom I had never met, told me that he is affiliated with a Portland-based company that is experimenting with river-powered turbines which have no need for dams. So, I plan to meet with the company executives to see what we can do – for their company and for Maine’s rivers.  

This is one of many stories we have heard, and they never get old. In fact, they are fuel for us to keep going. If you have a few minutes to share your story with us here, we’d be grateful.

Thanks for being part of our story. We hope you have very happy holidays.

Warmly,
Adam and the TEDxDirigo Team



Remembering Russell Libby

December 12, 2012

Russell Libby

On December 9, 2012, Russell Libby passed away. Libby was the long time executive director of Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and a speaker at the first ever TEDxDirigo event.

In fact, Russell, had a pivotal role in TEDxDirigo existing as it does today.

In late 2009, just after TED created the TEDx platform, two groups were actively working to create a TEDx event in Maine. There was a Brunswick and a Portland cohort. Unknowingly, we were planning events three days apart from one another. Both groups approached Russell to be a speaker–a testament to his legacy as a Maine change maker–and it was Russell, who said in his humble way “I’m a bit confused, are these different events or the same?”

The great collaborator that he was, he then introduced the two groups to each other. From there, we got together, learned about our complementary strengths and identical goals. We merged and have been all the better for it.

Russell closed out our first event in 2010, with his talk “Beyond the Roadrunner Economy.” I remember talking to Russell about his preparation process. He told me how he had been practicing while walking in the woods, and talking to the trees. This image has stayed with me, along with many others. It’s one of many reasons I love Russell. To me, he embodies the great attributes of Maine–earnest yet humble, bright as hell, multifaceted, generous, kind, and intimately connected to place.

Over the years, Russell and I enjoyed exchanging our observations and reflections of place. He as a farmer, myself as a wilderness guide. He sent me his self-published books of poetry with a personal note every year. Here is one of his poems from his 2011 collection Each Day written during his battle with cancer.

Early Morning Walk

Sun just over trees.
My shadow, forty-three paces long,
precedes me down the hill.
Plenty of space to think between here and there.

I wish there were some more paces left. Russell, you will be missed, and you will live on.

With gratitude,
Adam and the TEDxDirigo Team



TEDxDirigo VILLAGES in Lewiston Webcast from 300 Locations

November 5, 2012

LOCAL LUMINARIES GIVE SURPRISE TALKS

October 26, 2012 (Portland, ME) – TEDxDirigo’s VILLAGES, held on October 20th at the Olin Arts Center at Bates College, was well-attended— live in Lewiston and online. The live-streamed event was webcast from more than 300 locations, including the Portland Public Library’s main branch and the McArthur Public Library in Biddeford. The event is archived at http://new.livestream.com/tedx/tedxdirigo.

“VILLAGES is our fourth all-day event and the best so far,” said Adam Burk, TEDxDirigo’s Executive Director. “We are extremely grateful to the speakers and volunteers for their tireless work bringing together the TEDxDirigo village.”

Two respected residents of Lewiston made surprise appearances: builder and restaurateur Eric Agren and refugee advocate Fatuma Hussein. Agren shared his vision for downtown Lewiston, while Hussein encouraged the audience to put themselves in the shoes of refugees and immigrants— and look for similarities more than differences.

The day concluded with yet another surprise when attendees joined the Maine Marimba Ensemble onstage for an impromptu dance party!

Videos of Talks from VILLAGES— exploring the concept from a diversity of disciplines and perspectives— will be available by Thanksgiving at www.tedxdirigo.com.

About TEDx: 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 a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Edinburgh, Scotland. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organize local, independent TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration

Follow TED on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at facebook.com/TED.

Press Contact:
Jennifer Boggs 207.482.3767 / jenlboggs@gmail.com



TEDxDirigo Live Viewing Parties Announced

October 19, 2012

On Saturday, October 20, TEDxDirigo will host its third annual fall event. This year’s theme: VILLAGES. If you missed your chance to request an invitation but would still like to be part of the day you can join one of the live viewing parties being held or create your own!

Portland Public Library is hosting a live viewing party for all three of the day’s sessions. Session 1 runs from 10-11:30am, Session 2 1-2:30pm and Session 3 3:15-5pm.

The McArthur Public Library in Biddeford, Maine is hosting a live viewing party for sessions 1 and 2. Both events are free and you can come and go as you need to.

