Christine Mason McCaull

Partner, Milsal + McCaull
Mill Valley, CA, United States

About Christine


TED 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009... etc. Curator of TEDx San Francisco (9 big events since 2009). Partner at Milsal & McCaull. Founder and director of a wide range of web-based portfolio companies. San Francisco/ Bay Area hostess. Formerly venture backed CEO of cloud computing, SaaS and AI/Search companies. I live in San Francisco and Brooklyn, where I work on launching med-tech and science initiatives with a team of 22 brilliant people, write, take pictures, practice yoga, serve several non profits, and in general attempt to live an integrated, dynamic life.

TED Conferences

TEDActive 2014, TEDActive 2013, TED2009, TED2008, TED2007, TED2006, TED2004

Areas of Expertise

Yoga , Starting Companies, Social Media, Interactive Media, Environmental awareness and edutainment, Creativity, History of Peace, Brain Optimization , Community building

An idea worth spreading

Resilience is a superpower.

I'm passionate about

Creating things, especially community. Words and language. Music.

Talk to me about

Love in leadership. Startups. Habit change. Brain science. Writing and publishing. Adventuring. Taking your seat. Environmental action. Idealism. Poetry. Modern Art. Photography. Bhakti.

People don't know I'm good at

Impromptu song writing and a capella performances. Galbraithian efficiency. Handstands.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

Christine Mason McCaull
Posted about 3 years ago
Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.
TEDxSF ALIVE! Maximum Living as a Human, was held on June 4th, 2011. The day featured so many wonderful speakers who shared their visions and ideas on how to optimize the experience of being human at every stage of the lifecycle. Louie's talk received a standing ovation, and the kind of sighs and oohs and ahhs that you would expect. The absolutely most satisfying thing that has come out of the experience of organizing TEDx events is when the speakers get to 100,000 or 300,000 views, or when they have significant impact on any individual, when it changes a heart or a mind. Louie's message is profound, and simple, and the visuals are stunning, and he himself walks in the world with a kind presence and sense of beauty. Thank you for supporting and spreading his work, Brother David's text, and the overall message of gratitude.
Christine Mason McCaull
Posted almost 4 years ago
Are flatter/ more egalitarian societies possible? What beliefs, processes & systems would enable them? What are the risks?
@tobias > Always something to be learned at the edge case.... so, the man who lives in isolation (the ultimate libertarian) is sort of living without a superior or an inferior, in isolation he is a pretty flat organization. He wouldn't be a citizen of any place, so no tax would be imposed for the common good. On the other hand, in his ignorance of climate change and lack of trade relationships, let's say there are theoretical salinity shifts caused by other nations and people not related to him or his actions- and these cause all of his machines to fail. So the lack of attention to the collective comes back around and bites him in the butt, and his underwater lair and in fact, he himself, dies. This question about the balance between the individual and the collective is somewhat intertwined with the question of a society that has less hierarchy. I would also explore this assumption that it's hard work by the individual that differentiates reward, not crafty working of the systems for one's own advantage- whether circumstances of birth or connectedness, most of these hierarchy systems seem to self perpetuate, and have little to do with the individual. I need data on this, because the mythos is that bootstrapping your own self is the way MOST people win, but I have this sense that while there are many stories about individuals pulling themselves from nothing to something, but that the bulk of the prosperous/ ruling class are transgenerational. What do you think? @marek> Thank you. That is a pretty good cognitive answer- it seems earlier than school, though.
Christine Mason McCaull
Posted about 6 years ago
Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity
Ken's talk is fundamentally about our collective values. When he says education is designed to produce university professors...we educate people increasingly from the waist up and then the neck up and then to the left....he's talking about what we value. When we also value the body, the heart, visual expression, music, inventiveness, risk taking, service- as much as intellect- we will look for stellar capacities and potential in these areas in young people, and nurture those talents as we would someone who has a talent for math or analytical thinking. Only then will our educational environments will reflect these values- and the children "born to dance" will be seen, and rise more swiftly into their own fullness.