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Theme: The Future of Creativity

This event occurred on
June 22, 2013
9:00am - 5:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Manchester Village, VT
United States

TEDxManchesterVillage is a local self organized event that will bring people together to share a TED-like experience. It will take place on June 22 , 2013 at Burr and Burton Academy's Riley Center for the Arts in Manchester,Vermont.

The topic of our event is "The Future of Creativity", and we have invited ten speakers from diverse disciplines and fields to provide a unique perspective on our theme. Defining creativity can prove elusive. Some might think instantly of the arts; others might think of possible synonyms: originality, imagination , or out-of-the-box- thinking , and others may equate creativity with advances in disciplines such as technology , education , economics , or leadership.

Riley Center for the Arts
57 Seminary Avenue
Manchester Village, VT, 05254
United States
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Kathleen Colson

Kathleen Colson is the CEO and Founder of The BOMA Project, an organization that seeks to implement long-term solutions to climate change and drought in the arid lands of Africa where millions lack food, water, livelihoods, healthcare, and safety from ongoing conflicts. BOMA’s Rural Entrepreneur Access Project (REAP) replaces food aid with a sustainable income so that women and their dependent children can survive drought, feed their families, pay for school fees and medical care, and accumulate savings for long-term stability. In just four years, The BOMA Project has launched 1380 businesses and 175 savings associations that provide an income for 4668 women and over 23,000 dependent children. Kathleen has worked in the safari business for over twenty-five years and has worked on behalf of numerous African organizations – from orphanages and water projects to school and elephant conservation programs. She undertakes several extended trips to East Africa every year. A graduate of St. Lawrence University and the Kenya Semester Program, Kathleen’s talk title is: How to Graduate Women INTO Poverty in the Arid Lands of Africa.

Matt Dodds

Before forming Brandthropology, Inc. Matthew served as a global advertising executive in New York and throughout Asia. His thoughts on global brand management were developed while serving in postings in New York, Korea, Japan, China and Singapore, where he worked for global advertising firms FCB, D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, BBDO, and McCann Erickson. Along the way, he helped define and implement marketing strategies for many of the world's most sophisticated multinational marketers, including P&G, Unilever, Gatorade, Exxon, Mars, General Motors, United Distillers, Visa, MasterCard, Goodyear, Philips, McDonald's and Among his accomplishments are two Golden Effie Awards, the advertising industry's highest award for effectiveness in advertising. He earned these for his efforts in introducing the Visa Gold Card and Crest for Kids brands. Matt also earned the highest award given by P&G's multinational agency rating system for work he created on behalf of the Always (Whisper) brand in Korea: P&G's "World Class Copy" award. While posted in Japan, he became the youngest member of the Board of Directors at McCann Erickson Tokyo, the second largest agency office in the McCann network. His major clients included General Motors, Goodyear and Exxon. Talk Title: The Rise of Pluralistic Creation

Tim Daly

Tim Daly is perhaps best known for his TV roles as Joe Hackett on series “Wings,” as Dr. Pete Wilder on “Private Practice”, and as the voice of Superman in the animated series. He has been nominated for an Emmy award for his performance on ‘The Sopranos”, and a SAG award for “The Fugitive”. He has received Humanitas and Peabody awards for “Edge of America”, and is also the recipient of Golden Satellite, Gracie, Theatre World, and GLAAD awards. Tim Daly is President of The Creative Coalition, the leading non-profit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. He produced the Showtime documentary ‘Poliwood’ for TCC, directed by Barry Levinson. The film chronicles the collision between politics, Hollywood, and the media during the presidential race of 2008. He has directed two PSAs for TCC, one for Blue Star Families to raise awareness about military suicides, and the Gracie award winning “Watch What you Watch” in collaboration with the Girl Scouts, to encourage media literacy among young women. He is on the board of Inside Out Writers, a Los Angeles based non-profit organization that utilizes writing to help juvenile offenders repair their lives. Daly is on the board of the Putney School in Putney Vermont where the first energy net zero, LEED’s platinum school building in the USA was recently built. In June 2008, Daly was named ambassador for Lee National Denim Day — a fundraiser for breast cancer, benefiting the Women’s Cancer Programs of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. Talk Title: Creativity, Imagination, and How we talk about Art.

