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Theme: Only If. If Only.

This event occurred on
August 18, 2011
6:00pm - 9:00pm CDT
(UTC -5hrs)
Kansas City, MO
United States

Our theme this year examines how radical collaboration, transparency and an open-source mindset are shaping our world — at the same time we will explore how these enablers have unintended consequences.

Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
4525 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO, 64111
United States
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Marcin Jakubowski

Though he has a Ph.D. in fusion physics, Marcin became dissatisfied with its remoteness, and turned back to the earth as a farmer and social innovator. He is the founder of Open Source Ecology, which is creating the Global Village Construction Set — the blueprints for simple fabrication of everything needed to start a self-sustaining village. At Factor e Farm in rural Missouri, he's been successfully putting those ideas to the test.

Patrick Meier

Patrick Meier is Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi—a non-profit technology company voted by MIT’s Technology Review as one of the 50 most innovative companies in the world alongside Facebook. Patrick is also co-founder of the International Network of Crisis Mappers and previously co-directed Harvard University’s Program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning. He is completing his PhD at The Fletcher School during which he was also a Doctoral Fellow at Stanford University. Patrick blog at iRevolution.net.

Jenn Lim

Jenn Lim is the CEO and Chief Happiness Officer of Delivering Happiness, a company she and Tony Hsieh (CEO of Zappos) co-created to inspire happiness in work, community and everyday life. In 2005, she created the first Culture Book for Zappos – now on its 7th edition – and has produced them ever since. In 2009, Zappos was sold to Amazon.com in a deal valued at $1.2 billion on the day of closing, and in 2011, Zappos was #6 on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. The Culture Book has become a global symbol of how companies can successfully create cultures based on happiness and be profitable at the same time.

Quixotic Fusion

Quixotic is a Kansas City based, multi faceted creative ensemble that fuses together any, and every art form in order to create an experience that is completely unique. This modern day collective of leading artistic innovators eliminates the barrier between performer and audience. Quixotic is constantly re-inventing themselves to stay just ahead of the curve, and just beyond what you thought was creatively possible.

Barnaby Bright

Brooklyn-based indie folk rock duo Barnaby Bright, have garnered high accolades for their lyrically captivating and impeccably balanced songwriting and sound. Two-time finalists in the prestigious New York Song Circle Contest, Barnaby Bright was awarded the Grand Prize Winners in November 2010 for their song, “Don’t Look Down.” The duo self-produced their first album, “Wake The Hero,” gaining recognition as an “Emerging Artist” at the legendary Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in July 2010, and have shared the stage with the likes of Norah Jones and Ingrid Michaelson. As songwriters and performers, they seek to uncover ways to connect with the listener through the power of music, guiding them to both personal and universal discoveries.

Organizing team


Kansas City, MO, United States
  • Mike Lundgren
    TEDxKC Curator
  • John Mulvihill
  • Frank Jurden
  • Blair Vance
  • Michael Eppelheimer
    Creative Director