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Theme: The Art of Inspiration

This event occurred on
September 22, 2012
1:00pm - 6:00pm MDT
(UTC -6hrs)
Fort Collins, CO
United States

We’ve aimed for a speaker line-up that cuts across age and gender, including both the prominent and well-known in Northern Colorado as well as those who are making a difference beneath the radar. From the musically gifted to the artistically talented, the visionaries of knowledge and the pioneers of tomorrow's collaborative cities, and those who operate with the sleight of hand and the tricks of the mind. People who are shifting the edge and challenge conventional thinking by inspiring themselves and others to act. Every talk will be presented by someone who’s done the life’s work needed to share a TEDx talk.

Old Town Library
201 Peterson Street
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
United States
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Karina Mullen

Human beings are visual beings. Shared understanding, new ideas, plans and complex systems are illuminated through the power of pictures – they just make sense! Which is why Karina Mullen fell in love with graphic recording: using hand-drawn pictures and text to capture and synthesize key ideas from presentations, meetings, and conversations in real-time on an enormous piece of paper. CSU Graduate student and graphic recorder by day, Karina is an urban homesteader and surrogate duck mother by evening (she’s also a morning person). As a Colorado native, Karina’s love for art and the natural world is reflected in her research focusing on visual, participatory methods of communicating about climate change. Karina will share why doodling is really a good thing, that anyone can draw (even you!) and the power of pictures to engage individuals, groups, businesses and build a better world.

Riley Gibson

Riley Gibson is the co-founder and CEO of Napkin Labs, a Boulder based start-up that builds tools to help companies turn their Facebook fans into an army of collaborators for new insights and ideas. Before Napkin Labs, Riley worked at Intel and The Sterling Rice Group, where he was involved in a range of innovation projects and initiatives. For more of Riley's thoughts on innovation, check out the Napkin Labs blog. @RileyGibson

Derek McKee

From performances in Los Angeles & New York, Derek McKee has taken the magic world by storm.  By the age of 15 he was walking Red Carpets all over the world. Now 17 Derek is performing all over the world for A-List clients.  He has made appearances on major television shows like Extra! With Mario Lopez, and The Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He has been in both The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. Although Derek leads a grueling tour schedule he still finds time to give back, he spends countless hours benefiting homeless children all over the world.

Ariana Friedlander

Our antiquated educational system is failing our kids today. Rather than teaching our children valuable skills in critical thinking or the creative process, our schools are shoving irrelevant facts in their brains to regurgitate for tests and mass-producing drones. This has to stop and the solution starts with you. Students learn best from experiences that challenge and engage them. In this TEDx talk I will show you how to create valuable learning experiences and share stories of what we're doing right in Fort Collins!

Danielle Anderson

Danielle Ate the Sandwich is the stage name of nationally-recognized independent folk musician and songwriter, Danielle Anderson. Currently based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Danielle has toured nationally since 2009, playing for a loyal fan base of online followers. Her videos on youtube have gained millions of combined views and have given Danielle the opportunity to write and play music full time. Denver's Westword describes Danielle as, "cripplingly enchanting with lyrics telling the story of a generation coming of age in an age of uncertainty." The Denver Post says, "Danielle Anderson is a tender singer-songwriter, a brazen humorist, a fearless young woman. Performing as Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Anderson wields a ukulele, a guitar and her own words to tell stories about people."

Janet Wright

Janet Wright, a Fort Collins clinical social worker, was inspired by the courage of another therapist, Francine Shapiro, PhD. In spite of overwhelming resistance from the established psychological community, Shapiro developed a now-proven mental health treatment for trauma, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Based on Shapiro’s work, Wright conducted a field study treating 30 children using EMDR in Palestine for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Based on the results of the study, Palestinian clinicians asked to be trained in EMDR in order to provide trauma treatment in their community. Over $50,000 in grants secured by Wright enabled an international team to provide the training in Palestine. Members of the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program ( were further inspired by Arab Muslim and Christian therapists already working side by side to heal trauma in their community. Challenges: How to treat ongoing traumatic stress; how to interrupt the generational transmission of trauma; and how to support therapists throughout the Middle East who experience human-made political violence and other forms of trauma? Results: the first all-Arab EMDR training team and over 200 therapists trained to use EMDR to treat trauma in Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq and beyond.

John Cushman

John Cushman is just a guy… husband, father, CEO, entrepreneur, photographer, pilot, and bad guitar player. CEO is the title on the business card, which means two things: He has a large collection of hats. He’s passionate about what he does. John has spent the last 16 years creating, building and managing companies within technology. Moving through the days of dial-up to running payroll on an iPhone, John has been both a passenger and driver of the proverbial technology roller coaster…often without a seat belt. Today, he’s the CEO/Principal/Owner of Solany Document Management based in Denver, Colorado. Cushman is a sought after speaker and trainer, who is best known for his high energy, interactive speaking style. He connects with his audiences through his experiences, humor and knowledge in a manner that is unique and refreshing. John’s audiences walk away not only entertained, but also motivated and educated.

Vi Wickam

I came from a musical family; some of my ancestors even have a claim to fame. My Great Grandpa Joseph Wickam was a professional violinist, published composer and teacher. He used popular music of the day to keep the kids interested and inspired. My Great X 3 Uncle George R. Poulton wrote the music to Aura Lea. It’s the melody of Elvis’s Love Me Tender and of Army Blue, still sung at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. I’ve been performing and writing music since before I could read. I began studying composition and arranging in Junior High. Along with my brothers and my dad, The Wickam Family Band even performed regularly on Blinky’s Fun Club, a nationally syndicated TV program shown in 23 states.

Carson Block

Carson Block has led, managed, and supported library technology efforts for more than 15 years. His efforts at his first library position at the Loveland, Colorado Public Library (beginning in 1994) resulted in the first broadband Internet connection and public access computers for the library. The line was also the first major Internet connection for the city government complex of Loveland! Carson brings a user-centered technological perspective, with an emphasis on solutions that are both transparent and powerful, with some “gee whiz” thrown into the mix.

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