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Theme: Flow and Abundance | life as movement and shared prosperity

October 23, 2021
5:00pm - 11:00pm AST
(UTC -4hrs)
Altos de Chavón, La Romana
Dominican Republic
This event is open to the public.
Tickets are available.

El próximo 23 de octubre el anfiteatro de Altos de Chavón se convertirá en el escenario de una noche de inspiración en la que 11 agentes de cambio de clase mundial compartirán sus historias, experiencias e ideas transformadoras que vale la pena conocer y difundir.

TEDxLaRomana nos invita a embarcarnos en un viaje único de movilidad social, transformación y exploración en el crecimiento personal y colectivo, aprendiendo sobre la moda sostenible, los desafíos de la repoblación de los arrecifes de coral, la reintroducción de manatíes en la naturaleza, transformar la amenaza del sargazo en negocio, cómo cambiar nuestras comunidades a través de la danza y el arte y cómo los cerebros y potenciales de los niños se expanden al exponerse a desafíos creativos con tecnología y robótica. Y eso es solo la mitad de nuestro programa.

Cada uno de los 11 charlistas es, en cada una de sus áreas, un vivo ejemplo del tema Flujo y la Abundancia: la vida como movimiento y prosperidad compartida.

¿Por qué Flujo? Porque más allá de la resiliencia y el regreso a la normalidad, más allá de adaptarse y recuperarnos, existe el flujo. Y el flujo requiere atención plena (mindfulness) y la atención plena se logra al enfocarnos en el aquí y ahora como parte de un paso a la vez en la larga caminata de nuestras vidas individuales y evolución como sociedad compartida. Y así fluimos, hacia adelante, hacia los lados, a veces un poco hacia atrás, a menudo incluso en distintos caminos simultáneos, pero nos movemos, porque la vida es movimiento.

¿Por qué Abundancia? Porque la abundancia es frecuentemente asociada con la noción de que hay suficiente para todos. Pero la prosperidad muchas veces se asocia con el éxito y los logros individuales. Para nosotros abundancia y prosperidad son uno y lo mismo y por eso hablamos de prosperidad compartida. Porque la abundancia sin prosperidad termina creando desperdicio o escasez y la prosperidad individual sin crear abundancia, genera exclusión y escasez a su vez. Y por ello abordamos la Abundancia como la manifestación de la prosperidad compartida, fruto de tomar la fértil exuberancia de la vida y sus generosas oportunidades y transformarla en prosperidad a través del esfuerzo y el enfoque. Pero no sólo en prosperidad individual. Sino en prosperidad que se comparte, para así poder mantener, rellenar, realimentar y expandir la abundancia y hacerla crecer para todos.

A través de sus inéditas intervenciones, los 11 charlistas expondrán su propia versión y perspectiva del Flujo y la Abundancia en el arte, la medicina, el medio ambiente, la ciencia, los negocios, la moda, la danza, la música, el aprendizaje, la tecnología, los medios y mucho más.

Sobre los Eventos y el Día

Con tantos individuos y temas especiales, estamos transformando toda la villa de Altos de Chavón en una vibrante celebración de la innovación, la cultura y el medio ambiente, con actividades extendidas personales para toda la familia a lo largo del fin de semana,

Si bien la conferencia se extiende de 5pm a 11pm, el público podrá disfrutar de talleres, screenings, conversatorios y actividades íntimas para niños, adultos y familias, con los charlistas y expertos durante todo el día, desde yoga y meditación al amanecer hasta talleres de transformación personal, caminatas por senderos de la naturaleza, siembra de árboles para contrarrestar nuestro impacto de carbono, talleres de robótica, arte y mucho más.

TEDxLaRomana es un evento sostenible y con impacto positivo en el medio ambiente, con cero huella de carbono, cero plásticos de uso único y desechos reducidos.

Únete y sé parte de la celebración de lo que nos hace únicos, de nuestra diversidad, de nuestro potencial, de nuestra cercanía y unión, de nuestro movimiento y prosperidad compartida.

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We are excited to bring together a select group of 11 world class changemakers for an inspiring evening of sharing unique stories, experiences and ideas worth spreading at Altos de Chavón Amphitheater on October 23 2021.

Under our unifying theme of FLOW AND ABUNDANCE: Life as Movement and Shared Prosperity, we invite you to join us on a unique journey of social mobility, transformation and exploration in personal and collective growth, learning about sustainable fashion, the challenges of repopulation coral reefs and reintroducing manatees in the wild, transforming the sargassum threat to profit, changing our communities through dance and art and how kids brains and potentials literally explode when exposed to hands on creative challenges with technology and robotics. And that’s just half of our program.

