16 Oct 2010

TEDxSMU in one hour!

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Got in from Houston and passed out immediately. Will be at the Wyly in no time.

06 Oct 2010

Idea Week is almost here!

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Clear your calendars….

October 11-17 is the first-ever Dallas Idea Week. It’s going to be busy! Release after the jump.

Inaugural “Idea Week” Launches as Lead-In to and Extension of TEDxSMU With 22 Free-to-the-Public Events

Events Showcase Some of Dallas’ Most Exciting Ideas Worth Sharing

(DALLAS) – October 5, 2010 – Creators of the widely acclaimed TEDxSMU announce the launch of Idea Week, a week of 31 events from Oct. 11 – Oct. 17 aimed at widening access to the TED experience and philosophy of bringing people together to share ideas worth spreading. The week features multiple daily events – many of which are free to the public – designed to spotlight some of the most exciting conversations occurring throughout Dallas.

“There is a growing hunger for new ideas, new ways of thinking and doing: the overwhelming appeal TEDxSMU developed in one year proves that,” said TEDxSMU producer and Idea Week co-founder Sharon Lyle. “But, there’s just too much creativity out there, and too much opportunity to limit people to a single event that happens once a year. Idea Week begins to fill that need, giving Dallas a platform for showing off more of the smart conversations already occurring in Dallas.”

The events are presented in a variety of formats, ranging from moderated discussions in restaurants to 20-second presentations, “speed ideating,” public performance art and more. Some early participants include groups like Big Thought, Carrotmob, Cyclesomatic/Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, Dallas Social Venture Partners, D Magazine, Pecha Kucha Dallas, Spark Club, and SMU Skunkworks Innovation Gym.

Public Event Schedule

Monday, October 11

Midnight – 11:59 am – Premiere of Net Impact DFW + DFW Green TV “Idea Casts” webcast series. Launches with “Dallas Goes Green – Really!” – a look at Dallas’ multi-pronged approach to setting and implementing national standards for cities going green. View online at NetImpactDFW.org, DFWGreenTV.com or dallasideas.org.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm  - TEDxTuesday on Monday. Watch Wade Davis’ TEDTalk, “Endangered Cultures.” Moderated discussion follows by Nathan Huntoon, Director of the Skunkworks Innovation Gym. Bring-your-own brown-bag lunch. SMU Skunkworks Innovation Gym, 3145 Dyer St. Free to public; space limited; RSVP required.

6:30 – 8 pmSpark Club Speed Networking. See the power of speed ideating, where ideas become better when a group collaborates. City Walk, 511 N. Akard St. Free to public, donations encouraged to cover beer and food provided by Smoke. Space limited; RSVP required.

Tuesday, October 12

6:40 – 7:30 am – AmeriCorps Hands-On Volunteer Day. Prepare and serve meals at Stewpot with Dallas AmeriCorps alumni volunteers. The Stewpot, 1818 Corsicana Street. Open to public; RSVP required.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm – TEDxTuesday on Tuesday. Watch Gregory Stock’s TEDTalk, To Upgrade is Human. Moderated discussion follows by Nathan Huntoon, Director of the Skunkworks Innovation Gym. Bring-your-own brown-bag lunch. SMU Skunkworks Innovation Gym, 3145 Dyer St. Free to public; space limited; RSVP required.

6 – 9 pm – Co-Habitat + TEDxSMU Mobile Technology Salon In a TED-like atmosphere, Dallas thought leaders exchange ideas on the future of mobile technology; across all platforms, applications, and disciplines. CoHabitat, 2517 Thomas Street. Free to public; space limited; RSVP required.

Wednesday, October 13

11:30 am – 12:30 pm – TEDxTuesday on Wednesday. Watch Matt Ridley’s TEDTalk on When Ideas have Sex. Moderated discussion follows by Nathan Huntoon, Director of the Skunkworks Innovation Gym. Bring-your-own brown-bag lunch. SMU Skunkworks Innovation Gym, 3145 Dyer St. Free to public; space limited; RSVP required.

