Bob Barancik is the founder and director of the CreativeLedge Web site, CreativeLedge Studio, and the CreativeShare conference. Deemed as “thought-provoking” by Creative Tampa Bay, Bob’s CreativeLedge website has become an increasingly notable source for educated discussions and relevant media. As a “Creative Connector,” Bob has invited environmentalists, authors, professors, entrepreneurs, and artists into the ever-growing dialogue on how to assess the unique needs of a community, maintain cultural integrity, provoke social change, and recognize the potential for economic progress.Bob believes Ethnic Hatred and Global Warming are the two global issues that young people will have to confront and solve if humanity is to have much of a future in the 21st century .
Dan coordinates the Southern Energy Network and Energy Action Coalition’s campaigns in Florida. He is responsible for building and supporting the youth climate movement in Florida while working with the greater Southern Energy Network and Energy Action Coalition to build leadership across the south and nation.
Mike is a 13 years old Blues and classic Rock artist who’s riffs are making big ripples not just here on the Gulf Coast, but in Blues and Rock meccas Memphis, Nashville and Atlanta. And now, at TEDxYouth@TampaBay!
Eric Stewart is a biology student at St. Petersburg College in Pinellas county, FL. He started Code Green Community in 2008 following reading the Transition Handbook, by Rob Hopkins (Green Books) - a book about communities transitioning away from fossil fuel use by coordinating a positive future vision. Code Green Community’s mission is to facilitate a community of individuals in the Tampa bay area working collaboratively to transition away from fossil fuel use following the Transition Handbook and methods. For 2 years Eric’s been traveling around Tampa bay area hosting film showings, events, as well as lectures revolved around Transition. There are now over 230 members starting groups in their local towns working on community gardens, neighborhood projects, as well as their own individual lives to transition away from fossil fuels.
Steve Turner, owner and founder of Giving Tree Music Inc. has been playing drums for over 25 years, and making them for almost as long. His passion for drumming is matched only by his love for sharing the gift of rhythm with others, especially children. Steve’s philosophy is to use rhythm as a vehicle to build community through “Human Empowerment.” His teaching style is based on his belief that all people have a natural sense of rhythm, stemming from their own heartbeat; all it takes is to believe in yourself and allow the music to flow through.
Andrea Willingham is a junior at Eckerd College where she’s majoring in Environmental Studies and Anthropology. At the age of 19, Andrea lived abroad in the UK for four months, backpacked in Wales and Ireland, and found new perspective for living and being back at home.
Brandon is ten years old and loves animals, especially the Great Apes, for whom his "Make a Chimp Smile" organization strives to raise awareness. Says Brandon, "Chimpanzees have been suffering in labs for decades. Now it is important for people to contact their senators and ask them to support the Great Ape Protection Act H.R. 1326. I have been trying to make more people aware of what has been happening to the chimps here in America and also trying to connect with kids in Africa for the protection of all great apes. It is my hope and dream that one day chimps will no longer be used in labs or in entertainment and that they can be free. I believe together we can make a difference “One Voice at a Time“.
Joe Scarfone has been a leader in youth activism for over a decade. He began his work with the revolutionary truth campaign as a member of Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) in high school, where he was a vital leader that helped guide the direction of the statewide movement. This involvement gave Joe the opportunity to work closely with youth activists around the state and country. He is currently a Chief Consultant and Facilitator for Allen/Ortiz Consulting, and has recently launched his Joe Unfiltered project to expand on his activism experience and further engage youth activists around the country. Additionally, Joe is the creator of the Youth Activism Facebook Page and Youth Activism Twitter Page , which serve as resource centers and communication platforms for youth activists around the globe.
Kelly Addington and Becca Tieder are experts on sexual assault awareness and prevention and sexual empowerment and have been nationally recognized for their achievements in sexual assault education. Since 2003, Kelly and Becca have shared their message with more than three hundred college campuses reaching more than half a million students and have had the honor of working with campus and community leaders and members of the various branches of the United States military. In 2010 they founded the non-profit organization, One Student, based on their core belief that one sexual assault is too many and one student can make a difference. One Student provides students and their allies with programs, resources and opportunities to create social change and help reduce sexual violence. Recognizing their commitment, passion and determination, Business Journal’s across the country have profiled the duo as “People on the move”. Their first book is expected to be released in 2011. Kelly and Becca are activists, educators, authors and advocates but their endless drive and ever growing number of frequent flyer miles comes from the desire to bring communities together to enact change.
23 year old Ray Land is one of Bloomberg Businessweek's 2010 Finalists for America's Best Young Entrepreneurs, age 25 and younger. He founded his company, Fabulous Coach, in 2004, which he was still in high school. Today, he has 77-employees and a fleet of more than 40 vehicles. Land, who styles his service on high end cruise ship and luxury hotels, reached $3 million in sales in 2009 and forecasts $4.5 million this year.
Beti Gathegi is the founder of Poly Republic a multimedia website that focuses on career women. Gathegi started the project in an effort to build a community showcasing dynamic women with interesting careers to actively engage readers and to share the wisdom, information and stories of women who have discovered what they want to do in life.
Marc Romera, 18, was moved by the deaths of three friends in one year, two of which were suicides, to create the Live Your Life project, to encourage students to be more tolerant and accepting of others. His mission is “to set a higher standard of love and acceptance for the youth of our nations”. It’s not what we say, but we do that can make a difference in someone’s life, he says, and encourages others to “stop dying for nothing and start living for something.”