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February 12th: Virtual Conference Event

Posted by Maura Welch February 8, 2014 09:02 PM
hosted by TEDxBeaconStreet and MIT Media Lab in collaboration with MacArthur Foundation

We want to experiment this year with a number of different ways to advance ideas, i.e. to Ideas in Action. We have the opportunity to try an interesting new format – virtual conversations using the Unhangout Platform. We are inviting some of our speakers to be hosts of virtual discussion rooms on February 12. On the day of the event, there will be a kick-off webinar, after which people will proceed to the session they are interested in. In the individual discussion room, participants will hear from a speaker, view a TEDxBeaconStreet talk and discuss it. We hope this catalyzes interest, ideas, and the potential for follow-up to help advance the idea.

twelve speakers will join us in a virtual conversation room

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Also join the TEDxBeaconStreet Leadership team for an Annual Meeting.

February 12th, 7pm-9pm  @MIT Media Lab

Beyond 3-D Printing

Posted by Maura Welch January 17, 2014 03:09 PM

By Sally Wu

Ben Peters is a lifelong tinkerer, builder, and engineer. In his work as a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab, Ben explores the potentials of 3D printing, among other projects.

On the TEDxBeaconStreet stage, he shared his innovative work on a digitally-controlled mold which uses an array of moving pins. This new tool allows for the design and printing of any shape along a surface, reducing the conventional limits of manufacturing, and increasing the potential for new products.

In an interview at TEDxBeaconStreet, Ben shared more of his thoughts about his work, background, and ideas about how to bring out new innovations.   He talked about he advances that are being made possible by 3-D printing:

“You have total design freedom. You can create organic looking shapes using algorithms to make geometries that are very hard to manufacture… Many times, people think of making conventional things like nails and bolts, things that are readily available for engineers. Now, people can think about making the whole thing as one piece. 

I think the really exciting thing isn’t what exists already. What 3D printers will enable us to do is advance in all these other fields. It’s like giving tools to people who don’t normally have tools.”

 Having a 3D printer that can create any geometry generates ideas for other fields such as synthetic biology. With the technology improving rapidly to become more accurate, faster, and with higher resolution, Ben is excited about the potential for 3D printing to expand into the complex function and structure of cells.

With new tools redefining what is possible and equipping users with more power to explore the unconventional, Ben believes that entirely new approaches to problems will be created.  It’s not about making one tool that can do everything, but creating a collection of tools and an environment that allows you to make everything.”

Gifts for Any Season

Posted by Maura Welch January 7, 2014 03:57 PM

Have you ever struggled to come up with unique and meaningful gifts for birthdays or holidays?

Two of our TEDxBeaconStreet 2013 speakers have set the bar about as high as it can be set with their once-in-a-lifetime gifts to their loved ones.

Cerise Jacobs, a lawyer and entrepreneur, woke up one day inspired to write a new American opera as a 75th- birthday gift to her husband Charles.  She based the opera on the most beloved myth in China — the thousand-year-old legend of the White Snake.  Charles lived to see the world premier of Madame White Snake, which won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize.  Watch The Snake Charmer’s Birthday Gift here.

Cerise

Allyssa Bates donated a kidney to her younger brother Chris.  In her talk, Confessions of a Kidney Donor, she talks about the donation process from the donor’s perspective, saying, “I had so many questions about what my life would look like post-donation, and it was very difficult to find answers.  By sharing my story, I hope more people consider becoming a donor as they realize it doesn’t have to slow them down.”  It’s clear that Allyssa didn’t slow down – 10 months after giving her brother a kidney, she ran the Boston Marathon!

Alyssa Bates

As we reflect on 2013, we are clear that our biggest gift is you, the TEDxBeaconStreet community!  Thank you for another wonderful year.

 

Five Women Leaders

Posted by Maura Welch December 11, 2013 03:28 PM

TEDxBeaconStreet 2013 included talks by  five amazing women leaders.

Beth Babcock, featured in another post, is the CEO of Crittenton Women’s Union.  Her talk features the latest findings from brain science, which her organization is using to create new approaches for the war on poverty.  View her talk here.

