TEDxPiscataquaRiver Blog

Gail Knowles
2018 TEDxPortsmouth Speakers

by Clark Knowles

TEDxPortsmouth is proud to announce our speaker lineup for September 7th's event at the Music Hall in Portsmouth. These fifteen individuals span a wide variety of industries and areas of expertise, and each of them has a distinct vision of how to approach our theme: That was Then.

  • Merrill Black​ is a seacoast writer ​whose essays have appeared in publications including ​The New York Ti​mes and the local anthology ​Becoming Portsm​outh. She is currently working on a memoir about mental illness.
  • Emily Calhoun​ is a naturalist, owl expert and programming instructor with Seacoast Science Center.
  • Kate Doyle​ is a visual artist whose recent collaboration with NASA brings attention to the devastation of climate change on our planet.
  • John Gargasz​ is a serial entrepreneur who consistently asks the question “Why not?” He currently serves as managing director of Nanocomp Technologies Inc., a NH-based advanced materials company.
  • Jon Giegengack is​ founder of Hub Entertainment Research where he works with the likes of Netflix, AMC, AT&T, Hulu, Sony Pictures to understand how our ubiquitous connectivity changes the way we find and consume entertainment.
  • Ed Goyette​ is the owner of BeanTowne Coffee House and founder of “Yours for the Asking,” a program that put action behind curiosity.
  • Angela Hanscom ​is a pediatric occupational therapist and founder of TimberNook—an award-winning developmental and nature-based program that has gained international popularity.
  • Bill Kubicek ​is the founder of Next Step, a nonprofit organization that provides community and life skills for teens and young adults living with HIV, cancer and rare genetic disorders.
  • Cyrus McCandless​ is a neurobiologist who studies brain activity with a focus on motivation, goal-directed behavior and decision-making.
  • Jessica C. McWade​ is the president of McWade Group, specializing in leadership, team and strategy development. She has led major divisions for three Fortune 200 firms, served as a U.S. Navy Commander and president of the World Affairs Council of Boston​.
  • Chuck Ott​ has been a classroom teacher, guidance counselor, school psychologist and superintendent. Through it all his focus has been on dropout prevention and high school reform.
  • Sharyn Potter ​is a professor of sociology at UNH and co-founder and executive director of research at the Prevention Innovations Research Center, which seeks to end sexual and relationship violence and stalking.
  • Stasia Savasuk ​is a body-positivity advocate who teaches about Inside-Out Congruency--who we are on the outside can--and should--be a reflect who are are on the inside, a concept that has changed the lives of thousands of girls and women.
  • Keith Tharp​ is co-founder of Sustainable Seacoast, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing the Seacoast’s environmental impact by eliminating single-use plastics from the restaurant industry.
  • Craig W. Welch ​is the executive director for the Portsmouth Housing Authority where he oversees 600 affordable housing units.
Gail Knowles
2018 TEDx Portsmouth Poster

by Clark Knowles

2018 is a big year for the TEDxPortsmouth organizers and community. We've got a new name, a new venue, and nearly three times more tickets available to our audience. Our event theme "That Was Then" offers almost limitless possibilities for interpretation.

Designer Deb McNeilly wrestled with how to visualize the theme. What does it mean when a person ponders "That was Then?" What is "then?" And won't each participant see their own personal "that?" The theme is difficult to summarize in a single sentence, and the design challenge it posed did not offer an immediate, perfect image. The final design is evocative: a swirling mixture of color and depth, layers and lines, words and image. But the smooth, meditative pattern is the result of weeks of creative work, revision, and collaboration.

Deb McNeilly is a Portsmouth based designer with deep roots in the education and non-profit worlds. She was tasked, as a part of the TEDxPortsmouth design team (which also includes Brian Murphy, Catherine Stewart, CJ Lewis, and Johnny Peiffer), with bringing this year's theme to visual life. Her first creative hurdle was the "Then" in the theme. Her concept of "then" was her immediate past. She imagined the 1980's or 90's. But in a team meeting, Catherine Stewart suggested that any concept based in a particular "then" might not resonate with a larger, diverse crowd. What if your "then" was the 1960's or 50's or maybe your "then" was more recent—2015, perhaps. This small shift in thinking was a turning point for the design. An inclusive design would represent more than a single past or history or place or experience.

