TEDxMission Event Focused on Regenerative Strategies in Sustainable Design

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San Francisco's event production company, Madrone Studios, is hosting the TEDxMission event in San Francisco on Aug. 21.

Madrone Studios will host the TEDxMission event in San Francisco August 21.

On Tuesday August 21st, 2012 TEDxMission comes to San Francisco. Created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading,” the TEDx program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. This independently organized TEDx event will be a confluence of artistry, green technology, architecture, science and ecology.

The overall theme for the evening’s series of presentations, broadly defined, is catalyzing a civilization which flourishes in symbiosis with the living systems of the planet by offering practical strategies for addressing the cumulative effects of human pressures upon the environment. Our speakers will be addressing this topic from the standpoint of their expertise and interest in one or more of the following questions:

•Can a sustainable and regenerative society emerge through entrepreneurial means within the prevailing business logic?

•Can innovations in technology & design offer quickly implementable solutions for alleviating or reversing the looming ecological crises of a fossil fuel age?

•How will imminent changes at the interface of ecology and economics affect the dynamic web of cultural relationships throughout our increasingly networked civilization?

Speakers at the event will talk about their work and how it is helping to create a more sustainable future today:

•Michael Gosney
With an overarching mission of "evolving sustainable communities," the Green Century Institute (GCI) was established in 2002 as an independent research and development association. It was co-founded by Michael Gosney, a pioneer in community-based development, sustainability and enabling technologies. He has produced San Francisco's Digital Be-In, an annual gathering of the socially conscious technology community, since 1988.

•Randy Taran
Randy is the Founder of Project Happiness and is co-author of the Project Happiness Handbook, an interactive journey that illustrates best practices in promoting social and emotional learning. To explore the question, “What brings lasting happiness?” Randy produced a documentary film where students from three continents worked together on this quest, interviewing George Lucas, Richard Gere, neuroscientist Richard Davidson, and ultimately, the Dalai Lama.

•Warren Karlenzig
Warren Karlenzig is a leader in the global movement for green + smart cities. Warren has devised ecosystem and technology-enabled green economic strategies for China, South Korea, Japan, the United States and the European Union. President of the consultancy Common Current, he is advising Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and China’s national leadership on development of a tool to assess how China’s 600 cities can be planned and managed as low-carbon ecocities.

•Richard Rowe
Richard Rowe is the CEO of the Open Learning Exchange, Inc. Dr. Rowe has focused on domestic and global policy issues related to education and services for children, families and strong communities as well as on public policy and technical issues concerning intellectual property. The author of numerous articles and frequent speaker on the impact of digitization and global communication networks upon society, he is frequently asked by both for-profit and social-benefit organizations to assist in long-range planning, meeting facilitation and mediation.

This TEDxMission event is being curated by Madrone Studio’s Founder & CEO Jon Rowe. Madrone Studios has been a long time supporter green technology and is dedicated to being a creative outlet for innovative development strategies. With this in mind, they have dedicated the use of their 8000 square foot San Francisco facility to produce an interactive live experience for TEDxMission. TEDxMission is currently looking for cash and in-kind sponsors for this event. Contact associate producer Geoff Waltrip for details:

Geoff Waltrip
geoff(at)tedxmission(dot)org
Madrone Studios
1417 15th Street San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 800-8116.

For more information on this event or to purchase tickets, please visit: http://www.ted.com/tedx/events/5846

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Long Beach, California, along with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs; the annual TEDGlobal conference is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, the recently launched TEDEd platform for students and educators, the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide, and TEDBooks, short e-books by speakers that elaborate on a single idea originally presented on TED's stage.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter or on Facebook.

About Madrone Studios
Madrone Studios is an experience design company in the SOMA district of San Francisco that focuses on special events production and interactive media development, spreading the message of eco-economic sustainability. It provides a complete line-up of media services, such as motion graphics, event production, video production, event planning and creative services, as well as serves as a production studio. The company provides an extensive list of amenities, including and 8,000-square-foot photo and film studio that boasts a double CYC, drive-in access, a one-ton motorized crane, a partial grid, a catwalk, a full sound system, an 18-foot cove and 20-foot ceilings, plus film loading and viewing areas, a deluxe client area, a fully equipped kitchen, a huge dressing room, laundry and shower facilities, and a fantastic green room.

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