The other four women give advice from four different perspectives that might all be described as ways to make the most out of your life and your career.

First, Dr. Erica Ebbel Angle, founder of  Science from Scientists and CEO of  Counterpoint Health Solutions, encourages listeners to “explore your edges” to discover who you were meant to become and how to leave the most significant legacy.  ”Cool things happen at the edges”, Angle asserts, and tells her own story of being a self-described science geek and pageant queen, on her way to founding two organizations.  View her talk here.

Kathleen Murphy, head of Personal Investing for Fidelity Investments, says “you work hard for your money”, and encourages viewers, men and women alike,  to take a little time to “make sure that your money works hard for you”.  Murphy makes a case for “taking time to prepare for the life you want to live”.  Her talk is called Get Serious, Get Smart, Get Going!

Susan Colantuono, CEO of Leading Women, offers insight into so many women are “mired in the middle” of organizations and what has to happen to take them to the top.  While women now constitute 50% of middle managers, companies have failed to close the gender gap at the highest levels.  Colantuono’s research about the Missing 33% in the career advice given to women, i.e. the typically unspoken requirement that leaders must actively demonstrate business, financial, and strategic acumen to be considered for top jobs, will change how women prepare themselves for the highest-level positions. View her talk, Closing the Leadership Gender Gap.

Finally, Gail Goodman, CEO of Constant Contact, shares advice for entrepreneurs in her humorous (but serious) talk “Founders Can’t Scale”.  In this talk, she discusses what founders need to know if their organizations are to make the difficult transition from a small, entrepreneurial companies to successful large enterprises:  founders must understand that “your flaws are hurting your team”, and that “feedback is a gift” that will help you change and adapt as your organization scales.

 

Beth Babcock – Science Reshaping Poverty Copy

Posted by Maura Welch December 9, 2013 01:26 AM

Crittenton Women’s Union CEO Beth Babcock told us a story of hope at this year’s TEDxBeaconStreet.

The story is rooted in difficult facts. More than 46 million Americans live in poverty today. One in seven households were food insecure last year. These statistics persist in spite of a system working hard to counteract it. The war on poverty continues, but persistently high numbers of impoverished families continue to seem stuck.  Aid is offered in exchange for immediate returns on investment in a penny-wise and pound-foolish way that Beth explains after her talk. Thus the cycle continues.

In addition, the pathways out of poverty are more difficult than ever to navigate.  Increasingly, middle-class jobs that will support a family require some level of education after high school.  However, the negative effects of poverty — malnutrition, increased stress, fewer educational opportunities — are also correlated with changes in the brain – in fact, with the very “executive functions” that would help you successfully juggle the competing demands of holding down a job, taking care of a family, and working your way toward the degree that will secure your future.

Beth Babcock tells a story of breaking the cycle of poverty with new insight and approaches offered by brain science.  It turns out that the brain’s executive function can be developed, and adding this component to more traditional approaches is delivering astounding early outcomes, including high rates of educational success and home purchase.

The core fact, inspirational to all, is that the difficulty of poverty is solvable. Science will help us get there. Beth’s work continues to apply hard science to develop approaches that will help millions break the poverty cycle.

Beth Babcock – Science Reshaping Poverty

Posted by Maura Welch December 9, 2013 01:26 AM

Crittenton Women’s Union CEO Beth Babcock told us a story of hope at this year’s TEDxBeaconStreet.

The story is rooted in difficult facts. More than 46 million Americans live in poverty today. One in seven households were food insecure last year. These statistics persist in spite of a system working hard to counteract it. The war on poverty continues, but persistently high numbers of impoverished families continue to seem stuck.  Aid is offered in exchange for immediate returns on investment in a penny-wise and pound-foolish way that Beth explains after her talk. Thus the cycle continues.

In addition, the pathways out of poverty are more difficult than ever to navigate.  Increasingly, middle-class jobs that will support a family require some level of education after high school.  However, the negative effects of poverty — malnutrition, increased stress, fewer educational opportunities — are also correlated with changes in the brain – in fact, with the very “executive functions” that would help you successfully juggle the competing demands of holding down a job, taking care of a family, and working your way toward the degree that will secure your future.

