TEDxSeattle 2018: Tall Order

A tall order, by definition, is demanding. It's a significant and potentially unreachable challenge. Looking to the past, we can find wildly successful tall orders. Some may even seem small viewed through the lens of today’s challenges. This year, we identify and examine ideas that stretch goals, strive for the seemingly unattainable, and explore what happens when a goal proves to be "too tall."……

Schedule Changing Places 2017

SAMPLE SCHEDULE- this is last years schedule from 2017 8:00am McCaw Hall opens 8:50am Auditorium doors open for seating 9:30am - 10:45am Session 1 Changing the Game Jevin West, Ph.D UW data science professor, bullshit fighter Jennifer Hansen Gates Foundation Knowledge Officer, passionate advocate for open research Geoffrey Castle Electric violin pioneer, inventor, producer Aji…

An Evening With 2017 Speakers: Topics, Treats, & Wine Tasting

Come meet some of the 2017 speakers during an evening of wine tasting and savory and sweet small bites. This is a rare opportunity to meet the people who take the TEDxSeattle stage this year under the theme of Changing Places. In addition to learning more about this year's event, enjoy a tasting of The Estates Wine Room's distinctive Northwest wine collection along with delicious bites…

What Bigfoot can teach us about curiosity

Ranae Holland is a research biologist who spends much of her time trekking through forests with a camera crew, looking for evidence of a big furry man-ape. As a cohost of the Animal Planet television As a cohost of the Animal Planet television show Finding Bigfoot, she draws on her scientific skills to sift through evidence and testimony of the elusive legend. In this funny and personal talk,…

Xolie Morra

Singer and songwriter Xolie Morra of the Seattle band "Xolie Morra & The Strange Kind", is an active representative of the Autism community, speaking personally about her life with Asperger's Syndrome. The Seattle Band is making a musical presence worldwide. With their appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, their success has been steadily growing strong. Performing with acts such as Crosby…

Tom Skerritt

Emmy Award winning actor, writer, and director Tom Skerritt is a much loved resident of Washington State. While an English major in Wayne State University, his interest in filmmaking led him to UCLA to study film directing. He worked in his first TV show with director Robert Altman, with whom he mentored as a filmmaker prior to being cast in the movie M*A*S*H. Other Classic films followed…

Maura O’Neill

Maura O'Neill places innovation at the center of her work, study, and attitude. Through her work in the public, private, and academic sectors, she has created entrepreneurial and public policy solutions for some of the toughest domestic and global problems. She was President Obama's first Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Counselor to the Administrator at USAID where she had responsibility…

David Schmader

David Schmader is a multi-talented writer, playwright, newspaper columnist, and performance artist. With wit and intelligence he blends personal experience and biting humor to provide insight on difficult cultural issues. He creates autobiographical solo plays that include, Letter to AXL, (homophobia and the unifying power of anger), Straight ("pray away the gay" conversation therapy), and A…

Gifford Pinchot III

Gifford has been an organic dairy farmer, a blacksmith, an author, an innovation consultant, software CEO, an angel investor and currently president of Pinchot University. He has published three books. Intrapreneuring, which introduced a new way of fostering innovation by creating space for innovators to express their entrepreneurial spirit within existing organizations, was a bestseller in 15…

Rick Williams

Rick Williams, presenting with Andrea Brenneke, is a seventh generation Nitinaht master carver from Vancouver Island, as was his brother, John T. Williams who was killed in a shooting by a Seattle police officer in August 2010. Rick Williams called for justice and a peaceful response that would honor his brother and his First Nation Heritage. Williams, and other family, friends, community and…

Carla Wilcox

Through the practice of boxing, Carla Wilcox coaches people through their perceived limitations. Working with body, mind, and spirit, she guides them on the journey to becoming their best selves. The road to becoming a professional boxer was an indirect one for Carla. A member of the Snohomish Tribe, Carla grew up on the Spokane and Wellpinit Indian Reservations in Eastern Washington.…

Andrew Himes

Andrew Himes, author of The Sword of the Lord: The Roots of Fundamentalism in an American Family, was born into one of the leading fundamentalist families of the 20th century. His grandfather, John R. Rice, was considered "dean of American fundamentalists" for decades until his death in 1980, serving as founding editor of The Sword of the Lord newspaper and mentor to many up-and-coming Baptist…