About Jim


Native of Southern California...still my home. Spent many years poking the earth as a geologist and now I poke people in business to achieve greater levels of success. Married more than 12 years. Father of two amazing boys.

TED Conference

TEDActive 2013

Areas of Expertise

Leadership Development and Transformation, Coach - Business

I'm passionate about

Nature. Discovery. Games. Language.

My TED story

Inspired by Tribal Leadership author Dave Logan and triggered by a blog post by Tribes author Seth Godin, I applied for a license to organize a TEDx event and on January 19, 2012 I received word the license had been granted. Our first event in October 2012 was a big success and I and the team look forward to building on it.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

Jim McLaughlin
Posted over 2 years ago
What do you think of Code.org?
I was introduced to programming as a child in the early 1970s (my junior high school was rare in that it had a Digital computer). Akin to those in the video, seeing the teletype machine ka-chunk out "JIM MCLAUGHLIN IS GREAT!" was a milestone event. In the 80's, grad school, "Computer Applications in Geology" I spent late hours on campus tweaking FORTRAN 77 to produce more and more beautiful output. Then my dad gave me a Commodore VIC-20, later a C-64 and a C-128. How I longed for an Amiga and Video Toaster! In the 90's taught myself Visual Basic and landed a job (mid-life - temporary - career change). When HTML got complicated, I "retired." Until I discovered code.org (2 days ago) I had taken for granted how much coding had been part of my life and hadn't considered how that type of thinking (logic, problem solving) could be taught in a way that is addictive. In my home I hope code.org becomes the new Minecraft.