Beth Babcock tells a story of breaking the cycle of poverty with new insight and approaches offered by brain science.  It turns out that the brain’s executive function can be developed, and adding this component to more traditional approaches is delivering astounding early outcomes, including high rates of educational success and home purchase.

The core fact, inspirational to all, is that the difficulty of poverty is solvable. Science will help us get there. Beth’s work continues to apply hard science to develop approaches that will help millions break the poverty cycle.

Yogibos: For Adventurous Sitters

Posted by Maura Welch December 6, 2013 01:12 AM

Did you enjoy watching TEDxBeaconStreet from the comfort of a Yogibo?

Yogibo-1You still can!  Imagine reliving the TEDxBeaconStreet experience watching our livestream videos on a Yogibo of your very own.  It is a great gift for the holidays.  Check them out online at www.yogibo.com!  As a thank you for your participation, members of our TEDxBeaconStreet community can enjoy a 10% discount off online purchases with the code “TEDx10″.

TEDxBeaconStreet is about Adventures, and sitting in one of these is definitely an adventure.  Our partners at Yogibos transformed the Lincoln School gym into a massive screening room (thoroughly enjoyed by TEDx-ers of all ages).  These Yogibo bean bags are super lightweight allowing you to easily move them from room-to-room and will become the most sought after, fought over, and adored piece of furniture in your home!

Eyal Levy, founded Yogibo in 2009, to bringing their new-fangled, super-comfy and supportive lounge bags on the road to outdoor events and craft shows. “Ooooo”, people said. “Ahhhh”, they repeated. And Yogibo caught on, like wildfire.  Yogibo has 14 store locations from Maine to New Jersey!  The very first store was in the Natick Mall, in Natick, MA.

The Hero’s Journey Led Me Astray | Colin Stokes Copy

Posted by Maura Welch December 3, 2013 05:07 PM

The runaway hit of TEDxBeaconStreet 2012 was Colin Stokes’ talk, “The Hidden Meanings in Kids’ Movies.”  The Brookline father’s reflections on “The Wizard of Oz” and “Star Wars” has been viewed more than 2 million times, catching the eye of Kevin Spacey, Sheryl Sandberg, and Upworthy.  He was even invited to Walt Disney Animation Studios to expand on his point of view for the makers of “Frozen.” (“Which features,” he points out gleefully, “a team led by women to bring out the best in others!”)

For his return appearance on the Lincoln School stage, Colin says he wanted to continue asking challenging questions.  ”I think one reason my talk worked last year was that it started easy and got hard,” he says.  ”If you can help an audience relax and laugh, you can sneak tougher ideas through their defenses.”

His follow-up does indeed start out easy (The Hero’s Journey) and get hard (race and the movies).  ”American culture is less able to hide from race in 2013 than it has been for a while,” says Colin, who works at an education non-profit that works with children in low-income neighborhoods, most of whom are African-American or Latino.  ”On the one hand, current events are making injustice in our society painfully clear.  On the other hand, you have Hollywood releasing an unusual set of movies about the African-American experience.  I grew a lot this year, and I wanted to share what that meant to me.”

Colin sees these talks less like lectures than as personal essays.  ”I am not an authority on race in America, obviously,” he says, “and I wasn’t any kind of expert on feminism.  I do a lot of reading and listening, but I try to speak only from my experience.  I hope people will reflect on their own experience too, and maybe change just a little.”

You can read Colin’s ongoing thoughts on movies and culture at his blog, Zoom Out.

The Hero’s Journey Led Me Astray | Colin Stokes

Posted by Maura Welch December 3, 2013 05:07 PM

The runaway hit of TEDxBeaconStreet 2012 was Colin Stokes’ talk, “The Hidden Meanings in Kids’ Movies.”  The Brookline father’s reflections on “The Wizard of Oz” and “Star Wars” has been viewed more than 1.5 million times, catching the eye of Kevin Spacey, Sheryl Sandberg, and Upworthy.  He was even invited to Walt Disney Animation Studio to expand on his point of view for the makers of “Frozen.” (“Which features,” he points out gleefully, “a team led by women to bring out the best in others!”)

