Recent Event: Design your own Government: Organizing the Body Politic

Tue, Oct. 25, 2011 @ 6:30 | Madrone Studios, 1417 15th Street, San Francisco, CA

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TEDxSF 2011 Government Salon - Kyle Hermans
TEDx SF 2011 Government Salon - Kyle Hermans ©Suzie Katz #6322

Event Program:

5:30 Madrone Studios Open
5:30 Pre-show Viewing:Videolicious
6:30 Speakers 7:50 Design Your Own Government, led by Kyle Hermans
8:30 Multi-media Performance: Bear Kittay
8:45 Presentation of Collective Government Design by Kyle Hermans


Speaker Bios:

David Binetti
Co-Founder and CEO of Votizen, the Online Network of Voters

David’s Talk: Changes in Representative Government

David is Co-Founder and CEO of Votizen. He is also the co-creator of, the official website of the US Government, which was named USA Today's Site of the Year for 2000. David is a recipient of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government's "Innovations in American Government" award. He is an engaging speaker, having presented at SXSW, Lean Startup Events, and Berkeley and Stanford Business Schools.

Jennifer Pahlka
Founder and Executive Director, Code for America

Jennifer’s Talk: Tech Solutions for Government

Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for America, which works with talented web professionals and cities around the country to promote public service and reboot government. She spent eight years at CMP Media where she led the Game Group, responsible for GDC, Game Developer magazine, and; there she also launched the Independent Games Festival and served as executive director of the International Game Developers Association. Recently, she ran the Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events for TechWeb and co-chaired the successful Web 2.0 Expo. She is a graduate of Yale University and lives in Oakland, CA with her daughter and six chickens.

Jamila Raqib
Executive Director, Albert Einstein Institution

Jamila’s Talk: Spread Non-Violent Change for a More Just and Democratic One

Jamila Raqib serves as the Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institution where since 2002, she has worked closely with Gene Sharp, the foremost authority on strategic nonviolent struggle, assisting with new writing, and providing editorial support and research assistance. Her other responsibilities include liaising with opposition groups on the work and resources of the institution, and serving as a commentator on nonviolent action in the world for various media bodies, including the BBC, National Public Radio, Voice of America, The New York Times, among others, and provides background briefings for other international broadcasters, newspapers and periodicals.

Ruaridh Arrow

Ruaridh Arrow trained as a newspaper journalist in Scotland winning the Guardian British Student Reporter of the Year award in 2004. In 2005 he was one of the youngest producers at Sky News in London before being asked to produce investigative programme Dispatches on Channel 4, the British equivalent of Frontline. He went on to work for BBC News, National Geographic and The Financial Times. In 2008 He was asked to carry out a number of consultancy projects advising Afghan satellite news channels broadcasting from Kabul. He was a Political Analyst for the Shadow Home Secretary in the British Parliament working on policing and security issues in the run up to the 2010 General Election. In 2009 he began work on a feature length documentary about the work of Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Gene Sharp which was funded by raising almost $60,000 in 3 weeks on Kickstarter. While completing the film in Egypt he reported for the BBC from Tahrir Square, Cairo during the Egyptian Revolution.

Dr. Michelle Kraus
Author and Co-Founder, Innosight Institute

Dr. Michelle Kraus is a veteran of the political blogging community writing on regulatory and political issues concerning the economy, environment, social change, innovation and technology. She pioneered the earliest social network and platform for politics, and is often referred to as a "Ninja" working behind the scenes to build communities, craft messaging and reach out to activists with new and innovative technologies. Covering the Clinton Global Initiative in 2007, Dr. Michelle started the "quiet voices" series illuminating the monumental work of many of the participants across the globe who are quietly affecting change in health care and poverty alleviation. Invited to help with the grassroots outreach for the Dali Lama and the human rights community, she has covered the initiatives at

Tom Foremski
Founder and Editor, Silicon Valley Watcher

Tom’s Talk: Activist Media

Tom Foremski, is the founder and editor of the popular and top-ranked news analysis site, Silicon Valley Watcher, reporting on the culture of innovation at the intersection of technology and media. In May 2004, he became the first journalist to leave a major newspaper, the Financial Times, to make a living as a full-time journalist blogger. Tom has been reporting on Silicon Valley and the US tech industry since 1984. His current focus is on the intersection of media and technology – the fuel for a new era of Silicon Valley and a new Media Valley in the making. For more information please visit:

Bear Kittay
Visionary, Entrepreneur, Musician, Social Alchemist

Bear’s Talk: Musical Performance

Activation is Bear Kittay's passion. He is co-founder at Electionear, a market leading mobile technology platform transforming how campaigns organize field volunteers. He became interested in the challenges of political organizing while working with Obama for America and founding Music for Democracy, a Federal PAC that mobilized the music community with events and innovative technologies to support progressive candidates nationwide. Additionally, Bear is a founding partner at Kundavi, a new type of real estate venture creating an open source innovation cluster in Los Cabos, Mexico. He is also an active angel investor particularly interested in injecting early state capital and critical resources into the hands of exceptional founders. He is an early angel investor in Shaker after discovering them in Israel and bringing them to the United States and winning TechCrunch Disrupt. He currently lives on Dolores Park in San Francisco and takes his sitar, charango, guitar or at the very least, his kazoo, wherever his escapades take him.


Videolicious presents "EquaLiberation", an audio/visual exploration into the body politik, exposing the inconsistencies of democracy, citizenry, and capitalism with an original score by The Human Experience. Videolicious creates a primal dance of the optical nerves. Weaving visual jazz and mixing everything from nature footage to urbanized animated landscapes, he maps the dance floor with beautiful imagery that resonates through the inner eye. Videolicious has been bouncing pixels to beats, rhythms and melodies to Bassnectar, Perry Farrell, Blackalicious, Zap Mamma, India Arie, P-Funk, Karsh Kale among other international spectacular music makers. Prepare to indulge in an intoxicating feast of earthly and synesthetic delights.

Kyle Hermans
Principal, Synecticsworld

Kyle Hermans is a Principal for Synecticsworld and runs the West Coast division of the global innovation and creativity firm, who celebrate 50 years in delivering and facilitating organizations and their leaders to breakthrough creativity and innovation. Kyle is deeply committed to change the way people interact & inspire the way they relate to their world by releasing and enriching their creativity for both rising leaders and their organizations. A sought after facilitator and speaker, he has collectively worked with, trained and facilitated more then 50+ fortune brands in over 12 countries across a broad range of industries. When not inspiring personal growth and transformation in others, Kyle is performing and recording music and charitably engaging in environment matters.