TEDxMonterey 2013 Inspires and Moves Sold-Out Auditorium

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TEDxMonterey Group photoTwo hundred and sixty audience members, thirty-two volunteers, twenty-five interpreters, seventeen speakers, one troubadour and countless conversations are some of the ingredients that make the TEDxMonterey experience unique and inspiring.

This year the annual conference’s theme was “Leading Out,” and after a day of exploring identities, the future of technology, education and science as well as the choices we make on a daily basis, members of the sold-out audience and people watching the livestream online around the world had formed their own ideas about what the theme means to them. TEDxMonterey is a celebration of ideas worth spreading, and of the role of the Monterey Institute in our wider community.

8660799277_6b68ace9a6_nMIIS student Qianxi Xiao (MAT ’13) opened the day with an inspiring and funny talk about the importance of enjoying the journey as well as the destination relating the story of his walk from his Larkin Street apartment to Morro Bay during winter break. Other speakers included Ailis Dooner, a sophomore at Carmel High working on breakthrough cancer research; Nuket Kardam, a MIIS professor who learned about the fluidity of identities through researching her grandfather’s history in Turkey; San Francisco sea forager Kirk Lombard and his accordion-playing wife Camilla who celebrated herring and other small fish in song and word; Kevin Brookhouser, an English 8662057990_030d1a0258_nteacher at York School who has implemented Google’s 20 percent rule, allowing his students to pursue projects of their own choice one day a week; Maureen Fura (MPA ’09), a MIIS alumna and documentarian who spoke about her quest to improve treatment for women with mental issues related to pregnancy and childbirth; and Charley Ruegger (MBA ’14), a MIIS student who has designed “The Re-evaporator,” a device made from cheap materials to sustainably improve water infrastructure.

Visit tedxmonterey.org for more information about the event and to watch speaker videos.

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