For his return appearance on the Lincoln School stage, Colin says he wanted to continue asking challenging questions.  ”I think one reason my talk worked last year was that it started easy and got hard,” he says.  ”If you can help an audience relax and laugh, you can sneak tougher ideas through their defenses.”

His follow-up does indeed start out easy (The Hero’s Journey) and get hard (race and the movies).  ”American culture is less able to hide from race in 2013 than it has been for a while,” says Colin, who works at an education non-profit that works with children in low-income neighborhoods, most of whom are African-American or Latino.  ”On the one hand, current events are making injustice in our society painfully clear.  On the other hand, you have Hollywood releasing an unusual set of movies about the African-American experience.  I grew a lot this year, and I wanted to share what that meant to me.”

Colin sees these talks less like lectures than as personal essays.  ”I am not an authority on race in America, obviously,” he says, “and I wasn’t any kind of expert on feminism.  I do a lot of reading and listening, but I try to speak only from my experience.  I hope people will reflect on their own experience too, and maybe change just a little.”

Reflections from 2012 Speakers

Posted by Maura Welch November 30, 2013 07:39 PM

WhiteXLogoThe Pulse Network is hard at work editing an enormous volume of video for our 60 TEDxBeaconStreet 2013 talks. When our talks are launched we will look to you, our community, to help us get the talks shared with the world and to help us set these important ideas into action.

How important can these talks be? Let’s hear some reflections from a few of our 2012 speakers.

Colin Stokes’ 2012 talk showed us what movies teach about manhood and he explored the hidden meanings in kids movies, many of them created by Disney. His talk resonated with so many people that it has generated 2 million views and he was invited by Disney to present his ideas to management.

Tyler Dewitt’s 2012 talk implored science teachers to make learning about science fun and to not focus to a fault on technical terms and scientific perfection.

“My talk has moved my whole professional life in a new direction. A lot of that is because the talk made it to TED.com. But now, once or twice every month, I speak at conferences around the world, talking about science education and science communication, and I’m always invited because they saw my TEDx talk. The talk has also been the inspiration for a new start up, http://www.socratic.org, based on an idea I mentioned in my talk, a Wikipedia-style site where people can learn anything in a simple, straightforward manner. Viewership of my YouTube channel has tripled, and many people go looking for my science videos on YouTube because they saw the talk. So yeah, major major major impact on my life.”
Steven Schwaitzberg’s 2012 talk focused on new breakthroughs in training surgeons worldwide despite language barriers.

“For me the TEDxBeaconStreet  experience was truly  like an adventure,  It started with an invitation, but grew into an amazing experience  beginning  with the rehearsals meeting TED veterans continuing  to the great folks who spoke last year.   I have easily met 50 new people many of which have become friends even to the point where a person seated next to me on a plane said, ” didn’t  you give a TED talk  on……….” and we chatted for the next 2 hours.  A year later I am still meeting new people and the adventure continues.”

10,000 cans. 25,000 rubber bands.

Posted by Maura Welch November 30, 2013 05:00 PM

Recycled, Crowdsourced, Bergmeyer. Brilliant.

For the second year in a row Bergmeyer designed our incredible stage set. And this year they stepped up with an ambitious idea and set it in action with the help of the entire TEDxBeaconStreet community. Recycled soda and water bottles were collected from Lincoln School families and Boston area companies and individuals. Google employees donated 1/4 of the cans! Each can took 20 seconds to clean and rinse. That’s 55 hours of Bergmeyer time just washing! The cans were then pre-assembled into “bricks” of 100 cans + 250 rubber bands. When transporting to the Lincoln School Bergmeyer discovered that a typical cargo van can only hold about 7,500 cans – doh!  After use, the cans will be redeemed and the proceeds donated to the Lincoln School.

We cannot thank Matt Hyatt and the whole team at Bergmeyer enough for their inspired work! Watch this incredible video condensing this huge effort into 2:45 minutes!

