Eleven presenters selected for TEDxMahtomedi 2018

August 8, 2018

Eleven speakers were recently selected from 40 applications to present at this year's TEDxMahtomedi. Topics range from renewable energy to public art to the criminal justice system, and all of them fit perfectly with our theme of Imagine! Read on for a sneak peek at our upcoming program.

  • Naaima Khan asks us to imagine what it would look like for us to take an intentional journey toward more inclusion. She will show us how building cross-cultural bridges and promoting creative systemic change are critical to creating solutions to many complex, adaptive challenges we face today.

  • Timothy DenHerder-Thomas' talk will highlight how community energy cooperatives, using community-scale renewable energy, energy efficiency, and smart financing tools, can turn our energy system on its head, helping communities save money and create jobs while building stronger local enterprise and taking on climate change head-on.

  • Imagine a world without "I Am." Adam Moen explains that our reliance on simplified ideas of ourselves and others, with statements like "I am" suggest certainty and permanence in a world of change and can be limiting. He would like to see people speak and think from a place of self-expression rather than self-explaining.

  • What's your story? Why should you tell it? Stephani Atkins shares how storytelling, not fact slinging, opens people up to different perspectives. Powerful stories physically change us, make us more empathetic and prepare us for possibilities that we would otherwise be unable to consider.

  • Jon Kamrath invites us to use our imagination muscle, and that when used properly can have a tremendous positive impact on nearly every aspect of life. He says that art, especially public art, is one of the most efficient and effective ways to exercise that muscle.

  • Imagine if every learner, young and old, saw themselves as an explorer. When we possess the mindset of an explorer, we are innately curious, responsible and empowered, and we hone our skills in observation, collaboration, communication and problem solving. Kelly Koller will introduce us to The Explorers Mindset, a National Geographic tool used to create an inspiring and positive culture for learning.

  • Marnita Schroedl wants us to imagine if everyone had a seat at the table. She will share her personal and professional mission to decrease disparities and increase equality so that marginalized communities and individuals are afforded their rightful seats at the resource sharing and policy making table.

  • Martin Heumann is a recently-retired correctional officer for a men's maximum state prison who will share his approach to relating to inmates and their rehabilitation, 80 percent of whom will be released back into our communities.

  • David Horsager is owner and CEO of the Trust Edge Leadership Institute. He will introduce us to his HOW-HOW-HOW process, designed to spark momentum, see immediate results, and inspire trust.

  • How can artists address problems facing our community? Jack Becker is an artist with experience in theater and visual arts, who applies his creativity to projects that connect the ideas and energies of artists with the needs and opportunities of communities. He sees artists as creative problem solvers, working across sectors to address challenges faced by people everywhere.

  • Matthew Bennett is a ninth grader at Mahtomedi High School and an internationally renowned pianist. He will perform for us and tell us why music is the ultimate brain food!