Meet Our TEDx Battenkill 2015 Platinum Sponsor: Champlain College

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Champlain College, located in Burlington, VT a offers leading edge master’s degree programs in Emergent Media that is in sync with TEDx values.

The college was named “Most Innovative School” in the North by US News 2016 ‘America’s Best Colleges.’

In a rapidly changing world, our way of thinking and insights as artists and creators must have flexibility to fit the ever-changing forefront of innovation.

If you desire to shape your environment beyond the limits of tradition, while studying practical applications of technique and craft, then a Master’s Degree in Emergent Media from Champlain is for you.

You’ll harness the newest technology, develop the latest trends and learn how to manifest your vision and shape your own future.
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  • Explore the crossroads of art, innovation and technology. Through our innovative program students help define the next generation of expressive media communications and interactive design.
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  • Successful careers await our MFA graduates. Over 90% of the class of 2012-2013 found rewarding careers in an industry with ever growing demand.
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  • Immerse yourself in the latest technological advances through a collaborative production environment. Champlain’s Emergent Media Center (EMC) provides a working studio where undergraduate and graduate students work together on mission-based digital media innovations for real clients.
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  • Use our MakerLab to bring your ideas to life. The Champlain College MakerLab is a prototyping facility equipped with state-of-the-art 3D printers, 3-D scanner, laser cutter, vinyl cutter, Arduinos and traditional tools allowing students to explore possibilities for invention and entrepreneurship.
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  • Learn from leaders in the world of emergent media. Our MFA faculty are industry experts in the world of video games, interactive design, mobile computing and more. Their insight and experience adds real-world lessons to the curriculum.
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  • Live and work in Burlington, VT, a perfect college town. Burlington’s vibrant art scene and relative proximity to high-tech hubs makes it a prime location to live and work with emergent media.

With their career oriented Graduate programs—all offered online except the MFA and MS in Emergent Media—they continue pioneering higher education best practice for real world success including:

  • Immediate Results. Our curriculum is designed for instant application of theories and real-world scenarios into your business or work environment.
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  • Graduate courses are taught by scholar-professional faculty—academically qualified with real-world experience.
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  • Established in 1878, Champlain College has a reputation for career-minded success. Located in the waterfront city of Burlington, Vermont, this historic institution is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges.
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  • A pragmatic education at your convenience. Our online classrooms are open 24/7, allowing you to better manage your busy life.

Learn more about their graduate program and others specifically designed for adult learners here.

Follow Champlain College Graduate Studies on Facebook here.

Thank you to Champlain College for helping make TEDx Battenkill 2015 possible!

TEDx Battenkill 2015 Speaker: Meet Bernard Gauvin – Rebuilding the Practice of Sustainable Agriculture

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Bernard’s love of travel was developed at an early stage and one may say shaped his career! After graduation from Concordia University in Montreal with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and international business, Bernard joined a Canadian bank where he would spend the next 20 years working on 3 continents! His responsibility centered on foreign exchange trading, risk management and business development where he rose to the position of regional manager.

While visiting family in Bangladesh, Bernard had the opportunity to visit a few remote villages that were participating in the first micro-finance project in the country. An experience that remains, to this day, one of his most treasured during his Asian stay.

Upon his return in North America, Bernard enrolled in and received the designation of Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) from the Association of Financial Professional.

Looking for a challenge where his international business experience and his desire to make a difference would be valued, Bernard joined ECOTIERRA’s team where he holds the title of director of Marketing & finance.

Since joining ECOTIERRA, Bernard had the opportunity to visit many small stakeholders in the Ivory Coast (4th continent) gaining a greater understanding of the issues faced by the cocoa growers and is looking forward to doing the same when visiting Peru (5th continent!) and the coffee growers who are part of the Shade Coffee and Cacao Reforestation Project.

TEDxBattenkill 2015 Talk Summary on Rebuilding the Practice of Sustainable Agriculture
Working in partnership with cooperatives and small stakeholders, ECOTIERRA is developing a program centered on sustainable cocoa and coffee agricultural practices promoting the importance of shade-grown crop. The main objective of the project is to increase revenue and quality of life to the small stakeholders and confirm the viability of farming as a profession to future generation.

In addition to nearly wiping out the possibility of making a living as a small business farmer, another devastating result from unsustainable farming is that deforestation activities remains the single greatest emitter of carbon dioxide representing nearly 20% of all emissions. Mostly concentrated in developing countries, deforestation is in part due to illegal logging and mining activities but more importantly the results of migration and poor agricultural practice.

