2014 Videos

TEDxSaltLakeCity took place on September 20, 2014, at The Leonardo, with the theme, "Bridgewalkers."

Can laws be changed by making our voices heard? | Moudi Sbeity and Derek Kitchen | TEDxSaltLakeCity

07.10.2014
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. A bigger conversation is a better conversation. There is room for every voice to be heard at this proverbial kitchen table. Listen to local small business owners Moudi Sbeity and Derek Kitchen share their stories of listening, new perspectives, and empathy on their journey to marriage equality. Derek Kitchen grew up in South Jordan, UT. He earned his degree in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Utah. Derek has always been passionate about local politics and development, and loves being involved the growing Salt Lake City community. Derek is one of the six plaintiffs leading the case for marriage equality in Utah, Kitchen v. Herbert. Moudi Sbeity moved to Salt Lake City in July of 2006, as an evacuee from the Lebanese/ Israeli war. He earned his undergraduate degree in Economics and Philosophy from Utah State University, and worked on a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Utah. Moudi and Derek both own and operate a local business in SLC, Laziz, serving grocery stores and farmer’s markets state wide. Moudi is one of the six plaintiffs leading the case for marriage equality in Utah. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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Finding immortality in a drink of water | Dut Bior | TEDxSaltLakeCity

22.10.2014
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Dut, one of the Sudanese lost boys who fled hundreds of miles on foot for their lives, will captivate you with his stories of 5-10 year old boy heroes and how he has created an international, innovative, sustainable system to give back and provide greater opportunities to those still living in the refugee camp. Dut Bior is originally from the Republic of South Sudan. He is the founder of Student Orphan Aid Program also known as SOAP International, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering orphans students living in extreme poverty. He is one of the 20,000 boys who were displaced during the Sudanese Civil War in the late 1980s, now known as the Lost Boys of Sudan. His childhood was in a Kenyan refugee camp called Kakuma Refugee Camp and now his United States education has led him to create SOAP International to spread his dedication to education and open doors for students still in the refugee camps of Africa. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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How do we design a future built from discarded materials? | Jason Utgaard | TEDxSaltLakeCity

22.10.2014
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. How about a world made from cigarette butts, dirty diapers, and worn out jeans and tires? It's far more pristine than you may think; you could maybe even call it cool. The hip, socially and environmentally conscious Jason Utgaard shares with us many not so common methods to actively support the recycled and upcycled materials market, conceptualizing ourselves no longer as "consumers" but rather "temporary users." Discerning that lost-function does not mean no-function, Jason Utgaard is an ecopreneur focused on designing tomorrow’s world using only recycled materials. Jason holds degrees in Leadership & Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of St. Thomas and Schulze School of Entrepreneurship. Having grown up working for the family’s nationwide retail business, the exposure provided in-depth experience with supply chain management, product lifecycles, market strategy, merchandising, inventory control, price-point metrics – you name it. The various roles as well provided an all-encompassing perspective of our culture of consumption and the impacts of one-way supply chains. Now incredibly passionate about green tech, sustainability, renewables and incubator-phase concepts, Jason is Founder of The Spotted Door and actively involved with The Climate Reality Project and other environmental causes in the broader community. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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Mommy millionaires and other stories of crowdsourcing success | Richard Swart | TEDxSaltLakeCity

22.10.2014
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In this informative talk, Dr. Swart shares illuminating stories from his international work in the field of crowdsourcing that will make you rethink the way businesses run their product development and marketing. You'll be surprised to hear what he has to say about the future...and the present. Richard Swart runs a research program at UC Berkeley studying the intersection of innovation and social funding mechanisms. He is one of the world’s top experts in crowdfunding dynamics. He works with the US Government, the World Bank, and the European Union where he advises on the use of crowdfunding and crowdsourcing to spur innovation. Frequently playing at the intersection of startups and research, Richard undertook a research project years ago studying networking. He used this knowledge to build one of the nation’s largest communities for entrepreneurs and small businesses – one of the fastest growing meetups ever formed. Dr. Swart consults with many companies to mentor their executives on how to leverage the power of networking and build innovation capacity. He is avidly interested in the intersection of science and the social graph – and how changing social dynamics allow us to collectively solve complex problems. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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Has mass media turned us into label mongers? | Bassam Salem | TEDxSaltLakeCity

