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This event occurred on
June 17, 2013
5:30pm - 8:00pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
San Diego, California
United States

TEDxAmericasFinestCitySalon : Story Time


Jake Ducey

At the young age of nineteen, California surfer, Jake Ducey dropped out of college, left behind a drug filled life and went in search of deeper meaning. His quest led him on a life changing journey that has resulted in his debut book: Into the Wind; My Six-Month Journey Wandering the World for Life's Purpose (Waterside Publishing) being released in April 2013. Upon return from his spiritual adventure he raised the funds to build a school and home in San Marcos, near Lake Atitlan in Guatemala to support orphans who are taken care of by a Quiché Maya Shaman. Jake's profound transformation from a college drop-out and drug addict to a inspirational author and motivational speaker had led him into social and environmental activism, including a three-day unlawful detainment for protesting the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline. He has since formed the non-profit organization The Self Reliance Institute (a 501 C3) organization devoted to providing essential resources and opportunities for young people to become more self-reliant. He is author a contributing author to The Rise by NY Times bestselling author Greg S. Reid. A certified yoga-instructor, poet and lyricist, Jake is determined to share his empowering messages to ignite and inspire a new generation of truth seekers.

Talk Title - Inspired Generation

Cindy McCombe Spindler

Cindy McCombe Spindler, the founder and president of AbilityCatcher, a unique company with the goal of humanizing the way the world thinks and treats individuals with differing abilities. Two events have occurred during Cindy’s life that served as a catalyst for her to create Ability Catcher. Her father died from a spinal cord injury in 1993, and later her daughter was born with Cerebral Palsy. During both of these events, Cindy found refuge in developing herself personally and professionally. She made some “rookie” mistakes along the way, but feels that she is ready to spread her own stories and those she has collected in a authentic and rich way. She lives in San Diego with her husband and two children. Her daughter Jillian has cerebral palsy. You can connect with her on Twitter at @AbilityCatcher

Talk Title - The healing power of Story

2012 (re)view:

Marilyn McPhie

Marilyn McPhie once had to choose between cleaning bathrooms and telling stories. She’s been a professional teller since 1985, performing at schools, libraries, bookstores, museums, corporate and private events and festivals around the country. California State Liaison for the National Storytelling Network and President of the Storytellers of San Diego, she has presented at many state and regional conferences and has a fondness for old stories with new twists. She lives in Penasquitos, which means “little bluffs”—an appropriate home for a storyteller.

Linda Whiteside

Linda Whiteside has shared stories in the Healing Arts Dept. at Rady Children’s Hospital for 15 years. Her humorous and thought-provoking style, fluidly weaving English and Spanish, captivates patients of all ages and contributes to the healing environment. With a Master of Education degree in Storytelling Arts, Linda maintains the ancient tradition of a story well-told and the wisdom of deep listening.

Speakers from last year come back to watch their talks with us.

Watch 2 TED Talks
Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter ...

Shane Koyczan: "To This Day" ... for the bullied and beautiful -

Watch 2 live speakers, 2 TEDxAFC talks, and 2 TED talks. Discuss them in a unique environment with San Diego's Finest. Keep the community strong by coming together on a monthly basis to spark some conversation. We hope it will ignite some more action in this great city.


Thank you to our host :World Resources Sim Center

stay tuned for more details. Raffles for main event tickets and more.

All the best,


World Resources Sim Center
1088 3rd Avenue
San Diego, California, 92101
United States
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Organizing team




San Diego, CA, United States
  • Amber Brandner
  • Sam Reed
    Audio Tech
  • TC Chesser
  • Jacquelyn Lovelee