x = independently organized TED event

Theme: Opening Your Eyes

This event occurred on
November 18, 2012
2:00pm - 5:00pm PST
(UTC -8hrs)
Venice, CA
United States

Hi Guys!
If you don’t know me, I’m Jess Walia, and I’m part of the Senior Class of 2013 at the Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, CA! I’m getting to do something really amazing this November, and I want everybody who can to be a part of the experience. It’s called TEDxYouth@ElectricAvenue.
TEDx is an individually organized TED conference! What’s TED? TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, is a non-profit organization devoted to spreading awareness on …. ideas worth spreading! They host their main conference in Long Beach every year, and have the most inspiring, jaw dropping, entertaining, innovative, and beautiful talks on anything and everything. You can check out their website at
On Sunday, November 18th 2012, I want to bring the spirit of TED, the spirit of passion and ideas, to high schoolers all around the west-side of LA. My goal, and the theme of this TEDx is to “Open Your Eyes.” Open your eyes to passion you’ve never seen before, open your eyes to opportunities you’ve never seen before, open your eyes to inspiration you’ve never seen before! That’s what TED loves to do! Show you something you’ve never seen before! I want to invite you all to be a part of this event.
TEDxYouth@ElectricAvenue is being held at the Electric Lodge Performing Arts Center, one of the worlds only solar powered performing arts theatres, in Venice, right off of the famous Abbot Kinney Avenue! We are inviting schools across West Los Angeles and will update you on when tickets will start selling via our Facebook Event Page (above)! Tell your friends about it on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or anyway else!! If you’re on Twitter, our hashtag is #TEDxElectricAvenue. Tickets will go on sale about 2 weeks before the date, but we encourage you all to save the date! Sunday November 18th.
If you would like to get more involved in this TEDx, through volunteering, please contact me in person, through my email:, or through my Facebook, which you can find on the Facebook Event Page (above)


Electric Lodge
1416 Electric Avenue
Venice, CA, 90291
United States
Event type:
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Douglas Thomas

Douglas Thomas has been a professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California since 1993. He is the author or editor of five books, including his most recent work A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change (with co-author John Seely Brown). During his time at USC, he has focused his research on radical cultures of learning at the intersections of technology and culture, beginning with the underground worlds of computer hackers and virus writers. He has studied the open source programming community as well as a decade long ethnographic research project of the culture learning in and around computer games. In addition to studying gamers and gamer culture, Professor Thomas worked with colleagues at USC and Indiana University to design and produce two educational video games as well: The Redistricting Game (with Chris Swain, USC) that allowed players to understand and analyze the inner workings of political redistricting and gerrymandering and Modern Prometheus (with Sasha Barab, IU), an interactive retelling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which helped students understand and analyze ethical decision making in the world of technology and science. His research has been supported by the MacArthur Foundation, the Lounsbery Foundation, and the Annenberg Center at USC, and focuses on the transformation of learning, knowledge, education and global civic engagement in the digital age. He is founding editor of Games & Culture: A Journal of Interactive Media, a quarterly international journal that aims to publish innovative theoretical and empirical research about games and culture within the context of interactive media. His books include: Hacking Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 2002), a study of the cultural, social, and political dimensions of computer hacking, Reading Nietzsche Rhetorically (Guilford Press, 1998), an examination of the role of representation in the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, Technological Visions: The Hopes and Fears that Shape New Technologies (with Marita Sturken and Sandra Ball-Rokeach, Temple UP, 2004) and Cybercrime: Law Enforcement, Security and Surveillance in the Information Age (with Brian D. Loader; Routledge, 2000. His current projects include Power, Play, and Performance: Studying Virtual Worlds, an examination of player culture and community in massively multiplayer online games and Play and Politics: Games, Civic Engagement, and Social Activism.

Danielle Orner

Danielle Orner practices yoga for her health and sanity. Diagnosed with bone cancer at age 15, she spent a decade undergoing surgeries, chemotherapy, and the amputation of her lower right leg. Changing her lifestyle revitalized both her body and spirit. A writer, actress, and teacher, Danielle seeks to explore the difficult questions about identity, body image, and recovery. Her first feature screenplay, Exposure, placed as a semi-finalist in the Francis Ford Coppola American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest. She currently blogs for Positively Positive and MindBodyGreen. Visit her fan page for updates on her short films, silly vegan cooking videos, and wellness events.

John K. Bates

John, who was considered young himself at the time, fell in love with the Internet the moment it dawned on him what it would do for communication and collaboration. Since then he has worked with early stage Internet companies as a Founder or early employee. John has been instrumental in raising hundreds of millions of dollars in Venture Capital, he has changed the structure of an industry and has still managed to surf all over the world. He Co-Founded, a dotcom darling which went ended up going bust in the dotcom bomb of 2000 and he was the first employee and is still a part owner of He works with cool game companies like and, and now he's helping people get what they want with his communication coaching. John has been invited to speak all over the world at events ranging from Web Attack to the St Gallen Business School World Leaders Symposium, the Leiden Veerstichting conference for Global Leaders, TEDActive twice, and many TEDx’s. These days John loves bringing the ideas of others to life through his company

Therese Schwenkler

Therese Schwenkler is the founder of, today's go-to source for more & better direction. She is the inventor of the world's newest form of currency, "Move-lah," which is a revolutionary new way of paying for content that helps you become the person you really want to become. You can learn more about Move-lah (and about Therese's online e-course for finding your truest career path) by clicking on her name^

Elizabeth Yu

Elizabeth Yu, Founder and Chief Baker of Piggalicious bacon s’mores, admits that the weirdest thing about her is that she likes vegetables, including, but not limited to: cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, asparagus, and carrots. Currently, she is writing a series that involves her house getting kidnapped by aliens with her brother inside. At first, Elizabeth thinks it’s the best thing that ever happened to her, but then realizes that now she’ll have no one to torment. As for hobbies, she enjoys smashing balls on the tennis court and playing Super Smash Brothers Brawl with her brother. However, she always loses. Besides tennis, you will most likely find her traveling the world with her orchestra, performing everywhere from Santiago de Compostela to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. She is a nationally published gold medalist poet after being the only young person in the nation last year to win Scholastic’s creative writing award for social issues, in which she wrote about the Taliban acid gun blinding of Afghan schoolgirls in Kandahar. Elizabeth’s fondest wish is to one day own a dog of her own, but all her mom says is, “When you’re older, you can pay for your own.” Elizabeth hopes one day to sell enough cookies to buy a dog. Donations gladly accepted.

Hayden Lee

is a certified academic Teen Life Coach whose mission is to empower teenagers with the self awareness and life skills to succeed in their academic and personal lives.

Organizing team


Saint Louis, MO, United States


Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • Hayden Lee
    Senior Volunteer Supervisor/Consultant
  • Daisy Swan
    Senior Volunteer Supervisor/Consultant
  • Annie Cipolla
    Senior Volunteer Supervisor/Consultant
  • John Marcus
    Producer. Head of Technology/Logistical Planning
  • Johann Piedras
    Light Director-Tech
  • Beau Thetford
    Sound Director-Tech
  • Amita Pentakota
    Producer. Head of Marketing/Advertising.