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Theme: Full Spectrum

This event occurred on
February 29, 2012
8:30am - 7:00pm PST
(UTC -8hrs)
Ojai, CA
United States

TEDxOjai is a one-day simulcast event of the main TED conference held in Long Beach on February 29, which is broadcasted live around the world and is also independently organized, streamed and hosted by Darina Stoyanova and Danette Wallace in the Ojai Movie Theater.

Key local speakers and performers include the Futurist & Founder of the Venus Project Jacque Fresco (via video), the Zeitgeist movie series director Peter Joseph, Director of CRAFT, Prof. Berok Khoshnevis, and acclaimed artist, performer, musician & actress with an electrifying electric violin - Lili Haydn.

Key event speakers include physicist Brian Greene, futurist & X Prize Founder Peter Diamandis, high-wire artist Philippe Petit, space archaeologist Sarah Parcak, psychologist Steven Pinker, director of DARPA Regina Dugan, techno-illusionist Marco Tempest, poet Billy Collins, NG explorer & ethnobotanist Wade Davis, climatologist James Hansen, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, nobelist Leymah Gbowee, filmmaker of WALL-E Andrew Stanton, dance troupe Black Label Movement, clawhammer banjo player Abigail Washburn, designer & IDEO Founder David Kelley, secret keeper Frank Warren, comedian Reggie Watts and many more. This year’s theme is “Full Spectrum”, a term adapted to mean the rich use of multiple technologies, formats and approaches for the most powerful possible impact on an audience. But the term covers more than just form and format. Content will span the full spectrum of knowledge TED stands for, from dazzling technology and leading-edge science to the richest veins of human creativity and interconnection.

This year we are again part of this ongoing global conversation around the future of humanity and Cities 2.0 who is also this year's big TED Prize winner. Join us for an amazing day of spreading ideas worth sharing and putting them in action in our local communities.

This event is FREE. Open to the public. Max capacity 210. First come, first seated. Join us!

Here's the agenda for the day merging simulcast with live speakers & performers.
Session: The Lab (8:30 AM - 10:15 AM)
• Henrik Schärfe, Roboticist
• Regina Dugan, Director of DARPA
• Jack Choi, Technologist
• Marco Tempest, Techno-illusionist
• Donald Sadoway, Materials engineer

Session: The Earth (11:00 AM - 12:45 PM)
• Sharon Beals, Photographer
• Wade Davis, Anthropologist, ethnobotanist
• James Hansen, Climatologist
• T. Boone Pickens, Entrepreneur, energy theorist
• The Civilians Investigative Theatre Co., Theater company

Lunch Break: Lili Haydn – Electrifying violinist & her band Live

Session: The Crowd (2:15 PM - 4:00 PM)
• Reid Hoffman, Social entrepreneur
• Lior Zoref, Crowdsourcing advocate
• Reggie Watts, Vocalist, beatboxer, comedian
• Frank Warren, Secret keeper
• Cameron Carpenter, Organist

Live Speakers: (4:00 PM – 4.40 PM)

• Jacque Fresco, Futurist, The Venus Project Founder (via video)
• Prof. Behrokh Koshnevis, Director of CRAFT
• Peter Joseph, Zeitgeist Movie series Director

TED Prize announcement – The City 2.0 (5:00 PM - 6:45 PM)

Ojai Playhouse (movie theatre)
145 East Ojai Avenue
Ojai, CA, 93023
United States
Event type:
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Peter Joseph

Peter Joseph is a director, writer, producer, editor, composer and creator of the Zeitgeist movies series. He is an independent filmmaker who has written, directed, narrated, scored and produced three non-commercial, self-produced and freely-distributed documentary films: Zeitgeist: The Movie, Zeitgeist: Addendum and Zeitgeist: Moving Forward. He is also the founder of "The Zeitgeist Movement", which is a social sustainability organization with members now in nearly every country. His work with The Movement is now a large part of his daily activities - giving lectures and helping to produce relevant media/materials to spread the interest for a new social system.

