Daily Archives: October 22, 2010

TEDx is coming to Downtown Phoenix!

It’s that time of year again, it’s time for TEDxPhoenix 2010!  TEDxPhoenix will host their second TEDx event on Saturday, November 6th, 2010 from 11:00am to 7:00pm at the Eight KAET PBS Studios in Downtown Phoenix.


This year’s event is building off the theme for TED2010 – “What the World Needs Now” – and what we feel the world and Phoenix needs now are more Optimists & Catalysts.

That’s why this year, we’re bringing you a full day of thought-provoking talks by some of the Valley’s most inspirational and innovative thinkers and doers — individuals who have spoken at PopTech, survived civil war, made the list of the Valley’s most intriguing individuals, championed local movements, represented the Navajo Nation, made regular appearances on The Science Channel, have spoken at the Googleplex, and authored books on science, entrepreneurship, and design.

Speakers will include:

Dr. Lawrence Krauss, Jany Deng, Kimber Lanning, Jay Rogers, Bob Grossfeld, Prasad Boradkar, Pamela Slim, Jolyana Bitsuie, Margaret Regan, Syed Toufeeq Ahmed, Eric Torres, Nina Miller, Goran Konjevod, Helene Neville, and a performance by Dry River Yacht Club.

For a full list of TEDxPhoenix 2010 speakers, please visit the speaker page. In addition, selected TEDTalks videos will showcase some of the world’s most renowned speakers.

TEDxPhoenix is the Phoenix-metro’s opportunity to help make our local and global communities a better place through big ideas worth sharing and doing.

—Tomas Carrillo, TEDxPhoenix Curator

In addition to witnessing these great talks, attendees will also be treated to the most TED-like event that Arizona has witnessed thus far. We’ve been working around the clock to ensure that attendees get to experience the electric atmosphere of TED from the TED-like badges all the way down to the free coffee, snacks, drinks, and gift bags. In addition, attendees will get to enjoy a free catered lunch in the Civic Space Park.

All of this is not being done to simply pamper attendees, but instead is being done to promote collaboration and the exchange of ideas.  This is an event focused on ideas worth sharing, spreading, AND doing!

Tickets for the event run $50 and are first come, first served so once they run out, they’re gone! In addition, all proceeds go toward paying for our event costs as TEDxPhoenix is a not-for-profit event run by unpaid volunteers. If $50 seems high, consider that it’s less than 1% of the cost of the TED Conference and less than half the cost of most local conferences.

TICKETS: http://tedxphoenix.ticketleap.com/tedxphoenix-2010/

We hope you will join us for TEDxPhoenix 2010 and take part in an event that is quickly becoming a global laboratory for the spreading of ideas, as well as becoming part of a global revolution in education.

About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx.  TEDx is a program of local, not-for-profit, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.  At TEDx events, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including TEDxPhoenix, are self-organized independent events operated under license from TED.

About TEDxPhoenix

x = independently organized event

TEDxPhoenix is a not-for-profit community organized and run event.  A team of volunteers plans and stage the event, and support is sought through donations from local Valley businesses and organizations.  The goal of TEDxPhoenix is to help spread ideas capable of changing the Valley as well as the world.

To learn more about TEDxPhoenix, see the TEDxPhoenix website where you can also sign up to receive email updates, or join the TEDxPhoenix community by following TEDxPhoenix on Twitter or the TEDxPhoenix Facebook page.

If you would like more information about TEDxPhoenix, please call Tomas Carrillo at (480) 329-5526 or by email.

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Help Save the Mahoney Building

The 1912 Mahoney Administration Building is one of the few remaining government buildings in the Valley that dates to the year of Arizona’s statehood. Identified by Phoenix Magazine as one of the city’s “hidden gems;” the building represents the first institutional commission for the architectural engineering firm of Lescher & Kibbery (later Lescher & Mahoney).

The building housed executive office and living quarters for the hospital superintendent’s family. It is the oldest remaining structure on the Arizona State Hospital campus and one of the earliest remaining examples of Mission Revival-style architecture in Phoenix.

Today, the Mahoney Building stands vacant and in a state of disrepair. The building’s exterior retains much of its historic character, despite some weather deterioration. Although nearly 100 years old, the building is structurally sound because it was constructed with the most advanced technology of the period. The Arizona Historical Advisory Commission (AHAC) has recognized the Mahoney Building’s historical significance by designating it as one of the Arizona Centennial’s state Legacy Projects.

A dedicated group of volunteers led by Susan Gerard, a former state health director and health leader at the Legislature, is working hard to restore this historical treasure. With Arizona’s Centennial fast approaching, plans to restore the building hinge on finding funds and community support.

For more information, please contact Arizona State Hospital CEO John Cooper at (602) 244-1331 or

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