Escape Velocity Party

Posted by Maura Welch November 30, 2013 11:29 AM

Escape Velocity is the amount of energy it takes for a rocket to blast out of Earth’s atmosphere. So on the first night of our conference, we held our Escape Velocity Party, in celebration of rocketing Ideas into Action.  Here’s Kat Haber, one of the first women in the Air Force and an Adventure Catalyst, clowning around in our “rocket.”

As a multi-generational conference we knew the perfect venue for our event was the newly opened  Brookline Teen Center. The Center was envisioned by Paul and Theo Epstein and is run by Matt Cooney, a member of the TEDxBeaconStreet Braintrust and a speaker at TEDxBeaconStreet 2012. The space is incredible and usually rents for thousands per night. Many thanks to Matt and team for their welcome and support!

To cater the event we turned to the infamous master Jasper White for delicious food. The spread included a raw bar, fish tacos, chowders and so much more. Thank you to Jasper and the entire Summer Shack team!

We turned to Martha Sutyak and Jenifer Wall of Coastal Move Management to handle the planning and style for the event. Huge thanks to them for coordinating the details that brought 350 people, 4 musical acts and 1 comedian together for a night of celebration, fun, and all manor of fabulous-ness.

Big thanks to our performers the Brookline Music School Jazz EnsembleKevin Flynn, Usman Riaz, Dancing Classrooms, and the Grizzly Freakin’ Man Singers.

Some pictures from the party…

 

 

Escape Velocity Party with Style

Posted by Maura Welch November 26, 2013 03:37 PM

When we set out to plan the Escape Velocity Party, we called in the experts starting with Jasper White for delicious food and Matt Cooney of The Brookline Teen Center, for the incredible venue.

Our next call? Martha Sutyak and Jenifer Wall who brought planning and style expertise to the event, coordinating the details that brought 250 people, 3 musical acts and 1 comedian together for a night of celebration and fun.

Martha and Jenifer are set and staging designers, creating solutions for corporate, real estate and event planning needs. Contact them at Coastal Move Management the next time you need style, organization and all manor of fabulous-ness. Thank you Martha and Jenifer!

Some pictures from the party…

 

 

Ideas in Action Award to Lara Stein & the TEDx team

Posted by Maura Welch November 25, 2013 07:59 PM

This year we kicked off a new tradition, the Ideas in Action award. The inaugural award goes to Lara Stein and the TEDx team. Lara is pictured here with the award in hand while at an Adventure at the MIT Media Lab, along with her son Blake who gave an incredible piano performance at TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet.

Lara is the founder of TEDx, the movement that allows local communities like ours to hold their own TED events. Under Lara’s leadership she and her talented team have seen more than 8,000 TEDx events blossom worldwide, with new TEDx events happening at the rate of 30+ per day, generating well over 35,000 TEDx videos.

Lara Stein and the TEDx team are the embodiment of Ideas in Action and we were honored to have had Lara attend and participate in TEDxBeaconStreet and we’re so pleased to recognize the important work she and the TEDx team do each day.

The award itself was created by Ben Peters who took our Ideas in Action logo and printed a 3D model of it at MIT.  Brilliant!  Thank you Ben, for creating “Our Oscar.”

 

Ideas in Action Award to Lara Stein

Posted by Maura Welch November 25, 2013 07:59 PM

This year we kicked off a new tradition, the Ideas in Action award. The inaugural recipient is Lara Stein, pictured here with the award in hand at the MIT Media Lab.

Lara is the founder of TEDx, the movement that allows local communities like ours to hold their own TED events. Under Lara’s leadership thousands of TEDx events have been held worldwide. She is also the Director of the TED Prize, a $1 million dollar prize awarded annually to an extraordinary individual with a creative and bold vision to spark global change. This year the award went to education innovator Sugata Mitra and his groundbreaking work with self-organized learning environments.

Lara Stein is the embodiment of Ideas in Action and we were honored to have had her attend and participate in TEDxBeaconStreet and we’re so pleased to recognize her important work.

The award itself was created by Ben Peters who took our Ideas in Action logo and printed a 3D model of it at MIT.  Brilliant!  Thank you Ben, for creating “Our Oscar.”