For McNeilly, this design was dependent upon collaboration. She says the finished product would not have come together without the collective and imaginative input of the whole design team. Early on in the process, the group gathered together and brainstormed words that might help focus their effort.

2018 Logo Word Cloud

As the words began to pile up, a series of new conceptual possibilities unfolded within McNeilly's creative space. She found a new sense of playfulness and curiosity in her drafts, a mixture of familiar and unfamiliar palettes, textures, and shapes. But there was still the challenge of how one might take all of this creative energy and input, all of those words clouded together, and return with an image reflecting a "that" and "then" for everyone.

The final product, McNeilly says, was the "weirdest" of her designs and was only one of many images she created. She was leery about its inclusion to the TEDxPortsmouth team, because it felt so unexpected, a design reliant upon the curious nature of the process. For all of it's rippling, layered intensity, the design was almost a "no-go.”

But then at the presentation meeting, no one could stop talking about it. Somehow, it seemed to contain…everything. McNeilly unveiled what she thought to be the craziest of her images, and no one could look away. The colors are vivid, everywhere and nowhere at once. The mass itself might seem at one moment a face, a flower, a cloud, a continent, or if one is prone to abstract thinking: time, the cosmos, or experiential, layered history itself. The typography, which came from an earlier design, a form of creative self-collaboration, sits at once above and intermingled with the image so that one might not know precisely where things begin or where they end. The image becomes a vortex, a radiant cluster through which a viewer might conjure unique ideas of what used to be and what might become.

Perhaps, ultimately, it is this concrete-yet-ethereal quality that links the design most definitively to this year's theme. Deb McNeilly's design suggests that we are inexorably connected by our shared global identities and histories. And we must examine them both with new eyes before embracing our unwritten, shared futures.

Gail Knowles
by Clark Knowles

Your local TEDx community is bursting with change. We've got a new name (TEDxPortsmouth), a new logo and new 2018 theme design, and on Friday, September 7th, 2018, an exciting group of new speakers will take the stage at our new location: the historic Music Hall theater in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 
To celebrate all of this newness, we've decided to look back. 
 
This year's theme is: "That Was Then." We're going to take stock of the way things were, look at how things are, and then start a conversation about how things will be. Our speakers will help us extract the good and discard the unwanted items in our collective past; we can explore our community's successes and failures; we can learn from our history and rise above its repetition. 

We'll look at how we've historically treated our environment, raised our children, and interacted with those different from us to see if we're stuck in out-dated behaviors and concepts and practices. We'll hear innovative ideas that might solve our community's most significant challenges, revolutionize our businesses, make our towns more inviting, and maybe even save the planet.

What town other than Portsmouth, and what venue other than The Music Hall, could be better suited to support and frame such an exploration? Nestled on Chestnut Street on a plot of land that was once an almshouse and a town jail, the Music Hall is a one hundred and forty-year-old theater that has become a vital institution in our old port town. 



Chestnut Street circa 1900
Chestnut Street circa 1900

In this image (courtesy of the Patch Collection, Strawbery Banke Museum), Congress Street and Chestnut Street are muddy and unpaved. American Stables offers a convenient hitching post for your equine companion. The Music Hall, without the massive stagehouse that Frank Jones added after purchasing the building is tucked behind the Kearsarge House, a humble yet lively community gathering space. Its location is the same, but much like the town it serves, the theater has studied its historical tradition so that it might always be a valuable and diverse space. 

When audiences arrive for the TEDxPortsmouth 2018 event, they will walk many of the same streets and pass many of the same buildings as they did in 1878 or 1918, but they will pass under The Chestnut Street Arch, part of a streetscape initiative, a gift from the Music Hall to the town of Portsmouth. The arch honors our town's architectural, economic, and social heritage. And they will gather to hear the TEDxPortsmouth speakers in a gorgeously renovated, state of the art performance space. 

There, along with the echoes of hundreds of thousands of Music Hall attendees, they will look back and dream forward. 
 
The Chesnut Street Arch
Chestnut Street Arch
Gail Knowles

We are still accepting Performer nominations. Click here to nominate (or self-nominate) a performer or group.

Debbie Kane
Namory Keita with Seacoast West African Dance and Drum at TEDxPiscataquaRiver 2017  Photo by Kate and Keith Photography

Namory Keita with Seacoast West African Dance and Drum at TEDxPiscataquaRiver 2017 Photo by Kate and Keith Photography

TEDxPiscataquaRiver 2018 Moves to Portsmouth’s Music Hall

by Debbie Kane

Exciting news, TEDxPiscataquaRiver fans!