You can also sign up to host a viewing party in your own home, school, or library. Its free to sign up and your viewing party must also be free to guests.

VILLAGES will be our best event yet and we hope you’ll be a part of it!



TEDxDirigo announces program for October 20th event themed “VILLAGES”

September 27, 2012

Eepybird and others to present at Bates College in Lewiston

September 27, 2012 (Portland, ME) –Today, TEDxDirigo announced the program of speakers and performers for “VILLAGES,” its fourth independently organized event, on Saturday, October 20th at Bates College in Lewiston. TEDxDirigo “VILLAGES” will feature Maine residents sharing live “TEDx Talks” exploring the concept of villages from a diversity of perspectives and fields— business, natural sciences, technology, art, and more.

“The idea of ‘the village’ has changed over time to mean different things to different people,” said Adam Burk, TEDxDirigo’s Executive Director. “We are especially excited to be delving into these ideas in Lewiston, a village that continues to evolve and adapt.”

Local presenters of “Maine ideas worth spreading” include:

  • EepyBird is the duo behind the Coke and Mentos online video (their first) that Advertising Age called the most important commercial content of the year. EepyBird’s videos and viral campaigns have been seen over 150 million times. EepyBird’s founders, Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz, have performed on The Late Show with David Letterman (twice), Ellen, The Today Show, Mythbusters, and around the world. They live in Buckfield.
    http://tedxdirigo.com/speakers/eepybird/
  • Steve Koltai of Lincolnville has thirty years’ experience in business, finance, entrepreneurship, and government. Until September 2011, he was Senior Advisor at the US Department of State, where he created and ran the Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP). Through Koltai’s efforts, the GEP has fostered numerous seed investments, mentoring relationships, and the launch of new venture funds and angel investor networks. He is currently Managing Director of Koltai & Company LLC, which provides entrepreneurship ecosystem building services both domestically and around the world.
    http://tedxdirigo.com/speakers/steve-koltai/
  • Tanja Hollander is an artist whose current project “Are you really my friend?” was recently exhibited at the Portland Museum of Art and continues to receive international media attention.
    Her work has been exhibited nationally at galleries in New York City and Boston and has twice been selected for the Portland Museum of Art Biennial, winning a purchase prize in 2007. Hollander currently lives in Auburn. http://tedxdirigo.com/speakers/tanja-hollander
  • Phuc Tran is a classicist and tattooer who lives in Portland. He has taught Latin, Greek, German, and Sanskrit at independent schools in New York and Maine and was an instructor at Brooklyn College’s Summer Latin Institute. He currently teaches at Waynflete School. As a tattooer, Tranowns and operates Tsunami Tattoo in Portland. He has been recognized in several national tattoo publications.
    http://tedxdirigo.com/speakers/phuc-tran/
  • Gabrielle Russell was raised in Auburn, where she still lives. Following high school, she spent five years at Tulane in New Orleans where she earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Architecture. Russell worked locally to complete her design internship and now works at an architecture firm on Lisbon Street. She is an advocate for green design as a LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design) Accredited Professional.
    http://tedxdirigo.com/speakers/gabrielle-russell/

For a complete list of presenters, visit http://tedxdirigo.com/category/speakers/

TEDxDirigo “VILLAGES” will take place on Saturday, October 20th, from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m at Bates College in Lewiston. There will be two morning sessions and two afternoon sessions, with breaks in between for further open discussion among attendees. Following the event, guests are invited to explore the greater village of Lewiston-Auburn, including its many restaurants.

TEDxDirigo aims to bring together an intentional, diverse audience at the event that is reflective, active, and engaged— a community that will extend beyond the day of the event. Requesting an invitation to attend is the first step in making that happen. It is free to request an invitation, and the fee to attend, if selected, is $100. Request an invitation to attend VILLAGES at http://www.tedxdirigo.com.

About TEDx: 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 a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Edinburgh, Scotland. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organize local, independent TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration

Follow TED on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at facebook.com/TED.

