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Making time to watch all the archived videos from #TEDxNYED 2012

Click the bottom of the player window above to navigate between TEDxNYED speakers or click below to watch specific talks from:

Jenny Buccos (@goodglobalcitiz)

Jose Vilson (@TheJLV)

Juliette LaMontagne (@jlamontagne)

Jim Groom (@jimgroom)

Sree Sreenivasan (@sree)

Jaimie Cloud (@cloudinstitute)

Chris Emdin (@chrisemdin)

Adam Bellow (@adambellow)

Sophie Altchek (@sophiealtchek)

Tony Wagner (@drtonywagner)

Bre Pettis (@bre)

Patrick Honner (@MrHonner)

Frank Noschese (@fnoschese)

Jaymes Dec (@jaymesdec)

I finally have time to watch the TEDxNYED 2012 videos! I was too busy running around backstage (and all over the Museum of the Moving Image) on the day of the actual event to witness any of the live talks. Recently, our production team from True Life Media (@truelifemedia) uploaded the edited videos to a TEDxNYED YouTube playlist on the TEDxTalks channel. Now that the school year is winding down, I have available pockets of time to watch the talks. Baruch Hashem.

Looking back, April 28th was probably one of the most stressful days of my recent history. Still, even with all the anxiety (and figurative/literal blood, sweat, tears), it was gratifying when volunteers generously showed up on Friday and Saturday for much needed assistance, speakers enthusiastically thanked us, attendees waved aside the glitches, and when people shared positive and thoughtful tweets and blog posts.

These last few years, I’ve learned a lot about how to organize, delegate, and negotiate, and the process has changed me. I clearly have a ways to go, and I greatly appreciate everyone that has been a part of my development – most recently, this year’s batch of TEDxNYED co-organizers including Basil Kolani (@bkolani), Kiersten Jennings Chou (@choutofu), Tammy McKenna (@tmck76), and Matthew Moran (@matthewpmoran).

Many thanks need to belatedly go to:

Homa Tavangar (@growingupglobal) for hosting the event

The Horace Mann School (@HMschool) and The Dwight School (@thedwightschool) for their incredibly generous support

Flik Independent School Dining (@FlikISDining) for partnering with us and providing healthy food all day long

Museum of the Moving Image (@MovingImageNYC) for their glorious theater and helpful staff including B.G. Hacker (Director of Events) and Chris Wisniewski (Deputy Director for Education )

WhippleHill (@whipplehill) for their organizational support

Livestream (@livestream) for streaming the event

True Life Media (@truelifemedia) for all their hard work streaming, filming, editing the videos of our talks

Teq (@TeqPD) and The School at Columbia University (@The_School) for their support

AppBaker (@appbaker) for the awesome TEDxNYED app

Wayne K. Lin (@wayneklin) for his awesome photos of TEDxNYED

Clare Anderton for helping us design the program and nametags

Tabitha, Akio, Dong, Zoe, Milagros, Lautaro, and the high school students from Horace Mann and Dwight (apologies if I missed anyone…) for their generous volunteerism

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The TEDxNYED talks are viewable at http://tedxnyed.com

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filming and post-production by True Life Media

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I’m down with T.E.D. (yeah you know me)

TEDxNYED at TEDActive

Last week I was in Palm Springs at what was essentially Club TED. Along with about 500 other people at TEDActive, I watched a simulcast of TED 2011 from The Riviera Resort and Spa. It was totally awesome and extravagant to be mentally stimulated in such a deluxe way; There were screens all over the resort. The designated main room was full of posh Steelcase seating clusters, each facing their own duo of Sony flat screens. Additionally, there were other rooms full of snacks, coffee bars, refrigerators full of beverage choices, and power strips up the wazoo with a variety of seating arrangements and screens everywhere. The most lavish area were the cabanas around the pool, also with dual screens and Lawrence-of-Arabia-inspired interior designs.

It was a monumental few days, and I’m still mourning the fact that I had to leave early to get back to New York in time for TEDxNYED which I co-curated with Basil Kolani (@bkolani). However, we pulled off a pretty spectacular event that exceeded even my high expectations, thanks to the good people at the New York Academy of Sciences and our amazing team of organizers: Dan Agins (@agins213), Erin Mumford (@erinmum), Jeff Weitz (@scienceteacher1), Kiersten Jennings Chou (@choutofu), Sean Freese (@seanmfreese), and Tammy Mckenna (@tmck76).

I joked more than once that this second annual TEDxNYED could be renamed TEDxKaren. I consider the other organizers friends, and I am inspired by all of our speakers. Plus, I’m proud to know so many of the organizers and speakers personally. I even had connections with our co-hosts, Don Buckley (@donbuckley) and Sylvia Martinez (@smartinez); Don is my boss, and Sylvia makes me laugh more than many other people. At TEDxNYED, we heard “ideas worth spreading” from:

Alan November @globalearner
Homa Tavangar @growingupglobal
Lucy Gray @elemenous
John Ellrodt and Maria Fico @johncellrodt @mfico1158 
Kiran Bir Sethi 
Gary Stager @garystager
Brian Crosby @bcrosby
Heidi Hayes Jacobs @HeidiHayesJacob
Dennis Littky  @Dennis_Littky
Diana Laufenberg @dlaufenberg
Rinat Aruh
Luyen Chou @luyenchou
Patrick Carman @patrickcarman
Morley @morleymusic
Stacey Murphy @bkfarmyards
Samona Tait
Steve Bergen @stevebergen
Will Richardson @willrich45

On top of everything else, it was a thrill that Morley, a New York based singer/songwriter/activist, joined us. Below is a video of her song, “Women of Hope,” which includes the line, “If you’re feeling helpless, help someone.” It is my new mantra.

Photos from TEDActive: http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649

Photos from TEDxNYED: http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649

 

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