The 6th annual TEDxPiscataquaRiver, scheduled for Friday, September 7, 2018, is moving to Portsmouth’s historic Music Hall!

This triples seating capacity for our traditionally sold-out audience. 3S Artspace, site of four past TEDxPiscataquaRiver events, will remain venue host for brainstorm sessions, speaker and performer auditions and other related TEDx activities. We decided a venue change was necessary after past years’ events sold out in under two hours. The Music Hall seats more than 800 people; 3S Artspace seats 200.

In order to better meet our mission of sharing great ideas with the community--and enable more people to attend the event--we, together with the Music Hall and 3S Artspace, reached a new solution: the Music Hall, a long-time event partner, will host the TEDxPiscataquaRiver program; 3S Artspace will remain an event partner, hosting pre- and post-events, including speaker and performer auditions, meetings, and new surprises. We’re capping this year’s ticket sales at 650; prior events were capped at 200, so this essentially gives us 3 times more seating capacity.

People unable to attend TEDxPiscataquaRiver in person can continue to access our free, online live stream of the event; past years’ talks are posted on TEDx’s YouTube channel.

We’ll be announcing this year’s theme soon! In the meantime, if you’re interested in being a speaker, auditions are this May — that’s only a few weeks away — at 3S Artspace. We'll announce those dates soon. Be sure to sign up for the latest news and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Gail Knowles

Clark Knowles

PART 1

Perhaps you’ve heard about TED Talks and TEDx Talks or seen some of the VIDEOS on YouTube or elsewhere on the web. Perhaps you’ve found the videos and the speakers engaging enough to regularly visit the TED website or have subscribed to the TEDx channel. The crowds in the videos seem to be energetic, laughing and learning as they listen to the array of speakers on all sorts of subjects, but if you’re like most people, you probably aren’t sure how one might attend a TED or TEDx event, or what the difference between the two types of events are. While TED events are held twice a year under the TED banner, a TEDx event is independently organized, but in the TED universe.

This year, the fifth annual TEDxPiscataquaRiver is being held at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth on September 8th. We decided to ask local participants in the TEDx experience to ponder their experiences and help us answer the question “Why TEDxPiscataquaRiver?” This week, we’ve asked a former presenting speaker, a former participant, and a current volunteer to give us their thoughts.

Former presenter Sara Curry 

Sara Curry - Bikram Yoga Portsmouth

Sara Curry is the owner of Bikram Yoga Portsmouth and Vice-President of SATYA —Seacoast Area Teachers of Yoga in Action. Her TEDx Talk, “On the Mat to Recovery” (viewed nearly 13,000 times!) can be found HERE. When we asked Sara about her experiences, here’s what she had to say:

"My first experience at TEDxPiscataquaRiver was as a spectator. It was an inspiring, exciting community event. The presenters exposed me to people and ideas outside my social bubble and field of expertise. I still quote speakers and ideas from that day.

"As a participant, I had an amazing experience working with the staff at TEDxPiscataquaRiver. They were thorough and helpful and have forever impacted the way that I present and speak.

"Beyond all of that, my favorite part of TEDx each year is getting to listen to my neighbors' quirky stories and specialties. Last year, listening to the secret life of native bees, I was blown away by how much there is to know about the natural world beyond my limited perspective. Listening to the talk on Dungeons and Dragons, I got a glimpse into a world I was never a part of before and gained a new understanding of another's life experience and the deep value of a "child's game." Last year, I completely understood why a third presenter became a part of a cult.

"The nerd in me loves to know what others know and to look at the world through another's eyes. I look forward to the experience every year.”