Press Contact:
Jennifer Boggs 207.482.3767 / jenlboggs@gmail.com
Rob Gould 207.329.1520 / bobbygpr@gmail.com



TEDxDirigo Announces Event Schedule for May 19th Event, Engage

May 17, 2012

Registration / 9:00am

Session 1 / 10:00 – 11:45am
Raphael diLuzio
Claire Hirschmann
Josh Broder
Bill Cumming
Susan Conley

LUNCH

Session 2 / 1:00 – 2:45pm
Andy Happel
Elizabeth Neptune
Daniel Minter
Ned Swain
Bonnie Rukin
Lyn Mikel Brown

Session 3 / 3:30 – 5:00pm
Chellie Pingree
Cathy Plourde
Mohammed Dini
Robin Alden
John Marshall

Reception / 5:00 – 6:00pm

Attendance is by application and invitation only. Applications close at midnight, Thursday, May 17.



TEDxDirigo Announces Engage

March 12, 2012

For Immediate Release
March 12, 2012

Contact:
Ryan Triffitt
TEDxDirigo Marketing Director
207.837.5045
ryan@tedxdirigo.com 

Portland, ME — TEDxDirigo announces Engage, a full day of speakers and performers for a special spring event on Saturday, May 19.

Engage will feature a dynamic range of innovators from across Maine sharing live “TEDx Talks” about how their engagement in ideas is making an impact here and across the globe. The event will be guest curated by Jan Kearce, executive director of the Institute for Civic Leadership. Engage will be held on Saturday, May 19, at the University of Southern Maine’s Hannaford Hall in Portland from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

“After our events we often hear a common question: What do we do now?” said Adam Burk, executive director, TEDxDirigo. “Our answer: Engage. We’ll hear from people who are converting ideas and passion into action and impact. And together we’ll explore how we can collectively and individually Engage in inspiring solutions to our toughest challenges.”

Engage is the first TEDxDirigo event to feature a guest curator to ensure a diversity of perspectives. The Institute for Civic Leadership builds Maine’s civic capacity by training, supporting, engaging, and convening a growing network of skilled leaders, making them a great partner for TEDxDirigo.

The journey begins by applying to attend today. TEDxDirigo is looking for applicants who:

• are curious, passionate, open-minded
• have done something fascinating with their lives or are about to
• show evidence of creativity, innovation, insight, or brilliance
• would be wonderful to sit next to at lunch and have a conversation with
• are well placed to help make a difference in the community and the world
• have made a contribution to the TEDxDirigo community

It is free to apply, and the fee to attend, if selected, is $100. Scholarships are also available.
Attendance is by application and invitation only to ensure a diverse audience representing a wide range of professions and backgrounds; providing for a rich and stimulating exchange of ideas.

To apply visit www.tedxdirigo.com/apply-to-attend.

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TEDxDirigo to Host Live Viewing of TED2012: Full Spectrum and Speaker Try Outs

February 25, 2012

For Immediate Release
February 21, 2012

Contact:
Ryan Triffitt
TEDxDirigo Marketing Director
207.837.5045
ryan@tedxdirigo.com 

Portland, ME — On February 29, 2012, TEDxDirigo will be hosting a Live Viewing Party of TED2012: Full Spectrum, in conjunction with Speaker Try Outs for a future TEDxDirigo event. The events will be held concurrently at Frontier in Brunswick, Maine. The entire day is sold out.

Speaker Try Outs
The first ever Speaker Try Outs will offer 20 presenters the chance to give the talk of their life in two minutes or less in front of a live audience. The audience will select “the people’s choice,” whom TEDxDirgio will work with and invite back at a main-stage TEDxDirigo event. The TEDxDirigo team will also be looking for speakers for future events. Speaker Try Outs will take place in the Frontier theater from 7:00 – 8:00pm during a break in the TED2012: Full Spectrum schedule.

TED2012: Full Spectrum Live Viewing
Live from Long Beach, California, TED2012: Full Spectrum will celebrate the phenomenon of the reinvention of the ancient art of the spoken word. Full spectrum will focus on the rich use of multiple technologies, formats and approaches for the most powerful possible impact on an audience. Content will span the full spectrum of knowledge TED stands for, from dazzling technology and leading-edge science to the richest veins of human creativity and interconnection taking key next step in the evolution of TED.

A complete speaker schedule can be found at http://conferences.ted.com/TED2012/ 

The TEDxDirigo team was thrilled to see the enthusiasm for this first-ever event in Maine, which sold out within hours of its announcement.

