I became aware of TED talks around 2008, about two years after I moved to Maui from the Silicon Valley. I was surfing the net one morning and came across Jill Bolte Taylor’s stroke of insight. I followed the link back to TED.com and watched talk after talk—Garrett Lisi: A theory of everything, Majora Carter: Greening the ghetto, Sir Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity—I was hooked. I couldn’t get enough. Ordinary folks sharing extraordinary ideas, doing extraordinary things and thinking way out of the box. It inspired me (and I don’t get inspired easily.)
I never dreamed that four years later, I’d be part of the behind-the-scenes crew of the first-ever TEDxMaui in 2012. My friend Katie McMillan attended TEDWomen previously, secured a license to organize a TEDx on our island and asked her friends and colleagues to be a part of it. This is one of those things in life you don’t say no to.
It was a life changing experience, as my wife Kathy Becklin and our friends Dania Katz, Tania Ginoza, Marilyn Jansen Lopes, Chris Norberg, Erik Blair, Liza Pierce, Eli Gawel, Yvonne Biegel and Suzanne Frew have attested in their blogs; probably one of the coolest things ever to happen on this island, and certainly the highlight of my year. We were moved such powerful talks as Lisa Kristine’s Photos that bear witness to modern slavery and Gary Greenberg’s The beautiful nano details of our world, both of which were subsequently featured on TED.com and together have garnered over 1 million views.
It’s New Year’s Day, and the excitement is building as we approach January 13, the day of the second annual TEDxMaui event. The team has been working tirelessly to make TEDxMaui 2013 even better, and again, it’s been my privilege to be a part of the process. We have an amazing lineup of presenters this year, including Garrett Lisi, whose TED 2008 talk was one of the first I ever saw, renowned musician Makana, legendary waterman Archie Kalepa and the list goes on. We hope to see you there.
Purchase tickets to TedxMaui 2013! (Don’t wait! It sold out quickly last year, and when they’re gone, they’re really gone!)
My role this year is to coordinate the sharing of the event online. Here are some handy resources. Join our conversation!
Main TEDxMaui Webite
TEDxMaui Facebook Page
TEDxMaui on Twitter (Use our hashtag in your tweets: #TEDxMaui2013)
TEDxMaui on Flickr
TEDxMaui on Instagram
TEDxMaui on YouTube
TEDxMaui on Pinterest
TEDxMaui on Tumblr