TRAIL BLAZERS

2018 Talks

Performance: The In Between

Cooper Roth

Cooper Roth leaves the audience on their feet as he performs a self-authored spoken word poem. Cooper gives the audience a dramatic and raw peek into the vulnerable, emotional, traumatic, and even hopeful years in between childhood and adulthood.

Why humans need to see the first stars ever formed

Amy Lo

Why should we care about how life began? A leader working on the James Webb Space Telescope, Amy Lo gives us plenty of reason to care. Our journey to see the first stars ever formed is the result of what distinguishes us as humans – our innate curiosity and a need to know who we are, how we began, and how we will end.

Why you should start even if you have no idea how to finish

Jeff Greenspan

In this humorous and provocative talk, Jeff Greenspan shares his experiences creating art projects in New York City, starting each project before he had figured out how to finish it. His ideas about how serendipity and luck help him achieve his goals are inspiring, igniting, and hopeful, giving us all a reason to reconsider a sidelined idea, even if we don’t have all the details figured out.

Digital humans exist

Andy Wood

Digital humans are already amongst us, says Andy Wood. Leading an effort to reach new frontiers of computer vision, Andy discusses what life might be like if we have digital doubles and introduces us to Siren, an incredibly life-like synthetic human, who shows us just how blurry the lines are becoming between humans and computers.

Blockchain: What it is and how it will reduce barriers for all

Heidi Pease

Providing an important primer to the mysterious topic of blockchain, Heidi Pease shares that our data will be managed and secured through a decentralized network of computers and code. This revolutionary system promises many benefits ranging from authenticating the origin of products to reducing barriers and providing equal access to financial systems.

Including the public in public art

Otis Kriegel

For Otis Kriegel, art is about public participation. In his inspiring, creative, and passionate talk, he helps us understand the powerful potential of participatory public art, sharing three projects created by the collective he co-founded, Illegal Art. Through laughter and poignancy, Otis illustrates the power of interactive art and how it encourages us all to be more reflective and open, creating opportunities to connect with each other.

How improv taught me to be present in my life

Stephanie Sala

In her poignant, wise, and insightful talk, high school senior Stephanie Sala shares her experience learning to be an improv performer. While improv makes audiences laugh, good improv takes a lot of practice. In addition to becoming better at her craft, Stephanie shares some unexpected and welcome surprises that improv has taught her about being present in life and relationships. that has taught her about being present in life and relationships.

How images from space help us protect the earth

Melanie Stricklan

A vetrepreneur (a veteran entrepreneur), Melanie Stricklan uses her expertise to take on a big data challenge – managing and analyzing the millions of images taken of Earth every day. From disaster relief to military defense to natural resource monitoring, images from space can make us safer, more secure, and protect the one planet we call home.

Why we should control the speed of life

Kathryn Bouskill

Kathryn (Casey) Bouskill asks, “Is a faster world better? Safer?” An anthropologist who studies technology and health, Kathryn acknowledges that the faster life seems to get, the less our brains– and society– are able to keep up. She shares that culture and rituals can help us cope and set the right pace for our health and wellbeing.

Learn the perfect hormonal time to sleep, eat, and have sex

Michael Breus

We all have a chronotype – a rhythmic pattern in our body that determines the best time to sleep, eat, exercise, have sex, and so much more, says sleep expert, Dr. Michael Breus. In his informative and humorous talk, Michael describes the 4 primary chronotypes, and the positive impact that living according to our chronotype can have on our daily lives.

How to study to maximize performance

Elizabeth Bjork & Robert Bjork

This talk is not just for students, says Robert Bjork. Today, learning is a requisite skill for both students and adults given the reality of a quickly changing, ever-evolving world. In their informative, research-based talk, Elizabeth and Robert Bjork offer invaluable study skills for everyone who wants to maximize performance when it really counts.

How paralyzed people are learning to walk

Susan Harkema

Until now, it was believed that paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury was irreversible. In her provocative talk, Susan Harkema shares breakthrough research showing amazing functionality of the spinal cord, giving people with paralysis new reason for hope.

Audience sing-a-long: “Dream More”

Maggie Wheeler
Emile Hassan-Dyer

As the founders of the Golden Bridge Choir, a non-audition, intergenerational community choir, Maggie Wheeler and Emile Hassan Dyer challenge the audience to sing a song composed for TEDxManhattanBeach, “Dream More,” in 4-part harmony. They believe everyone can sing, so pick a part and join in!

From stress to resilience

Raphael Rose

Facing stress in our lives is an integral component of being more resilient, says Raphael Rose. In his research for NASA, Raphael finds that accepting and even welcoming stress helps us become more resilient, leading to a more meaningful, joyful, and socially connected life.

How Connected-EVs are transforming car ownership

Rahul Sonnad

While there hasn’t been a significant change to the automobile industry in 100 years, there is about to be a major revolution, says Rahul Sonnad. In his informative talk, Rahul shares how existing technology will be used to create a new automobile ownership paradigm, blurring the lines between ownership, rental, and lease, and a decentralized network of car manufacturers, and supporting industries that will put more control and power into the hands of consumers.

What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxManhattanBeach, where x = independently organized TED event.  TED Talks video and live speakers will 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 ours, are self-organized. Please join us at our event.

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