WHAT IF? in Manhattan Beach

Event Held November 5, 2016  •  Mira Costa High School

It’s about possibility. It’s about courage. It’s about chance. It’s about one simple question that advances, creates, ignites. Meet 14 people who will surprise, delight, educate, and open our eyes to what is possible when we ask, “What if?…”


2016 Talks

Wendy Troxel

Sleepy Teens – A Public Health Epidemic

Sleep deprivation – What most parents, teachers, and school administrators think of as just part of being a teenager, Rand Corporation sleep scientist Wendy Troxel labels loss of teen sleep a public health epidemic. Not a function of being social or participating in social media, Wendy believes sleep loss is mostly due to school start times – a matter of public policy.

Watch Wendy’s talk on TED.com!

Kevin Kelly

The Future of Breast Cancer Detection Is Already Here

Calling all women with dense breasts or implants: Your small, curable cancers are often missed by mammography. Following Dr. Papanicolaou’s 30-year struggle to gain acceptance of the Pap smear for detection of cervical cancer, Dr. Kelly is working to do the same for an automated ultrasound technology that finds cancers when they are very small and very curable.

Eduardo Briceño

When Performing Gets in the Way of Improving

Working hard but not improving? Looking for more innovative solutions and ideas? You are not alone. Eduardo explains how in life we move between the performing zone and the learning zone, and unless we find a way to successfully spend time in both zones, we compromise improvement and innovation.

Amy Alkon

The Surprising Self-Interest in Being Kind to Strangers

Most people would agree that being kind is the right thing to do, but few would evangelize that being kind to strangers is actually good for you. In her poignant and humorous talk, Amy shares life experiences and scientific research to make the world a kinder place and transform us from a society of strangers to a community of co-humans.

Lucas Deines

Look Inside My Brain

Faced with a very dire health issue, Lucas found himself on the edge of the medical technology frontier. In his emotional and poignant talk, Lucas shares how Virtual Reality, viewed by many as a source of entertainment, saved his life.

Malissia Clinton

Why I Stayed After My House Was Firebombed

On a typical night in February 2015, the Clinton family home was firebombed in Manhattan Beach, CA. In her poignant and emotional talk, Malissia shares the heartbreak of what followed, and how a community came together to restore hope for the future.

Ken Dolin

The Tao of Portraits

Ken Dolin is a portrait photographer who sees parallels between portraiture and life. Believing “you are enough”, Ken urges us all to take off our masks when we are being photographed and in real life.

Ramaa Mosley

The Power of a Hashtag

In 2014 when 276 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by the Boko Haram, Ramaa felt called to help, by activating a US social media campaign to promote “Bring Back Our Grils.” In her dramatically moving talk, Ramma shares her personal story of courage and backlash as the untamable and unpredictable fury of a hash tag swept her life in an unwanted direction.

Per Håkansson

Finding Humanity in The Cloud

What started out as a challenge to live in The Cloud, became a bigger search to answer some of life’s biggest questions. What is a home? What are relationships? What is work? Join Per as he shares his unconventional journey from technology to humanity.

Anita Sanchez

Humanity’s Hope: Connecting People, Earth, and Spirit

Using the learning from her Native American heritage, Anita’s storytelling beseeches us to adopt a new view of our planet and to do away with the illusion that we are somehow separate from the earth. She challenges us to seek out and honor the inter-connectedness between people earth and spirit.

William Santana Li

What If a Robot Could Save Your Life?

This isn’t a movie. Robots, or Autonomous Data Machines (ADM), as William affectionately refers to them, are available today acting as around the clock security guards. Believing everyone has the right to live in a safe environment, William Santana Li believes the effectiveness and scalability of ADM’s will revolutionize the security industry, reducing crime, and reducing crime’s $1 trillion dollar negative impact on the U.S. economy.

Belisa Vranich

How to Breathe

Breathing – so essential to life, and yet most of us are doing it wrong! Dr. Belisa Vranich, psychologist and breathing expert, shares some surprising information about breathing and teaches us all how to do it right.

Kyle Hill

Why We Will Spend Less Time in Hospitals Than Our Parents

In this talk about the future of home health care, Kyle Hill shares technological advances that will allow people to age in the comfort of their own home.

Gene Yang

Why Comics Belong in the Classroom

In this humorous talk, former teacher and graphic novelist Gene Yang shares some unexpected insights and urges educators to bring comic books into the classroom.

Ed Garnero

An Amazing Look into the Center of the Earth

It’s time to replace that static view of the earth you learned about in school. Ed takes us on a journey to the center of the earth and reveals a newly discovered, beautiful and dynamic view of the inside of our amazing earth.

The Mira Costa Sax Pack

Mira Costa Chamber Orchestra

Grades of Green Youth Corps

What is TEDx?

TEDxManhattanBeach is more than just an annual event. It is part of an international phenomenon. Thousands of people from around the world have attended their locally organized TEDx event. From big-city universities in the US to out-of-the-way villages in Africa, people have come together to hear “ideas worth sharing”. This is your chance to join that world-wide movement. Join us at our event.

Why You Should Attend

Feed Your Mind

Hear what innovative thinkers are doing!

Discuss Big Ideas

Imagine being able to discuss what you just learned with your friends and neighbors…

Meet the Best & Brightest in Manhattan Beach

Mingle with hundreds of the smartest folks in the South Bay!

Thank You to Our Sponsors

“TEDxMB brings together leaders who are creating our future in exciting ways. The talks are accessible and applicable to everyone. You’ll enter with anticipation, and leave with enlightenment.”

Portia Cohen,
Former Mayor,
Manhattan Beach