TEDxSantaCruz 2015:
Radical Collaboration

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Welcome to TEDxSantaCruz

Santa Cruz is a place where ideas incubate, collide, and ignite. It is this pulsing of the ideas, creativity, and diversity of Santa Cruz County that forms the heart of TEDxSantaCruz. Join us our fourth all-day live event TEDxSantaCruz 2015 RADICAL COLLABORATION Friday, April 24, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz.


We’ve selected 23 speakers who will explore Radical Collaboration from nearly every angle, from civic engagement to climate change, from space exploration to self-exploration. We pleased to share with you the day’s schedule.

9:00 Welcome

9:30 Session I: GETTING THERE

Bruce Damer - Next:Space
Matt Beaudreau - It’s About To Get Uncomfortable: Education in America
Barbara Rogoff – It Starts At Home: Letting Children Collaborate
Ed Reed -  There’s Nothing Wrong With You Accompanied by Lucas Hahn
Bez Maxwell – Stranger Than Friction: Living on the Radical Edge


Mark Heinlein & Myles Forman - Beautiful Music
David Haussler –  The Human Genome:  Collaboration Is The New Competition
Dan Costa - Kismet: When Your Subject Becomes Your Collaborator
Bansi Shah - The Future of Medicine: We’re Better Together
Cecile Andrews - Can We Talk?


1:45 Session III: STORY TIME

Sarah Jane Murray – Write and Wrong
Flora Lu - Amazonian Imaginaries
Barry Sinervo – Coming Soon To A Neighborhood Near You: The 6th Mass Extinction
David Dennis – Don’t Quit Your Day Job
Elizabeth Murray - Garden Like a Lover
Ben Doerr - Musical Performance: St. Paul De Vence


Helen Mayer & Newton Harrison – A Counterforce on the Horizon
Tandy Beal – Heisenberg’s Principle: Dance Performance – Music by Jon Scoville
Christy Hutton – Playing To Our Strengths: Neurodiversity and Education:
Brenda Romero – The Female Tax
Ryan Amador & Friends – Musical Performance: The Spectrum 


Jim Tamm – Living In The Green Zone
Robert Singleton – CrowdSourcing Democracy
Bruce Damer – In the Beginning

4:30 Closing

Note: Speakers may not appear in the order that are listed in the schedule and additional speakers not listed may also appear at the event.

Post event get-together will be happening with a no-host bar across the street at the Crepe Place. Please join us for a celebratory drink and continue the discussion and radical collaboration.

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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 TEDxSantaCruz, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxSantaCruz event, TEDTalks 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.