Upcoming Events
Thursday, March 29: Giving the Talk of Your Life Workshop, Location TBD

Saturday, May 19: TEDxDirigo: Engage at Hannaford Hall, USM, Portland. A full-day event, guest curated by Institute for Civic Leadership executive director, Jan Kearce. Event details and applications to attend will be available in February at www.TEDxDirigo.com

Wednesday, June 27: TED Global, Live Stream, Location TBD

Fall 2012: TEDxDirigo: Villages, The signature, annual, full-day event featuring “Maine ideas worth spreading.” Event details and applications to attend will be available in the spring at www.tedxdirigo.com.

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TEDxDirigo Announces Events for 2012

February 10, 2012

For Immediate Release
January 24, 2012

Contact:
Ryan Triffitt
Marketing Director, TEDxDirigo
207-837-5045
ryan@tedxdirigo.com

Adam Burk
Executive Director, TEDxDirigo
207-370-7243
adam@tedxdirigo.com

Portland, ME — TEDxDirigo is preparing a full slate of events for 2012. Following on the success of TEDxDirigo: Latitudes, which was held September 10, 2011 at the Portland Stage Company, TEDxDirigo is thrilled to continue the momentum into the new year.

TEDxDirigo’s events bring together Maine’s brightest innovators and change-makers. The goal is for TEDxDirigo to be a catalyst for positive change in the state and world, where new ideas are funded and supported for the greater good of all.

Here’s a tentative schedule for 2012. More details will be available at www.tedxdirigo.com.

Thursday, January 26: Giving the Talk of Your Life Workshop at PelotonLabs, Portland SOLD OUT

Wednesday, February 29: TED 2012, Live Stream and TEDxDirigo Tryouts at Frontier, Brunswick. FREE. Up to 20 people who pre-register will have the opportunity to give a 1-2 minute talk of their life to a live audience. The audience will vote for “the people’s choice” who TEDxDirigo will work with and feature at a future main-stage TEDxDirigo event.

Thursday, March 29: Giving the Talk of Your Life Workshop, Location TBD

Saturday, May 19: TEDxDirigo: Engage at Hannaford Hall, USM, Portland. A full-day event, guest curated by Institute for Civic Leadership executive director, Jan Kearce. Event details and applications to attend will be available in February at www.TEDxDirigo.com.

Wednesday, June 27: TED Global, Live Stream, Location TBD

Fall 2012: TEDxDirigo: Villages, The signature, annual, full-day event featuring “Maine ideas worth spreading.” Event details and applications to attend will be available in the spring at www.tedxdirigo.com.



TEDxDirigo Bookstore List

September 14, 2011

In partnership with Longfellow Books, here are some “books worth spreading.” This list has been curated by TEDxDirigo presenters and organizers, featuring the books that have shaped our lives and work. And for a limited time, Latitudes attendees can purchase these books at a discount at Longfellow Books in Portland.

Peaceful Mind, Compassionate Heart by Khen Rhinpoche Lobzang Tsetan
Khen Rinpoche Tsetan has spent over 30 years teaching to Western audiences in the USA and gets to the heart of the Buddha’s teaching using wisdom, humor and compassion for our 21st Century lifestyles and challenges we encounter searching for inner peace. No need to be a Buddhist to benefit from the insights and lessons found within these pages!
- suggested by Lisa Blake, 2010 speaker

The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success by Nicholas Lore
There are a lot of books like this, but this one actually did help me change my career and my life. I followed the book’s instructions with diligence and faith, which put me on a path that led directly to the best job I’ve ever had — and it’s written by a Mainer, to boot!
- suggested by Jennifer Boggs, TEDxDirigo

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Though I first read this book as a child, it’s anything but childish. A reminder that life is best lived with curiosity and playfulness.
- suggested by Jennifer Boggs, TEDxDirigo

A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
One of the most beautiful portrayals of what a sense of place can yield. Leopold’s reflections are prose inspired by the invisible connections of life–ecology. The call for the adoption of “the land ethic” is ever more pertinent today than ever.
- suggested by Adam Burk, TEDxDirigo

Worldchanging, Edited by Alex Steffan
The problems of today can be vastly overwhelming-hunger, climate change, devastating storms, failing economies…what the heck are we going to do? Here is a comprehensive index of solutions currently being deployed on various scales across the world and can be adapted in your community. Read it, get inspired, get to work.
- suggested by Adam Burk, TEDxDirigo

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
A manifesto for making communication more effective. For there to be hope for grassroots movements, these lessons need to be learned and shared.
- suggested by John Paul Caponigro, 2010 speaker

