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Theme: "The City2.0"

This event occurred on
October 13, 2012
9:00am - 12:00pm CDT
(UTC -5hrs)
Columbia, MO
United States

"The City2.0" will be a day of urban inspiration, a day when TEDx communities around the world will host an event to share the powerful narratives of urban innovators and organizers, stewards and artists, builders and taste makers.

The event will focus on three main sections:

-Transportation and Energy
-Public Wellness and Education
-Adaptive Reuse and Creativity.

There will also be an Action Pitch session where 5 selected project based ideas will be pitched to the attendees. These ideas can then be put into action by you, the community, to make a difference in our Columbia.

You can submit an action pitch proposal here:

City Council Chambers
701 E Broadway
Columbia, MO, 65201
United States
Event type:
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Amanda Barnes

As health educator for the City of Columbia and creator of SheRunsColumbia (SRC), Barnes gets to express her passions for fitness, health and nutrition through various programs to grow and serve as a source of healthy lifestyle information.

Carrie Gartner

Gartner is currently the Director of Columbia’s Downtown Community Improvement District, an economic development organization dedicated to promoting and beautifying a 50-square block area known as The District. Her work has been awarded the Downtown Planning Strategy of the Year and she was named Missouri’s Downtown Director of the Year.

Tom O'Conner

As a consulting professional engineer, O’Connor specializes in water and energy systems and issues, and he volunteers on the City’s Water and Light Advisory Board. Tom and his wife, Columbia Art League Director Diana Moxon, are known in the Columbia Daily Tribune as the Power Couple, contributing regular columns and energizing their home with solar panels.

Greg Orloff

Orloff’s work as an artist in Found Object Assemblage has been a process of re-innovation upon objects that have become obsolete or dis-functional. Utilizing old typewriters, defunct industrial equipment, and or kitchen appliances as a raw source of material, Orloff constructs sculptures that reflect a science fiction narrative or fantasy. It is his goal to promote aspects of wonderment and awe from sculptures, which infer a likeness to a ray gun or jet pack, but simultaneously re-engaging society with these objects that were obsolete, discarded and forgotten.

Ben Datema

Datema is a bike geek and changer of things. When he sees something that isn’t working right or could be improved, he can’t stop thinking about it until he takes action to make it better. Datema works in the Environmental Leadership Office in the MU Department of Student Life, where he helps students to take meaningful action to address environmental issues on campus and beyond. During his time at Mizzou, he has won multiple awards for service and leadership to change the campus for the better.

Peter Stiepleman

In his role as Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education for the Columbia Public Schools System, Peter is a champion for preparing children to be global citizens in a digital age. He is endlessly interested in second language acquisition and will talk about it at great lengths, if given the chance. His talk promises to boldly go where no Assistant Supervisor has gone before.

Darwin Hindman

Five times elected as mayor of Columbia, Darwin Hindman is an advocate of building a pedestrian-based transportation system in Columbia. During his service as mayor, Columbia and three other cities received 25 million dollars in federal funding to run a pilot project to promote bicycling and walking as an alternative to driving. In 2009 he received the Leadership for Healthy Communities Award along with mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City and mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco.

Ted Han

As lead developer for DocumentCloud at Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), Ted develops software to further the cause of journalism, journalists, and reporters. Lucky for us, he uses his super powers for good, focusing on application architecture, multi-language multi-paradigm programming, automated data processing and automated data analysis.

Eryca Neville

As Director of Alternative Education for Columbia Public Schools, Neville works to close the gaps between students. She believes that the first step to changing the education system in Columbia is to know who it serves and what is going on in the students lives.

Organizing team


Columbia, MO, United States


Columbia, MO, United States
  • Keith Politte
    Memetic Engineer + Cheerleader
  • Chel O'Reilly
    Speaker Coach + Word master