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Theme: Rethinking Community

This event occurred on
October 26, 2011
9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Williamsport, PA
United States

Every TEDx Event has a theme and for our inaugural event we’ve chosen the theme of Rethinking Community. A theme that connotes freshness, adaptation, fellowship and vision… our community is in flux and indications are this will be the case for some time to come, so as we Rethink Community
Some of the questions we ask are:
• What does it mean to be a community?
• How will we adapt to the dynamic conditions of our time?
• How will we support each other in the inevitable growth ahead?
• When we all contribute our very best, what’s possible?
These are some of the things we’re re-thinking.

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100 W 3rd Street
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James Gates

Jim Gates began teaching in 1971 as a music teacher. In 1983 he began teaching high school computer classes. He has taught computer classes from grades k-12, and now in a graduate level course at Harrisburg University. Among his accomplishments are the 2007 Edublogs award for the Best Resource Sharing Blog. He has won National Gold and Bronze awards for a column he wrote for Child Guide Magazine. He was presented with the 2009 Pioneer Award by the PA Educational Communications and Technology (PAECT). And, his blog was listed by the Top Online University Review as one of the Top 50 Blogs for E-learning Tools and Tips. He worked as a Mentor in the Classrooms for the Future program and consults under the name of GatesIdeas - gatesideas.com.

Derek Cabrera

Dr. Derek Cabrera is an internationally recognized expert in metacognition (thinking about thinking), epistemology (the study of knowledge), human and organizational learning, and education. He completed his PhD and post doctoral studies at Cornell University and served as faculty at Cornell and researcher at the Santa Fe Institute. He leads the Cabrera Research Lab, is the author of five books, numerous journal articles, and a US patent. He has worked as an Outward Bound Instructor and mountain guide and started several successful social programs for children in the developing world. Derek pioneered DSRP Theory--a grand unifying theory of knowledge--which led to the development of DSRP Diagrams, DSRP Blocks, and other practical tools used in schools worldwide from the PreK to PhD level.

Mark Burke

Mark is the founder of viaEdTechnologies, LLC, located in Bloomsburg, PA. Mark's ventures include founding one of the nation’s first, fully online music academies, viaAcademies (www.MakeMusicClick.com). viaAcademies provides online beginning instrumental and general music courses for K-12 students. Mark has over 15 years experience in online learning, virtual school management, educational technology and curriculum development. Over the past several years, Mark worked with the Greater Susquehanna Keystone Innovation Zone (GSKIZ) on the developed of their Social Media and client training programs. Previous to founding viaEdTechnologies, Mark, as the Director of Education for KCDL Inc., played a key role in the developed of Keystone National High School and iQ Academies, both nationally recognized online K-12 programs. Mark’s career includes 7 years of Music Instruction at the private and public school levels. Mark earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Mansfield University and a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University.

Karl Fisher

Karl Fisher is a man of many faces covered up by one glorious red beard. After completing a music degree at Penn State University (by playing a mean fiddle), he promptly started a career in church ministry as a youth pastor. Meanwhile, Karl developed a love affair with coffee, a love exceeded only by that for his wife, Bethany. He taught himself how to roast coffee using a popcorn maker and began to develop a vision for making coffee as an art form. For years, Karl wondered how his enjoyment of coffee and knack for building relationships could create the ultimate mash-up. In August 2010, he and Bethany opened Alabaster Coffee Roaster & Tea Company in Williamsport, PA. Today, Karl wakes up every day living his dream of cultivating community through the elevation of coffee culture.

Eddie Severn

With a career spanning more than 25 years, British jazz musician Eddie Severn is an internationally recognized performing artist and composer. He has performed with numerous well-known musicians and groups notably saxophonists Phil Woods and Dave Liebman, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and the Temptations. Eddie holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Salford in Manchester, and has held teaching positions at the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music England, and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He has recently begun to take his extensive experience as a performer and educator in the world of music to teach leadership and management skills to business and community leaders. Dr Severn is currently Director of Jazz Studies at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania.

Chris Downs

Chris Downs of Montoursville, Pa., has held the title of Director of Publicity for Little League Baseball and Softball since August 2009. Joining Little League International in 2004, Chris previously held the title of Media Relations Manager. Attending the University of Pittsburgh, from 1990 through 1994, Chris graduated in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in Communications. In his role as Director of Publicity, Chris Downs is responsible for Little League’s web site content, including stories regarding Little Leaguers, former Little Leaguers and volunteers; content for Little League’s eight World Series programs, flyers, brochures and other promotional items; production of electronic newsletters produced for/by Little League International; overseeing the production of content for Twitter, Facebook, and other social networking sites; television, radio and webcasting contracts for local league and tournament play; inquiries regarding a local league’s (or a Little Leaguer’s) participation in a commercial, television program, or movie; and inquiries regarding the use of the Little League name and/or trademarks in a commercial, television program, or movie. As part of these duties, he serves as a company spokesman, and also works closely with ABC and ESPN producers during telecasts of the annual Little League Baseball World Series games.

Barbara Gerlach

Barbara and Charles Gerlach own and manage an integrated, diversified, organic, and sustainable farm near Worlds End State Park. Their mission is to enhance the land and share its abundance with others in their community. They encourage guests to stay in their two guest houses, shop at the farm store, have a meal in their field to table dining room, or just stop by for a visit. It is their hope that a farm experience may influence their guests toward sustainable living practices. Barbara and Charles are the parents of six children and sixteen grandchildren. They previously owned and operated a design build business which they left 11 years ago for the "good life".

Tracy Brundage

Tracy is the Assistant Vice President of Workforce & Economic Development at Pennsylvania College of Technology. She is also an adjunct faculty member with Penn College’s school of Business and Computer Technologies. She has over 19 years of experience in administration, curriculum development, adult education and training, and workforce development in both the public and private sectors. Tracy has worked with companies throughout Pennsylvania, and she has spoken and presented at local, regional, and national conferences. Tracy earned a B.A. from Gettysburg College and a M.Ed. in Training and Development from Penn State University. She has completed her Ph.D. program in Workforce Education at Penn State University and will be graduating this December. Her major is Training and Human Resource Management.

Justin Kline

Justin Kline is one of three coaches of the 2011 Keystone 11-12 Little League Team. Our team won the PA state title and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament. This qualified us for the 2011 Little League World Series. Around the time we won the state title the local community really started to get behind us. The community raised a lot of money to help us when we qualified for Regionals and it was a huge help to not have to worry about money and just play ball. After making it to The World Series the community came out in huge numbers to watch our five games at the World Series. This whole experience was amazing for the coaches, kids and families, but also for the community as a whole. This baseball team brought the community of Clinton County together in a way that has not been seen in many, many years. It was truly a magical summer for everyone involved.

Organizing team


Williamsport, PA, United States
  • Lydia Comerford
    Associate Curator
  • Brian Driscoll
    Associate Curator
  • Kristin Takach
    Associate Curator
  • Tracy Whitehead
    Associate Curator
  • Wade Spencer
    Associate Curator/Videographer
  • Whitney Kline
    Associate Curator