TEDxSantaCruz Radical Collaboration 2015 Live Event

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(Kevin Johnson — Santa Cruz Sentinel)

TEDxSantaCruz Radical Collaboration happened Friday April 24, 2015 at the Rio Theatre. The all day event was a rousing triumph.

Helen Mayer & Newton Harrison of the Harrison Studio were a big part of the success of the day. It’s a great pleasure to be able to speak to about their experience of giving a TEDx or TED type talk.

Our interview was April 28, 2015 at noon on KZSC. Helen and Newton are co-directors of the Center for the Study of the Force Majeure at UC Santa Cruz and are leaders in the eco-art movement

This year,  I was both the project manager & main co-organizer for the event working on every single aspect from programs, name-tags, set design, developing and launching our new website, animation, speaker curation, budget, schedule, MidTown Lunch Mingle, Bus Booth..etc.. I put four months of full time work into making this event.

The theme, Radical Collaboration,  was very close to my heart and something I’ve been thinking, doing and researching all my life. The concept came to a head for me in the 2009 when I videotaped the Art of Collaboration Conference at UCSC.

For more information, you can go to the Santa Cruz Sentinel’s Article, the cover story in the  Good Times, Smells Like Team Spirit or listen to our interview below.

Andrew Purchin, Live Art Painter and Healer

Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 11.47.23 AMPainter, Creative Witness, and Healer, Andrew Purchin came onto Artist on Art to talk about his work, the Creative Witnessing Project—making art at sites of tension, conflict and violence. He will be bringing to the third TEDxSantaCruz event March 8th, 2014 at the Hotel Paradox.

Andrew paints on site, be it landscapes or at events such as weddings or at historical moments. The types of events and moments he captures vary from the 2012 Republican and Democratic Conventions and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration to difficult and painful events, sites of conflict, violence and loss. He paints these places as way to witness, spur dialogue and help heal the community.

To hear our interview, please click on the play button below.

Cat Willis, Dancer, Performer, Educator, Entrepreneur

Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 11.15.30 AMFounder and Director of Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center, Cat Willis came onto Artist on Art to talk about her work as well as her presentation at the third TEDxSantaCruz event March 8th, 2014 at the Hotel Paradox.

Cat has lived in Santa Cruz for over 13 years and originally from Rochester, N.Y. She began her formal dance education with Garth Fagan Dance, with whom she studied extensively for six years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance from SUNY Brockport. Her passion for cross cultural understanding, dance arts research, study, and performance has led her to Central America, the Caribbean, and West Africa. She has taught dance throughout Santa Cruz, including two years with Mountain Elementary School as resident choreographer. Her work through her dance company, DIASPORA, has been shown throughout Santa Cruz and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Get your tickets today. Student discounts are still available.

To hear our interview, please click on the play button below.

David Warren, TEDxSantaCruz co-organizer, educator, technologist, activist

Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 10.25.22 AMTEDxSantaCruz Founder and Co-Organizer, David Warren came onto Artist on Art to talk about his work with TEDxSantaCruz as well as at the third TEDxSantaCruz event March 8th, 2014 at the Hotel Paradox.

Get your tickets today. Student discounts are still available.

To hear our interview, please click on the play button below.

TEDxSantaCruz Activate

Screen Shot 2013-11-21 at 8.33.37 AMWe are pleased to announce our next full-day TEDxSantaCruz conference on Saturday, March 8, 2014. From the spark of inspiration to the act of realization, we will feature speakers and performers whose ideas sparked experiences, projects, work, or creativity that is setting in motion a new reality, igniting new connections, or energizing communities. Join the TEDx SantaCruz community on March 8th for a full day of exhilarating live talks, TED videos, and delicious lunch served poolside at the fabulous Paradox Hotel. If you or someone you know about can activate our community with a unique idea worth spreading, we invite you to apply to be part of this exciting event. Delight us, inspire us, educate us, challenge us: ACTIVATE US! »

Here’s a video from the last TEDxSantaCruz.

Learn more and submit a nomination at tedxsantacruz.org!