Slideology … and Resonance by Nancy Duarte
Both volumes are essential manuals for making audio/visual presentations more effective. She helped Al Gore with An Inconvenient Truth. She can help you.
- suggested by John Paul Caponigro, 2010 speaker

MAINE Deepwater Offshore Wind Report by University of Maine and James W.
Sewall Company
This report presents a comprehensive overview of all the environmental,
geographic, economic and permitting issues associated with the development
of deepwater offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine. The study represents four
years of data collection on everything from where right whales migrate, to what piers can handle heavy construction equipment.
- suggested by Dr. Habib Dagher, 2011 presenter

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Why: If we can love, we can create. If we can create, we live. If we live, we have meaning.
- suggested by Kerem Durdag, 2011 presenter

A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander
- suggested by Michael “Gil” Gilroy, TEDxDirigo

The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
- suggested by Michael “Gil” Gilroy, TEDxDirigo

Fruitless Fall by Rowan Jacobsen
Rowan did a wonderful job of introducing Colony Collapse Disorder (“that problem with the bees that everybody’s heard about”), and relating it to the much larger agricultural and environmental crises heralded by the bees’ health issues. A real eye-opener and attitude changer – one that goes a long way toward making the connection between bees, our callous treatment of our only planet, and food.
- suggested by Christy Hemenway, 2011 speaker

The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
Pollan makes very real the connection between our broken food system and our current state of health and “food-angst.” Very revealing and a must-read for anyone the least bit curious about where food actually comes from, how it gets on your plate, and how much the government has to do with it!
- suggested by Christy Hemenway, 2011 speaker

Improvising Real Life: Personal Story in Playback Theatre by Jo Salas
A great “nuts and bolts” book for anyone interested in doing playback.
- suggested by David LaGraffe, 2011 presenter

Acts of Service: Spontaneity, Commitment, Tradition in the Nonscripted Theatre by Jonathan Fox
This is a “digging deeper” book for developing a full philosophical appreciation of the nature of playback theatre.
- suggested by David LaGraffe, 2011 presenter

The Hero With A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
This book is amazingly inspirational. It exemplifies the unity of the human society through the discussion of mythology. As a filmmaker, I find that this book contains all the essential ingredients to create a successful narrative story.
- suggested by Dean Merrill, TEDxDirigo

Depth Psychology And A New Ethic by Erich Neumann
Neumann provides a profound discussion of the current state of the human condition. He offers a holistic solution for the next evolution of our society. This is not light reading, but it is profoundly inspirational and enlightening.
- suggested by Dean Merrill, TEDxDirigo

Start with Why by Simon Sinek
A book that reminds us as leaders to begin with belief, purpose and passion and inspire those around us to take action. To bring this purpose into our communication, our decisions, our strategy.
- suggested by Janice O’Rourke, TEDxDirigo

Small is Beautiful by E.F. Schumacher
This book has inspired me to look differently at the world and how I can influence it. So much so, that I have dedicated my life to trying to build the beautiful society that Schumacher discusses. Practically, it has also helped me to start this process, in particular the section where he describes the steps he would take if given control of a large community in the Global South. This is a must-read for any aspiring world-changer.
- suggested by Alex Petroff, TEDxDirigo

Simulacra and Simulation (The Body, In Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism) by Jean Baudrillard
This book explores the difference between what is real and what is made to appear real. It might as well be the literary soundtrack to The Matrix. Once you see the simulacrum, you realize that it is all around you. A frightening read.
- suggested by John Rooks, 2011 speaker

First as Tragedy, Then as Farce by Slavoy Zizek
Zizek dissects traditional Capitalism and Cause Capitalism with a razor sharp scalpel. He demonstrates how the rules of Capitalism permit consumers to continue the same behaviors (over consumption) that created environmental degradation, while thinking that they are part of the solution.
- suggested by John Rooks, 2011 speaker

Reality is Broken by Jane McGonigal
Mcgonigal explores how the mechanics found in online gaming — engagement, meaning, optimism, and collaboration — can unleash the great potential of our society to solve its most intractable problems.
- suggested by Eli Stefanski, 2011 speaker

Sorcerers and Their Apprentices by Frank Moss
Moss showcases the anti-disciplinary thinking and creativity that is producing transformative solutions to today’s “wicked problems.”
- suggested by Eli Stefanski, 2011 speaker