Audience Participant Trevor Barlett

Trevor Bartlett

Trevor has been involved in the arts community in Portsmouth for over two decades, including long stints at the regions oldest surviving historic theaters, The Music Hall and the IOKA Theater in Exeter, and many days organizing for and participating in the Portsmouth Halloween Parade, an independently organized Halloween parade that ranks as one of the liveliest and best in the country. He’s currently curating the movie series at The Prescott Park Arts Festival

Trevor says:

"To see a World in a Grain of Sand

And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand

And Eternity in an hour…” —William Blake

"All great journeys start with a spark of inspiration. TEDx Piscataqua is the hearth around which we, as a community, as a village, may circle to see that spark turn to fire. It's a hell of a thing. It's the light of global concerns shone through a prism of local attention. A gathering of the motivated and the mindful, people who make an art of taking action. You can feel a quickening, a crackling in the air, in yourself, when you're in a room with them. Speakers and attendees alike, these are all people defined by intelligence, dedication, and boundless curiosity. A day spent in their proximity is nothing less than an affirmation of the profound wake we can leave as we move through the world. Listening to their stories, hearing first hand what they are thinking about and what they are doing, becomes through the course of the day a provocation to find your own voice, to tell your own story. To discover how, as part of a greater whole, you personally, with whatever your own talents, tools, field, or focus may be, can seek make a real difference. And to do just that.

"Also, there's free sandwiches.”

Returning Volunteer Gail Knowles

Gail Knowles

Gail has been volunteering at Seacoast Area Organizations since she moved to Portsmouth in 1989. Among other volunteer activities, she’s wrangled Girl Scouts, re-caned chairs on Star Island with ISHRA —The Isles of Shoals Historical and Research Association, designed logos, coached, and kept the “book” for many of softball games with PGSA —the Portsmouth Girls Softball Association, and been a youth group facilitator and PRIDE volunteer with Seacoast Outright.

She says: "I first came to TEDxPiscataquaRiver as an audience member in 2015. I was lucky enough to win a ticket through the lottery and was really impressed with the speakers and the way the audience came together as a mini-community throughout the day. Since the space is small, and the audience is a mix of curated guests and tickets holders, I figured the best way to stay in the loop was to get involved.

"In 2016, I did some graphics work, like this word cloud above and I volunteered during set up, helping with whatever needed doing (a picture above shows Gail using a blow-torch to heat seal the cords for participant lanyards), but this year I’ve taken on a bit more in terms of volunteering duties. I’ve been working to keep the website up to date, to make sure our sponsors information is easy to find and explore, and I’ll be back again on the set up and event days to move boxes, chairs, and help things go as smoothly as they can. I love this town and our local community and by volunteering with TEDx, I can see people I don’t normally get to see, listen to speakers that have ideas I’ve never even thought about, and I get to remain involved with people that are helping shape the art, tech, and business worlds of my community. When you get to know me, I’m helpful, but I’m kind of nosey, and I’d rather be a part of this, than on the outside looking in, wondering what all the fuss is about. Volunteering here helps keep me up to date!"

Join us in our next “Why TEDxPiscataquaRiver?” when we’ll talk with another group of people from previous and current TEDxPiscataquaRiver events to see why you too should be excited to become a part of this vital local resource. Click HERE for more information about tickets and how to get involved. Click HERE to see who will be speaking this year.

Crystal Paradis

The fifth annual TEDxPiscataquaRiver returns Friday, September 8, 2017, at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This year’s event theme is “On Your Own Terms.” Ticket sales to the public will open Monday, August 21st and are expected to sell out quickly.

The day-long event will feature local, regional and national presenters from the worlds of business, faith, education, innovation, philanthropy, athletics, music, art, and advocacy. The audience will learn how the speakers forged their paths “on their own terms” and will have a chance to explore the theme in a personal way during breakout sessions throughout the day.

Speakers, announced on Friday, will include:

  • Adam Roberts — nonprofits arts manager, founder of Arts in America
  • Alex Myers — writer, teacher, and speaker.
  • Alyssa Wright — social change artist, movement builder and philanthropic advisor
  • Bob Fernald — open water marathon swimmer, Top 10 in open water swimming history
  • Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie — ecologist and alpine zone enthusiast
  • Cathleen Toomey — branding professional, VP of Marketing for RiverWoods
  • Celia Woodsmith — GRAMMY-Nominated performer and songwriter, former US State Department cultural diplomat
  • Christine Kelly — master hypnotist and trainer of neuro-linguistic programming
  • Elissa Margolin —nonprofit consultant with a focus on public policy
  • Jacquelyn Benson — writer, anthropologist and adventurer 
  • Jeff Stern — filmmaker, professor and Digital Fast advocate
  • John Shea’s — educator, former teacher, principal and counselor
  • Kirsten Hunter — Director of Religious Education at South Church Unitarian Universalist
  • Lidia Balanovich — STEM enthusiast, Ranked #1, Class of 2018 at Nashua High School North
  • Russell Preston — designer and urbanist, founder of Principle Group,
  • Steve De Neef — photo and video journalist specializing in conservation photography

Full bios of all speakers can be found here: http://tedxpiscataquariver.com/speakers

The TEDxPiscataquaRiver audience is a mix of curated attendees (i.e. student delegates, nonprofit, and community leaders) and general ticketholders from business, arts, tech, and creative industries.

