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Theme: Edges & Experiences

This event occurred on
September 22, 2012
4:00pm - 9:30pm MDT
(UTC -6hrs)
Boulder, CO
United States

Doors at 4pm, show at 5-9pm.

Macky Auditorium
285 UCB University Avenue
Boulder, CO, 80302
United States
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Shannon Paige

Living fully as a writer, sacred activist, dedicated Yoga teacher, Shannon Paige is an expressive creative force. She is founder of Om Time Yoga Center and the styles of Bhava Vinyasa for Depression and Anxiety and Anjali Restorative Yoga. All of her endeavors are dedicated to a sense of mystery and wonder within the spirit of self-honoring, self-cultivation, and radical self-participation. Shannon teaches, inspires, and speaks to yoga teachers and students globally.

Avery Bang

Avery Bang fancies herself an entrepreneur, engineer, artist and visionary who thinks bridges are sexy. As Executive Director of Bridges to Prosperity, an organization that builds bridges to provide access to health care and education, she built the program from a one-country focus to a worldwide presence. While first volunteering with the organization through graduate school, she began her journey of demanding international non-profit work be focused on project accountability.

Erika Napoletano

Erika Napoletano holds no fancy titles and is an expert at nothing except screwing up royally and learning from her mistakes. As the person behind the RedheadWriting online persona, she’s been hailed by Forbes as a “spinless spin doctor” for her BS-free perspectives on business, marketing, branding, and life in general. She’s the Head Redhead at RHW Media, a Boulder-based branding group, where she works with companies from all walks of life to keep them from looking like idiots online (and whatever that might entail). She’s a twice-published author, including The Power of Unpopular (Wiley 2012), a columnist for Entrepreneur Magazine, and speaks at conferences across the U.S. on the inherent power of truth in business… or as she refers to it, the power of unpopularity. You can learn more about her at

Don Whittemore

Don Whittemore is the Assistant Chief of the Rocky Mountain Fire department, a nationally known speaker on fire and disaster incident response, and is the lead subject matter expert for the national curriculum on wildland fire behavior and regular instructor of incident management and leadership courses. Mr. Whittemore has been an innovational thinker in organizational management for the past twenty-five years. He holds a Masters degree from Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. For the past decade, Mr. Whittemore has been actively engaged in public speaking and developing and leading classes on the topics of fire behavior, incident management, leadership, and decision-making. He was the lead subject matter expert for the most recent rewrite of the national curriculum on wildland fire behavior and a reviewer and alpha-class lead instructor on the fire behavior calculations course for the National Wildfire Coordinating Group.

Jen Rubio

Jen Rubio is Head of Social Media at Warby Parker, an online eyewear company that offers boutique-quality, classically crafted eyewear at a revolutionary price point. Jen Rubio oversees all social media and editorial strategy and campaigns at Warby Parker. Previously, she led the digital strategy and campaign development for brands including Ford, Comcast, Disney, MTV, Amazon, and Estée Lauder while at Brooklyn-based agency Carrot Creative.

Hannah Nordhaus

Hannah Nordhaus is author of the national bestselling book, The Beekeeper’s Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America (HarperCollins 2011), a non-fiction portrait of a fourth-generation beekeeper who travels the West with 10,000 hives, struggling to keep his bees alive in the middle of a strange and sobering die-off. The book was a Colorado Book Awards and PEN Center USA finalist, as well as a National Federation of Press Women Book Award winner. Her writing has appeared in the Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, Outside Magazine, The Village Voice, and many other publications, covering such topics as litigious prostitutes in Montana; snorkeling salmon-counters in Idaho; nuclear workers near Denver; and dildo-art thieves and GPS dog-doo-mappers in Boulder. She was also a columnist for the Denver Rocky Mountain News.

