x = independently organized TED event

This event occurred on
August 21, 2012
6:00pm - 11:00pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
San Francisco, CA
United States

This independently organized TEDx event will be a confluence of artistry, green technology, architecture, science and ecology. We are inviting experts in these areas to talk about their work and how it is helping to create a more sustainable future. The theme for this evening’s series of presentations, broadly defined, is as follows:

Catalyzing a civilization which flourishes in symbiosis with the living systems of the planet by offering practical strategies for addressing the cumulative effects of human pressures upon the environment. Speakers will be addressing this topic from the stand point of their expertise and interest through one or more of the following questions:

· Can a sustainable and regenerative society emerge through entrepreneurial means within the prevailing business logic?

· Can innovations in technology & design offerquickly implementable solutions for alleviating or reversing the looming ecological crises of a fossil fuel age?

· How will imminent changes at the interface ofecology and economics affect the dynamic web of cultural relationships throughout our increasingly networked civilization?

Addressing the scale and scope of these issues at local, regional and global levels requires strategies which provide for more than just the sustenance of our civil, public and private institutions. Their effectiveness in the long term to the adaptive challenges facing us will be measured in how successfully those strategies implement regenerative principles in both design and practice. For the sustainability of any system rests upon its ability to replenish itself, and thus endure.

At this independently organized TEDxMission event, our featured guests will share their views on how we may prosper and thrive as human civilization meets these enormous challenges ahead. We sincerely hope you can make time in your schedule to participate in this informative and enlightening event.

Madrone Studios
1417 15th Street
cross street- Folsom
San Francisco, CA, 94103
United States
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Michael Gosney

With an overarching mission of "evolving sustainable communities," the Green Century Institute (GCI) was established in 2002 as an independent research and development association. It was co-founded by Michael Gosney, a pioneer in community-based development, sustainability and enabling technologies. He has produced San Francisco's Digital Be-In, an annual gathering of the socially conscious technology community, since 1988. In parallel, Gosney began researching and publishing material on environmental sustainability in the early 1980s when his Avant Books released Deep Ecology, edited by Michael Tobias, After Eden by Michael Tobias, and Arcosanti by Paolo Soleri. Gosney joined the Board of Trustees of Paolo Soleri's Arcosanti ecocity project in 1995, and produced the Paradox Conferences at Arcosanti in 1997, 1999 and 2001, bringing together leaders in cyberculture and sustainable community development. In 2002, Gosney co-founded the Green Century Institute in San Francisco to research and educate the public on sustainable community solutions and foster the development of large scale ecocity projects, including the proposed Califia "green tech demo" community in the San Francisco Bay Area. GCI has held many events, including co-production of the Green Cities Expo during the June 2005 UNEP World Environment Day event in San Francisco with Al Gore, Daryl Hannah and the 2006-2008 Earth Day Digital Be-In events with Paul Hawken, Janine Benyus and other sustainable culture and green technology leaders. Gosney currently develops and markets media projects, and consults on a number of sustainability initiatives and ventures through Green Century Institute.

Randy Taran

Randy is the Founder of Project Happiness and is co-author of the Project Happiness Handbook, an interactive journey that illustrates best practices in promoting social and emotional learning. To explore the question, “What brings lasting happiness?”, Randy produced a documentary film where students from three continents worked together on this quest, interviewing George Lucas, Richard Gere, neuroscientist Richard Davidson, and ultimately, the Dalai Lama. An experiential-learning curriculum grew from the film, integrating current research in Positive Psychology, Neuroscience and Mindfulness. These programs are being used in classrooms and youth programs globally. Randy speaks regularly on various happiness and youth-related issues, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. She also serves on the Board of the Dalai Lama Foundation. Randy recently joined leaders from around the world for the RIO +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. The objective of this conference was to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess progress and implementation gaps in summit outcomes on sustainable development and address new and emerging challenges.