22.10.2014
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. How do you envision someone from the Middle East? Bassam would like to show you how the media you're exposed to is affecting your perception of, well, everything. And maybe not in a beneficial way. Hear Bassam share his idea on how we can change the way we interact with our media and each other in a way that allows for far more "truth" to be present. Bassam was born in Egypt, lived in France and England as a child, and immigrated to the US at age 13 as a foreign student. He attended the University of Utah where he completed three degrees in Computer Science as well as an MBA. He started his professional career at a young age, programming professionally at 15, completing his first Master’s degree at 21, and awarded his first patent at 28. Bassam is currently Chief Business Officer at publicly-traded software company inContact where he leads the company’s customer and enterprise operations. During his 4-year tenure with the company, its market capitalization has grown from under $100 million to nearly $600 million. Prior to inContact, Bassam was with many leading-edge technology companies such as Omniture (acquired by Adobe), Siebel Systems (acquired by Oracle), IBM, and Phillips Electronics. Bassam is passionate about helping and mentoring others and sits on a number of civic, non- profit, and start-up technology boards. He feels grateful to be able to call Park City, Utah his adopted hometown but enjoys international travel. Bassam writes frequently on both his personal blog and industry journals covering a broad range of topics from self-improvement to personal finance to business management. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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Can talking to strangers boost your creativity? | David Sturt | TEDxSaltLakeCity

22.10.2014
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. "Don't talk to strangers." Often heard as words of wisdom for children, but is this behavior actually limiting our creativity and success? David's research on professional excellence shows us what we're missing out on as well as debunking the myths around what keeps us from talking to strangers. David Sturt is the Executive Vice President of the O.C. Tanner Institute and a New York Times bestselling author of Great Work: How to Make a Difference People Love. He has been interviewed and quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CBS Radio, Huffington Post, and numerous other media organizations. He is a weekly contributor on forbes.com and is a highly sought after speaker. He has spoken to thousands of people at conferences and companies across the US, Canada and the UK including the AMA, SHRM, Gulf States Symposium, Qualcomm, etc. Prior to O.C. Tanner, David was the head of technology and product development at Learning.com, where he created internationally award-winning education software that is used by millions of students around the world. David has a bachelors degree in Training and Development and an MBA, and has two decades of experience in research, innovation, technology and leadership. He was born in England, raised in South Africa, educated in the US and Asia/Pacific, and is driven by making a difference in the world. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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How can I bring dignity to the homeless? | Joel Hunt | TEDxSaltLakeCity

22.10.2014
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In this moving talk, Joel will have you thinking differently about homeless people, with a greater emphasis on 'people' and less on 'homeless.' He shares his stories of taking medicine out of the clinic and into the streets of downtown Salt Lake City, above all offering dignity as the very best medicine for resilience and hope. Joel’s life story is made of diverse experiences. He has worked as a cowboy on ranches, assisted a Veterinarian in Ethiopia, served in the US Army for 6 years, and finally found his home as a physician assistant working at a clinic for homeless persons as the medical outreach director. He is passionate about restoring hope and dignity to those who have been deprived of these in life. He has a heart for underserved people groups and likes to create innovative ways to reach them and take reality based care directly to them. Being able to journey alongside others is a very humbling endeavor and he is extremely fortunate to be allowed to walk this path with some very incredible people, many of whom are unsung heroes. He has much to learn from them. Chief of all is the wonderful love of his family and walking through their journey together is his greatest joy in life. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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Can we create a new reality with an awareness of our two minds? | Lee Smith | TEDxSaltLakeCity

22.10.2014
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Your attitudes affect your behavior. Your behaviors affect your health. So if you change your attitudes, can you change your health outcomes? In this informative talk, Dr. Smith shares the research showing that we can choose which parts of our brain to feed and how this can drastically affect our quality of health and life. Lee Smith, MD, is Director of Stress Medicine at The Center for MindBody Health in Salt Lake City. He is an internist with subspecialty in behavioral medicine, which interfaces mental and physical health. He has chaired national curriculum committees in this area. He established the Stress Medicine Clinic at the University of Utah, where he was Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine. He previously was Medical Director of the Behavioral and Stress Medicine Task Force at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, where he was also Vice-Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine. He was a cofounder of The Institute for Spirituality & Healing in Medicine. Dr. Smith’s research interests have centered on defining the types of medical disorders associated with anxiety and depression, on chronic pain problems, and on the effects on health outcomes of effectively treating the stress issues. He co-authored a widely used textbook entitled Mind-Body Health: The Effects of Attitudes, Emotions and Relationships, currently in its fifth edition as well as authored many other scholarly articles and books. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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Life lessons from the Vicktory dogs | Julie Castle | TEDxSaltLakeCity