Christin Myrick

Christin Myrick comes from a long line of disasters, adventures and ass-whoopin’s. Mucking through a childhood of disturbing alcoholism, violence, and sexual abuse, she persevered through the many stages of healing. She went on a journey that took her around the world, and back. It took her down to the deepest part of who we are, and back again. Along the way she uncovered the secrets of pain, purpose and passion. She came out the other side in wholeness and discovered the exquisite potential of our relationships. Now, she is a Men’s Consultant and writer, bequeathing the information garnered along her path in spectacular workshops for men so they may create meaningful relationships that last. Christin doesn’t have any snazzy credentials, except for her life, connections and the inspiring experiences that shaped her. She thinks it is important that you know she is an adamant believer in the power of compassion as well as in all the delight that is pink frosting.

Selasee Atiase

Born and raised in Ghana West Africa, Selasee’s pursuit of music eventually led him to the United States. Selasee’s music is a unique blend of Reggae, West African Highlife and American Pop music. Bright with color, his music threads together English and West African lyrics for a captivating sound. As a young child in Accra, Ghana, Selasee realized his passion for music and understood at this early age how music can affect people. Selasee developed his musical talents through school and church. From his involvement with church music groups, Selasee formed a gospel group. Selasee recorded his first two albums with this group in 1997 entiled,"Love For All" and 1998"Heart to Heart". He also recorded another album with his African Pop group in 1997, the group know as "Makuma" with their debut album"Makuma". Selasee continued to pursue his music in the US where he began his solo career in 2003. During this time, Selasee also started working with Running Dreams Records with Sean Cassidy acting as his manager. In 2005, Selasee recorded his debut album as a solo artist, entitled “Run.” His title track “Run” won first place in the World Music genre of the International Song Writers Competition in 2005. “Run” and another track “Makuma” were featured in the 2006 FIFA Soccer and 2007 Cricket video games by EA Sports. In 2006, Selasee performed at a showcase during MIDEM 2006 in Nice, France and MUSEXPO 2006 in Los Angeles, California. In 2009 he won the "Best World Fusion Song" during the Independent Music Awards.

Bella Hudson

Bella Hudson is an 13 year old singer songwriter who has been playing the guitar and writing songs for the last five years. In the summer of 2010, she was discovered at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival after entering a kids talent show. After an amazing series of events, she ended up playing on the main stage during the festival in front of nearly 10,000 people. In 2011, she was asked back and played on the main stage again. Since then, she has recorded many songs, and played in front of many different audiences. Her soulful, creative sound has connected with listeners of all ages.

Tim Shisler

Tim Shisler has been fascinated with media in all forms since he could read a book, watch TV and talk his best friend into “borrowing” his parents video camera (then a 10 lb. monstrosity). After attending Sonoma State University and spending five summers as a commercial river guide, Tim dipped into the volatile world of high-tech PR, before realizing his passion was on the other side of the equation. In typical quarter-life-fashion, Tim packed up his car and drove around the country, living in Wal-Mart parking lots, strangers houses and the occasional KOA. Tim landed an internship at Backpacker Magazine and quickly made a mark by helping launch their new website, and by applying Google Earth technology to videos and print articles. Tim’s passion for technology and storytelling, have led him on a mission to change the way journalism is created, and bridge the gap between digital content and print content. Tim’s stories and videos have been published by Backpacker Magazine, Bicycling Magazine,The Wall Street Journal, Mountain Bike Magazine and The Adventure Sports Journal.

Brady Robinson

Brady Robinson is the executive director of the Access Fund, the national advocacy organization for climbers. He is part of the recent rise of human powered recreation groups within the more traditional conservation movement and will share insights on the new ways people are connecting with nature, and what this may mean for the future of conservation. He has dreamed of speaking at a Ted event ever since he watched his first talk on

Alena Grabowski

Alena Grabowski earned her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder Locomotion Laboratory in 2007 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Biomechatronics Group at MIT in 2011. She seeks to better understand the interaction of physiology and biomechanics during human locomotion; specifically how the implementation of wearable mechanical devices, such as prostheses and exoskeletons, influence walking, running, hopping, and sprinting.

Nathan Seidle

Nathan Seidle is a visionary in the open source hardware movement and has taken action by founding his company SparkFun Electronics. SparkFun has over 130 staff members, all making the world a better place by educating civilians about the technology they own and providing tools to alter it and build their own. Nathan sits on the board of the Open Source Hardware Association, assisting in the next revolution of business and society.

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Boulder, CO, United States


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