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Theme: "What's Possible"

This event occurred on
November 9, 2013
10:00am - 5:00pm PST
(UTC -8hrs)
San Francisco, CA
United States

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.

Pa'ina Lounge
1865 Post Street
San Francisco, CA, 94115
United States
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

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

Organizing team


San Francisco, CA, United States
  • 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