22.10.2014
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Julie and her husband have worked tirelessly on their goal of eliminating animals being killed in shelters in the state of Utah. Listen to her share her story of some of the animals they've saved along this tumultuous yet rewarding journey. Julie Castle is Chief Marketing and Development Officer for Best Friends Animal Society and one of the biggest champions of the animal welfare movement in the country. Julie graduated from Southern Utah University magna cum laude and interned for the U.S. Senate. On her way to law school in the mid-90’s, an unplanned visit to Best Friends Animal Society caused Julie to abandon law school as she was drawn to the Best Friends value of all living things. She became “Employee Number 17” and never looked back. Among Julie’s many accomplishments was as executive director of a Best Friends-led coalition of rescue groups, animal control agencies and veterinarians that launched as No More Homeless Pets Utah. The coalition was formed to help take the state No Kill by 2019 and is now called No Kill Utah. Julie helped design and implement programs that serve as models nationwide. In 2010, while undergoing treatment for cancer, Julie was also instrumental in No Kill Los Angeles (NKLA.) Julie lives with her husband, Gregory Castle, CEO of Best Friends and their dogs and cats in Utah, where they run marathons and hike in Southern Utah's red rock wilderness. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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Cute? There's nothing cute about youth activism! | Devun Hansen and Shandel Payne | TEDxSaltLakeCity

22.10.2014
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Suicide, bullying, confusing gender and sexuality norms, these are just a few of the major issues youth are faced with in today's hyperactive society. Devun and Shandel, along with a team of other "rad" youth, have started doing something about it. And you'd better listen up, they're likely more fearless than all the adults you know. Devun Hansen and Shandel Payne are 15 year old, Salt Lake City youth activists, who are determined to give their Utah peers the voice they deserve.Together they want to change the way youth are perceived in the community by breaking down the barrier between kids and adults and becoming involved in developing solutions to societal issues that affect them and future generations. They are working to achieve this is by reaching out to local community leaders, legislatures, organizations, and members of the community and by assisting with programs, support groups, legislation, and other resources that will bring awareness to these topics. Shandel, a passionate singer and photographer, focuses on issues relating to positive self-image, women's rights, and ending homelessness. Devun’s focal points are bullying prevention, self-harm awareness, and LGBT rights, and in his free time he enjoys skateboarding and hip hop dancing. Together with other RAD Youth Teens, they are finding unique ways to bring their community together, while still having fun. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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What if you could see your doctor without going to the doctor? | Justin Kahn | TEDxSaltLakeCity

22.10.2014
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Technology is transforming every facet of our lives, but Justin would argue that healthcare is a little behind the times in this regard. In his talk, he offers viewers stories of healthcare being offered across oceans through new technological means and how it's changing lives. An entrepreneur at heart, Justin has a knack for recognizing a need, creating innovative solutions and rallying a team of people who share a similar vision around the cause. He has been the driving force of TruClinic since it was merely a concept, and has successfully guided the company from development, to pilot, to rollout and scale. His goal for the company is pretty simple: make telemedicine available to everyone. Justin is passionate about social entrepreneurship and the belief that a company can provide for the social good while still having an economically successful business. He views TruClinic as an opportunity to impact the world in a positive way by making healthcare more accessible, and that is what gets him out of bed in the morning. He has been recognized for his work with TruClinic by Utah Business Magazine’s 40 Under 40 list in 2011 and was also nominated as a HIMSS H.I.T. Game Changer for the Innovators, Up and Coming category in 2014. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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Can eating insects solve global issues in an ever-changing world? | Pat Crowley | TEDxSaltLakeCity

24.10.2014
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Have you ever thought about the connection between our water supply, climate change, and the foods you eat regularly? In this talk, as funny as it is fascinating, Pat Crowley shares some surprising insight and fresh perspective on the unique and rare opportunity humans have at hand to change the course of history by simply changing our diet. Pat Crowley is one random guy. His career path has taken him from surf guide, to whitewater rafting guide, to hydrologist, to now insect-eating entrepreneur, all driven for his passion to ensure a more sustainable water future. After a year of hitchhiking through Mexico and Central America, Pat Crowley returned to the US and received a M.S. in Watershed Hydrology, intending to use his education towards solving global water dilemmas he witnessed in his travels. His concern for our water future here at home increased as he observed the disproportionate rate of water consumption vs. availability. His early career path focused on agricultural water conservation, the largest global consumer of freshwater resources. After having worked for public water-planning agencies, Pat decided to address the issue from the consumer level, when he co-founded Chapul in 2012. His mission now is to introduce insects into Western cuisine as more water-resource efficient form of food. The intent is to create a consumer demand that will drive changes at the agricultural level towards a more sustainable food system. When he’s not in the Chapul kitchen, he can be found playing in the nearest river, lake, or ocean. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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