Talks: 2017

Geoffrey Castle 12:04

Playing a Violin Outside the Box

Geoffrey Castle aims to shatter people’s preconceived notions of what is possible on a violin. With a strong interest in community outreach, Castle is thrilled to give back through performances at schools from kindergarten to college. When playing for schools, Castle loves inspiring kids— first to pick up a stringed instrument, and then to learn […]

Ava Holmes

Blue jeans or blue water? Fashion powering conservation around the world

Most people don’t link high fashion with the conservation movement but Ava Holmes founded Fashion for Conservation (FFC) to do exactly that. Ava and her team of industry-leading fashion professionals and her colleagues in the conservation movement have been raising awareness as well as funds by producing wildlife-inspired fashion campaigns and hosting events at Fashion […]

Jennifer Hansen

Setting scientific research free

The results from taxpayer-funded, scientific research are often locked behind a paywall. Jennifer Hansen, a senior officer in Knowledge and Research at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, says the cost of accessing that data is too high. Limiting access to the research results in social inequity and puts human lives at risk. She argues […]

Tacoma Refugee Choir 14:30

Everyone has a song – welcoming refugees through music

What started as a place to sing became a refuge. Founded by Erin Guinup, just as the U.S. was closing its borders to citizens from select countries, the Tacoma Refugee Choir was determined to turn its musical practice into a celebration of human connection by welcoming voices from around the world. The Choir has created […]

Charlie Swan

How traveling at the speed of a bullet will change a region’s culture

Hyperloop technology will allow travel at the speed of a commercial jet on the ground. What happens when cities like Seattle and Portland – three hours apart by car – are suddenly a 20-minute pod ride apart? Charlie Swan, student and Hyperloop proponent, believes the new commuter option could do more than relieve traffic congestion […]

Northwest Tap Connection 12:21

Dance as protest; say their names see their names feel their names

Using a combination of live performance and their viral-sensation video of the protest dance “Hell You Talmbout”, these Northwest Tap Connection students work to heighten awareness about black individuals killed by police.  Movement is power and these young people have the power to move us all.

RedWolf Pope 15:45

Lessons of courage from Standing Rock

RedWolf Pope brings us a lesson in courage from Standing Rock. This Native American of Shoshone and Tlingit origin, tribal attorney, and tech entrepreneur served as the liaison between the Elders, Veterans, and the legal team at the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. RedWolf joins us on stage to connect his tribal heritage and his experience […]

Jim Haven 8:35

Creating purposeful wonder

Inspired by the view through his first telescope of a fuzzy, but awe-inducing glimpse of Saturn, entrepreneur Jim Haven was spellbound by wonder. He is now creating ways to discover and share that sense of wonder with others. Haven’s message to all of us is look up and wonder. A lifelong daydreamer and former advertising […]

Patty Fleischmann 17:08

A powerful strategy for disrupting child trafficking

Patty Haven Fleischmann is successfully combating child trafficking in Seattle and catalyzing similar nationwide efforts. As a therapist, child of a Holocaust survivor, and “kid advocate,” Fleischmann uses her ability to hold two opposing truths to attract a diverse and committed community and disrupt a seemingly insurmountable problem. Launching a Seattle-based non-profit which has raised […]

Jenn LaFreniere 19:23

Ending homelessness, block by block

Architects Rex Hohlbein and Jenn LaFrenier ask us to consider “Yes in my backyard” as an answer to homelessness. This father-daughter duo has an idea: let’s reimagine our personal space by inviting homeless residents to move into beautifully designed, off-grid, homes built in residential backyards. Called “The Block Project” these tiny homes — built with […]

Sandy Cioffi 14:21

Virtual reality can be a powerful tool for understanding each other

Virtual Reality is a work in progress, says Sandy Cioffi, and she outlines exciting ways VR is being used to experience “the other,” to virtually “walk in someone else’s shoes.” Artists as using immersive media, to create new narratives that would allow you to put on a high-tech headset and feel what it’s like to […]

Steve Davis 18:47

Disease eradication is within reach

Steve Davis is working to bring an extraordinary vision to reality—the global elimination of some of the world’s most deadly and debilitating diseases. Davis is the president and CEO of PATH, a 40-year-old, Seattle-based, global health-focused, non-governmental organization which works on vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system/service innovations. In this talk, Davis lays out the […]

Jevin West, Ph.D 18:19

We’re drowning in BS, but you can learn how to fight back

Jevin West is not afraid to call out bullshit for what it is and wants to teach us how to do the same. West is an assistant professor and co-creator of a new course, “Calling BS: data reasoning in a digital world” at the University of Washington. In this engaging talk, West shows how dangerous […]

Fariba E Alamdari, Ph.D 15:28

Use the power of your diversity

As Vice President of Marketing for Boeing, Fariba Alamdari is the picture of success. But the hurdles to achieve this have been many: being raised in a culture that prizes males, being an Iranian in Western society, and one of few women in the aerospace field. Despite the naysayers, Alamdari has continued to believe that […]

Aji Piper 15:10

Kids sue the government to fight climate change– and win

As a high school student, Aji Piper joined with other students in the fight to combat global warming. Together, they sued the Washington State Department of Ecology and won a ruling to enact new regulatory standards. Now, they are taking their fight to the next level by challenging the Federal government. Piper believes that the […]