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way we Make Things by William McDonough and Michael Braungart
This book offers a visionary, exciting, positive, and practical approach to solving environmental challenges by focusing on new technologies and ideas for producing what we need and want in ways that are restorative and healthy. Going beyond just doing “better,” this book offers an approach that is 100% good.
- suggested by Zoe Weil, 2010 speaker

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
Here is a soul-searching, jam-packed, beautifully written, painstakingly researched and captivating read about one of the most important daily choices each of us makes regarding food. Neither a diet book nor a polemic, Foer’s book unfolds richly and meaningfully and leaves readers with important decisions to make for their own sake and the sake of animals and the environment.
- suggested by Zoe Weil, 2010 speaker

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
It is a book that is read by many of us as teenagers. I think it should be read again as a adult (or me, more than once). It is a book about race in America. But it is also a book about ordinary people who are faced with difficult decisions. And finally, for me, it is a book about courage.
- suggested by Steve Wessler, 2011 speaker

Books by TEDxDirigo Speakers

Fambul Tok by Libby Hoffman
More Than Promote – A monkeywrencher’s guide to authentic marketing by John Rooks

Most Good, Least Harm by Zoe Weil
The Respectful School by Steve Wessler



TEDxDirigo is sold out!

September 6, 2011

TEDxDirigo: Latitudes is sold out! We are grateful for everyone’s support and can’t wait for September 10th! Please join our mailing list to get updates about when the talks from Saturday’s event are available on-line and ways to get involved in the future.



TEDxDIRIGO ANNOUNCES: SCHEDULE FOR SEPTEMBER 10th EVENT LATITUDES

August 30, 2011

Program Schedule for TEDxDirigo: Latitudes on September 10th

SESSION 1 9:00 – 10:30am
Habib Dagher
Steve Wessler
Elizabeth Stefanski
Olas

SESSION 2 11:05am – 12:15pm
Emilia Dahlin
John Rooks
Jeff Thaler
Christy Hemenway

LUNCH 12:20-1:40pm

SESSION 3 1:45 – 3:15pm
Figures of Speech Theatre
Kerem Durdag
Alan Lishness
Jodie Hittle
Libby Hoffman

SESSION 4 3:45 – 5:15pm
Ryan Baird
Rafael Grossmann Zamora
Elizabeth McLellan
Roger Doiron
Portland Playback Theatre

RECEPTION 5:15-6:15pm

If you’ve received an invitation and haven’t yet purchased your ticket, please do. You won’t want to miss a minute of this celebration of Maine ideas worth spreading.



TEDxDIRIGO ANNOUNCES: PROGRAM FOR SEPTEMBER 10th EVENT LATITUDES

August 3, 2011


For Immediate Release

August 3, 2011 (Portland, ME) – Today, TEDxDirigo announces a full program of speakers and performers for its second annual independently organized event on Saturday, September 10th at Portland Stage Company. Latitudes will feature Mainers sharing live “TEDx Talks” about social, economic and environmental ideas that are making an impact here and abroad.

“The name Latitudes evokes Maine’s respected tradition of trade and discovery, but in this case, in the marketplace of ideas,” said Adam Burk, TEDxDirigo’s Executive Director. “It can also mean ‘freedom from limitation,’ and we hope the conference will give the speakers and guests wide berth to exchange ideas.”

Local presenters of “Maine ideas worth spreading” include:

  • Libby Hoffman of Falmouth founded the private foundation Catalyst for Peace. Since 2007, the foundation has run Fambul Tok (“family talk” in Krio), an international program which brings victims and perpetrators from Sierra Leone’s civil war together in village-level, tradition-based ceremonies of truth-telling, apology and forgiveness. Fambul Tok helps heal the wounds of war and build the foundations for sustainable peace and development. http://www.fambultok.org
  • Roger Doiron is the founder and director of Kitchen Gardeners International (KGI), a Maine-based nonprofit network of more than 20,000 people from 100 countries who are taking a hands-on approach to re-localizing the global food supply. His grand prize-winning proposal and petition campaign to replant a kitchen garden at the White House attracted over 100,000 signatures and broad international media coverage. http://www.kitchengardeners.org
  • Emilia Dahlin is a Portland-based singer-songwriter who, at the peak of a booming music career, went on a yearlong global journey of service and learning. She and an intergenerational group visited places around the world that are experimenting with ecologically compatible technologies and societal models that combine modern innovation with the wisdom of old-world communities. Dahlin traveled to the favelas of Sao Paolo where she began a collaborative music project that inspired her to use music within her own community to foster cross-cultural exchange though a common medium. http://www.emiliadahlin.com
  • Steve Wessler of Litchfield is the Executive Director for the Center for Preventing Hate, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing and responding to bias, harassment and violence. The Center provides education and advocacy in schools, colleges, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and communities. http://www.preventinghate.org

See the full roster of speakers: http://tedxdirigo.com/category/speakers/2011/.

