Local speakers for TEDxIndianapolis announced

The full line-up of TEDxIndianapolis speakers was announced today. Here’s a glimpse at each local speaker and their BIG IDEA.

Jeb Banner: Everything I Needed to Know About Business I Learned From Being in a Band
Indianapolis, IN

Jeb Banner is CEO of SmallBox, an Indianapolis based web design and marketing company founded in 2006. He is also founder of Musical Family Tree, an online archive of Indiana music, as well as a co-founder of the SpeakEasy, a tech club located in south Broad Ripple. Jeb lives on the north side of Indianapolis with his wife Jenny and their three lovely daughters.

Big Idea:
Leadership, marketing, team work, creativity, negotiation…the list goes on and on. There are so many things you will learn from being in a band. Musical talent is not required to get going. Discover the numerous reasons to start making a racket in your garage in order to improve your business skills at the office.

Rodney Byrnes: Holistic Revitalization
Indianapolis, IN

Rodney is Vice President, Real Estate Development at Strategic Capital Partners. Rodney’s primary focus is urban development projects including the Avondale Meadows Revitalization Project in Indianapolis. He holds a BA in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard University and currently sits on the boards of Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc., YMCA of Greater Indianapolis and Park Tudor. His talk explores how the cycle of poverty has been broken with a special approach in several communities nationwide by tackling systemic issues: replacing concentrated poverty with high quality mixed-income housing, seeding high performing schools; and providing wrap-around services to families in need.

Big Idea:
My partners and I, led by Gene Zink, have teamed up with Purpose Built Communities, a group founded by Warren Buffett, Julian Robertson and Tom Cousins to break the cycle of poverty in a severely distressed neighborhood in Indy. 50% complete and $70,000,000 invested to date. We are already impacting thousands of lives and setting the national model for holistic revitalization. That is, in order to truly change a distressed area you have to tackle all systemic issues by replacing concentrated poverty with high quality mixed-income housing, create high performing schools and provide wrap around services to those families in need. We have taken what we learned on the East Lake project in Atlanta and built on the model here in Indianapolis. Addressing Housing + Education + Social Services = success.

LaShawnda Crowe Storm: Building Community One Stitch at a Time
Indianapolis, IN

LaShawnda Crowe Storm is an artist, activist, community builder and occasionally an urban farmer. Whether she is making artwork or sowing seeds, Crowe Storm uses her creative power as a vehicle for dialogue, social change and healing.  Her series, The Lynch Quilts Project, has won wide spread acclaim and was featured in the May 2013 issue of ESSENCE magazine. At the core of Crowe Storm’s creative practice is a desire to create community-based processes where the process of making art becomes the opportunity create the necessary space and place for necessary conversations around a variety of topics ranging from historical violence to gender empowerment.

Big Idea:
How does a work of art grow beyond the mind of the artist, and only truly gains life once released to the hands of the community? The Lynch Quilts Project is a community-based effort that explores the history and ramifications of racial violence in the United States through the textile tradition of quilting. At the root of this effort is a desire to create the space where these difficult communal conversations can occur. While the end products are what people remember, the true work of art is how people from diverse backgrounds and abilities comes together to make art and give voice and life to a part of history that many would soon rather forget.

Michael Flaherty: Spinnovation: Investigating Our Domestic Revolutions
Indianapolis, IN

Mike Flaherty is a designer, historian, and poet obsessed with the power of simple images & symbols to stand out and communicate simultaneously on a universal and personal level. Formerly a design instructor at IUPUI, and an early graduate researcher with Purdue University’s Envision Center, Mike has been seeking ways to use visual communication to bypass the differences we all wear on our sleeve and connect with the deeper things we have in common.

Big Idea:
A history of rotational motion as the driving force of domestic evolution in the form of everyday inventions: washing machines, garbage disposals, blenders, can openers, etc… . Each of these devices has made life at home more and more and more comfortable, freeing up time and energy for us to be doing other things, changing our culture and the idea of community itself, simply by transforming energy into rotational motion. What is it about spinning? Why do we keep re-inventing the wheel?

Matt Hunckler: The Truth About Transformation
Indianapolis, IN

Matt Hunckler is the VP of Product and Marketing for Social Reactor, an advertising platform that helps brands connect with the right audiences through relationships with over 7,000 social influencers. Matt is a die-hard technology adventurist with a sharp mind for branding and bringing big ideas to life. As former Marketing Director for Slingshot SEO, Matt led marketing efforts to grow revenue more than 3x in less than one year, landing the company as a Top 10 Advertising company on the Inc. 500 fast-growing company list. In addition to helping several high-profile companies grow and scale, Hunckler founded several of his own, including Verge—a national platform for more than 2,000 software entrepreneurs, developers, and investors. In 2012, Matt was named as an IBJ Forty Under 40 Honoree, and Entrepreneur to Watch, by Under 30 CEO.

Big Idea:
You never know where inspiration will lead. As a wide-eyed child, I explored all that my hometown of West Lafayette had to offer: business (paper route, first startup, door-to-door-sales), music (guitar, violin, banjo, saxophone), sports. . . Each spark of inspiration opened new doors, but none more than my passion for magic. Performing magic fueled my ability to connect, communicate, and grow.  I want to share what I’ve learned as a magician—from hobbyist to amateur to professional—and how I’ve applied that to my business career.

Tasha Jones: Poetically Remixing Classic Literature
Indianapolis, IN and Atlanta, GA

Tasha Jones is a poet, educator and founder of the Hello BEautiful Movement. A perfect blending of style and substance, her work strives to achieve an equilibrium between being a student of life and a teacher of lessons. Her talk: a high school with high drop out rates and classroom with low reading scores have students aspiring graduation and reading novels. The MIX is a hip hop term where the DJ mixes two genres of music to create a new sound altogether. What if we speak to students’ musical and / artistic language then mix the required learning. Example: Introduce Tupac before mixing in Shakespeare, Jay Z before Walt Whitman.