Learn about the Partners who help us bring this event to life and keep spreading these ideas.

Gail Knowles
TEDxPiscataquaRiver Volunteers - David J. Murray, Clear Eye Photo

TEDxPiscataquaRiver 2016 Volunteers - David J. Murray, Clear Eye Photo
Tamara Collins

It is easy to stay in one’s comfort zone and within the social network of the friends and family we’ve known for ages or met through the safe walls of a church, sports, school, work, or other friends and family. However, if you live your life like a first-week college or prep school freshman, attached at the hip of your new dorm mate then you will miss out on a world of learning and opportunity to help yourself and others.

If I told you that you could improve your happiness by helping others and it wouldn’t cost you a cent what would you think? You won’t be taking away money from your rent, groceries, car, or student loan payments by volunteering and depending on where you volunteer you may get some perks such as free meals here and there which means you are saving money while bonding with the other strangers as brave as you. You can put in as much or as little time as you like that’s one of the beautiful parts of being a volunteer.

Working without pay may sound unappealing and for some sound like a deal breaker on the surface. But, allow me to explain some of the hidden perks:

1. PERSONAL BENEFITS:

a. Activity – any movement is good because it helps us deal with stress which helps us live longer.
b. Social – meet new people, connect with shared goals, positive social interactions (touch, smiles, eye contact) help us bond and care for others, and manage stress better.
c. Feeling – doing something for others makes us feel better about ourselves it improves our self-esteem and happiness which leads to living longer.
d. Community – if you are new to an area or your friends have moved away volunteering is a great way to get involved in your community to meet people

2. PROFESSIONAL BENEFITS:

a. Networking – if you are unemployed, volunteering is a great way to collaborate on a project and show others your skills, personality and build connections that could lead to employment outside of the charity project you are helping on.
b. Honing – Volunteering allows us to keep our skills sharp. Sometimes we don’t get to do things we love during our work days that we used to do at prior jobs or while in school.
c. Learning – Volunteering allows us to learn new skills for free.
d. Transferable – The skills you learn and use volunteering can be put on your LinkedIn or resume because even though you were not paid experience is experience and volunteering always looks good on the resume.

In today’s fast paced techno consumer world, we can sometimes forget to stop and smell the roses, to play with our pets, to get out in nature and leave our laptops, tablets, and phones at home. For some of us, we can easily fall into the just one more thing Portlandia like-loop, and unless we are snapped out of it. Then we become less productive, exhausted, and unhappy and even downright miserable without even being aware that it's happening. It can make a drastic change like #VanLife seem less romantic and more ideal because we have become used to the rut but don’t know how to change. If you need a sign this sentence is it. You, yes you. What were you passionate about when you were eleven years old? Do you still make time for your hobbies and passions? What is stopping you? Is it money? If it's money then is there an organization that you can volunteer with so you can do what you love for free? For years, I wanted to take surfing lessons and return to the slopes on a snowboard what was holding me back was my massive student loan debts and high rent and other debts and bills. Finally, a friend suggested getting involved with a new organization where I could donate some of my time to help others while also getting to go surfing and snowboarding for 20-25% of the normal prices. This has made a world of difference in my life.

More and more recent studies are showing that the people who live the longest and are the happiest are not the richest. They are the ones that mediate, laugh, and are involved in their communities, they place family and or friends over wealth and stuff. They care for other people. So, why not gather your friends and family to volunteer with you in your community and reap the benefits together or join solely and meet strangers who may become good friends in time?
Watch the talks below and get inspired:

How Volunteerism Can Change Your World – Joyce Bertram

What Volunteering Taught Me – Hajira Khan

Volunteerism: Best Platform for Personal and Professional Development – Tuan Nguyen

Micro-Volunteering – Giving Back for Busy People – Ben Rigby

Some good places to start volunteering:

TEDXPiscataquaRiver

Volunteer Match

Great Nonprofits

Idealist

Hands on Network

Your Local TEDx

Volunteering with Seniors

Volunteers of America

Gail Knowles
3S Artspace hosts TEDx

by Clark Knowles

The 3S Artspace in Portsmouth NH, is nestled between the town’s historic district, working port, and the newer construction of the changing North End. The building is a multi-use facility that each month hosts a wide variety of entertainment for its Seacoast audiences. With it’s modern aesthetic built into and around the bones of an old industrial building, 3S is a nexus for Portsmouth’s vibrant artistic, musical, and foodie communities. Here, old-school working class Portsmouth meets new tourist-friendly Portsmouth; traditional and modern art; acoustic and electric music; spoken word, theater, comedy, dance-parties, and gamer-nights. It are these qualities that make it the perfect spot to host TEDxPiscataquaRiver and the eclectic mix of speakers that the event offers to the community each year.

TEDxPiscataquaRiver, part of the larger TED and TEDx movements all over the world, draws local, regional, and national speakers to Portsmouth each year. With the goal of provoking in-depth conversations about community issues and solutions, the day-long event compels its audience to view old problems through new lenses. The TEDx goal of innovation and action allows the organizers to blend vital local experience, knowledge, and insight across a wide range of subjects linked by a common theme. The theme for this year’s event is “On Your Own Terms.” The team of organizers is busy assembling their group of speakers, corralling an army of volunteers, and marshaling the materials and pixels that will shape the 5th annual event held, for the fourth year, at 3S Artspace, a building and organization that has made itself a part of the local community on its own terms.

3S Artspace hosts TEDx

All over the country, in towns like Portsmouth, NH, one might hear a longtime local resident saying something along the lines of “this town has changed.” Wander into any coffee shop in Portsmouth and you’re likely to hear discussions about how those changes have affected Portsmouth. With one foot in the industrial, working-class city of the 20th century, and the other foot in the boutique, luxury-apartment, service-oriented economy of this century, Portsmouth is doing what it has done since it was incorporated in 1653: change.

The citizenry of Portsmouth and the surrounding Seacoast towns and communities, exist in a sort of consistent act of revision. The word revision is tricky. Often it’s employed in such a way to infer that the original “work” isn’t yet finished. But broken down, the word RE (again) and VISION (to see), simply implies that one needs see something again. In blending its new economies with the old, natural spaces with manmade, historic buildings with new construction, Portsmouth is undergoing constant revision. And each time a piece of the puzzle is refined, changed, torn down, or rearranged, the local community is asked to adapt and change too. The city and its people create the terms and live with the outcomes.

Organizations like 3S Artspace are born of these sorts of ever-colliding forces of the old and new. The founders looked at the old, run-down industrial space wedged between train tracks and a cemetery, bordered by an Auto-parts store, suites of offices, and a Dry Cleaners, and saw their revision: a quirky hub of arts and commerce, classical and punk, local and national. They forged a new identity on their own terms and invited the community to enjoy the results. This year, TEDxPiscataquaRiver will bring its speakers to the 3S stage and fill the performance and gallery spaces with an audience ready to be challenged, changed, and inspired as they go about their individual acts of revision. The larger TED community is devoted to “ideas worth spreading” and on September 8th, 2017, TEDxPiscataquaRiver at 3S Artspace, will be the place where many of those new ideas are forged.

Crystal Paradis

We are thrilled to officially announce the 5th annual TEDxPiscataquaRiver!

Date: Friday, September 8, 2017

Location: 3S Artspace

Theme: On Your Own Terms

Facebook Event: TEDxPiscataquaRiver 2017: On Your Own Terms

About the theme: On Your Own Terms

This theme will tie together our talks, performances and audience experiences for our 5th event. The talk topics will range in discipline from science, social issues, education, arts, technology and business. The performances will span and intersect different artistic expressions. Our arts and technology audience experiences will also demonstrate this theme. On Your Own Terms is a theme that we explore in all of these ways, answering questions like: how can you live, work, play and make decisions on your terms? How will you meet and interact with your community on your own terms? How have we seen this concept expressed in nature? What terms are important to help us understand our relationship to the world?

Many thanks to Liz Favini for this year's theme design!

For more information on the event, visit our Attend page.

Be sure to subscribe to our email list for breaking announcements, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Pages