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Theme: Going to the Edge

This event occurred on
June 14, 2014
1:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
Santa Rosa, CA
United States

So many of us spend much of our lives in the comfortable, safe places: Our schedules become predictable. Our work can get repetitive and dull. We interact with the same people, with backgrounds and outlooks similar to our own.

What are we missing by not looking to challenge ourselves, by not going to the edges? To the edge of what’s comfortable, to the edge of what we can do, to the edge of what we understand? What drives someone to explore the edges of their physical abilities, while others don’t? What drives a person to run 100 miles, or climb a rock face without ropes, or to summit Everest?

What new inventions and discoveries are carving our path to the future? What boundaries are being pushed? How has our history been altered by those seeking change at the edges of what’s acceptable, ethical, or right?

Why do we seek the edge of what seems possible? Why do humans continue to bravely explore the unknown?

TEDxSonomaCounty will explore multiple perspectives on the theme, “Going to the Edge”. Come take the leap with us!

Jackson Theater at Sonoma Country Day School
4400 Day School Place
Santa Rosa, CA, 95403
United States
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Mac Barnett

Mac Barnett is the author of fifteen books for children, including the multiple award winning New York Times-bestseller Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen. Mac was the executive director of 826LA, a nonprofit writing center, and founded the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travelers.

Brad Barton

Brad Barton, Reality Thief, is a versatile entertainer whose adaptable blend of magic, humor, and mind reading are unique and unforgettable. He predicts your dreams, causes borrowed objects to levitate, and reveals your most cherished memories.

Rudolf Budginas

Hailed in the press as, “a young, hip, Victor Borge-like entertainer,” Rudolf is an award-winning Lithuanian born pianist whose artistic poetry, virtuosity, and passionate interpretations of classical music have received critical praise.

Franky Carrillo

In March 2011, the Los Angeles County Superior Court reversed Francisco (Franky) Carrillo Jr.’s 1992 conviction for murder, and ordered his release after two decades behind bars.

Tatjana Dzambazova

An avid believer that we are all born with a sense for creativity, innovation and the need to express it, Tatjana focuses her energy on promoting powerful design technologies to make them accessible to a wide range of audiences. As a Technology Whisperer at Autodesk, Tatjana has been passionately evangelizing and teaching internationally.

Ben Foss

Ben Foss is a prominent inventor, entrepreneur and activist who founded Headstrong Nation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving the dyslexic community. He is also the inventor of the Intel Reader®, a device CNN called “too ground breaking to ignore.”

Eric Larsen

Polar adventurer, expedition guide, dog musher and educator, Eric Larsen has spent the past 15 years of his life traveling in some of the most remote and wild places left on earth.

Morgan McNees

Just before the end of her junior semester of college, Morgan McNees went into cardiac arrest and was rushed to the hospital. A formerly perfectly healthy young adult, the complications were unexpected and the cause, unknown.

Robert Rubin, PhD

Robert Rubin, marine biologist and Director of The Pacific Manta Research Group, has conducted fieldwork on animals that live at environmental extremes.

Amelia Rudolph

Amelia Rudolph is a choreographer, community leader and dancer/athlete. She is the Artistic Director of BANDALOOP, which brings together dance, climbing and varied off-the-ground movement through site-reactive work on cliffs, urban structures and in theaters.

Jennifer Steinman

Jennifer Steinman is a film director, producer and editor whose most recent feature-length documentary “Desert Runners” features the passionate competitors of the RacingThePlanet’s 4Desert Ultramarathon Series.

Mark Varien

As the executive vice president of the groundbreaking Crow Canyon Research Institute, Mark Varien aims to conduct archaeology in the public interest and improve our understanding of the human experience for the betterment of society.

Cindy Wigglesworth

After working at ExxonMobil for 20 years in Human Resources management, Cindy Wigglesworth now teaches leadership development and focuses on the multiple intelligences required for success in our personal and professional lives. Cindy is the bestselling author of SQ21: The Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual Intelligence (SelectBooks, 2012).

Xerxes Whitney

Xerxes Whitney is a funny, wise, friendly, inspiring and thoughtful man. He has a mild form of cerebral palsy and is a teacher, coach and motivational speaker.

Xerxes Whitney

Xerxes Whitney is a funny, wise, friendly, inspiring and thoughtful man. He has a mild form of cerebral palsy and is a teacher, coach and motivational speaker.

Organizing team


Petaluma, CA, United States


Santa Rosa, CA, United States
  • Julia Hochberg
  • Karen Bergin
    Organizing Committee
  • Diana Callahan
    Organizing Committee
  • Anne-Marie Failla
    Team Member
  • Ed Fitzgerald
    Organizing Committee
  • Elizabeth Gleadall
    Organizing Committee
  • Vincent Rago
    Team Member
  • Brad Weaver
    Team Member
  • Katie Murphy
    Team Member
  • Jonathan Jackson
    Repertoire Productions