Latitudes will take place on Saturday, September 10th, from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. There will be two morning sessions and two afternoon sessions, with breaks in between for further open discussion among attendees. Following the event, guests and speakers will be encouraged to unwind at the SPACE Block Party, a celebration of the arts that will stretch along Congress Street, from Casco Street to Forest Avenue. Participants will experience interactive art installations, musical performances, theater, and activities for kids.

Applications to attend Latitudes are still being accepted. Selections are made based on a broad set of criteria. The TEDxDirigo team will curate a diverse audience representing a wide range of professions and backgrounds, to ensure a rich and stimulating exchange of ideas. It is free to apply, and the fee to attend, if selected, is $100. To apply, go to http://tedxdirigo.com/apply-to-attend/.

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Press Contact
Jennifer Boggs
207-482-3767 / jen@tedxdirigo.com



TEDxDirigo seeks Volunteer Set Designer

June 16, 2011

TEDxDirigo seeks an experienced Set Designer to lead the process of developing the stage dressing for our second annual event on September 10, 2011. This person will be responsible for leading the set design, construction, and breakdown, while working with the TEDxDirigo team and Portland Stage Company.

Scope of work:

  • Brainstorm several options for set design in line with our event and TED style
  • Assemble a set crew as needed
  • Build the winning design off-site to be reassembled on stage the day prior to the event (Sept. 9, 2011)
  • Organize the breakdown and recycling of the set the day after the event (Sept. 11, 2011)

The Ideal candidate will have:

  • Passion about “Maine Ideas Worth Spreading” and TED Talks
  • Professional experience in stage design and project management
  • A solid understanding of contemporary design trends
  • A resourceful mindset in order to minimize costs
  • Strong work ethic and respect for deadlines
  • A team player who can also work on their own
  • A professional, friendly attitude

Expectations

  • Work closely with the TEDxDirigo team
  • Compliment the 2011 event theme and its associated visual system into set design.
  • Meet with the TEDxDirigo team as needed leading up to the 9/10/11 event.

Benefits

  • Work on a unique and high profile project
  • Complimentary VIP admission to the event

Please submit a cover letter expressing why you would like to work on TEDxDirigo, a resume, and a link to your portfolio or examples of your work. Please submit these to adam@tedxdirigo.com by 12 midnight, Saturday, June 25, 2011. Follow-ups will occur promptly and be complete by Friday, July 8.



TEDxDirigo seeks Volunteer Art Director

June 16, 2011

TEDxDirigo seeks a Volunteer Art Director to assist with designing marketing and program materials for our second annual event happening on September 10, 2011. This person will be responsible for developing a visual system that reflects the name of our event while adhering, maintaining, and enhancing our brand.

Scope of Work

  • Brainstorm several options for the centerpiece TEDxDirigo 2011 graphic which will be the foundation of multiple branding pieces across several media
  • Adapt the winning graphic consistently across said media: printed collateral, web graphics, environmental graphics and video/interstitial animations
  • Art direct materials for our event including large scale posters, program books, name tags, and posters.
  • Review final pieces after production and prior to release of piece to print vendors as needed.

The Ideal Candidate will have:

  • Passion for “Maine Ideas Worth Spreading” and TED Talks
  • 4+ years of relevant experience
  • A strong portfolio that will WOW the viewer
  • Fluent knowledge of all professional software (CS3 up)
  • Strong work ethic and respect for deadlines
  • A team player who can also work on their own
  • A professional, friendly attitude

Expectations

  • Work closely with Executive Director and Marketing Director
  • Err on the side of over communication
  • Meet with the TEDxDirigo team as needed leading up to the 9/10/11 event.
  • Study up on TED branding rules

Benefits

  • Work on a unique and high profile project
  • Complimentary VIP admission to the event

Please submit a cover letter expressing why you would like to work on TEDxDirigo, a resume, and a link to your portfolio or examples of your work. Please submit these to adam@tedxdirigo.com by 12midnight, Saturday, June 25, 2011. Follow-ups will occur promptly and be complete by Friday, July 8.