5 pm – midnight - Carrotmob Texas Launch. When consumers act together and reward socially conscious businesses with their patronage, good things happen. La Grange won in a bidding war over Bolsa by offering 81% of every tab at this event to go directly to improving La Grange’s energy efficiency. La Grange, 2704 Elm St. Open to public, NO RSVP required. Attendees pay for their own food/drinks.

6 – 9 pm – Pecha Kucha Vol. 4. An international phenomenon in over 340 cities world-wide, the Dallas event is a grab bag of eclectic and diverse presenters sharing their best ideas via 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide. Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora. $7.50 in advance. Space limited; RSVP required.

Thursday, October 14

11:30 am – 12:30 pm – TEDxTuesday on Thursday Watch Majora Carter’s TEDTalk on a Tale of Urban Renewal. Moderated discussion follows by Nathan Huntoon, Director of the Skunkworks Innovation Gym. Bring-your-own brown-bag-lunch. SMU Skunkworks Innovation Gym, 3145 Dyer St. Free to public; space limited; RSVP required.

7 – 9 pm – Death of a Penalty: The Decline and Fall of Capital Punishment Austin Sarat, Professor of Political Science and head of the Legal Studies program at Amherst College, presents a lecture on the state of capital punishment. Speakers include Sam Millsap, a former Bexar County District Attorney who abandoned his support for the death penalty over fears of wrongful convictions, and Jordan Steiker, the co-director of the University of Texas Law School’s Capital Punishment Center. SMU Hughes-Trigg Forum, 3140 Dyer St., Free to public; space limited; RSVP required.

7:30 – 8:30 p.m. – State of the Arts: Kevin Moriarty and Anne Pasternak Presented by the Dallas Museum of Art in partnership with KERA. KERA host and senior producer Jeff Whittington explores the creative process and the nature of performance, leading thought-provoking conversations about the arts and cultural landscape of the Metroplex. Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art. Open to Public; Fee included in general admission ticket to the Museum and FREE to DMA members. Space limited; reservations recommended.

Friday, October 15

Depart 8 am; Arrive at City Hall at 8:30 am – Cyclesomatic Presents “Bike to City Hall” Bike Friendly Oak Cliff continues Cyclesomatic with trip to City Hall. City Council members Angela Hunt and Belia Jasso will ride and present the Dallas Bike Plan draft, which spotlights the future citywide Complete Streets initiatives. Union Station, 400 S. Houston. Free to public; No RSVP required.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm – TEDxTuesday on Friday Watch Martin Rees’ TEDTalks asking Is This Our Final Century. Moderated discussion follows by Nathan Huntoon, Director of the Skunkworks Innovation Gym. Bring-your-own brown-bag lunch. SMU Skunkworks Innovation Gym, 3145 Dyer St. Free to public; space limited; RSVP required.

5:30 pm – 6:15 pm – AmeriCorps Hands-On Volunteer Day Prepare and serve meals at Stewpot with Dallas AmeriCorps alumni volunteers. The Stewpot, 1818 Corsicana Street. Open to public; RSVP required.

Saturday, October 16

6:30 am  - TEDxSMU Run with Ray Former TED speaker (and current TEDxSMU Speaker) and extreme athlete and runner Ray Zahab starts the morning leading a run with Dallas Running Club. 1130 Beachview near White Rock Lake. Free to public; No RSVP required.

6 – 10 pm – Cyclesomatic Presents “Bicycle Block Party on Bishop” Bike Friendly Oak Cliff continues Cyclesomatic with beer, BBQ, bands, Gold Sprints, and more. Bishop and Davis Streets. Free to public; No RSVP required.

7 – 7:30 pm – Woodbox Beats and Balladry (WEATHER PERMITTING) TEDxSMU, in conjunction with AT&T Performing Arts Center’s TITAS and the SMU Meadows School of the Arts, presents a dazzling performance by Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) and Elan Vytal (a.k.a. DJ Scientific) in the Winspear Opera House’s reflecting pool. Booker T. Washington High School and SMU dancers will perform alongside. AT&T PAC’s reflecting pool, 2403 Flora St. Free to public; No RSVP needed.

