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Theme: "What's Possible"

San Francisco, CA, United States
November 9th, 2013

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About this event

The first TEDxPeacePlaza took place on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at Pa'ina Lounge in San Francisco's Japantown.

Our speaker talks addressed our theme “What’s Possible.” Seemingly intractable problems. Surprisingly ingenious solutions. In a world full of inequality, conflict, and hardships, there are remarkable examples of what actually can be done. What innovations are possible that can help create a world that we want to live in? “What’s Possible” can be interpreted as both a bold statement and an inviting question.

The San Francisco Japantown Foundation and San Francisco Food ( sponsored the event, which attracted 100 attendees.

Confirmed Speakers

  • David Chiu
    President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • Lateefah Simon
    Director of California’s Future Program at the Rosenberg Foundation
  • Jon Osaki
    Executive Director of the Japanese Community Youth Council
  • Nwe Oo
    CEO of Weaving Through Change (helping refugee women from Burma preserve their tradition while creating economic opportunity.
  • Tulio Cardozo
    Founder of Collaborative Benefit (helping the formerly incarcerated get hired)
  • Katherine Woo
    Chief Product Officer at Kiva
  • Gary Chou
    School of Visual Arts MFA in Interaction Design
  • Valerie Luu
    Co-Founder of Rice Paper Scissors (pop-up Vietnamese street food)
  • Katie Kwan
    Co-Founder of Rice Paper Scissors (pop-up Vietnamese street food)
  • Mark Baugh-Sasaki
    Sculptor and Photographer (exploring the link between the natural world and industrial world)
  • Akiko Aspillaga
    Immigration rights advocate

Venue and Details

Pa'ina Lounge
1865 Post St
San Francisco, CA, 94115
United States
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Keith Kamisugi
San Francisco, CA, United States

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Glenn Fajardo
Co-Curator, Speakers Committee Co-Chair
Grace Keh
Director of Events
Jen Low
Speakers Team
Rebecca Lee
Speakers Team
Candice Dayoan
Social Media
Mike Kwan
Speakers Committee Co-Chair
Susan Outlaw
Sponsors Chair
Karynn Ikeda
Audience Liaison
Casey Ikeda
Audience Liaison
Haruka Roudebush
Community Liaison