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This event occurred on
August 19, 2009
7:00pm - 7:00pm CDT
(UTC -5hrs)
Kansas City
United States

Breakdown/Breakthrough: A Sobering/Uplifting Consideration of What's Next

Kansas City
United States
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Majora Carter

Majora Carter takes a visionary approach to solving the problem of urban blight. In the 1990s, she successfully led the South Bronx through environmental renewal and now serves as president of Majora Carter group, a green-economic development consulting firm. Carters presentation is No More Single Purpose Anything.

John Gerzema

John Gerzema, author of The Brand Bubble, will present The Great Unwind, suggesting that post-crisis consumerism is creating a renaissance in business and that the great recession may be one of the best things to happen to our country.

Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson, Head of Interpretive Media at the Nelson-Atkins, will discuss how museums reconcile potentially conflicting missions of exhibiting a work of art vs. physically protecting the piece for future generations. Johnson will use a recent conservation study of the Museums Chinese masterwork, Guanyin of the Southern Sea, to illustrate the challenge.

Urban Noise Camp

Mark Southerland is a Kansas City-based jazz musician and Charlotte Street award-winning artist. His Urban Noise Camp is a performance installation piece based in jazz and hybrid art. A reinvention of Sun Ra

Organizing team


Kansas City, MO, United States
  • Mike Lundgren
    TEDxKC Curator
  • John Mulvihill
    Event PR
  • Morgan Overman
    Event Coordinator