Bruce Duncan

Bruce Duncan has been the Managing Director of the Terasem Movement Foundation Inc. since 2004. He has worked in the field of non-profit administration and education for over 25 years. He is repsonsbile to for overseeing the mangagment and implementation of the research and educational outreach of the Lifenaut Project and other programs of the Foundation. He has taught conflict resolution at the University of Vermont and worked at Seeds of Peace, an international peace camp. He is also a filmmaker and has produced several independent films and documentaries. Talk Title: Re-creating Ourselves: Mindfiles and Androids. Bruce will share a project status update on the Lifenaut project that seeks to allow anyone with an internet connection to transfer their essential information about who they are for later re-animation in virtual reality. Bina 48, android, who represents an early concept will co-present.

Alexandra Langstaff

Alexandra works with children and adults creating movement and dance while exploring physical language, and encouraging spontaneous creative thinking and personal growth. Students are encouraged to constructively channel physical energy through yoga, games, and developmentally appropriate activities. Physical intelligence, social development, technique, flexibility, focus, strength and creativity evolve through imaginative use of movement, music and materials. Her background in early childhood and elementary education and modern dance, combined with 20 years in the ski industry, inspires an innovative dance program for students of all ages and abilities. School programs are tailored to fit the needs and challenges of students from ages 14 months through adults. She provides workshops and dance programs for a wide range of participants; from toddlers to thespians and classroom teachers to church groups. She is a Certified Instructor for the Vermont Northern Lights Career Development Center. Commitment for continuing education while attending the Creative Dance Center in Seattle, Washington, the National Dance Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Circus Yoga at Kripalu in Lenox, Massachusetts, and presenting for the National Dance Association allows Alexandra the opportunity to work and teach with some of the best in the business. Alexandra’s love of learning and enthusiasm is contagious; her students reap the benefits and rewards. She fuses the foundations of learning through creative and physical movement. Talk Title: In Search of the Creative Bone

Mark Hopkins

Mark Hopkins is a senior economist at Moody’s Analytics. His responsibilities include macroeconomic research, international forecasting, and U.S. federal fiscal policy. Dr. Hopkins contributes to the Moody’s Analytics U.S. macroeconomic model and is responsible for forecasting Canada’s economy. Previously, Mark taught macroeconomics at Gettysburg College and served as international economist on the staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. He has published articles and chapters related to international economics, economic growth and foreign policy. He received his PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a BA from Wesleyan University. Talk Title: Creative Economics

Chuck Scranton

Chuck Scranton spent 35 years in education, 28 of those years as a school head. He began his career in 1973 as a middle school teacher at Far Hills Country Day School in N.J., and in 1979 was appointed headmaster, a position he retained until 1992. Chuck then spent a year with The Amelior Foundation working with inner city youth in Newark. In 1993 Chuck was named headmaster of Burr and Burton Academy which, under his leadership, grew to become one of the premier high schools in New England. In 2008 Chuck stepped down from his position at Burr and Burton and shortly thereafter conceived The Rowland Foundation where he serves as Executive Director. Based in South Londonderry, The Foundation, named for its benefactors Barry and Wendy Rowland, has changed the conversation about school transformation in Vermont. Chuck developed The Foundation on the simple principle that top down approaches to school reformtypically fail. The Rowland Foundation each year funds a research sabbatical for visionary teachers who, with the support of their principals, wish to lead the school's transformation efforts. Today Chuck guides 30 Rowland Fellows in Vermont and organizes the largest statewide conference on school reform. Chuck has served on the executive committees of the Vermont Independent School Association and the Independent School Association of Northern New England. He has been a trustee for a number of independent schools and currently serves as chair of the board of trustees of The Mountain School in Winhall. Chuck also consults with schools on issues of governance, fund raising and long range planning. He and his wife live in South Londonderry. Talk Title: That Immovable Mountain