Why Flow? Beyond resilience and normality, beyond adapting and recovering, there is flow. Flow requires mindfulness and mindfulness comes from focus in the here and now as a single step part of the long walk our lives are made of. And so we move, forward, sideways, sometimes a little backwards, often even on split paths, but we move, for life is movement.

Why Abundance? Abundance is often associated with the notion that there is plenty for everyone. While prosperity is often associated with individual achievement and success. In our case, both are one and the same and that's why we talk about shared prosperity. Abundance without prosperity, ends up creating waste or scarcity. Individual prosperity without creating abundance, creates exclusion and scarcity as well. And so we embrace Abundance as the manifestation of shared prosperity. Where we take the plentifulness of life and its bountiful opportunities and turn them into prosperity through our hard work and focus, but not just individual prosperity. Prosperity that we share, so that we can maintain, refill, refuel, expand abundance and make it grow.

About the Events and the Day

With so many special individuals and themes, we are transforming the entire Altos de Chavón village into an innovation, cultural and environmental hub with extended intimate activities for all throughout the entire weekend.

While the conference extends from 5pm to 11pm, you will be able to enjoy special workshops, screenings, conversations and activities for kids, adults and families together, with the speakers and experts all day long, starting with yoga and meditation at sunrise to an express personal transformation workshop right before the event, plus nature walks, a tree planting ceremony to offset our carbon footprint, special intimate sessions with Andrew, Tania and others, computer coding and robotics experimentation and much more.
TEDxLaRomana is a zero carbon footprint, zero single use plastic and reduced waste, green and sustainable event.

Join us and be part of celebrating our uniqueness, our diversity, our potential, our togetherness and our shared movement and prosperity…

About TED and TEDx

TED is an annual event that brings together the world's leading thinkers and doers to share ideas that matter in any discipline — technology, entertainment, design, science, humanities, business, development. The talks at the conference, called TED Talks, are then made available to watch for free on TED.com.
In the spirit of "ideas worth spreading", TED has created TEDx, a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connections. TEDxLaRomana is not organized by TED Conferences, but is operated under a license from TED.

Anfiteatro de Altos de Chavón
Altos de Chavón
Altos de Chavón, La Romana, 22004
Dominican Republic
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Speakers

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Andrés Bisonó

Sargassum Warrior 1
Andrés Bisonó León, ingeniero mecánico con experiencia lideriando proyectos en el area de diseño mecánico, manufactura, construcción, reestructuración de procesos por un valor de más de USD $173 millones de dólares. El ingeniero Bisono Leon es cofundador y presidente de SOS Carbon, una iniciativa de impacto medio ambiental y social fundada en el Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) la cual se enfoca en brindar las tecnologías y procesos desarrollados para resolver efectivamente la invasión del sargazo en las costas. Estas algas impactan el medio ambiente, el ecosistema marino, afectan la salud humana, creando además un efecto en la economía al influir negativamente en el turismo. SOS Carbon, ademas de resolver el problema de la maneras más costo-eficiente genera valor directo en la comunidad al emplear directamente pescadores de la zona y al permitir el uso del sargazo como materia prima en otros procesos de valor.

Andrew Nemr

World class tap dancer, TED Fellow and coordinator of the Tap Legacy Foundation
Andrew Nemr is one of the most diverse tap dance artists today. An international performer, choreographer, educator and speaker, Andrew has played with Grammy Award winning musicians across multiple genres, founded and directed the tap dance company Cats Paying Dues, and co-founded the Tap Legacy™ Foundation, Inc., along with his mentor Gregory Hines. As an artist, Andrew has been described as “A masterly tapper” (New York Times). His work has been recognized with a TED Fellowship, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the CUNY Dance Initiative, a FloBert Award for Tap Dance Excellence, and residencies with Quarterly Arts Soiree at Webster Hall, More Art’s Engaging Artists program, Surel’s Place, Google (TiltBrush), and TED. Andrew began the Tap Dance Freedom platform for tap dance education in 2013 hosting online and in-person events, pop-up workshops and intensives, and 1:1 coaching for tap dancers around the world.

