Anna Decker

Executive Director, Salt Lake Civil Network
Salt Lake City, UT, United States

About Anna


Insatiable, creative nowist always questioning the norm, and then questioning the question. Ouroboros, if you will.
Addicted to introspection and theory: ethics, economics, complex systems, philosophy, culture, integral, developmental psychology, linguistics, learning...
I thrive in the abstract and work to find leverage points in our concrete world to develop upgraded internal and external environments where we're more energized, connected, and productive.


English, Portuguese, Spanish

TED Conference

TEDActive 2015

Areas of Expertise

Marketing & Communication, Branding, Online Marketing, Program Planning and Evaluation, Copy Editing, Project Development, Facilitation & Training, Community & Integrative Health

I'm passionate about

Complex systems theory, the economics of everything, the invisible effect of language on thinking and perception, promoting authentic leadership, battling apathy and overwhelm, being a synthesizer.

People don't know I'm good at

predicting trends in pop culture

My TED story

I lived in Guatemala City from 2010-2012, and one of the most impactful impressions from that experience was having my eyes opened to the abundance of resources we have in the US. When I returned to the US, I committed to myself I'd never take for granted any of that privilege ever again, and that I'd dedicate my life to using these extensive resources to create a more connected, more vibrant, more authentic world. TEDxSaltLakeCity 2013 was one of my first big moves in making that happen. I plan to hold TEDxSaltLakeCity every year indefinitely. My vision is to create a signature event in my beautiful city that fosters creativity, innovation, risk-taking, a greater understanding of value and exchange, and high levels of accountability and discipline within a container of honesty, vulnerability, and integrity of intent that will naturally emerge as a model for the world.