2015: Creating New Futures
On Nov. 6 2015, Sno-Isle Libraries made history stepping out with its first TEDxSnoIsleLibraries event. Thousands of people connected with the library in a new way and began creating new futures together.
We embarked on the TEDx path based on our Strategic Focus. It was the perfect example of building literate, economically sound and connected communities and transcending library walls.
People from teens to seniors, and many walks of life, came together to explore new ideas. They joined us at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 10 community libraries and four additional public viewing sites to be part of the event. Tens of thousands more are watching the 23 TEDx talk videos posted on this site. All of these audiences will have experienced what a library is and what we offer our communities. Because, at its essence, TEDx is a library without walls providing ideas worth spreading.
Ann P. McMahon
Ann P. McMahon
Engineer and science educator
Ann McMahon was a satellite engineer for Boeing before focusing her career on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning from cradle to career and beyond—especially among underrepresented groups. She taught science in classrooms from preschool to university is former vice president of science and education at Pacific Science Center.
The empathy of engineering
Business coach and trainer
Anna's clients include companies and communities whose leaders want to excel. She is president of AR Leadership, about which she says, "my business is helping people create the business and life they love." Her own life includes serving on the City of Mukilteo's long-range planning committee and the Mukilteo School District Budget Committee. And managing her son's soccer team.
Mayor and aviator
Under Barbara's leadership, the Arlington Fly-in, which supports general aviation and advocacy, grew its annual event of its kind in the country. A year after earning her pilot's license, she flew her own plane coast-to-coast across. She is now Mayor of Arlington, having been first elected in 2011 after two decades of business and community building.
The view from 8,500 feet
Engineer and aerospace executive
Ben is a mechanical engineer and chief of staff at ElectroImpact, Inc. Ben has a broad range of experience in aerospace machine tool and fixture design, manufacturing, and project management. As he likes to say, he gets paid to have fun while building cool stuff. His diverse tasks range from structural analysis to representing his company and the aerospace industry before state and local governments.
Workplace trust and transparency
Chemical engineer, psychologist and leadership coach
Catherine weaves her business and leadership experience with insight to help people and organizations achieve their potential. Her expertise is in emotional resilience and social intelligence; group and organization dynamics; and transformational leadership. She teaches at the college, graduate, and professional development levels.
The resiliency of shame
Dorothy (Dottie) Metcalf-Lindenburger
Teacher, geologist, astronaut
Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger's passion for geology led to a teaching career before she joined NASA and flew as mission specialist on an International Space Station 15-day resupply mission. Her tasks included operating robotic arms, coordinating spacewalks and helping move six tons of hardware and equipment. She later commanded the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operation off the Florida coast before retiring from the Astronaut Corps and returning to the Northwest.
The Mars Generation
Strategist in innovation, technology and industry
Egils founded the Center for Accelerating Innovation, which focuses on innovation ecosystems, accelerating entrepreneurship, and strategizing for sustainable economic growth and job creation. He previously implemented a far-reaching patent and trademark law, directed a presidential commission on industrial competitiveness, and was charged with making Washington state the most innovative region in the world.
Taking responsibility for our future
Erin has extensive practice in investments, policy, regulatory design and incentives. She understands the drivers of energy supply and demand. She has worked in more than 30 countries on projects ranging from electrification master plans in Africa to policies that would attract investment in renewables in the Balkans. She is now manager, CES Products Measurement & Evaluation with Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
What matters most - birds or fish?
Filmmaker and educator
Evan sheds light on large issues of social justice through the telling of small, personal stories. She has taught filmmaking through the Digital Media Academy in San Francisco as well as at the Seattle Film Institute, and currently teaches at Seattle University. Her first feature film "Present Perfect," explores the experience of aging in modern America.
Mixing across generations
Nurse, professor and researcher
Although Fran's work is based in compassion and the desire to make things easier for people with chronic, life-threatening illness, she is known as a methodical scientist who thoroughly tests interventions that might be useful. The University of Washington professor of nursing has developed ways to measure how family members manage the impact of cancer on their everyday lives.
Caring for caregivers
Coffee roaster and sustainable business specialist
Jeff, in his second successful career, owns Camano Island Coffee Roasters, which has become known for its zeal in making the world a better place. In addition to running the company, Jeff lectures around the world on social business, sustainability, and the effect of ethics in business practices.
The future of social enterprise
Jennifer's lifetime of curiosity about beliefs, human behavior and the human spirit has roots in her childhood. That curiosity has underpinned her long career as a cultural and psychological anthropologist. A former professor in the University of Washington's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, she has answered the complex questions inherent in contemporary living and dying.
