More than ever, we are subject to change. Society is evolving at a record pace. As individuals we’re trying to keep up, and our greatest fear is losing influence over the forces that govern our lives. We want to know what we can do to nudge the trajectory of change, even just a little bit, toward the world we want to see.
Last Year's Speakers
TEDxSoMa 2017 highlighted stories from people who have taken control over some force in their lives to create positive change for themselves and others.
Furries, Fetishists, and Mermaids - Oh, My!
Have you heard of BronyCon, Anthrocon, or Merfest? In this entertaining talk, photographer and author Arthur Drooker takes you on his journey into the world of quirky conventions, capturing life transformations of individuals seeking connection and community and realizes that he, too, is changed.
The Need Illusion: Bringing Robots To Life
Where is the line between life and life-like tech? Christine Sunu, a designer of lifelike technology, shows off a menagerie of robots in this engaging discussion of empathy, technology, and the perception of life. The next stage of consumer robotics may be simpler, more terrifying, and alive than we can imagine.
There Are No Promised Lands
After a lifetime of feeling like she doesn’t belong – not in the impoverished city where she grew up, the Ivy League college she attended, nor in the concrete jungle of New York City where she lived after college – writer and storyteller Echo Brown moved to California with $100 in her bank account and big hopes. Echo imagines California will be an idyllic paradise where she will find racial harmony, like-minded people, and cute boys eager to date her. What actually happens in California is heartbreaking, unexpected, and surprisingly uplifting.
Embrace Change & Creation... The Artist as Embodied Canvas
We’ve been taught too well that the audience and the artist are oppositional. One produces, while the other consumes. But what if the creation and consumption - the revealing and the obliterating - are the same thing? Midori shares her unique art practice and a meditation on inspiring creation while inviting the audience to create upon her very body.
Don’t Silence Your Anger, Find Your Purpose With It
What if what makes you angry deep inside, has the power to actually guide you to your life purpose? Examining the unexpected depths of his frustration led Thibault Duchemin, born the only hearing person in his family, to realize that the communication barriers he’d seen growing up could be broken. Weaving empathy and technology, a fascinating quest of a lifetime to help 400 million people with hearing loss win the everyday battle to understand what people say around them.
Lose Hate, Not Weight
Fat shaming is one of the last bastions of unchecked bias in this country. As the weight-loss industry continues to grow, so too do rates of eating disorders, body dysmorphia and food anxiety. Is this what a healthy nation looks like? Virgie Tovar, fat activist and recovering dieter, advocates hate loss over weight loss. Rather than spending our lives waiting for our elusive “goal weight”, let's start living and loving ourselves fully right now.
AXIS Dance Company
Defense of Regret
A dance duet between a dancer who uses a wheelchair and a non-disabled dancer featuring Liv Schaffer and Dwayne Scheuneman.
I Am Not Dead
“Everything that was meant to be a tomb for me, I transform it and make it a womb for me.” In this captivating poem, Jermaine describes his journey from a dark place in his life to a place of joy and hope. After having thrown in the towel, he finds himself empowered by his faith to get back on his feet and fulfill his purpose.
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