Warren Karlenzig

Warren Karlenzig is a leader in the global movement for green + smart cities. Warren has devised ecosystem and technology-enabled green economic strategies for China, South Korea, Japan, the United States and the European Union. President of the consultancy Common Current, he is advising Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and China’s national leadership on development of a tool to assess how China’s 600 cities can be planned and managed as low-carbon ecocities. Lead author of the United Nations’ Shanghai Manual: A Guide for Sustainable Urban Development in the 21st Century (2011), Warren has trained mayors and local leaders from 12 Asian nations on the principles and operations of greening cities. His 2007 book How Green is Your City? (New Society Publishers) benchmarked US cities for the first time across a set of indicators including local food, renewable energy, public transit, bicycling, climate change policy and green building. Widely praised and emulated, it helped spur cities in the US and abroad to become greener through competition. In local collaborations, Warren helped Guangzhou, China, plan its Nansha Eco-District, advised the White House Office of Science and Technology on planning an eco-industrial park, and worked with Los Angeles residents to green federal public housing redevelopment. In San Francisco he co-coordinated the “Economy and Economic Development” section of the seminal 1997 citizen-led Sustainability Plan—his recommendation became one of the world’s first green ordinances for municipal buildings. Warren began his career as a Silicon Valley technology analyst and he led planning for some of the earliest Global 1000 corporate internet and intranet portals. Powered by curiosity, helping to green cities allows Warren to combine love for the natural world with a passion for the arts, culture and technology.

Jason Aramburu

Jason Aramburu is the founder and CEO of re:char - a biochar company based in Oakland that is active in the US and Western Kenya. He is a cleantech entrepreneur and researcher currently focused on biochar and pyrolysis, developing innovative and low-cost solutions to the challenges of climate change and rural development. Jason studied Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University, has worked as a tropical ecologist in Panama through the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and is an Echoing Green Fellow, a Pop!Tech Fellow and one of Business Week's Top 25 Social Entrepreneurs in America.

Richard Rowe

Richard Rowe is the CEO of the Open Learning Exchange, Inc. Dr. Rowe has focused on domestic and global policy issues related to education and services for children, families and strong communities as well as on public policy and technical issues concerning intellectual property. The author of numerous articles and frequent speaker on the impact of digitization and global communication networks upon society, he is frequently asked by both for-profit and social-benefit organizations to assist in long-range planning, meeting facilitation and mediation. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in clinical psychology in 1963. He served as Associate Dean of the Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and as Director of the university’s interfaculty Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology and Public Practice. He has conducted research concerning assessment of social interventions and has been an advocate for early childhood education. He has served as Chair of the Massachusetts Statewide Advisory Committee for the Office for Children, as a member of the Massachusetts State Board of Education where he served both as Chair of the Selection committee for the Commissioner of Education and of the Education Reform Review Committee. He has served as Chair of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education. In 2005 he chaired the Organizational Future Taskforce for the Ecologic Development Fund and Ecologic Finance, two related international economic development agencies. He is on the Board of ForesTrade, Inc. an international importer of organic coffee and spices and chaired the Board's Organizational Review Task Force. He serves as a management consultant to Meetup, Inc., an internet-based company enabling people with shared interests to interact face-to-face. He chaired the Resource Analysis Working Group of Strategies for Children, an early education advocacy organization in Boston. He is a Senior Fellow of the Small Planet Institute and recently was Co-chair of the Transition Team on Technology for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

Liam Speden

[Filling in for Emma Stewart] Liam, currently with Autodesk’s consulting group, has more than 15 years’ experience in delivering software and technology solutions. Before joining Autodesk, Speden worked in a variety of roles in applying technology and innovation within the infrastructure industry in Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe and United States. He holds a bachelor of surveying with honors from the University of Tasmania, Australia.

Organizing team


San Francisco, CA, United States


San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Geoff Waltrip
    Associate Producer
  • Ron Vargas
    Technical Director
  • Peter Wolverton
  • John Flores
    Audio Technician
  • Brie Smith
    Production Assitant
  • Mazie Artemesia
    Production Assistant
  • Scott Snell
    Video Editor
  • Galen Oakes