TEDxManhattanBeach – 2011 Conference

We are very excited to announce the theme and the speakers for the 2011 TEDxManhattanBeach Conference. The conference will be held on the evening of Thursday February 10, 2011.

Theme – Vitality – Living Longer and Better.
Research into the places with the highest concentrations of people 100-years-old and older identified five locations worldwide. Dubbed “blue zones” these communities shared several traits that not only helped them live longer, but also better. The findings were shared in National Geographic Magazine and the New York Times best-selling book, The Blue Zones. The concept of using “blue zone” principles to improve a community’s health was born from this research. Our 2011 Conference explores how to create new Blue Zones.


Lisa Santora. Dr. Santora is the Chief Medical Officer of the Beach Cities Health District (BCHD). The BCHD was formed in 1955, it is the special-purpose government district responsible for the improving the health of the citizens of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Redondo Beach, California, USA.

Joel Spoonheim. Joel Spoonheim is director of the Healthways | Blue Zones Vitality City initiative. A leader in community transformation, he has worked for city governments, a food manufacturer, healthcare companies, and non-profits directing major initiatives that require engaging diverse stakeholders and complex problem solving.

Haley Rushing. Haley Rushing co-founded the Purpose Institute along with Roy Spence. The Purpose Institute is an organization dedicated exclusively to helping clients discover and articulate their purpose and values in the world. Haley and her husband, R.W., live in Austin, Texas, with their twin daughters.

Dan Burden. Dan Burden is an internationally recognized authority on bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs, livability, sustainability and Smart Growth. He brings together many disciplines and issues – street design, traffic calming, living streets, public safety, bicycling, and greenways – into a holistic vision for creating healthy, livable, sustainable and prosperous communities.

More Information
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Behind The TEDTalk

With 300 million views since we started posting video in 2006, TEDTalks have become a powerful cultural force. But it all starts with a single person on a stage …

At TED2010, we sent a video crew to follow two speakers as they prepared to give the talk of their lives. One, the artist Raghava KK, had never spoken at TED before. The other, Sir Ken Robinson, in 2006 gave one of the most emailed TEDTalks of all time; this was his first time speaking at TED since then. Follow both speakers on their journey to the TED stage in this charming 8-minute film:

Join Us for the January Social

Music, both as a performance and as a topic of discussion, has always been a part of the annual TED conference in Long Beach but we haven’t had music as a TEDxMB theme—until now! The January Social will feature Music, including some carefully curated TED videos. Our monthly events draw a brilliant crowd from the Southbay seeking connections, experiences, and exposure to new ideas. Join in with our community!

Just click on the button below for more information and to register.