About Mark


Over 30 years in the high-tech business world, from operations to marketing, information systems and management, now organizing TEDxSanDiego and leading Global Patriot, which promotes Patriotism Without Borders as a way to support the health and well-being of the entire planet.



TED Conferences

TEDActive 2015, TEDActive 2014, TEDActive 2013

Areas of Expertise

Business Strategy, Operations , Business Development, Marketing + Communications

An idea worth spreading

Patriotism Without Borders, a philosophy in which our consciousness expands far beyond the self-imposed limits of race, nationality, religion or politics and embraces the world as a holistic entity that requires the participation and dedication of all in order to survive and thrive.

This involves a systems thinking mindset, whereby we recognize that all things on the planet are connected and interdependent, and our actions must constitute a profound respect for life.

Recognizing that our global society exists at the intersection of sustainability and human rights, it is time to begin thinking and acting as a single family to solve the world's most vexing issues.

I'm passionate about

The need for all inhabitants of planet earth to begin acting as the connected family that we are. With our global population exceeding 7 billion, the problems we face must be solved together.

Talk to me about

How we can move beyond our limited perspective and create a society that embraces all of humanity as one, and in the process, comes to respect the fragile planet that we call home.

People don't know I'm good at

Examining a wealth of information, connecting the dots, seeing underlying patterns of activity, understanding the consequences, then crafting a plan which utilizes all available resources.

My TED story

I've watched TED Talks for a long time, then had the pleasure of attending TEDxSanDiego since its inception in 2010, attended TEDxAmericasFinestCity, TEDxMiracleMile & TEDxSDSU in 2012, and recently spoke at TEDxNewBedford on September 5 2012. What I see is our news industry increasingly focused on sensationalism and political rhetoric, and that development has placed TED / TEDx in a position to be the central source of both inspiration and creative thinking on a global scale. At this point my dream would be curating TEDxGlobalPatriot as a way to bring together thought leaders who are passionate about solving issues related to sustainability and human rights.

Favorite talks