Vigilantes of Extinction
TEDxBattenkill will take to the stage in Manchester for the third year running on Saturday, October 3rd 2015 at the Southern Vermont Arts Center. 2015’s theme, in the spirit of Connecting Creative Communities, is “Vigilantes of Extinction” and our speakers will be outstanding individuals considered “Superheroes” in their fields of interest and expertise. From the pool of speaker nominations we will focus on topics that share ideas and actions about the things people are doing to prevent the extinction of “anything” important to humankind and the earth. For example, the extinction of cultures, the economy, languages, biodiversity, a livable climate and even the human race (perhaps someone who is working on a solution to taking life to other planets/galaxies).
In the tradition of TED, we will present a platform of provocative, action-inspiring talks by thought leaders and innovators to encourage creative collaboration. Guests will participate in an environment where information and energy from TED-style talks could be channeled into change and growth in their communities, their creative centers, and at home.
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.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
Credit: Northshire Photo. See more event images on Flickr.
Michael D Ellenbogen (born in 1966 in New York City) is an American film producer and artist. He is the co-founder of Eons Creative, an experiential marketing, event design and branding company. He lives with his wife in Manchester, Vermont.
My name is Tim Melville and I am a musician and composer. I have worked as an Audio Engineer for Dibden Center for the Arts at Johnson State College for nearly 3 years. I have spent time working student productions as well as popular dance companies such as St. Albans, Wolcott, or Berklyn Ballet.
Andrew Tascarella is a Theater and Technical theater double major at Johnson State College. He is currently involved with the set designs for two shows, along with acting in one. He is currently also the Master Carpenter at Dibden Center for the Arts at JSC.
Mackenzie Brown is a junior and double major of Theatre and Technical Theatre at Johnson State College. She has experience in lighting, stage managing, and props managing. She is excited to be light designing on a new stage and also she’s excited for the opportunity to be working this TedX conference.
Hadil Marzouq, Conflict Resolution and Anthropology major, member of the Judicial Committee and Representative of the Center for the Advancement of Public Action on the Student Educational Policies Committee Body| Bennington College, VT. Originally from Palestine and graduated high school from UWC Maastricht, the Netherlands.
Mariana Cardozo is a Venezuelan with Spanish heritage freshmen at Bennington College. She is interested in Political Science, International Justice and Global Development. A big fan of tangible and quantifiable results. She has worked in several TEDx conferences in Media communications and logistics.