TEDxSantaCruz Co-organizers Irene Tsouprake & Jon Luini

Screen Shot 2013-11-21 at 8.33.37 AMCo-organizers of TEDxSantaCruz, Irene Tsouprake and Jon Luini came into KZSC and spoke with Nada Miljkovic about the upcoming TEDxSantaCruz 2014: Activate Launch Party at Hotel Paradox, Thursday, November 21st, from 5 to 7 pm. kick off with a cocktail gathering at the Solaire Restaurant and Bar.

This event is free and open to the public and will feature former speakers and attendees, a chance to make a video pitch of an “idea worth spreading,” and a free taste of the TEDxSantaCruz Signature Cocktail, The BLAST. Those attending will get a chance to learn about the upcoming March 8, 2014 TEDxSantaCruz live event, view video highlights from previous events, and meet with others in the growing TEDxSantaCruz community. No-host bar; no RSVP required. We hope you will join us to kick off TEDxSantaCruz: 2014: Activate.

To hear our interview, please click on the grey button below:

Catherine Aurelio – Gamers on Game Guest for June 20, 2011

Local artist, designer, photographer and gamification expert and user experience maven, Catherine Aurelio was the second guest on the new radio show “Gamers on Game”. 

Catherine has more than 15 years of experience in interactive media and print design. We met at last week’s inaugural TEDxSantaCruz Event. Catherine was one of the speakers presenting ideas concerning “gamification” as a way of helping the world by the use of game dynamics to influence behavior.

Catherine’s career in Santa Cruz began as a photographer and designer through her company Firecracker Studio. Her entrance into the Gamification world came through a friend back in 2007 for a 007 website project and designing a website interface that used gaming dynamics to engage the visitor of the website.  This led to a career change and working as the “User Experience and Creative Direction Lead” at BunchBall.

We talked about how gamification is not game design that is creating a whole new world to play.  Gamification is the integration of game mechanics in non-game environments to increase audience engagement, loyalty and fun.

If you are interested in learning more, go to Bunchball’s Blog site, gamification.com. Also, gamification.org, has even more information.  This is a fast growing field in a still sluggish economy.

We ended our interview brainstorming ways gamification can be used to make life and particularly those mandatory unpleasant tasks more fun.  For instance, getting kids to do family chores with the help of a game would be great.  As with a lot of good ideas, there is already a designer working on the gamification of parenting. Catherine suggested that we as the Santa Cruz community could make an energy saving game that allows us to compete with our neighbors in reducing energy consumption while helping our planet.

To hear our interview,  press the play button: [haiku url=”http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/miljkovicaudio/old_public_html/nada/aoa62011.mp3″ title=”Chip Lord” graphical=”true”]

David Wish – June 7, 2011

In anticipation of this week’s inaugural TEDxSantaCruz event, Artists on Art had as a guest one of the artist-presenter musician and educator, David Wish.

We began our conversation with an explanation of David’s organization, Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization that funds and operates one of the largest, free instrumental music programs in U.S. public schools, and provides free instruments and curriculum. David has initiated and managed the launch of campaigns to restore and revitalize music education for more than 160,000 low-income children in more than 25 cities all across the US. He is the founder and executive director.

When I asked how long Little Kids Rock has been in existence, David replied that it depends upon how you count it. Little Kids Rock is ten years old. The idea really began 20 years ago when he first began his teaching career in a small school in California. The school had many challenges including no music program. One day, he began teaching his first grade class how to play the guitar. His methodology, borne out of the belief that music should be taught in the same order as language acquisition, caught on quickly at the school. So much so that David had to get other teachers to help teach. His hands-on experience and innovative methodology is used in Little Kids Rock programs.

Also, David’s methodology is not just for kids. He can also teach adults. At the At the Little Kids Rock YouTube Channel there over two hundred videos that teach you how to play different instruments such as the guitar, drums, and bass.

To hear our interview,  press the play button: [haiku url=”http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/miljkovicaudio/old_public_html/nada/aoa6711.mp3″ title=”Chip Lord” graphical=”true”]

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