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This event occurred on
January 31, 2014
7:00pm - 9:00pm CST
(UTC -6hrs)
Sioux Falls, SD
United States

As we begin 2014, so many of us are planning. Planning for our families, our careers, our companies and our communities. We're attempting to build something bigger for ourselves and those we care about. We focus on tactics and strategies. We focus on technologies and tools.

This session of TEDxSiouxFalls is focusing on something different. We're focusing on how we can "build with generosity and gratitude." How might our communities be different if approached through a perspective of generosity? How might our families be different if we communicate with gratitude?

The stories we'll hear, from five local speakers, will range from deeply personal to broadly philosophical. All will provide a glimpse of how we might build through generosity and gratitude.

Institute of Possibility
326 E 8th Street
Sioux Falls, SD, 57103
United States
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Beth Davis

Beth Davis is the President of Dakota Resources, a statewide, not-for-profit that stimulates financial and human investment in South Dakota communities that are invested in themselves. Prior to coming to Dakota Resources, Beth was a partner in Midwest Mediation and Facilitation, Inc., a conflict resolution firm specializing in business and environmental disputes. Beth served as the interim Director for the Entrepreneur Network for Women and Coordinator for the Center for Enterprise Facilitation. Ms. Davis directed a statewide community health education non-profit organization. Beth has started several private business enterprises as well as being a social entrepreneur. Everything Beth does is grounded in her unflinching faith in people's ability to tap into infinite wisdom for collective good.

Casey Leasure

Casey is an 11th grade student at Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls. She is involved in Theatre, Drama Club, Student Ambassadors and SALSA (Serve and Learn Student Association.) Casey also volunteers at Children's Care Hospital and School and is a basketball coach for Special Olympics.

Andy Traub

Andy Traub is a creator. Whether it's a podcast, book, blog post or speech, his message is the same. You must take permission if you want to live a great life, create great art, and positively impact the world. From his small town in South Dakota Andy has been able to reach the world with his messages thanks to hundreds of thousands of downloads of his podcasts and thousands of books sold. In early 2013 Andy self-published his first book The Early To Rise Experience: Learn To Rise Early in 30 Days.

Carla White

Carla White is the creator of Gratitude Journal iPhone app -- featured by Apple, USA Today, NPR, Oprah, Forbes Magazine and many other major publications across the globe. After keeping a gratitude journal for two months, her life was changed forever. Wanting to help others experience the transformative powers of gratitude, she created the Gratitude Journal app in the early hours of 5am – 7am before going into her day job. Today Carla creates apps full time with her app agency Happy Tapper, where she offers consulting as well as design services. She is also author of the book Idea to iPhone. Carla is on a mission to show everyone how to find happiness through the daily practice of gratitude and giving back.

David Whitesock

David Whitesock is an addiction survivor and in long-term remission from the disease. He is an advocate for greater awareness of addiction, mental health issues, and recovery. As Director of Evaluation & Affiliate Development at Face It TOGETHER®, he’s working to solve the disease of addiction by leading the development their evaluation and research programs, working with integrated health systems to mainstream addiction care into health care, and leading the organization’s affiliate development program.

Organizing team


Sioux Falls, SD, United States
  • Abby Bischoff