Big Idea:
When the DJ mixes existing music he and/or she uses specific techniques to create a new sound. How does one recognize the old while creating the new? Because life redirected my path, the classroom became a mixing board. And like a DJ, learning the modality of today’s student totally transformed the classroom(s) with reading resistant students and students who were total unattached to classic literature into students that read classic novels and aspired not only graduation but secondary education.

Jeffrey Kline: Your Face Tells If You Are Sick!
Carmel, IN

Jeffrey Kline is an emergency physician who has spent 20 years researching how doctors can better diagnose potentially lethal conditions and order tests more efficiently. This experience has shown that clinicians and patients instantly, yet often subconsciously, interpret each other’s faces to detect threats to life. In medicine, facial expression analysis is poised to transition from fuzzy inference into a clear science.

Big Idea:
In emergency care, doctors and nurses must make instant decisions about each patient’s likelihood of having a dangerous illness or injury. Facial expressions provide an observer with a constantly updated, direct and accurate connection to the patient’s health status.  The speaker’s experience and research in emergent diagnosis has taught that clinicians implicitly use patient facial expressions to drive their decisions. The time has come to transform facial expressions from a hidden message into an explicit science in diagnosis. This transformation will be aided by electronic medical records, ease of videotaping, and facial recognition software.  This presentation will outline a vision for standard medical care that includes a longitudinal record of facial expression analysis to monitor patient wellness.

Doug McColgin: Your Neighbor Has Your Breakthrough
Carmel, IN

Doug is actively working to build Indianapolis into an innovation center through his role as Board President at the non-profit Centric and his work at the Carmel-based consultancy, Insight2.  Doug is also one of the founders of Indy’s Day of Innovation Conference and Indiana Innovation Awards. Is it possible for a mid-market, Midwestern city to inspire, create, and support real innovation from its residents? YES, by creating a liquid environment where ideas are shared among the four pillars of an innovation economy: business, non-profit, academia, and government.

Big Idea:
Some might say Boston or Silicon Valley have earned the title of “innovative center,” but what about a city like Indianapolis?  Is it even possible for a mid-market, Midwestern city to inspire, create, and support real innovation from its residents?  The answer is YES.  Our community can become an innovation center by creating a liquid environment where ideas are shared among the four pillars of an innovation economy: business, non-profit, academia, and government.  Indianapolis has all the pieces to become one of America’s most innovative communities, we just have to start the conversation.

Jim Poyser: D’earth! Our Climate Crisis in Poyspective
Indianapolis, IN

Jim Poyser recently left his longtime Managing Editor position at NUVO and Editor position at Indiana Living Green, to pursue eco-activism on a full time basis. In September, he was named Executive Director of Earth Charter Indiana, a non-profit organization dedicated to the principles of Earth Charter and its holistic approach to reckoning with climate change, economic inequality, and peace and justice challenges. He travels the area on bicycle delivering the Climate Reality slideshow to audiences of all ages. His position at Earth Charter focuses on an initiative to empower the youth of Indiana to advocate for a cleaner, safer environment.

Big Idea:
Mixing the horror of our climate crisis with a humorous approach is a specialty of mine, whether through my web site, The Apocadocs Project (apocadocs.com) or through my climate reality slideshow told through bumper stickers. There is no subject more essential than climate change, yet mainstream media all but ignores it. The need for a light touch is paramount, as humor is an essential tool in educating. Something this big has to be properly leavened with a bit of laughter. I believe my poyspective is different, and I hope it’s an idea worth spreading: We are a planet in peril, it needs our immediate attention — and the solutions to our problems can be fun and funny.

Chad Priest: Designing the Healthcare Provider of the Future
Indianapolis, IN

Chad is a dad, a husband, a nurse, an attorney, an Air Force veteran and the CEO of the MESH Coalition, an emergency management organization. But if you ask him, he’ll just tell you he’s a healthcare provider on a mission to change the way we think about healthcare and who provides it.  To create health, we must mix it up: crossing professions and cross-pollinating solutions that lead to breakthrough thinking.

Big Idea:
I’m a healthcare provider. I’ve been doing this a long time in multiple professions: as a military nurse, a healthcare lawyer, a university faculty member and most recently as the CEO of a non-profit crisis management organization.  Through these experiences I have come to believe that in order to create health you have to mix it up. Mix up the professions and the interactions. I’ve had the privilege of being present at key moments in organizations when mixing it up with transdisciplinary thinking resulted in significant breakthroughs.

Kristin Wright: The Power of Welcome
Indianapolis, IN

Kristin is a journalist covering refugees, human rights and women’s issues in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa for The Huffington Post, among other publications. She recently served as the Director of Development at Exodus Refugee Immigration in Indianapolis. Her talk focuses on the memorable moment of entry into a new country. When people of different cultures are encouraged to contribute ideas, perspective, artistic vision, the result is an infusion of innovation. How can we welcome refugees, courageous people from diverse backgrounds, in a way that supports and celebrates cultural contribution as assets to our city?

Big Idea:
When people of different cultures are welcomed and encouraged to contribute ideas, perspective and artistic vision, the result is an infusion of innovation. As a city, our greatest assets – and the need for our most tremendous investment – are the people our city welcomes. Our sense of community is the springboard from which our city can become not only a destination but a developing epicenter for innovation, culture, and creativity from around the world. How can we create a powerful sense of community for our newly arriving neighbors? How can we welcome refugees and immigrants, courageous people from diverse backgrounds, in a way that supports and celebrates cultural contribution?

 

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