Steven Shepard

Dr. Steven Shepard is the founder of the Shepard Communications Group in Williston, Vermont, co-founder of the Executive Crash Course Company, and founder of Shepard Images. A professional author, photographer and educator with more than 30 years of experience in the technology industry, he has written more than 60 books and hundreds of articles on a wide variety of topics. Dr. Shepard specializes in international issues in technology with an emphasis on the social implications of technological change, technology infrastructure development, strategy creation, technical marketing and strategic technical sales; the social implications of technological change; the deployment of social media as an organizational collaboration tool; the development of multilingual educational programs; and, through the Executive Crash Course Company, the effective use of multimedia. He is fluent in Spanish and routinely publishes and delivers presentations in that language. Global clients include major telecommunications manufacturers, service providers, software development firms, multinational corporations, universities, professional services firms, NGOs, advertising firms, venture capital firms, and regulatory bodies. He lives in Vermont with his wife Sabine, who has put up with him for more than 30 years. Talk Title: Technology and the Future of Creativity

Tommy Tallarico

Tommy Tallarico is a veritable video game industry icon. As one of the most successful video game composers in history, he has helped revolutionize the gaming world, creating unique audio landscapes that enhance the video gaming experience. He is considered the person most instrumental in changing the game industry from bleeps & bloops to real music now appreciated worldwide by millions of fans. As a well-recognized on-air television personality, live performer and composer, Tommy brings his in-depth knowledge, years of experience, and love of cutting edge multimedia and video games to the masses. An accomplished musician, Tallarico has been writing music for video games for more than 23 years. He has won over 50 industry awards and has worked on more than 300 game titles. He currently holds 3 Guinness World Records including the person who has worked on the most commercially released video games. In 2012 during the Game Developers Conference he received a Lifetime Achievement Award and is also in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. for his contributions to the game industry. Tallarico was the first musician to release a video game soundtrack worldwide and one of the first musicians to ever use live guitar and 3-D audio in a video game. Tommy is a cousin of rock star legend Steven Tyler. In 2002, Tallarico created the critically acclaimed Video Games Live (, an immersive, audio and video concert experience celebrating video games which is now in its 10th year of touring around the world. Video Games Live is the first and most successful video game touring concert in the world having performed over 275 shows in 30 countries on 5 continents. In 2008 they released the highly anticipated album entitled Video Games Live - Volume One, recorded at the world famous Abbey Road Studios in London, the album debuted at #10 on the Billboard charts. It was the first video game compilation album to ever be released worldwide and won BEST SOUNDTRACK ALBUM awards from and the Game Audio Network Guild. In 2010 a 90 minute national PBS Special was aired in over 90 million households across America. A Blu-Ray, DVD and album were released. The second album (entitled Video Games Live - Level Two) debuted at #8 on the Billboard Charts. Tommy hosted, wrote and co-produced the top rated and very popular Reviews on the Run/Judgment Day television show as well as the longest running award-winning video game television show, The Electric Playground, which has been on the air since 1997. The show is syndicated worldwide and airs daily in prime-time. The Electric Playground won the 2001 Telly Award for “Best Entertainment Cable Program”.Tommy is the founder and CEO of the Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.), which is a non-profit organization educating and heightening the awareness of audio for the interactive world ( He is an Advisory Board member for the Game Developers Conference, a Governor for the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS/GRAMMY's), a spokesperson for the Entertainment Consumers Association, a proud member of the International Game Developers Association and a nominating peer panel leader for the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. His popular website has received over 100 million hits by more than 5 million unique users. Talk Title: Video Games: Art in Disguise