Finally the debate on the existence of climate change and carbon emission’s role is over! The question is what’s next? How can we stop that trend?

With the average age of cocoa/coffee farmer above 50, failure to reverse this trend
could be devastating to both the environment…as well as to coffee and chocolate
lovers! Reforestation and forest preservation projects offer a solution.

Why
Too often when we think of sustainability we do not take into consideration the whole picture. Sustainability is more the environmental footprint of a given product or industry, it’s the impact it has on all of its participants; in the case of coffee and chocolate it should include everyone from the grower to the consumer.

My talk will illuminate the importance of including the whole value chain when evaluating the sustainability of a product hoping it can lead everyone to further research and help them in their purchasing decision. At the end of the day, these decisions are most important part of the sustainability process!

Interested in sustainability, farming, fair trade business practices and global warming solutions?

Join us for a solutions-rich talk with Bernard Gauvin.

Get your ticket here for the Oct 3rd, 2015 event.

TEDx Battenkill 2015 Speaker: Meet Brent Allen Winters – No Common Law, No Freedom

brent-allen-wintersBrent Allan Winters is an American geologist, common lawyer, author, and teacher. Brent grew up on a farm north of Moonshine, Illinois; served as diver, U.S. Navy Mobile Diving Unit 1 and aboard carrier USS Coral Sea; worked as a geologist and mine operator; and ran for U.S. Congress. Winters has briefed cases in the United States 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 Constitution, but is also the object of zeal that delivered our country to nationhood and remains the fellowship that defines Americans to the world.”

TEDxBattenkill 2015 Talk Summary on Common Law
The United States became its own country to keep its Constitution; at that time the unwritten tradition of common law and government protecting foremost one’s right to relationships (free association), to govern one’s self. But King George ignored that common law, conspired with his cronies (combined with others) to dominate the Colonists using civil law’s admiralty tribunals (a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution), and backed his cronies’ unconstitutional legislation (giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation). Unlike the common-law tradition, civil law spawns piles of legislation by decree, expanding state power, shrinking freedom.

The ideals of the Colonial’s unwritten Constitution (our common law) has become our Constitution written. As duty called the Colonist to keep his Constitution, it likewise calls you to foil those trying to displace it with acts of pretended legislation, such as bureaucratic decrees. The enemy’s weak point is his dull scorn for the common-law principles our Declaration reveals and our Constitution puts in order; your strong point is your sharpened esteem for these principles. Wielding these, you will strike to the enemy’s heart: his deep-seated contempt for the majesty of the laws of Nature’s God.

Join us on Oct 3rd, 2015and learn more about Common Law, what it is and how it affects your life and constitutional freedom.

Get your ticket today.

TEDx Battenkill 2015 Speaker: Meet Tim Brookes – Vigilante of Endangered Alphabets

 

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.

TEDx Battenkill 2015 Talk Summary on Endangered Alphabets
The world has only about a hundred alphabets, and fully a third of them are nearing extinction, no longer taught in schools or used for official purposes, and in some cases suppressed or banned. Within two generations, a culture’s entire written heritage of sacred texts, historical documents, literature, legal documents–its accumulated wisdom–can be lost, and with it that culture’s sense of identity and value. Tim Brookes introduces some of the world’s most fascinating writing systems, explains how they come to be on the verge of extinction, and describes his efforts to preserve them.

Why?
All over the world, traditional alphabets are being suppressed or replaced by more global writing systems. When that happens, that culture loses its ability to read its own history, literature, and spiritual texts—loses its sense of its own identity and value.

Interested in preservation, sustainability, history, writing, the power of words, wood working art and more!? You’ll be fascinated by this presentation. Join us and get your ticket today for the Oct 3rd event.

TEDx Battenkill 2015 Speaker: Meet Alex Roy – The Future of Autonomous Driving

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Alex Roy has driven farther and faster – on public roads – than almost anyone alive. With a perfect safety record across countless events – legal and illegal – on four continents, Roy is best known as the first person in 23 years to break the 1983 U.S. Express cross-country driving record – immortalized in “Cannonball Run” – going from NY to LA in 31 hours and 4 minutes. Roy is also author of “The Driver” and Executive Producer of “32 Hours, 7 Minutes”, which deconstruct the mythology of the Cannonball Run and document the true history of underground endurance racing.

