Shared Love of the Ocean Brings Hundreds to TEDxMonterey 2012

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The third TEDxMonterey conference, titled “Sea Change,” was held on April 13 in the Irvine Auditorium and broadcast live to more than a thousand people around the world, including viewing parties of up to 100 people at Middlebury College, Stanford University, the Scripps Research Institute, Marina High School and the non-profit organization RARE in Virginia. The event was sold out and included guests travelling from far and near, and all embraced the opportunity to engage in a stimulating conversation about our complex relationship with the Ocean. The program was divided into three sections based on the themes of Mind, Matter and Market. A total of 22 presenters took to the stage in this all-day experience.

Starting with the “Mind,” presenters ranged from Lynne Cox, a natural storyteller and the only person to swim for a mile in the Antarctic wearing only a swimsuit and cap, to Wallace J. Nichols, sea turtle expert and founder of Blue Mind, who talked about movements taking on qualities of the sea star, regenerating lost limbs.

After a sustainable lunch and an opportunity to connect with other participants, it was time for “Matter.” The audience was treated to an excerpt from Spector Dance’s “Ocean” and a presentation from Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute scientist Kyra Schlining, who talked about her adventures in merging science with art.

Among other presenters were Senior TED Fellow Colleen Flanigan, who spoke about restoring coral reefs and creating living sculptures, and Melissa Garren, who introduced the ocean microbes, the Earth’s greatest unsung heroes.

The last session titled “Market” featured Monterey professor and director of the new Center for the Blue Economy Jason Scorse, who explained why it is important to place a price-tag on the priceless – for if we don not, the default value of the environment in policy is zero.

Speakers included Gary Cline, an inspiring young fisherman from Bristol Bay, Alaska who shared his deep cultural connection with his environment and the threats facing the healthy salmon fisheries of his home.  MIIS alumnus Alan Lovewell (MAIEP ’10), co-founder of Local Catch Monterey Bay, shared stories of the fishermen he has known and 16 year-old Selin Jessa closed the day with her wise-beyond-her-years observation about our attitudes toward nature and inspired us by representing the future in such a positive way.

TEDxMonterey was produced by the Monterey Institute with support from the Center for Ocean Solutions and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  The organizing team was led by Eva Gudbergsdottir, manager of public and community relations who was also lead curator, Bob Cole, director of the Digital Media Commons who was responsible for all things tech, creative advisor Colleen Flanigan and MIIS student Colleen Beye (MPA ’12).

Visit to learn more about the event and to watch videos of the presentations.

See also: “Middlebury Professor Dan Brayton Reminds TEDxMonterey Audience that People are Sea Monsters



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