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Theme: Our Collective Strength

This event occurred on
March 30, 2013
2:00pm - 7:00pm AKDT
(UTC -8hrs)
Anchorage, AK
United States

TEDx Anchorage will feature a series of talks,
videos and performances by inspirational
individuals who will share their ideas on how
we’re writing Alaska’s story.

Wilda Marston Theatre
3600 Denali Street
Anchorage, AK, 99503
United States
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Nic Mink

Nicolaas Mink is a sustainable food system designer who divides his time between Sitka, Alaska and Indianapolis, Indiana. In Indiana, he is the Urban Sustainable Foods Fellow at Butler University, where he sits on the Board of Directors of the Indy Winter Farmers Market and the Indiana Cooperative Development Association. As Urban Sustainable Foods Fellow, he oversees the Indy Food Fellows, the country's first urban food corp; manages the Indy Food Fund, a sustainable foods granting and lending program; and is one of the chief architects of the Indy Food Council. He's also the President and Chief Salmon Steward at Sitka Salmon Shares, the Midwest's first and only Community Supported Fishery, specializing in connecting socially and environmentally conscious consumers in the Midwest to small boat fishermen in Southeast Alaska. He's written extensively on the subject of food and culture, and his first book, Salmon: A Global History, is out with Reaktion Press this summer. TED Talk: "From a Commodity to a Community: The Transformation of Salmon and the Building of a Community Supported Fishery"  

Corinna Delgado

Bio: Corinna Delgado is Alaskan Home Grown Talent. Born, and raised in Anchorage, AK she is a Nationally acclaimed performance poet, published author, and professional broadcaster. Delgado has recently tip toed into the local art scene with her visual art, and is pleased to incorporate her original work in this years TEDx Anchorage performance. Title: "The Divine Connection of the Human Condition"

Paul Clark

Paul serves as the co-founder and “Left Brain” at Brainstorm Media, a team of passionate designers, developers, and teachers. Together, they are in the business of changing the world using WordPress. He is a Core Contributor to WordPress 3.5. Paul is proud to have created intelligent, intuitive solutions for clients like The Wall Street Journal, Iomega, and the California Attorney General. He and his wife are proud to have lived and worked in Southest Asia with Free Burma Rangers, an organization that brings help, hope and love to displaced people in the warzones of Burma.

Indra Arriaga

Title: Choosing a Multicultural World Bio: Indra Arriaga was born in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. She is an artist and a researcher. Indra holds a Masters in Political Science from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. Indra’s art career extends almost three decades. She co-founded Green Bee Studios and the annual Dia De Muertos/Day of the Dead celebration in Anchorage. Indra has exhibited nationally and internationally in such locations as New York, San Francisco, Portland, San Antonio, Juneau, Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Hannover, Germany. Upcoming shows include United Nations: Nations-Water-Cultures, UN Headquarters, New York, NY, September 2013. As a researcher, Indra is a Senior Consultant with Information Insights. Prior to joining II, Indra supervised the Division of Community and Regional Affairs, Research and Analysis section, under the State of Alaska, Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. Indra's work experience includes working as an Equity Research analyst for Investment Boutique firms in San Francisco in the area of Semiconductor Capital Equipment and Software Infrastructure. Indra arrived in San Francisco while still a graduate student with previous research experience working as a teaching assistant abroad, working out of the British Museum Library, London; she also spent a year in Mexico conducting proprietary research in the area of changing land ownership and its effects on the social and political fabric of rural communities.

Danny Consenstein

Title: Connecting the Dots Across Alaska's Food System Bio: Danny Consenstein is the State Executive Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Alaska Farm Service Agency. He has over 30 years of experience in helping Alaska small economies grow and thrive. Under his leadership, the Alaska Farm Service Agency is collaborating with other federal and state agencies, as well as non-profits to build stronger food systems and healthier communities in the state of Alaska. He is an avid backyard gardener and is part of a commercial fishing family.

David Michael Karabelnikoff

David Michael Karabelnikoff (Aleut/Athabascan) A third generation Alaska Native college graduate. David provides sustainable development consulting services through Karabelnikoff & Associate’s, he is a board member of the Alaska Native Professionals Association (ANPA) and a founding member of the Alaska Native Oratory Society (AkNOS). At Fort Lewis College David developed a student constructed major titled: Native Nation Building – Sustainable Community Development. He went on to study sustainable energy systems and policy at RES | the School for Renewable Energy Sciences in Iceland. David has participated in the United Nations Earth Summit on Sustainable Development: he representing civil society from Alaska at the RIO+20 Summit energy day.

Lorena Knapp

Title: Get Uncomfortable: Living in the Yellow Bio: Lorena Knapp is a helicopter pilot and medevacs patients to nearby hospitals. Prior to her aviation career, Lorena taught elementary school in the Anchorage School District. She coordinates The Professional Pilot Leadership Initiative, a formal mentoring program for professional pilots through The Ninety-Nines, an organization for women pilots. Between medevac flights, she is a freelance writer for Alaska Magazine and blogs about living a Big Life today at Whether through writing, teaching or flying, Lorena loves inspiring others to achieve their dreams.  

