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Apply to Attend TEDxPHXDC in downtown Phoenix

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View from the PURL balcony. Photograph by HH Studio

TEDxPHXDC may look like just a lot of capital letters, but rest assured—it’s a locally based TED, or speaking series event, hosted by the Phoenix design community.

This year’s theme, Urban Catalysts, will bring several local design minds to talk urban design and ideas in Phoenix’s urban environment on January 26 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Urban Research Lab (or PURL).

Decryption complete. Now you just have to get a ticket.

Local designer and TEDxPHXDC coordinator Mark Dudlik says this year’s speakers were chosen because they’re “trying to help Phoenix be as great as it can be.”

Speakers include Cindi Farmer, a designer for the provost at ASU, Peter Wolf, an ASU lecturer and “recovering engineer,” and Michael Levine, an engineer and artist [ed. and DVC’s own Jim McPherson!], to name a few. Dudlik says full speaker biographies will be available online by the end of the week.

You can apply to attend TEDxPHXDC on its website through January 20. Event coordinators will then send out notifications and attendance is $10.

MADPHX “Vision Quests” podcast examines turning plans into action

The folks at MADPHX — Jose Gonzalez, Derek Neighbors, Nina Miller, Mark Dudlik, and Bully Bjorn — return this week and the discussion turns to how to develop plans of action and suggestions for driving implementation.  One of the examples they bring up is the January 16 Downtown Voices Coalition “visioning session.”  MADPHX is a podcast of representatives of the “creative class” in metro Phoenix talking about what they are doing to help make a dent in the communities they live and work in.

Metro Phoenix “creative class” hopes to make a dent via MADPHX

MADPHX is a periodic podcast about the issues being faced, and the progress being made, by the maturing creative class in the Greater Phoenix metropolitan area. The show is hosted by passionate local residents Derek Neighbors, Bully Bjorn, Nina Miller, Jose Gonzalez, and Mark Dudlik.  They discuss personal projects, general community issues, entrepreneurship, volunteerism, social networking; and how each of these are helping make a dent in the old machine in order to create a new and more vibrant one.  Their first podcast aired January 4.