This show would not be possible without the
support of the Santa Barbara community.
Reggie Smith III, Ph.D.
The Transformational Power of Distance Learning. What you need to know to be successful.
Finding a Vaccine for Violence. Beyond the Virus.
Cleaning Up After COVID. Understanding the impact of the workplace on the workforce.
Be sure you don’t miss these conversations coming later this year.
* indicates new guest added to the show.
* Cooper Bates 11/25
Black When I Was A Boy
* Dr. Reggie Smith III 12/2
A World Where Distance Learning is the New Normal
Jan Campbell 12/9
Finding a Vaccine for Violence
* OP Almarez 12/16
Cleaning up after COVID
Virtual Concert and Conversations
John Irving and the Renaissance Dancers
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
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This year, as we continue producing a series of weekly virtual talks, we focus on 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 explore are focused on the Pandemic 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 from different voices as we explore these inquiries. One of our guests introduced us to the word Syndemics, which is the collision of different epidemics. This syndemic and the chaos, complexity, and 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
Making Waves Conversations
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Cooper Bates – Redefining the relationship between Performance, Art, and the Audience in a Sequestered Society.
Cooper Bates produced a one-man show and since sheltering-in-place has had to figure out how to be an actor in a virtual world. We’ll talk about the role of the audience in art and the...
Dr. Galea thinks about health in a very different way than the discussion we’re used to surrounding healthcare. He is thinking much bigger. In fact, he’s concerned about our collective health and the factors that...
Cognixion’s goal is to unlock speech for hundreds of millions of people worldwide affected by communication disabilities. We’ll talk with Founder and CEO Andreas Forsland and Tim Jin, a Cognixion Brainiac Council Member, exploring the...
Dr. Keith has a unique point of view of our culture. He believes that our collective worldview is fraying at the edges, and the process of change we are all experiencing is existentially scary and...
Scott believes if we’re going to hand this country off to our children better than we found it, we will have to overcome the distrust and disengagement in this country by bridging beyond our groups....
John Greathouse has been studying entrepreneurship since graduating with an MBA from Wharton. He suggests that new challenges will arrive from today’s solutions and are unanticipated, creating entrepreneurs’ opportunities.
As one of our leading pediatricians, Dr. Gordon suggests there are too many unknowns about COVID to guide long-term decision-making. Recent news from the American Pediatric Society suggests that children and teenagers are not immune,...
In collaboration with WQXR, Donna Weng Friedman 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...
In 1903, W.E.B. Du Bois asked the question, “How does it feel to be a problem?” Day-to-day many of us witness and tolerate marginalization. In this critical juncture in our history, Dr. Gaunt shares lessons...
Lisa Biggs’ day job has her helping educators around the globe understand how maps tell stories about culture, history, and current events. Her passion project is taking storytelling skills and using them to help children.
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...
More people have suffered at the hands of depression and attempts of suicide in the state of California alone than even coronavirus.
Women of color face unique health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. This disproportionate impact on women of color should not be dealt with by women and their families alone.
Human trafficking occurs when a person is forced into service against their will—usually forced work or prostitution. Often one person controls another by exploiting a vulnerability. Than’s organization, UNSEEN, is working through collaboration across a...
Formed in response to the destabilizing impacts of racism and anti-blackness, we aspire to build resilient communities for the African diaspora and other marginalized people along the Central Coast.
A sustainability scientist draws a parallel between environmental problems and the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the importance of rapid testing, tracing, and isolation.
As the head of the ASPCA, Matt has a deep understanding of the effect of poverty on our nation’s animals. Couple that insight with the Pandemic and you’ll look forward to hearing about what he...
Dr. Powell will discuss how the combined impact of COVID-19 and racism is brewing a lethal force of mental health syndemics — or the social patterning of co-occurring disease conditions. COVID-19 has all the ingredients...
Health encompasses mental, social, economic, and educational success and stability – all of which are eroded by structural racism. If US institutions want to combat racism like the public health issue it is, they need...
Leaping forward into deferred dreams How to design and ignite your 3.0 life Seth Streeter was on the TEDxSantaBarbara stage in 2016, talking about a new way to think about how we manage our money...
Rethinking Public Safety Peace isn’t the absence of crime, it’s the absence of pain. Garrett addressed many issues related to public safety in this 30-minute conversation. We began with misconceptions the general public has about...
Rethinking how we come back online. Sigrid has a challenging role as the CEO of the Community Environmental Council. She’s thinking about emissions issues, protecting our food system, including how our ecosystem will recover after...
Noah benShea is one of North America’s most respected and beloved poet philosophers. He is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated, Best Selling author of 25 books. He is a scholar and theologian who has spoken to numerous...