Conversations with Influencers and Disruptors

Live conversations every other Wednesday at 4 pm Pacific

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Conversations with Influencers
and Disruptors

Live conversations every
Wednesday at 4 pm Pacific

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This show would not be possible without the support of the Santa Barbara community.
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Upcoming Salon Conversations

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Ekta Vyas – Reciprocate to Transform: The Power of Collective Organizational Consciousness

Apr 17, 2024 4:00 PM Pacific
In the wake of the pandemic, social justice movements, and the turmoil our world has faced in recent years, Dr. Vyas will explore the reactive nature of most business transformations and advocate for a proactive approach.
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The Brave and The Brilliant – TEDx Santa Barbara Live

Saturday, April 27, 11-2
We are entering an era of unique challenges and opportunities driven by the astonishing technological revolution. To thrive, we humans will have to raise our game. We must figure out the best forms of collaboration with AI and confidently reassert the values that truly, deeply matter.
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Jim Sterne – Changing Your Mind about Computing: Generative AI as a Creativity Power tool.

May 1, 2024 04:00 PM in Pacific Time
Discover the transformative power of Generative AI, heralding the most significant leap in technology since the introduction of the Internet. Join us for an enlightening session that promises to expand your horizons and redefine what’s possible in the digital age.
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Dominique Shelton Leipzig – In the Age of AI, Trust is Key: Practicing Responsible Data Stewardship

May 15, 2024 04:00 PM in Pacific Time
Humans control AI, not the other way around. By following the frameworks outlined in global legislation, we can take advantage of the opportunities while minimizing the risks.
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Brian Reisinger – Disappearing Farms, Disappearing Food: How to Save America’s Food Supply

Aug 21, 2024 04:00 PM in Pacific Time
Over four decades ago, America made an unconscious choice: We let our technological innovation leave many of our family farms behind. Today the disappearance of the American farmer endangers our food supply, but there’s a better way.
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Hana Loggins
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People Are Talking

“It was an honor to contribute, once again, to the profoundly vital discussions the TEDxSantaBarbara team hosts, initiates and propagates with unparalleled integrity and consistency."
Dr. Harry Grammer, Making Waves speaker
"Really nicely done to be using your platform to spotlight something like this. Very proud of you guys."
Evan Asher, TEDxSantaBarbara performer
“Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your Conversations. Each of these presentations helps to make connections across disciplines, as a result, we’re all inspired to learn more.”
Dr. Yonette Thomas, Making Waves speaker
“This series has been terrific! I have caught a few of them and the conversations have been insightful. Keep up the great work.”
Julie Sorenson, Attendee
“Thanks so much for hosting such an important presentation by Dr. Wizdom Powell.”
Cheri C. Wilson, Education and Training Manager, Johns Hopkins Medicine
This program is one of the best I have ever seen in my life. This was amazing and there are not enough words to say Thank You and your Team."
Attendee, BJ King

What is the TEDx Santa Barbara Salon?

Our TEDx Salon is different than a live, in-person event where speakers give 12-18 minute talks in front of an audience. Instead, our Salon is an online conversation with our host, Mark Sylvester, and our guest, who is an expert in their field and joins us for a short talk, followed by questions from the online audience.

The topics we explore are focused on the Pandemic, Sustainability, Creativity, Technology, and Social Justice. We look at them individually and, at times, see how one has influenced the other. We look through various lenses and hear different voices as we explore these categories. 

We navigate through opinions to help us reflect on our existing attitudes, increase our knowledge, and, when appropriate, take action. The exploration of ideas can provoke and impact our opinions of topics we bring to be discussed. Sometimes we make waves as well.

We want to thank the Community Environmental Council and the UCSB Bren School of Environmental Science & Management for their help in curating our Sustainability track.

The Salon series, Making Waves, is hosted by TEDxSantaBarbara's Executive Producer Mark Sylvester and Produced by Tracy Wyle.

SPEAKERS: This is an invitation-only event. Please do not send us unsolicited requests to speak. Thank you.