Lewis Humphreys

Community Provocateur, Tech Launch Arizona, University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ, United States

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I have seen over one thousand people be inspired by what we do with TEDx. TED is such a powerful way to free people from their mundane thoughts and become elevated for a while by someone's amazing ideas. I am passionate about scientific discovery and innovation and help to manage and market technologies created at the University of Arizona as Software and IT Licensing Manager for Tech Launch Arizona.

2009 - 2013 Wonder Of We - I use art to create community based social innovation, and I love collaborating in social enterprise.
Organizer of the annual TEDxTucson and monthly TEDxTucsonSalon events featuring local innovation, and provide ongoing leadership of an entrepreneurship focused job creation initiative. Absolutely humbled to be a member of the TEDActive Sustainability Project leadership team.
Music - Having worked as a professional musician in Toronto through my 20's, I have maintained a lifelong passion for music. Currently I am composing electronic dance and experimental music and have created a persona named Tony Peru as a stage name. Tony lives in an Airstream trailer in the desert and releases his music as free downloads. Where I have lived - I grew up in Nova Scotia, spent my teenage years in a small town outside Toronto and have lived in London, Barcelona, Toronto, Montreal and Sedona Arizona before calling Tucson home for the past 14 years. Spirituality is important to me - I am coordinator of the Drikung Dzogchen Community of Arizona and have been practicing Tibetan Buddhism since 1994. I have studied with many teachers, gone on extensive meditation retreats and integrated the Buddha's teachings into my way of life. This philosophical training enhanced my educational background in Feminist Theory, Marxism and Industrial Relations.
I also like to think I'm a videographer, and social media maven.

TED Conference

TEDActive 2011

Areas of Expertise

Sustainabiity - Food, Music - Arrangement, Composition, Performance, Studio, Video & Web production, Communciations/Media, Community & Economic Development, Technology Marketing & Business Development, Tech & Startups, Innovaiton in technology, Event & Project Management

An idea worth spreading

Art helps kids find their way in the world.

I'm passionate about

Life. Love. Music. Art. My children. Wine. Food. Creating Jobs. Good Ideas. Words. Environmental stewardship. Friends. Now.

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How you want to help others.

People don't know I'm good at

Meditation. Imagining future moments.

My TED story

I have been organizing TEDxTucson since 2009.
We have awakened and inspired a few people.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Lewis Humphreys
Posted almost 3 years ago
Onyx Ashanti: This is beatjazz
Repetition is a form of change. Gets heavy just before 5 minutes Onyx, would have loved to watch you rock out there. Nicely done man. Victor Theremin would appreciate what you have done!
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Lewis Humphreys
Posted almost 3 years ago
Wealth and power have been our conventional measures of success. What definition will better sustain us now and how can we move into it?
Anita, I think your concern for your mother perfectly answers your question. If we define ourselves by acts of kindness towards each other, we measure up well with each other in a timeless socially highly valued way. Our awareness of each other's concern for our mutual well being transcends materialism. Everyone has a boulevard of broken dreams. You are a curator of magic unrealism, I love your description of yourself. Document your mother's life and show her her very real accomplishments. The real social currency has always been kindness, and our treasure measured in friends and family.