Christopher Walker

Sargassum Warrior 2
Following various years of active involvement in cutting-edge, innovative, and entrepreneurial companies, Christopher Walker is looking to merge his expertise with his environmental passion, creating a positive impact socially, economically and ecologically. How to achieve this? By focusing on sargassum mitigation and valuation, working tirelessly to find a positive solution to an issue countries across the Caribbean and Americas are facing. Having lived in 5 continents and worked on multi-million dollar projects worldwide, Chris has settled back into his Dominican roots after years in Dubai to help combat Sargassum. The biggest algal bloom in the world negatively affects the environment whilst also impacting tourism, an industry many countries depend on. At SOS Carbon, they aim to provide cost-efficient innovations and technology, paired with cyclical solutions to turn a negative into an immense positive.

Diomary La Mala

M. A. L. A. (Mujer, Auténtica, Luchadora, Activista - Woman, Authentic, Fighter, Activist)
Renowned singer and performer, human rights activist and advocate for domestic abuse victims and survivors through her own foundation, Diomary is an authentic fighter who makes an impact through her music and work. She will share her story and the shared challenges of women in today's society, closing up the event with a moving performance to delight with us with her voice and stage personna.

Gilles Gagnon

Golf Evangelist
From hockey player and coach to world-renowned golf pro, Gilles trajectory has taken him all over the world from icy Canada to the sunny Caribbean where he has built a career and a million stories around the birth and growth of some of the most special and unique golf courses in the world. Discover the human side of golf, the emotions and the impact and connection of the sport with the communities around it and their people.

José López

Medical Doctor
The universal romanense. From sugar cane fields to world class health and industry. Raised in batey Lechuga, a sugar cane plantation settlement in rural Dominican Republic, Dr. López life is both a vivid testimony of social mobility and personal growth and a colorful anthology of Caribbean realities and universal possibilities. From barefoot rascal to altar boy, international med student, ER director, hospital director, published poet, polo player, rancher, college professor, founder, business person and philanthropist. There is a little of all us in him and a little of him in all of us.

Maker Kids

Young Creators
A young girl and her friends share their experience and adventures in the world of "Do It Yourself", Robotics, Computer Coding and Learning by Doing and Trial and Error.

Marina Spadafora

Fair Fashion Ambassador, Award Winning Designer and Author
A Fair Fashion ambassador around the world, Marina has deep roots in Fashion having had her own brand and collaborated with Ferragamo, Prada, Miu Miu and Marni and Aspesi. She has been the creative director of Auteurs du Monde, the Fair Trade brand of Altromercato, working with artisans all over the world. Marina is a professor of ethical fashion at prestigious academies in Italy and abroad. Her work has always included a strong focus on social issues and ecology, believing that ethics and aesthetics can coincide. Her motto is "Fashion with a Mission". She works to bring development to emerging countries through her FWAM, Fashion with a Mission, platform. She is also the Italian national coordinator of Fashion Revolution. She received the United Nations Women Together Award in 2015 in New York and has given TEDx talks on sustainable fashion in 2014 and in 2021. In 2020 she wrote the book “The revolution starts from your wardrobe” with Luisa Ciuni published by Solferino Libri.

Nashla Bogaert

Actress and producer
One of the Dominican Republic's most recognized faces for her extensive presence on TV and more than 10 films loved by the audience.

Rita Sellares

Marine Mammals and Coral Reef Biologist Conservationist
Marine biologist, researcher and conservationist. Rita is the Director of Marine Studies Foundation (Fundemar) coordinating programs for the reproduction and restoration of coral reef and the reintroduction of rescued manatees in the Caribbean.

Tania Marmolejo Andersson

Visual Artist
Painter, illustrator, textile designer, visual communicator, graphic animator, doodler, author. When it comes to visually expressing emotions, experiences and a profoundly insightful perspective of life, one can hardly find someone more authentic and vivid than Tania and her work. Her combined Dominican and Swedish ancestry and identity give her a special edge when it comes to aesthetics, cosmopolitan views with a fresh and colorful expression. Yet, her work remains fully grounded and close to practical and important topics ranging from children's education, women's role in society and our commitment to the environment.

Tuto Guerrero

Director and Producer
Growing up in an environment of artists, tv show production and its own share of drama and comedy, Tuto found his passion by chance at an early age when he ended up commandeering a live camera broadcasted on national TV unbeknown to the show's producer. But he was hooked right then and has grown to become one of the most respected, effective and productive directors and producers in the region. With several large scale productions under his belt and overcoming the insurmountable challenge of producing a reality show during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizing team

Carlos
Miranda Levy

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Organizer
  • Alessandra Gerotto Avanzini
    Partnerships/Sponsorship
  • Ana Pereyra
    Production
  • Freddy Arturo Ginebra
    Marketing/Communications
  • Jose Gutierrez
    Operations
  • Sarah Miranda
    Operations