Roy set the 31:04 record via a quantitative approach, combining the latest GPS, night vision and communications technologies with the fuel economy, logistical and driving strategies of professional endurance racing.

Roy is currently President of Geotegic – an automotive events company – and Europe By Car, a European car rental wholesaler. Roy is also a columnist for Jalopnik and co-host of /DRIVE. He has spoken at MIT, Stanford, Google & the FBI, and was kicked off of Letterman for asking Dave about his speeding tickets. Roy’s one true passion is The Moth, of which he was Chairman when its office was in his living room back in 2002…but that’s a story best told from the back of an autonomous car.

TEDxBattenkill 2015 Talk Summary on the Extinction of the Human Driver
On a long enough timeline, 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.

Whatever one’s views on Autonomous Driving (AD), two facts are indisputable. AD will be 1) safer, and 2) more convenient than Human Driving (HD). We can debate the definitions of safety and convenience, but not their merits. This debate will ultimately be overtaken and won by market forces driven by demand for these, whatever the definition, once costs have come down. Following the logical tree, AD, on public roads, as the dominant mode of transportation, is inevitable.

In other words, on a long enough timeline, the survival rate of human-operated transportation culture drops to zero.

There is no meaningful debate to be had over the length of the timeline, because even if enthusiasts don’t believe AD is inevitable, auto manufacturers and the tech industry do. The center of investment gravity has already coalesced around this belief. Technologies developed in parallel have begun to converge. From the automotive side, the individual components of AD – automatic braking, distance-sensing cruise control and steering – have begun trickling down product ranges. From the tech side, navigation systems incorporating real-time, organically-generated traffic data are improving at an accelerating rate, and platforms such as Uber are – local political hurdles notwithstanding – becoming increasingly ubiquitous. Where Uber stalls, a competitor will rise. You think nature always finds a way? So does business.

However far off, the ultimate convergence of these interests represents what I call “The Autonomotive Singularity.” It will occur the day after the last person gets in a car and leaves his or her driveway, having relinquished all input other than destination.

Technologically, this is feasible in our lifetimes. Culturally, politically, socially…it may never be.

I’d say “never” will last about 100 years.

But let’s look at the opposing forces, flying the banner of what I call The Automotive Singularity…

Why?
Is Elon Musk Right? Will Autonomous Cars Will Make Driving Obsolete? Will Human-operated vehicles go the way of the horse? The poster child of road Luddites weighs his faith in technology against his passion for driving, and deconstructs the most disruptive new technology since the rise of the internet.

Get ready for the future of driving. Join us and Alex Roy on Oct 3, 2015 here.

 

 

TEDx Battenkill 2015 Speaker: Meet Melissa Levis – The Vigilante of Family and The Midlife-Renaissance

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Melissa Levis is a family innkeeper at The Wilburton Inn in Manchester, VT which her family has owned and run for 28 years.

Prior to joining the family business, Melissa was an award-winning songwriter, theatre producer, and entertainer in New York City. Melissa performed with her band, Moey’s Music Party, for thousands of New York City tots at the Public Library, Tribeca Film Festival, Bloomingdale’s, FAO Schwarz and Central Park. Melissa wrote two Off-Broadway musicals and is currently collaborating with an 8-time Tony Award winning producer on a new family musical based on her award winning DVD, “Happily Ever Moey: A Fairy Tale Lark in Central Park.”

Melissa’s three children’s CDs have won national recognition including the Parents’ Choice Gold Award. She created a business writing and performing Custom Songs for special events. She has written songs for Prime Ministers, Presidential Hopefuls, Movie Stars, Philanthropists, Socialites and CEOs. And now she writes songs for Vermont and the Wilburton Inn. As an entrepreneurial artist, Melissa has been profiled in The New York Times, The New York Post, The New York Observer, and Harper’s Bazaar. She is a blogger for The Huffington Post and a graduate of Pine Cobble School, Middlesex School, and Brown University. She received an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University. She is proud to be a GRAMMY voter.

TEDxBattenkill 2015 Talk Summary
One day, after 20 years as a New York City songwriter, I stopped in my tracks: I realized that I accomplished enough. I am enough, and I stepped off the treadmill. I left my marriage, my apartment and my career and I chose to come home, to Manchester, Vermont. Four days later, we discovered our mom had advanced cancer. Her sudden death brought all four of us siblings home to run our family inn. Our inn is an extension of our family. We encourage our guests to feel comfortable being themselves because we are so completely comfortable being ourselves. We are a kooky Jewish version of Modern Family and You Can’t Take it With You. We work, play, and live together – or in a 3-mile radius. Guests say it’s healing to see us together. We have changed our inn to specialize in being a place of family and family reunions. I want to encourage the audience to make bold choices, experience their own mid-life renaissance and create a wonderful new second act.