Lauren Heyano

Title: The Point to Being Pointless Bio: Lauren Heyano is a graduate of Polaris K-12 School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of her school newspaper, Sispillé, and student teacher of the corresponding journalism class. Through her role as editor she learned the value of hard work, friendship, compassion and humor in a stressful work environment. She is currently taking a gap year between high school and college and has so far used this time to travel, work, volunteer and write. She spent seven weeks in fall 2012 traveling solo through four European countries and is currently writing a memoir about those experiences. In August Lauren will start school at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College as an Elementary Education major. She spends Sunday mornings writing, playing music and drinking tea. She is excited to be part of this year’s Tedx conference.  

David Clark

Title: Culture is Food for the Heart. Bio: David Clark is a senior at East High School, on track to graduate magna cum laude with the Class of 2013. David is involved with the Alaska Native community through a variety of different activities, including the Anchorage School District Native Advisory Board and Project Ki’l, the Southcentral Foundation RAISE Program, and Imamsuat Sugpiaq Dance Group. He claims the village of Tatitlek as his place of tribal ancestry, and thanks his grandmother for making it a part of his identity. David has been affected in a variety of ways by substance abuse, suicide, depression, and lack of cultural identity, and hopes to one day go into a career where he can combine his passions for writing and leadership to help solve issues affecting both Native and non-Native communities. He plans to attend University of Alaska Fairbanks in the fall to study Journalism Sociology, with an emphasis on Alaska Native Studies.

Brendan Babb

Brendan Babb is a passionate computer scientist who specializes in optimization via genetic algorithms, biomimcry, GPUs, and modeling. Brendan is researching improving Mars Rover image compression for UAA/NASA. Brendan is part way through the made up 2013 DJ Alaskan Grand Slam, having DJed the Charlie Brown Christmas Party, Iditarod Trailgate, and upcoming Ski Train. Brendan is on the board of the Alaska Center for the Environment. Brendan enjoys soccer, the amazing Alaskan outdoors, community involvement, and collaborating. Brendan frequently crowdsources decisions he should easily be able to make for himself, like what to eat for dinner. Brendan is interested in collaborating and optimizing challenging problems in renewable energy, communities, government, and the planets. “You can’t spell Crowdsource without Y O U (sans the y)” An overview of Crowdsourcing and Civic Hacking with a call to action. From my first contact with crowdsourcing in 1989, to videogame players helping find a cure for AIDS, high school students making medical breakthroughs, Alaskans adopting fire hydrants, and more. Sometimes crowdsourcing is about the power of the crowd to solve a problem, and sometimes it is about a challenging problem finding that one special person out of the crowd with a unique solution. Everyone has the skills and creativity to solve an X-prize, maybe yours is just known as the Q Prize or the J-Prize. Learn how you can be a part of crowdsourcing and civic hacking and possibly change your community and the world.

Jon Bittner

TED talk Title: Crowdfunding Alaska’s Future Jon is a fifth generation Alaskan with over a decade of experience working in the public and private sectors within the state. He spent several years as a legislative aide in the State House as well as serving as the committee aide to the Anchorage Caucus and as legislative liaison to the Denali Commission for the Alaska. After graduating from UAA in 2008 with a degree in Geology, Jon spent two years working for an Environmental Consulting company as a field scientist followed by two years as a geologist/GIS specialist for a local mineral exploration company. Most recently, he joined the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation as Business and Economic Development Director in 2011 and was promoted to Vice president last October. He currently serves on the Board of the West High Alumni Association, the UAA Geology Department Advisory Committee, the IEDC Public Policy and Advocacy Committee and is a founding member of the Alaska Makers Group. Jon has brought a variety of new ideas and events to Alaska over the past few years including Alaska’s first Hackathon, the KivaZip microloan program, the Alaska Maker Group, and the statewide Entrepreneurship Week coming up in July. He has also assisted in the implementation of the Municipality of Anchorage’s 49th State Angel Fund, the Loussac Library’s Innovation Center, the Alaska Maker Faire, the Entrepreneurial Pitch on a Train competition and several other entrepreneurial based events meant to grow Alaska’s innovation community. He has given talks all over the State regarding the potential of new tools like crowdfunding to grow and develop Alaska’s businesses. He is supported by his extremely patient wife Juli and his two children Charlotte (4) and Atticus (2).

Organizing team


Anchorage, AK, United States
  • Clare Ross
    Committee Chair
  • Carolyn Kinneen
    Committee Chair/ Coordinator
  • Karen Zeman
    Committee Member
  • Steven Shamburek
    Committee member
  • Corinna Delgado
    Committee member
  • Jenifer Nelson
    Committee Member
  • Julie Nolan
    Committee Member
  • Meghan Clemens
    Speaker Chair