- Date: 25 Aug 2015
- Author: Karin Rozell
- Tags: Alexander Roy, Bernard Gauvin, Brent Allen Winters, Isaac Eddy, Martin Armstrong, Melissa Levis, TEDx, TEDx Battenkill, TEDx Events, Tim Brookes, Vigilantes of Extinction
- Categories: Events, News & Updates
On Saturday, October 3rd from 9:00am to 4:00pm at the Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC) in Manchester, VT, experience TEDxBattenkill, an independently organized TED event featuring thought-provoking live talks by thought leaders, intellectuals and innovators and a networking reception where you can meet the speakers in person.
TEDxBattenkill is organized and produced by Michael and Carolina Ellenbogen of Eons Creative; Riley Moore of Riley Moore Studios is responsible for the graphic and website design and Karin Rozell of WellProNet will be generating the social media and blog communications.
Recent Manchester arrival, Melanie Curtis will host the event live and students from Burr & Burton Academy guided by Bill Muench, with additional training from GNAT, will be capturing and streaming video at the event.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the inaugural Manchester Screen Festival, produced by Eons Creative and targeting launch in June 2016, to feature all screen arts including film, digital content and interactive media from creators worldwide.
Seven “talks” by seven extraordinary people have been chosen to shed light on various stories that, in their own way, prevent or illustrate the consequences of the extinction of something important to all of us, to the planet, and to all cultures.
“We call each of these speakers ‘Vigilantes of Extinction’,” says Ellenbogen, “and their 18-minute “talks” will provide the structure and content for a full day of adventure, entrepreneurship and creative communications for everyone.”
As the former Chairman of Princeton Economics Institute, Martin Armstrong gained international popularity for his accurate predictions, earning the nickname “Mr. Yen” in Japan and the title of Hedge Fund Manager of the Year in 1998. Armstrong also gained international notoriety in 1999 when he was wrongly accused of fraud and became the longest federal civil contempt prisoner in American history. Armstrong is best known for discovering the relationship between pi and the business cycle, expressed in his Economic Confidence Model. His TEDxBattenkill Talk titled “Extinction of Democracy and the Current Global Economy as a result of Sovereign Debt and how to Prepare for the Future Economy” is sure to captivate the audience.
Rally Driver, holder of the speed record for cross country driving, writer for Jalopnik and Team Polizei founder, Alexander Roy will preview a TEDxBattenkill-prepped version of a presentation he’ll be delivering to a large audience at SXSW in March 2016: Autonomous Driving: Consequences On The Road To The Singularity. “On a long enough timeline,” says Roy, “the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.” Alex’s Talk will focus on the extinction of the “human driver” and the car now being chased by the likes of Google, Mercedes and certainly others.
Former Blue Man from the Blue Man Group, Isaac Eddy, now Assistant Professor of Theater and Drama at Johnson State College in Johnson, VT, presents the Extinction of Vulnerability – From Creative Opportunity to a Personal Exit Strategy; “now that we commune with self-curated social media,” says Eddy, “we are less and less often put up against the uncomfortable and the unknown. I use improv and acting as a way to confront fear, tap into new forms of communication and creativity, and re-learn how to listen.”
As director of Marketing & finance at ECOTIERRA, Bernard Gauvin visits many small stakeholders in the Ivory Coast (4th continent) and Peru (5th continent) to gain a greater understanding of the issues faced by the cocoa and coffee growers who are part of the Shade Coffee and Cacao Reforestation Project. “We are developing this program centered on sustainable agricultural practices,” notes Gauvin, “with the main objective being to increase revenue and quality of life to the small stakeholders and confirm the viability of farming as a profession to future generation.” Rebuilding the Practice of Sustainable Agriculture to Sustain Farming as a Profession and Deliver Other Important Benefits will help everyone understand the impact their choices have on the success of sustainability.
In her own right, and as daughter of Albert & Georgette Levis and the family’s running of the Wilburton Inn in Manchester, Melissa Levis has earned her “community” laurels many times over. Melissa’s TEDx Talk balances upon the strong foundation of the Levis family as she becomes, on behalf of many who have strayed from their roots, The Vigilante of Family and The Midlife-Renaissance on a mission to prove that You Can Come Home Again. Melissa will likely use some of her strengths to drive her point home including song-writing, singing, story-telling, reminiscing and boundless creative energy.
Brent Allen Winters grew up on a farm north of Moonshine, IL and became a geologist, common lawyer, author, and teacher. Brent served as diver with U.S. Navy Mobile Diving Unit 1 and aboard carrier USS Coral Sea; he worked as a geologist and mine operator, and ran for U.S. Congress. Winters has briefed cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, argued before the jury and appellate courts (both State and Federal), and has represented clients in foreign countries. “Our common-law way of life and thought,” says Brent, “is not only the lifeblood and backbone of our U.S. Declaration of ’76 and the Constitution of the United States, but is also the object of zeal that delivered our country to nationhood and remains the fellowship that defines Americans to the world.” His talk, “No Common Law, No Freedom — Know Common Law, Know Freedom” takes aim at the extinction of common law and what we can do about it.
Tim Brookes is founder of the Endangered Alphabets Project, the author of 15 books, a longtime NPR essayist and director of the Professional Writing Program at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. His TEDx Talk stems from a long term project which mission it is to prevent the extinction of Alphabets and it is called simply: Endangered Alphabets.
Following the TEDx Talks guests are invited to a reception on site at SVAC where light refreshments will be served and networking and socializing is encouraged.
Seating for this event is limited and tickets cost $45. Please click here to purchase tickets.
For more event details, to review sponsorship options, visit www.TEDxBattenkill.org.
For more information or to discuss partnership ideas or sponsorship, call Michael at (802) 768-8498 or email him at email@example.com.
See you at the event!
Michael and TEDx Battenkill Team