8 pm (with live music beginning at 7 pm) – AT&T Performing Arts Center and Dallas Film Society host an outdoor screening of “Casablanca” See the next evolution of Dallas Arts District in a screening of “Casablanca,” the 1942 silver screen classic starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, in the AT&T PAC’s newly opened outdoor amphitheater, Strauss Square. Families invited to bring their own blankets. Food and beverages are available at concession stands on the premises. Presented in partnership with WRR and D Magazine’s Front Row. Strauss Square, 2403 Flora Street, between the Winspear Opera House and Meyerson Symphony Center. Free to public; space limited; reservations required.

Sunday, October 17

10 am – 1 pm – Cyclesomatic Presents Photopol’s  Bicycle Polaride  Scavenger Hunt Teams of four compete in a “shoot and ride” city-wide scavenger hunt on bikes where proof of found items is documented on camera. 408 N. Bishop Ave, Suite 103. Free to public; RSVP required.

2:30 pm – Cyclesomatic Presents Bike Friendly Oak Cliff Group Bike Ride: On the Trail of Lee Harvey Oswald

(WEATHER PERMITTING) The ride starts at Sixth Floor Museum in Downtown Dallas, passes the infamous residences of JFK’s alleged assassin and stops at pivotal spots from that fateful day in 1963. The ride passes through the Bishop Arts District and stops for drinks at Eno’s. Sixth Floor Museum, 411 Elm St. Free to public, No RSVP required.

7  – 10 pm – Cyclesomatic Wrap-Up Party at Eno’s Bike Friendly Oak Cliff winds down Cyclesomatic with beer, BBQ, bands, Gold Sprints, and more. Eno’s, 407 N. Bishop Ave. Free to public; No RSVP required.

To RSVP for any event and get additional event information, visit dallasideas.org/ideas. Fans and followers can get new ideas, inspiration and information at twitter.com/ideaweek, facebook.com/ideaweek, flikr.com/ideaweek, youtube.com/ideaweek.


10/12 – 6 – 7 pm – Fashion 2.0 Dallas Launch. Online media is drastically changing the fashion industry and the way consumers interact with fashion brands. Meet the people that lead the fashion revolution online – fashion bloggers, new media publishers, entrepreneurs, industry insiders, fashion PR reps, and web savvy trendsetters. Kenichi, 2400 Victory Park Lane. NOT A PUBLIC EVENT – Fashion industry professionals only with an online presence. RSVP required.

10/14 – 6 – 8 pm – Digital Dallas Launch Digital and creative professionals share what’s new and amazing being worked on now. La Grange, 2704 Elm Street. NOT A PUBLIC EVENT – Free to technology/creative professionals. RSVP required.

10/15 – 12:30 – 5 pm – TEDxKIDS @ SMU Second annual TEDx event for students. Watch the explosion of what happens when you put TED speakers in the room with 410 middle and high school students. Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora. SOLD OUT. Live streaming from 1-5 pm at http://www.TEDxSMU.org.

10/16, 9 am – 6 pm – TEDxSMU Bringing together ideas and interesting people from around the world and around the corner exploring issues around human survival and how we move beyond merely surviving to creating vibrant, healthy communities Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora. SOLD OUT. Live streaming 10 am – 6 pm at http://www.TEDxSMU.org.

About Idea Week

Idea Week is a grassroots effort by the producers of TEDxSMU and several of Dallas’ leading social enterprises and individuals to showcase some of the most new and exciting conversations occurring in Dallas. Designed to extend the TED experience and philosophy of spreading ideas worth sharing, Idea Week features more than 25 events – most of which are free and open to the public or streamed live online – as a lead-in to TEDxSMU. Idea Week’s inaugural year is 2010. An event of this magnitude being conceived and launched within three months on a $1,000.00 budget exemplifies its own mission to reflect a new-order way of thinking and doing. Ideas, inspiration and information at dallasideas.org, twitter.com/ideaweek, facebook.com/ideaweek, flikr.com/ideaweek, youtube.com/ideaweek.

01 Oct 2010

Want to chat?

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One of the questions we get the most frequently is “what are we doing to engage the community after the conference?” It’s what I call the “so now what” question. It’s a very valid point. TEDxSMU only happens once a year on the scale of the October conference, and while the smaller events during the year are great for deep dives on singular topics, they leave a lot of room for ongoing discussion about the things that we discuss at the conference.

