Karina Eisner

Spring, TX, United States

About Karina

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Bio

My bio? I'll upload it one of these days...

In the meantime, I'll tell you that having lived in several continents, I've worn many hats -and loved each one of them.

I enjoy finding and meeting the needs of my community -wherever I am, in whatever capacity I can. I may be called conference organizer, trainer, mentor, architect, designer, editor, artist, teacher, student, translator -but I am always a connector, a creator, a builder. I don't see obstacles, but opportunities; not walls, but doors.

I drew and painted before I could walk and to this day it is my preferred way of expression, the best brainstorming technique and de-stressing remedy. Large scale is my territory, the bigger the better. The eye of the architect seeks the space and grasps the big picture without losing sight of the details, a process thinker.

Languages

English, Italian, Spanish

Areas of Expertise

Artist, organizer, brainstormer, Architecture and Urban Design, educator, Presenter/Speaker, Trainer/Training Development

An idea worth spreading

1. Believe the incredible and you will do the impossible. 2. One CAN make a difference. 3. Insanity = doing the same thing again and again (Einstein) 4. You are loved, you are love, love! 5. Those that say it can’t be done should get out of the way of those doing it.

I'm passionate about

Art, community impact, teamwork, design, problem solving, big ideas followed by action, education, traveling, music, good food and good friends, after dinner conversations long into the night.

Talk to me about

Opportunities, ways to be part of the solution, worthy causes around the world, projects that make a difference or involve problem solving current issues, art, empowerment, values and creativity

People don't know I'm good at

People that know me know what I am good at, others need only ask.

My TED story

I am inspired by the TED dynamics, the infectious-challenging-brief-eye-opening presentations, and the people that go beyond the edge to make them happen.

Shortly after joining TED.com I moderated a conversation on the current role of creativity in education that become the top debate on the site at the time. I was humbled to discover that I had struck a cord of huge relevance to people the world over, and that they were willing to get over their own experiences or failures for the sake of the next generation. The online debate gave place to solid friendships across the borders and new, concrete initiatives. ♬ That's what TED is for ♬

Art installation and stage manager in the 1st two local TEDx events in The Woodlands.

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Comments & conversations

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Karina Eisner
Posted about 2 years ago
How can we use art to build awareness of peak oil and start the public discussion on transitioning away from fossil fuels.
Sunny, Great question! For starters, how about making art that doesn't use any petrochemicals (conventional paints, glue, plywood, etc.) Maybe involving the community in the making process would raise awareness and strengthen the resistance... Maybe you used the perfect terminology: BUILD awareness. Architecture is the "natural" environment of the majority of people today. How about beginning to mainstream GREEN architecture? Contrary to what glossy magazines might make you believe, environmentally friendly and efficient construction does not have to be expensive. Let's lead by example and build, expect, vote, and request green architecture!
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Karina Eisner
Posted about 2 years ago
Bjarke Ingels: Hedonistic sustainability
Thanks for the update, Emil! Here in TED we can easily get caught up on the novelty of ideas, and jump from one to the next in a sort of stimulus-addiction. However, follow-up is important, to see if those ideas actualy materialized into productive, effective action, which in my view should be the ultimate goal.
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Karina Eisner
Posted over 2 years ago
How can today's youth get involved and help initiate change in the world?
Wow, Grace! After reading your prompt I believe you do know yourself more that the majority of the 17 year-olds around! At a recent talk, TEDx speaker Brene Brown (also TED 2012 speaker) portrayed a critically ill profile of our current society, but she concluded that there was hope for a change. And it was not going to be in the form of a sweeping storm, it would take setting up small campfires of strength, innovation, good will, authenticity, and resilience. I second Heather White below, light up your own small fire, surround yourself with people like you, and persevere. Participate as much as possible, soon the one mission that will drive your life will become evident. Start with one close by, take up your own. You don't need to change the whole world right now, just start and let it change you a little too. It all needs time...
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Karina Eisner
Posted over 2 years ago
Africa does not need any more aid to develop, it needs moral support and guidance to harness her resources to develop
An excellent approach to empowering Africa (and beyond) coming up with solutions from the inside is the work that The Elders are doing. Look into it :-) " The group was initiated by Richard Branson and musician and human rights activist Peter Gabriel [...] to contribute their wisdom and independent leadership to address the world's toughest problems. Mandela announced the formation of this new group, The Elders, in a speech he delivered on the occasion of his 89th birthday.Archbishop Tutu serves as the chair of The Elders. The founding members of this group include nobel prizes Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, Muhammad Yunus, Martti Ahtisaari, Kofi Annan, Aung San Suu Kyi, and also Graça Machel, Ela Bhatt, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Li Zhaoxing, Mary Robinson and Fernando Henrique Cardoso." (Wikipedia)
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Karina Eisner
Posted over 2 years ago
What do you have to be grateful for today?
Mark, "Where I come from, random strangers don't ask me that, know what I mean?" Well, TED is different, here people care. Sit back and just read, let it play in your ears until you feel safe knowing that yes, there are those who care about total strangers and spend time brainstorming and networking in order to help them.
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Karina Eisner
Posted over 2 years ago
How do you motivate large quantities of people to participate in something? -----An example is voting.-----
"I wonder what percentage of people who do vote, vote with all the information they should have to make the right choices" You make a very good point. I think the problem is often not on the side of the voter, but on the quality, quantity and honesty of the information available. We seem to switch channels to find the exact same coverage of exactly the same event, form exactly the same angle. Pre-screened, edited and copy pasted... I often go to so called "sources" (Reuters, Associated Press...) only to find very limited coverage, if at all, of significant current events. Not what it used to be. Aren't PR, marketing and branding the main campaign expenses in the race? I tell ya, not like the old days...