A special free event
direct from the TED2020 MAINSTAGE.
Everything about TED this year has been different. The talks and performances at TED2020 were presented virtually. As a result, these intimate, direct-to-camera presentations feel deeply personal and compelling.
This year we have the opportunity to bring you a selection of these talks. TEDxSantaBarbara has curated 3 hours of the best of TED2020. The talks cover a wide range of topics including inspired musical interludes.
You can participate in two ways, via Zoom or the Livestream on Facebook. Experience three-hours of inspiration with an opportunity for live interaction between the talks.
Please join us on Saturday, August 15th, for this unique opportunity to experience TED.
Featured Speakers and Performers
Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of the United States
John Lewis - Bryan Stevenson
U.S. Representative, Social Justice Advocate
Actor, Writer, Director
Architect, Landscape Designer, Author
Musical Artist and Songwriter
Sheku & Isata Kanneth-Mason
Cellist and Pianist
Senior Director of BRAC
Designer, AI Specialist
Cofounder of SIRUM
Radio Host, Producer
Mark Sylvester, Executive Producer of TEDxSantaBarbara will be your host,
along with Tracy Wyle, Director of Production.
Conversations with Influencers
Live conversations every
Wednesday (mostly) at 4 pm Pacific
OUR ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY - NAVIGATING THROUGH COVID-19
The world is grappling with an issue of enormous scale and human impact, and our hearts go out to all who have been affected by the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).
At TEDxSantaBarbara, we believe it is our role and responsibility during this time to prioritize two things: the health and the well-being of our community while also playing a constructive role in supporting local health officials and government leaders as they work to contain the virus. Through that lens, we will continue to make decisions with vigilance and courage informed by the latest science-based information.
Our first step is to postpone the two upcoming events, the TEDxSalon Sea Level Rise on March 18 and the TEDxAdventure at the Carpinteria Salt Marsh on April 29. As of now, we are continuing to plan for our main event in the Fall, scheduled for Saturday, November 7.
We will continue to post updates here and through our newsletter.
There are many ways to participate in TEDx
This year we’re continuing to focus on ways to bring the TEDx community together. Our focus this year is going to be on celebrating Santa Barbara as the birthplace of world change. Our Salons, Adventures and Main Event in November will give us opportunities to share ideas and take collective action.
This year, as we begin producing a series of virtual talks, we are curating ideas that are influencing us, locally and globally. These short conversations are not news-focused. Instead, we are highlighting discussions of hope and optimism while showcasing actionable solutions.
The topics we are focused on have to with the Pandemic and Social Justice. We look at them individually and at times see how one has influenced the other. We look through the various lenses and hear from different voices as we explore the topics. One of our guests introduced us to the word, Syndemics, which is the collision of different epidemics. This syndemic and the chaos, complexity, and the intricate complications it has brought to all of our lives is what Making Waves is all about. All while finding the silver thread of hope from our guests.
We navigate through opinions to help us all understand these challenging times by focusing on positive disruption. We’ve heard that normal will never be normal again. This year we’re Making Waves.
Making Waves is Hosted by Mark Sylvester and Produced by Tracy Wyle
“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
Broadcast on Zoom and Live on our Facebook Page
Educationalist. Humanist. Philanthropist. Linguist.
Empowerment through Education.
Connecting children across the globe through stories.
KYRA GAUNT, Ph.D.
Ethnomusicologist, Assistant Professor, State University of New York, Albany
Agree to be offended, then stay connected. Unlocking opposition by making musical waves.
For over 20 years, Kyra D. Gaunt, Ph.D. has been a noteworthy leader in the field of ethnomusicology as a prize-winning author, a singer-songwriter, a professor, and a digital ethnomusicologist. Her book The Games Black Girls Play: Learning the Ropes from Double-Dutch to Hip-Hop (NYU Press), funded by NEH and the Ford Foundation, won the 2007 Alan Merriam Prize from The Society of Ethnomusicology. That book, and her subsequent publications, contributed to the emergence of hip-hop music studies, black girlhood studies, and hip-hop feminism.
In 2018, Dr. Gaunt was featured in "How the Jump Rope Got Its Rhythm" in TED's Small Thing, Big Idea series, reaching over 7M+ views published in over 25 languages. In 2020, she became a Senior TED Fellow and her article on "The Magic of Black Girls Play" was featured as an editors' pick in the New York Times. Her next project is a book titled PLAYED: Twerking at the Intersection of Music, YouTube, and Violence Against BlackGirls.
Dr. Gaunt holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan is currently on faculty at the University at Albany, SUNY. In addition to her day job, she is a federally-certified expert witness on social media and her original music is available on iTunes, CD Baby, YouTube, and Spotify.
Donna Weng Friedman
Concert Pianist, Educator and Storyteller
Pandemic Empowerment: Finding Resilience in Music and Stories
It's been a difficult time for all of us. Along with the horrors and uncertainty brought upon us by this pandemic, there has been an increase in assaults against Asians and Asian Americans. Pianist Donna Weng Friedman believes these horrendous behaviors stem from ignorance and fear. So, in collaboration with WQXR, she created Heritage and Harmony, a virtual concert that is both a recognition of the tremendous contributions to the musical canon by classical musicians of Asian descent and a reminder of the need to stand together against mindless intolerance.
For far too long in modern history, the musical composition was thought to be strictly the province of men. With soprano Allison Charney, she created HER/MUSIC; HER/STORY, a series devoted to correcting the historical record by shining a light on the music and lives of female composers through the ages. On 8/18/2020, HER/MUSIC; HER/STORY celebrated our 19th Amendment on the virtual series Season of Hope, now being featured at the National Women’s History Museum.
Healthcare Expert, and Clinician
COVID-19 and Race: Double Emergencies for Women of Color.
Connecting the Data Points
Actress, Founder, Dead Poets Foundation
Lives at Stake: Suicide and Mental Health During COVID.
If we save one life, we save the world.
Social entrepreneur, Founder, Prontopia
Humanizing Technology: Feminine Native Traditions and Startup Ideologies
In feminine Native traditions, stories are catalysts for collaboration and community action. The idea to create Prontopia as a community that puts people first, and empowers people to utilize technology rather than the other way around, was inspired by Shannon’s mom’s example of Native leadership. In Carolyn Kenny’s book Living Indigenous Leadership, many voices come together to speak of how the Medicine Wheel shows us the interconnectedness of all things, and the principle of seven generations ensures we honor our ancestors by reflecting on how our actions today will affect the next seven generations.
Prontopia is putting the people back in the equation because human services are tragically hard to come by in the digital age. We cannot dismiss the complexities and interdependencies of people, and the earth, as too difficult for technology solutions.
Featured Speakers from Past Conversations
Be sure you don’t miss these conversations coming later this year.
Cultivating a post-outrage consciousness
Finding a Vaccine for Violence
Making it worth it to plant the next harvest: Reinventing Community Supported Agriculture
The Role of Shelter During a Pandemic
Building Emotional Resilience in our Children
Looking Around the Corner: The Zoomers Role in the post-COVID success
New Year's Musical Celebration
Connecting Intentions to Outcomes: Reinventing Interpersonal Communications
Social Justice is on the front lines of Sustainable change.