One of the immediate holes we identified was our web presence. This site (which, thanks to Chuck Barlow and Noah Jeppeson, just got a much-needed face lift) is still basically a brochure. You might be able to comment on a talk or a post, but there’s precious little by way of really engaging our online community, from conference-goers to community members to friends in other cities. So, when the folks at the relatively new YouPlusMedia asked if they could develop a channel page on YouPlusDallas.com, we jumped at the chance.

That channel page launched today with videos featuring talks from last year’s TEDxSMU conference, brand new videos from local thought leaders, and sub-channels that focus on some of the major topics we touch on at the TEDxSMU conference. But, most importantly, anyone can add to the conversation! Whether through commenting, posting a video opinion, or simply rating the different talks and content, we can really carry the conversation on long past the actual end of the conference.

So, check it out. I hope you like it. I surely do, and am so thankful to the team at YouPlusDallas for doing such a beautiful site for us!

23 Sep 2010

Photos from the Rapid Arts Salon

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We just got the photos back from the Rapid Arts Salon (from September 17) and they are so fun! Check them out on Flickr.

23 Sep 2010

Idea Week

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What’s in an Idea?

A lot, if you ask us.

Dallas is flush with interesting ideas right now, and Idea Week is a way to highlight the array of projects, programs and initiatives related to spreading and sharing good ideas taking place all across the city. It’s “ideas a la carte.” Come to one; come to several. There’s something here for everyone.

Oh, and if you’re involved in a program that you think fits the bill for Idea Week, let us know! We’re growing in an organic, open-sourced partnership kind of way.

You can check out the array of events coming up at Idea Week at www.DallasIdeas.org.

The Collaborators

AmeriCorps  |  Big Thought  |  Bike Friendly Oak Cliff  |  CarrotMob  |  CoHabitat  |  Cyclesomatic
Dallas Social Venture Partners  |  Digital Dallas  |  Dynamo Labs  |  Entrepreneurs Foundation of North Texas
Executives in Action  |  Fashion 2.0 Dallas  |  Green Drinks  |  Idea Fund  |  Neiman Marcus  |  Net Impact
Pecha Kucha Dallas |  SMU Lyle School of Engineering  |  Spark Club  |  Spark Farm  |  SWOON [the studio]  |  TEDxSMU

23 Sep 2010


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This week, we were lucky to host a simulcast of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s TEDxChange. The New York-based conference coincided with the gathering of the UN to review the Millennium Development Goals. The eight MDGs were established in 2000 as a way to move towards eliminating global poverty, and are:

At the TEDxSMU / World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth simulcast, we had about 120 Dallasites at SMU to watch the simulcast and hear a response from Dallas native Bob Freling, the Executive Director of the Solar Electric Light Fund. As soon as we can, we’ll post Bob’s compelling talk on why electricity is key to achieving the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.

In the meantime, the stream from TEDxChange is up on The Gates Foundation’s website, and I encourage everyone interested in global issues to watch the four talks from the day. Hans Rosling does the numbers like no one else, Melinda Gates talks about how Coca-Cola could be a great model for global aid, Mechai Viravaidya shares why wide-spread condom distribution has been so successful at curbing the spread of AIDS in Thailand, and Graca Machel makes the argument for why women and children are key to change. Watch here.

15 Sep 2010


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Great story from Pegasus News about the Rapid Arts Salon on Sept. 14.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tech-infused sculpture exhibit at One Arts Plaza challenges traditional beliefs about art

by Sarah Blaskovich

The pieces were sketched or molded with clay — but they officially sprang to life on a computer screen.

DALLAS — Resting inside One Arts Plaza‘s lobby is a new sculpture exhibit that utilizes all sorts of colors and textures. It’s art that you want to touch. And yet, some of the artists who created these 12 masterpieces never used their hands to create them.

Sculpture by Shawn Smith; inspired by a French horn; dimensions are 24” x 11” x 11”

Sculpture by Shawn Smith; inspired by a French horn; dimensions are 24” x 11” x 11”

The exhibit is called the SculptCAD RAPID ARTISTS Project, a clunky name that means that a dozen Dallas-based artists teamed up with a manufacturing firm to create 3D art on a computer.

