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This event occurred on
January 26, 2010
7:00am - 7:00am EST
(UTC -5hrs)
United States

Recap by Bo Adams from The Westminster School

Yesterday I attended one of the most profound learning experiences of my life. At noon, as I anticipated the start of the program, I read the elegantly simple packet that I was given at the door. In it, I read that I was expected to 1) Lend my brain, 2) Go the distance, and 3) Pass it along.

Soon after, I listened to the complexly layered music of Zoë Keating. With one cello, one computer, and a looping device, Zoë mesmerized my auditory senses with a rich reusing of just-played tracks to support her in-time playing. She also provided me with a metaphor for the day — thinking, recording thought, replaying thought while layering on the next thought prompted by the next speaker or conversation.

As the afternoon progressed, I understood better the theme for the day…the common thread — Re:purpose. How can we see the things in our world with a different eye for use and sustainability? How can we take the cast-out, the no-longer-used, the excess and make a positive purpose emerge from the waste? How can we replace the Gestalt of “either-or” with “both-and”?

Matthias Hollwich opened my mind to ECONIC architecture (ecology + iconics); Ellen Dunham-Jones challenged me to consider reuse of dead retail space through New Urbanism; Adam Kalkin exposed my senses to how we might use cargo containers to build warm-hearted houses.

After lunch, Melissa Kushner, Steve Mugiri, and Kevin and Hannah Salwen wove a tapestry for dealing with excess by sharing, inventing, and halving. While the time was linear, the content was webbed, weaved, and layered…looped and remixed…Re:purposed! And Unboundary was the ideal place…the ideal host. TEDxAtlanta was “the ultimate brain spa.” I long for May and the next event.

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Zoe Keating

Armed with just her cello and a small box of electronics, Zoë Keating is a one-woman orchestra. She records layer upon layer of cello, her feet dancing over an array of pedals to transform her solo performances into multipart works.

Kevin & Hannah Salwen

Kevin Salwen is a writer and entrepreneur. With his 15-year-old daughter, Hannah, he is co-author of The Power of Half. The book is the story of a eureka moment by Hannah that resulted in the Salwen family's commitment to reduce their consumption by half — started by selling their house and moving into one half its size.

Melissa Kushner

Melissa Kushner is the founder of Goods for Good. She’ll reveal how the power to dramatically increase school attendance and improve the future of thousands — potentially millions of children — can be found in the excess goods sitting in corporate supply storerooms.

Ellen Dunham-Jones

Ellen Dunham-Jones teaches architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is an award-winning architect and a board member of the Congress for the New Urbanism. She shows how design of where we live impacts some of the most pressing issues of our times—reducing our ecological footprint and energy consumption while improving our health and communities and providing living options for all ages.

Matthias Hollwich

Matthias Hollwich is principal of HOLLWICHKUSHNER, LLC, a New York City based architecture and concept design firm. He is also co-founder of Architizer, a social networking platform connecting architects via their designs. Matthias is driven by the aim to upgrade man-made environments on a human and engaging scale with an ECONIC twist.

Steve Mugiri

A writer and editor of AfriGadget, Steve Mugiri provides a platform on which the appropriate use of technology and African ingenuity in its application can be showcased. The typical story on AfriGadget represents the reality of what people are doing every day: working hard to find solutions to their daily problems that they can put in place for themselves.

Adam Kalkin

Artist and architect Adam Kalkin’s repurposed shipping container homes are encouraging people to think — quite literally — out of the box. He reuses shipping containers to create scalable, flexible, industrial-style homes at reasonable prices, creating scalable solutions for everything from disaster relief housing to luxury homes.

Organizing team


Atlanta, GA, United States
  • Jenn Graham
    Speaker Liasion
  • Jenn Flemish
  • Sherry Duffy
  • David Cannon
    Planning Committee Member
  • Govantez Lowndes
    Steering Committee Member/Planning Committee Member
  • Dave Whitling
    Communications Design
  • Molly Hargather
  • Barbara Griffin
    Steering Committee Member
  • Leo Alvarez
    Steering Committee Member
  • Bill Nussey
    Steering Committee Member
  • Patty Tucker
    Steering Committee Member
  • Charles Green
    Steering Committee Member
  • Tanya Coventry-Strader
    Steering Committee Member
  • Janice Rys
    Steering Committee Member