Behrokh "Berok" Khoshnevis

Behrokh Khoshnevis is a professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering and is the Director of Manufacturing Engineering Graduate Program at the University of Southern California (USC). He is active in CAD/CAM, robotics and mechatronics related research projects that include the development of novel Solid Free Form, or Rapid Prototyping, processes (Contour Crafting and SIS), automated construction of civil structures, development of CAD/CAM systems for biomedical applications (e.g., restorative dentistry, rehabilitation engineering, haptics devices for medical applications), autonomous mobile and modular robots for assembly applications in space, and invention of technologies in the field of oil and gas. His research in simulation has aimed at creating intelligent simulation tools that can automatically perform many simulation functions that are conventionally performed by human analysts. His textbook, "Discrete Systems Simulation", and his simulation software EZSIM benefit from some aspects of his research in simulation. He routinely conducts lectures and seminars on invention and technology development. He is a Fellow member of the Society for Computer Simulation and a Fellow member of the Institute of Industrial Engineering. He is a senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Jacque Fresco

Jacque Fresco is a self-educated structural designer, philosopher of science, concept artist, educator, and futurist. He is considered by many to be a modern-day Da Vinci. Peer to Einstein and Buckminster Fuller, Jacque is a self-taught futurist who describes himself most often as a “generalist” or multi-disciplinarian -- a student of many inter-related fields. He is a prolific inventor, having spent his entire life (he is now 90 years old) conceiving of and devising inventions on various scales which entail the use of innovative technology. As a futurist, Jacque is not only a conceptualist and a theoretician, he is also an engineer and a designer. His organization, The Venus Project (named after the town he lives in, Venus, Florida), works to provide a global vision of hope for the future of humankind in our technological age. The Venus Project reflects the culmination of Jacque's life work: the integration of the best of science and technology into a comprehensive plan for a new society based on human and environmental concern. It is a global vision of hope for the future of humankind in our technological age. A major documentary entitled, Future By Design, on the life, designs, and philosophy of Jacque Fresco is now available at http://www.fbdthemovie.com. The film Zeitgeist Addendum featuring Mr. Fresco and The Venus Project produced by Peter Joseph was released in 2008. A sequel to this documentary Zeitgeist Moving Forward was released in 2011 featuring Mr. Fresco, his work, and direction for the future.

Lili Haydn

Lili Haydn is is a violinist, vocalist, composer, guitarist, and actress. As a child, she pursued a career as an actress; at age eight she discovered the violin and began to focus on classical music. By the time Haydn was fifteen, she had played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.George Clinton calls her "the Jimi Hendrix of the violin." Rolling Stone called her music “fiery and virtuosic...” Lili Haydn has released four critically acclaimed major label recordings as a solo artist. She has played with, sung with, and opened for everyone from Roger Waters, Herbie Hancock, Sting, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Josh Groban, Seal, Matchbox 20, Cyndi Lauper, and George Clinton's P-Funk All Stars to name a few. In addition to Lili's extensive recording and touring career, Lili is the featured voice and violin on several films ans she is also an accomplished actress performing in various films & on TV. After performing and improvising on filmscores for several years, Lili has launched her own film scoring career, earning a fellowship from the prestigious Sundance Institute for film composing, and has scored six feature in the last several years. A humanitarian and activist, Lili also performs regularly for many human rights organizations. At the center of all Lili Haydn’s musical ventures is a belief that music has the power to uplift and to heal, no matter what the medium. For an artist whose music has always been eclectic, cinematic, and broad in scope, there are no boundaries, and Lili looks forward to continuing to bring her unique voice to film and TV, as well as to her inimitable performances and recordings.

Organizing team


Ojai, CA, United States


Ojai, CA, United States
  • Ryan Reeves
    Team Member
  • John Cornelius
    Team Member
  • Jodi Womack