Why?
I am a vigilante of family connection and joy and personal self-expression. I believe it is very important to encourage other people to have the confidence to change their lives for any reason and to reconnect to their childhood joy.

Come see Melissa and the rest of our Vigilantes and get inspired with fresh, thought-provoking ideas.

Tickets are available (limited seating!) here for the October 3, 2015 event.

TEDx Battenkill 2015 Speaker: Meet Isaac Eddy – Vigilante of Vulnerability

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Isaac Littlejohn Eddy lives in Johnson, VT with his wife, writer and Chinese environmental policy expert, Lucia Green-Weiskel, their two year old daughter, their dog, and seven hens. He received his BA in film studies at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and his MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Art from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College. For the past twelve years Isaac has performed with Blue Man Group in New York City, Chicago, London, and Las Vegas.

With the production he has helped cast and train Blue Men, captain casts, write material, and perform nightly in the show. Isaac is also a founding member of the immersive theater group, Fixed Agency, that had a residency at the BLDG92 museum in the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 2014 and presented their work entitled “Private(i)” at the Brooklyn BEAT festival that year.

Isaac has led workshops and lectured on improv, acting, and devised experimental theater at NYU TISCH, the University of Michigan, Curry College, and the Governor’s Institute on the Arts of Vermont. Isaac has recently joined the faculty at Johnson State College for the fall semester of 2015 as their Assistant Professor of Theater and Drama.

Isaac is also a writer and a cartoonist and has been published in the New Yorker and in the weekly newspaper, The Herald of Randolph, Vermont. He makes animated documentary shorts for Time Magazine and has a non-fiction multi-panel series about the people that live and work in his neighborhood published in the New York Times’ Brooklyn blog, “The Local.” Isaac also created and animated the online series, “Cat, Dog, Stoop.”

TEDxBattenkill Presentation Summary on the Extinction of Vulnerability
“Now that we commune with self-curated social media,” says Isaac Eddy, former ‘Blue Man’ from the Blue Man Group, “we are less and less often put up against the uncomfortable and the unknown. I use improvisation and acting as a way to confront fear, tap into new forms of communication and creativity, and re-learn how to listen.”

Join us and get your ticket for this guaranteed to make you think and feel presentation here.

TEDx Battenkill 2015 Speaker: Meet Martin Armstrong – Vigilante of Democracy

martin-armstrong-photoMartin Armstrong is an American economist best known for discovering the relationship between pi and the business cycle, expressed in his Economic Confidence Model. Armstrong spent decades mapping out the monetary history of the world from the beginning of known currency and uncovered patterns capable of predicting war, famine, and even the rise and fall of civilizations. As the former Chairman of Princeton Economics Institute, 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.

In 1999, Armstrong learned of the harsh realities of the American justice system when he was wrongly accused of fraud and became the longest federal civil contempt prisoner in American history. From behind bars, Armstrong wrote countless reports on the economy and gained an underground following of supporters who appreciate his unfiltered honesty, something that is hard to found in the mainstream media.

Currently, Armstrong operates an active news blog that focuses on the global economy. He holds conferences to educate the public on how to prepare for their economic futures and releases numerous detailed reports each year. His latest and largest project – Socrates – is an AI system that monitors the entire global market by tracking international capital flows. Armstrong aims to provide a public service for the average person to comprehend the global economy and for professionals to access the most sophisticated international analysis available.

His story and life’s work is featured in a feature film documentary called The Forecaster and is set to debut September 29th, 2015.

His TEDxBattenkill 2015 presentation on “The Extinction of Democracy” will cover the change in the economy, why we are facing a major Sovereign Debt Crisis, and why politics is moving into meltdown mode where people are upset with politics as usual. Most people now see Democrat or Republican, nothing changes. Come see through the economic changes in the world with fresh eyes in Armstrong’s thought-provoking talk.

Get your ticket to the Oct 3rd, 2015 event here. Space is limited!

TEDx Battenkill Returns! 2015 Tickets Now Available

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.”

 

THE VIGILANTES 

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 michael@eonscreative.com.

See you at the event!

Michael and TEDx Battenkill Team