TEDxDirigo 2011 offers diverse line-up of speakers

May 17, 2011

As we put the finishing touches on the TEDxDirigo 2011 program, we’re elated to have such a wide range of interesting and innovative Mainers.

Attorney Jeff Thaler, a proponent of “uncomfortable learning,” and musician Ryan Baird, whose new multimedia piece examines “contemplative education,” will address new directions in education.

Eli Stefanski, a self-proclaimed “impatient social innovation junkie” will also present, as will cutting-edge beekeeper Christy Hemenway.

These are just five of the seventeen speakers (and performers) we have planned. Stay tuned to find out who else will be joining us. With a variety of talks and topics throughout the day, some of the fun will be in the links we make between them— and the connections we make with each other.



TEDxDirigo 2011 slated for 09/10/11

April 19, 2011

For Immediate Release

TEDxDIRIGO LIVE EVENT SLATED FOR 09/10/11
DESIGNER JOHN BIELENBERG AND OTHERS TO PRESENT

April 19, 2011(Portland, ME) – Only one Maine event takes as much care to curate its audience as it does its speakers. On Saturday, September 10th, TEDxDirigo will hold a live event at Portland Stage Company, featuring local change-makers and innovators presenting “Maine ideas worth spreading.”

Among the diverse speakers scheduled to present are Aruna Kenyi, a student, author and activist from Sudan. Though only 22 years old, Kenyi has published a memoir of his journey from being forced to leave Sudan, to his life in the United States. This summer, he will go back to his village to set up a school lunch program – and see his parents for the first time since he was five.

Elizabeth McLellan is a Registered Nurse with a graduate degree in health care administration and public health from Boston University. A native of Maine, McLellan has traveled extensively and witnessed poverty and health care at its worst. Inspired by many trips to Southeast Asia, Africa and the Middle East, she single-handedly started Partners for World Health, an organization that funnels discarded medical supplies to hospitals and clinics in third world countries. The group also disseminates information on global health and develops community service learning opportunities for Portland high school and college students.

“The point of TEDxDirigo isn’t merely to assemble impressive speakers – though the program is shaping up to be a fascinating group of Mainers,” said TEDxDirigo Executive Director Adam Burk. “Our aim is to create an atmosphere where ideas can be exchanged and expanded, so who’s in the audience is as important as who’s on stage.”

Applications to register for TEDxDirigo 2011 are now being accepted at www.tedxdirigo.com. Only a limited number of registrations are available and will be selected based on a broad set of criteria. The TEDxDirigo team will curate a diverse audience representing a wide range of professions and backgrounds, to ensure a rich and stimulating exchange of ideas. To apply, go to www.tedxdirigo.com. It is free to apply. The fee to attend is $100. (A small number of scholarships are available, primarily for students.) All applications received before May 15 will be given equal consideration. After that applications will be accepted per available registrations.

TEDxDirigo 2011 will take place on Saturday, September 10th, from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. There will be two morning sessions and two afternoon sessions, with breaks in between for further open discussion among attendees. TEDxDirigo is partnering with businesses in downtown Portland to provide lunch and an after-party for all event attendees, so the conversation can continue.

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Press Contact:
Jennifer Boggs
207.482.3767 / jen@tedxdirigo.com



Portland Stage Co. Visit

February 3, 2011

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TEDx Internships

January 23, 2011

The national TEDx Team is looking for interns. One each for:

General
Post-Production
Branding and Community

If you know someone great, please do send them our way!

We’re always interested in seeing resumes from prospective interns. To intern with us, you must be:
+ a college senior or above
+ able to work in our Manhattan office for at least 20 hours per week in 5-hour blocks.
+ sincerely interested in TED and passionate about helping to share Ideas Worth Spreading

Internships are available in many departments, and we rely on your cover letter and resume to figure out where to place you. So be specific about your skills, experience and interests. Also be specific about when you would like to work—if you can start anytime, or if you can work during a particular semester. Internships are paid, or college credit can be arranged with your advisor. Send your resume and cover letter to jobs@ted.com with the subject line INTERNSHIP.



2010 Speaker Videos on YouTube

January 18, 2011

We have just posted some new videos on YouTube from the 2010 Frontier event, with more to follow soon.
VISIT THE TEDXDIRIGO YOUTUBE CHANNEL