 

 

Highlights Video from our Amazing Weekend

Posted by Maura Welch November 22, 2013 03:11 PM

Over 60 speakers, 2,500 attendees, 4 venues, 3 viewing villages, 200 volunteers, 60 Adventure Catalysts (TEDx organizers from around the world), family-friendly TEDxYouth event/activities, 20 event partners, 1 Escape Velocity Party, 1 giving of the Ideas in Action Award to Lara Stein and the TEDx team of TED…all kicked off global impact to be measured by 10 million views in the coming year.

We are working on video post-production – look for talks to be released in the coming weeks.

Until then check out this highlights video. Can you find yourself?

Ideas Take Shape

Posted by Maura Welch November 19, 2013 11:12 PM

This year TEDxBeaconStreet welcomed back graphic recorder and facilitator, Karyn Knight Detering of Ideas Take Shape.

Karyn’s creative pictures capture the innovation and excitement of TEDxBeaconStreet.

A life long artist and designer, Karyn has specialized in graphic recording and facilitation for nearly 15 years.  Her training and educational background includes a postgraduate degree in Art & Design Education, from the University of Central England.  After graduating, Karyn lectured in Design Education at the Botswana College of Education. Karyn followed her work in Africa with a volunteer posting in the West Indies. In 2005 Karyn founded Ideas Take Shape, a graphic facilitation company that combines her wealth of experience and training to provide clients with a creative ways to communicate their ideas and conversations.

Making Global Local: A TEDxBeaconStreet Adventure

Posted by Maura Welch November 18, 2013 07:15 PM

TEDxBeaconStreet partners Communispace and Fresh Tilled Soil hosted an inspiring Adventure of the mind at the Boston Public Library on November 7, 2013 for TEDxBeaconStreet speakers, braintrust, and partners. Adam Melonas, a founder of  Unreal Candy provided inspiration and advice on successful methods for collaboration.

Using Communispace collaboration methods we focused on solutions for 4 of the most pressing issues in Boston and the world – water, food, shelter and education. The goal was to determine solutions that challenge perceptions about how business can be done by introducing collaboration between business and all of those affected by these major issues. This is just the kind of collaboration that sparks Ideas in Action and we’re proud to work with Communispace and Fresh Tilled Soil to explore these important issues.

Special thanks to Richard Banfield, Jen Reddy, Tina Cassidy and Adam Melonas.

Take a look at this great video of a very special event.

 

Our Media Heroes: WBUR, Technology Review, Boston.com

Posted by Maura Welch November 17, 2013 05:42 PM

We hope you’re in the middle of enjoying our incredible day two of TEDxBeaconStreet. Let’s take a moment to appreciate those who make this all possible.

Incredible Sponsors

Thank you’s are due to WBUR, Technology Review, Boston.com

Many people – all our speakers, our volunteers and our attendees – are expanding their mind and their community thanks to the sponsors. Thank you’s are due to all three of these organizations and the teams behind them. A special thank you to Meghna Chakrabarti for being an engaging host.

The Many Musical Minds of TEDxBeaconStreet

Posted by Maura Welch November 14, 2013 05:33 AM

musicians2In just a few days we will be inspired by the many minds on stage at TEDxBeaconStreet. What the diversity brought to the stage in genre – from Genetics to Business Leaders to Inventors  – is complimented by the breadth within genre.

You can expect to see no less than 7 types of music on stage and at out Escape Velocity Party, ranging from classical individuals to harmonizing groups. Let’s spotlight a few of them.

…And one more person who’s story I’d like to focus on.

Uzman Riaz is a brilliant Pakistani musician who has earned the title of TED fellow. You can see his profound talent at TEDxPuraVida as he discussed how the Internet taught him to explore new types of music.

Usman Riaz at TEDxPuraVida

The full schedule of speakers is here. We hope to have you join us for this beautiful music and incredible people.

 

NASCAR Confidential

Posted by Maura Welch November 13, 2013 03:02 AM

NASCARMeet Paulie Harraka, a young up-and-coming NASCAR driver who realized that in the current economic climate, if he was going to break into the sport, he’d have to create stock…in himself. He’s now two start-ups into his journey to NASCAR greatness.