“How can you create art without touching it physically?” said Nancy Hairston, founder of SculptCAD, at the Tuesday night gallery event. “We thought it would be great to gather some artists to see what they could do with this technology.”

The innovative concept behind this project made it a good fit for TEDxSMU, a local ideas-sharing conference that’s in its second year. The exhibit is co-produced by TEDxSMU and SculptCAD. SculptCAD’s primary function is to make toys, medical products, and other synthetic materials in their Dallas office.

Making 3D-printed art

Many of the art in this exhibit was created by scanning an object, like a French horn, which was the inspiration behind the Shawn Smith piece pictured above. Then, designers mold, design, and fine-tune the object with computer software. The designs are printed, strand by strand, in bronze, resin, or rubber on a 3D printer. Lasers burn the edges as each strand is printed, until it slowly creates a very real 3D sculpture. (See the video below for a great explanation.)

Sculpture by  Heather Gorham; resin and finished in graphite; dimensions are 15” x 17” x 9”

Sculpture by Heather Gorham; resin and finished in graphite; dimensions are 15” x 17” x 9”

The art is, then, “motherless.” It’s made of synthetic material, and some of the artists never brought human touch to shape the final product. For artist Heather Gorham, she questioned if she could feel connected to her artwork. “When you touch a traditional piece of sculpture … you feel its character come out, you know its strengths and weaknesses. With [this software], would it be mine? Could I connect with it?”

Gorham likened the new technology to being a first-time parent: She wasn’t sure she would recognize the final product or feel anything special toward it. But when her sculpture arrived and she took it out of the box, “I recognized it,” she said. “I did learn to love this. … This technology is just another tool for your toolbox.”

Sculpture by Brad Ford Smith; dimensions are 10” X 13” X 9”

Sculpture by Brad Ford Smith; dimensions are 10” X 13” X 9”

For abstract artist Brad Ford Smith, taking his piece of artwork out of the box wasn’t enough. It looked exactly like it was supposed to – after all, a computer created it – but he felt the need to bake the artwork and cover it in lacquer and black velvet, among other artistic steps. “I needed to handle the sculpture before knowing it was mine,” he said.

The exhibit is definitely worth your time. We got to peek over the shoulders of people toying with the software on computers set up during the opening exhibit, and the concept is fascinating, if a little confusing. The exhibit at One Arts Plaza will be open through October 16, the day of the TEDxSMU conference.

We’d like to know: Do you think art created in this manner is still as special as art made by hand?

15 Sep 2010

TEDxSMU Rapid Arts Salon

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On Sept. 14, TEDxSMU partnered with the 12 artists from the SculptCAD Rapid Arts program for the opening of the art exhibit by the same name. The idea came from SculptCAD founder and artist Nancy Hairston, whose work in Rapid Prototyping (the industry term for 3-D printing) prompted her to think about ways to engage artists in this new technology. Nine months in the making, this art exhibit is the result of her idea.

Together, we curated TEDxTalks by artists Nancy Hairston, Heather Gorham, Brad Ford Smith and Shawn Smith. The 150 guests at One Arts Plaza (where the exhibit will be on display through October 16) had the chance to visit with the artists about their work, peruse the artists’ look books to get a sense of their other work, and demo the CAD software system the artists used to create the pieces for this exhibit.

On the day of the exhibit opening, the New York Times ran an article (linked here) talking about the advances of 3-D printing in manufacturing (quoting TEDxSMU supporter and founder of Plano-based Alibre, Paul Grayson).

We’ll post pictures from the event as soon as we have them, but in the meantime, don’t miss the opportunity to see the pieces for yourself at One Arts Plaza.

09 Sep 2010


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TEDxSMU, the fast-paced circus of ideas, is returning to Dallas on October 16 for its second annual conference. The 2010 theme is Starting Now: a look at issues around human survival, and how we move beyond merely surviving to creating vibrant, healthy communities.

Click here to learn more.

09 Sep 2010


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TEDxKIDS @SMU, the first-ever TEDx event for students, is returning on October 15 at the Wyly Theatre. 350 middle school students and 60 high school juniors and seniors will participate in this free conference, and in exchange, will complete four hours of community service.

Click here to learn more.