Live fully through death awareness
Musician, author and speaker
Through all of his career, Ken's paths have had a common theme: to Connect, Move & Inspire the Human Spirit. He is an author ("Yoga in a Business Suit"), professional speaker, and an expert on personal development and brand empowerment. He is dedicated to breaking down walls of apprehension and fear in individuals, replacing them with greater possibilities.
Summon your superpower
Athlete and professional coach
Kenn played basketball at the University of Washington and later played professionally in Europe. He understands what successful coaching can achieve both on and off the court. After a marketing career in Norway as well as the U.S., he established Fast Break Business Coaching. His take-home messages to clients: Leadership is about empowerment, not power, and their goal should be to engage others, not influence them.
The secrets of elite athletes
Online marketer and consultant
Matt started out in the world of message boards and web design. During five years as a Washington, D.C., consultant, he became knowledgeable about emergency communications and competition in the online video industry. He has worked in social media, search engine marketing, web design, and online advertising. His company, Super Charge Marketing, provides digital marketing support and services for Northwest businesses.
Setting technology limits
Digital strategist and educator
As West Coast managing director for Forum One, Nam-ho leads creative web strategy, online community and mobile solutions to help non-profit, government and issue-driven clients increase their impact. He has been active in Web technologies and crafting user experience for more than 16 years, both in the U.S. and Asia. He teaches at the University of Washington.
Creating space for the stories which define you
Therapist, author and community advocate
Sarri is author of "Transform Your Boundaries," which she based on insights gleaned from decades of experience as a marriage and family therapist. She is the founder of two organizations that support the needs of children and teens facing homelessness. In both, she created partnerships and unique programs to increase the chances of success for youth in overwhelming circumstances.
Good boundaries free you
Writer and monster slayer
Wikipedia provided Shaela with a key that has helped her unlock her life and future. This blogger, college student, and budding novelist recently wrote a story of a young boy with an anxiety disorder who had to find the courage to fight the monsters that only he saw around him. Shaela is passionate about expressing her thoughts through writing, public speaking and the need to raise awareness about the overcoming the things which can hold you prisoner.
Businessman and philanthropist
Sujan is chief executive officer of his family's fast-growing and community-minded Mukilteo business, Himalayan Dog Chew. The company provides 7,000 farmers in the Himalayas with extra income by purchasing their cheese to make healthy pet snacks.
What to do with your "aha!" moment
It was through music that Swil Kanim, a member of Washington's Lummi Tribe, healed childhood wounds and reconnected to his Native American roots. The classically trained violinist travels extensively, enchanting audiences with his original music and native storytelling. He is president of HonorWorks, a nonprofit with a mission to ignite the potential for honor among all people.
The presence of honor
Vietnamese refugees Binh and Kimberly Mach own R&B Enterprises, a Mukilteo machining company specializes in prototyping and manufactures parts for aerospace, medical, computer, marine, and electronic companies. It was named Boeing's Supplier of the Year in 2012 and 2014. Tammy, oldest of the couple's children, will speak on behalf of the family. She is a pre-med student at the University of Washington.
The prototype of the American dream
Multimedia company executive
Terry is chief executive officer of Wonder Media, a mission-driven company that produces multimedia content for any child at risk of falling behind before third grade. It is the latest in a long list of film, Web, software and animation companies that he founded and/or directed, all focused on family-friendly entertainment or educational materials.
Building social skills in children through animation
Hip-hop artist, music producer and philanthropist
Xola (ko-lah), has released six critically acclaimed CDs yielding four top 40 hits as Kid Sensation. Under his own name, he has released Songs for Change. He uses art to "tell stories of life, love, and good and bad times with substance, without the profanity, misogyny, and negativity prevalent in entertainment today." He has partnered with the social media platform and clothing company FINAO (Failure Is Not An Option).
A highlight of the 2015 IdeaLab was artist Andy Behrle's "Cosmos Aquatic," created by light reflecting off the surface of water and projected onto weather balloons hanging from the ceiling.
Each balloon was set into motion by a unique montage of video captured at a specific site in Washington that has cultural, historic, and social importance. These microcosms became planets orbiting overhead.
Besides being beautiful, Andy meant for the compositions to reframe local water issues as global issues.
Behrle received his MFA in sculpture from Arizona State University. He lives in Zillah, Wash. Learn more about the artist at andybehrle.com
Organizations that partner with TEDxSnoIsleLibraries help transform communities and the marketplace through ideas worth spreading. The participation of these TEDx 2015 partners enabled attendees to enjoy the event free of charge.
Their contributions also covered other expenses associated with staging our inaugural event. Please let these organizations know how much you appreciated their investment and support of TEDxSnoIsleLibraries.