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Theme: Agitate/Innovate/Evolve

This event occurred on
May 19, 2015
11:00am - 5:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Boston, Massachusetts
United States

This year, TEDxFenway is focusing on the process, versus the product, of navigating the oftentimes complex task of addressing the necessary changes needed to promote progress. TEDxFenway: Agitate/Innovate/Evolve will take a deep dive into the behind-the-scenes actions of problem-solving, consensus-building, back-tracking, loss of ground, and reassessment of history that leads to true evolution in a variety of social movements, arts and technological disciplines.

Supported by The Fenwy Alliance and Berklee College of Music, TEDxFenway: Agitate/Innovate/Evolve will be held in Berklee’s newest building on 160 Massachusetts Avenue in the Fenway Cultural District. This state-of-the-art building, designed by the renowned architect William Rawn, holds 173 residence hall rooms, 23 practice rooms, six two-story common areas, a fitness center, and a 400-seat dining hall that doubles as a performance space with full stage and audio technology. Additionally, a 10-studio music production complex is located below street level.

The event will feature nine distinguished speakers, including two Wild Card speakers from our audition event PreXFenway. Speakers will share their experience as an “agitator,” stepping in to introduce ideas that did not confirm to established practices; or, as someone who redirected an idea back to its source to evaluate the foundation and applicability of an obsolete solution. Topics will include gender wage inequality, working as an emerging playwright in Boston’s theatre community, policy-making and setting the design context for the City of Boston, and the influence of a STEAM-based curriculum in promoting outside-the-box thinking.

160 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts, 02115
United States
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Bette Ann Libby

Mosaic Artist Founder/Sculptor, Studios Without Walls

David Hacin

FAIA, Founding Principal and President, Hacin + Associates

Deepti Navaratna

Musician/Neuroscientist/Cultural Entrepreneur Founder and Director of Carnatic Alchemy Project New England Conservatory of Music

Erika Ebbel Angle, PhD

Founder, Chairman and Executive Director, Science from Scientists Co-Founder and CEO, CounterPoint Health Solutions

Haril Pandya

AIA, Principal, CBT Architects

Jim Tingle

Comedian, Commentator, Activist and Entrepreneur Humor for Humanity

Michael Dukakis

Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University, Former Governor of Masachusetts, U.S. Democratic Presidential Candidate

Nettrice Gaskins

STEAM Lab Director, Boston Arts Academy

Obehi Janice

Writer/Actress/Comedian, Creator and Performer of FUFU & OREOS

Ruth Jacobs Malloy, PhD

Global Managing Director Leadership and Talent, Hay Group

Ted Landsmark

Board Member, Boston Redevelopment Authority President Emeritus, Boston Architectural College

Organizing team


Brookline, MA, United States
  • Mina Kim
    Assistant Director, The Fenway Alliance
  • Molly Howard
    Senior Associate, NBBJ
  • Jennifer Driscoll
    President, Broadview Marketing
  • Chris Saad
    General Manager, Audio Concepts
  • Jay Lee
    Assistant Director of Design Construction Openspace at Department of Neighborhood Development, City of Boston
  • Lynda McNally
    “The Write Scribe,” Calligraphy Services; “No Naked Walls,” Art Representative & Curator
  • Taryn McNichol
    Marketing & P.R. Manager, The Mary Baker Eddy Library
  • Elena Marsland
    Senior Account Executive, Kolman Artisan Glass
  • Tad Jusczyk
    AIA, Shepley Bulfinch
  • Kim Poliquin
    Director, SHIFTboston
  • Aithan Shapira
  • Tiffany York
    Contemporary and Public Programs Manager, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
  • Andrew Childs
    Project Manager - Urban Construction, Sea-Dar Construction
  • Mona Bonnot
    Project Coordinator, Sea-Dar Construction
  • Caryssa Lumbard
    Social Media & Marketing Intern, The Fenway Alliance
  • Tony Salem
    Vice President/Principal, Sea-Dar Construction