Tom Peters, MC

Tom Peters is co-author of In Search of Excellence—the book that changed the way the world does business, and often tagged as the best business book ever. Sixteen books and almost thirty years later, he’s still at the forefront of the “management guru industry” he single-handedly invented. What’s new? A lot. As CNN said, “While most business gurus milk the same mantra for all its worth, the one-man brand called Tom Peters is still reinventing himself.” His most recent effort, released in March 2010: The Little BIG Things: 163 Ways to Pursue Excellence. Tom’s bedrock belief: “Execution is strategy— it’s all about the people and the doing, not the talking and the theory.” (Keep up with Tom at, ranked #9 among “The Top 150 Management and Leadership Blogs.”) Born in Baltimore in 1942 “with a lacrosse stick in one hand and oars over my shoulder,” Peters resided in California, mainly Silicon Valley (where he was on a list of “100 most powerful people in Silicon Valley”), from 1965–2000. Today, Peters and his wife Susan Sargent live on a 1,600- acre working farm, “always under construction,” in Vermont. His two stepsons, Max and Ben Cooper, are “busy changing the world” in Telluride and Brooklyn respectively. Peters is a civil engineering graduate of Cornell (B.C.E., M.C.E.), where he is included in the book The 100 Most Notable Cornellians and earned an MBA and Ph.D. in business at Stanford; he holds honorary doctorates from institutions that range from the University of San Francisco to the State University of Management in Moscow—and has been honored by dozens of associations in content areas such as management, leadership, quality, human resources, customer service, innovation, marketing, and design. In the U.S. Navy from 1966–1970, he made two deployments to Vietnam (as a combat engineer in the fabled Navy Seabees) and “survived a tour in the Pentagon.” He was a White House drug-abuse advisor in 1973–74 and then worked at McKinsey & Co. from 1974–1981, becoming a Partner in 1979; he also co-founded McKinsey’s now gargantuan Organization Effectiveness practice. Peters’ chief avocations are “brushcutting in the summer, hiking in New Zealand in the winter, reading history books by the hundredweight, collecting weird friends, talking to cab drivers, visiting Venice and racing George Clooney in accumulating frequent flyer miles.”

Albert Levis

Albert Levis is a psychiatrist, born in 1937 in Athens, Greece, where he experienced, during his childhood, WWII, the Holocaust, and the Communist Civil War. Intrigued, he spent his professional career pondering on behavior, religions and ideologies. He began his search for meaning at Athens College, studying medicine in Switzerland, at the Universities of Geneva and Zurich; he completed a psychiatric residency at Yale, and launched the Center for the Study of Normative Behavior in Hamden, Connecticut. There he identified what is universal in all stories: their plot. Studying patterns that repeat, he recognized it as a natural scientific conflict resolving mechanism. This order reflected the unconscious as moral and orderly, contradicting Freud’s irrational and amoral unconscious. The conflict resolution mechanism became the unit of the social sciences, integrating psychology and morality into the Moral Science, the Science of Conflict Resolution. In 1987 he published: Conflict Analysis, the Formal Theory of Behavior. He also published Conflict Analysis Training including the Conflict Analysis Battery, a personality assessment based on the analysis of creativity for self-discovery and self-help. To promote awareness of this scientific breakthrough he acquired a historic inn, and installed the exhibits of the Museum of the Creative Process. A book on the museum exhibits, Science Stealing the Fire of the Gods and Healing the World, combined with the self-assessment, represents a program of emotional education creativity and power management that may be delivered in the classroom as well as in psychotherapy. Talk Title: Creativity: The Integrative Paradigm.

Organizing team


Manchester, VT, United States
  • Connie Blatchford
    Project Manager
  • Mary Allen
    Planning Team
  • Barbara Morrow
  • Tammie Reilly
    Planning Team
  • Neil Freebern
    Planning Team
  • Elliott Long
    Planning Team
  • Hoss Wuerslin
    Planning Team
  • Gloria Palmer
    Planning Team
  • Heidi Johnson
    Planning Team