On Saturday during lunch at the Lincoln School Paulie will host a hands-on exploration of NASCAR gear and be available for autographs.

Don’t miss Paulie’s NASCAR  Confidential talk Sunday afternoon during the Inspiration and Possibility session to hear his incredible story and to learn things you absolutely didn’t know about the sport and business of NASCAR.

 

Our World Class Production Crew is Gearing Up!

Posted by Maura Welch November 12, 2013 11:05 PM

thePulseNetworkDigital media and events powerhouse The Pulse Network will do Herculean things this weekend. They will soon be rolling in the big trucks with top-of-the-line cameras and audio/video equipment to record our talks and performances and help us set Ideas into Action.  They are joined by The Capron Group who will do magic with sound and lighting.

Our production dream team will record every minute of our 48 hours of 100% pure inspiration.

Our overall goal at TEDxBeaconStreet 2012 was to get 2 million views as a metric for getting Ideas in Action. Well, we blew it away. Our 2012 talks are now at 4 million views and counting.

capronThis year we are setting our goal at 10 million. Bold? Yes. Audacious? Of course. Realistic? Absolutely.

Without our production dream team, none of this would be possible. Our heartfelt thanks go out to Pulse and Capron!

 

It Takes a Village – Thank you Brookline!

Posted by Maura Welch November 11, 2013 11:00 AM

lincolnschoolTEDxBeaconStreet is run 100% by volunteers. Our main event is only days away and we want to send out a very special THANK YOU to the Town of Brookline for your belief in Ideas in Action and for all the time and attention you have provided to make our signature events at the Lincoln School and the Brookline Teen Center possible.

It truly takes a village – thanks go out to…

Public Schools of Brookline
Town of Brookline
brooklineteencenterBrookline Police Department
Brookline Department of Public Works
Brookline Building Department
Brookline Information Technology Department
Brookline Chamber of Commerce
Brookline Music School
townofbrooklineLincoln School Faculty, Administration, Staff & Students
Lincoln Extended Day
PALS

 

 

 

Zimman’s is our Style Star

Posted by Maura Welch November 8, 2013 08:33 PM

zimmansTEDxBeaconStreet is a FREE event staffed by a community of volunteers. We rely on sponsors to provide us with the means to produce our amazing events.

Thank you to Michael Zimman and Patty Forster and the entire Zimman’s team for investing in Ideas In Action/TEDxBeaconStreet! Not only is Zimman’s a Star level sponsor, but they will be staging and decorating our Green Room, making it a warm and welcoming space for our speakers as they prep for the talk of their lives.

From the Industrial Age to the Digital Age, Zimman’s has been helping people create stylish environments for 104 years and it is now the country’s largest textile and design store.

Zimman’s has designed spaces for CEOs, rock stars, award-winning authors and diplomats.  Celebrity chefs from Lydia Shire to Todd English have looked to Zimman’s to add stylish inspiration to their restaurants.  Hollywood set designers have made Zimman’s their go-to place for the furnishings and fabrics used in movies filmed in Boston, including Moonrise Kingdom, The Departed, Shutter Island, The Fighter, Grown Ups and many others.

It all sounds like it should be happening out of some chic building in Boston, yet Zimman’s remains true to its birthplace, Lynn, Massachusetts.

zimmanspic

 

It Takes a Village – Thank you Brookline!

Posted by Maura Welch November 7, 2013 05:20 PM

lincolnschoolTEDxBeaconStreet is run 100% by volunteers. Our main event is only days away and we want to send out a very special THANK YOU to the Town of Brookline for your belief in Ideas in Action and for all the time and attention you have provided to make our signature events at the Lincoln School and the Brookline Teen Center possible.

It truly takes a village – thanks go out to…

Public Schools of Brookline
Town of Brookline
brooklineteencenterBrookline Police Department
Brookline Department of Public Works
Brookline Building Department
Brookline Information Technology Department
Brookline Chamber of Commerce
Brookline Music School
townofbrooklineLincoln School Faculty, Administration, Staff & Students
Lincoln Extended Day
PALS

 

 

 

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