BIG BLUE ACTIVATING FOR THE OCEANS
Program 4:30 to 5:00 Welcome & Mingling 5:00 to 7:00 PART 1: TEDxSanFrancisco: Big Blue Talks and Performances/Technology, Entertainment & Design 7:00 to 8:00 Break Boxed Dinner (Vegan & Omnivore Options) Ocean Solutions Cafe Cash Bar Hosted by Capacitor PART 2: 8:00 to 9:00 World Premier of OKEANOS by Capacitor 9:00 to 10:00 Ocean Solutions Cafe
Kristin Hoffman Singer/Songwriter Kristin Hoffmann is a singer/songwriter based in New York City. She grew up studying classical piano, opera, guitar and composition, and attended the Juilliard pre‐college program. Kristin has toured with The Wall9lowers and Tina Dico, and opened for Brandi Carlile, Feist, Howie Day, Dar Williams, Richie Havens and Ben Lee. She is signed with Capitol and Interscope and has her own indie label, Starr Records. Kristen’s work has been featured on the television shows Dawson’s Creek, Palmetto Pointe and The Young and the Restless. She has written more than 150 songs for health‐challenged children as a writer/producer for Songs of Love, a non‐ pro9it organization. Kristin is a musical spokesperson for ocean awareness and conservation with her “Song for the Ocean” for which she recently released a music video created with the videographer, environmentalist and founder of Global Classroom, Colin Garland.
Ed Lu Chief of Innovative Applications, Liquid Robotics Dr. Ed Lu is an engineer, physicist, pilot and former NASA astronaut. He spent 12 years at NASA 9lying everything he could get his hands on, from T‐38 jets to space shuttles. He was the 9irst American to launch as the 9light engineer of the Russian spacecraft Soyuz. Ed’s NASA missions have included such experiences as docking with the Russian space station Mir, orbiting the globe hundreds of times and a six‐ month tour of duty aboard the International Space Station. After NASA, Ed spent three years at Google leading the Advanced Projects team, building imaging and data gathering systems for Google Earth, Google Maps, Street View, Google Books. He also worked on energy information projects like Google PowerMeter. Currently, Ed is Chief of Innovative Applications at Liquid Robotics, an ocean data services company located in Silicon Valley. He’s also Chair of the B612 Foundation, a non‐pro9it organization whose goal is to predict and prevent catastrophic asteroid impacts on earth. Ed has a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and a doctoral degree in Applied Physics from Stanford University. Andy Sharpless CEO, Oceana Andy Sharpless is an advocate and a manager with wide leadership experience in business and NGO start‐ups. His early work as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company led to a career in media businesses. As a vice president of the Museum of Television and Radio in New York City, he managed the organization’s move into its expanded headquarters in Midtown. Later, he took over as senior vice president of the initial management team of RealNetworks. Andy has also served as executive vice president of Discovery.com. As an advocate, Andy joined People for the American Way shortly after its founding, serving as deputy director of development. He was a grassroots organizer for the Center for Study of Responsive Law. He currently serves as treasurer of the Sidwell Friends School. Since 2003, when Andy became CEO of Oceana, the organization has grown to be the largest international conservation group fully dedicated to protecting the oceans.
Jenefer Palmer Founder and Chief Seaweed Officer, OSEA Skincare Jenefer Palmer had a family history of natural healing (her grandmother became one of the world’s 9irst female chiropractors in 1918) when, working as spa director for Murrieta Hot Springs, she began to seek out natural skin and body care products. An 11‐year search for the right ingredients led her to found OSEA Skincare, a line of products which combines seaweed and other marine extracts with essential oils for sustainably sourced, organic and effective treatments. OSEA Skincare is inspired by the idea of uniting the elements ‐‐ ocean, sun, earth and atmosphere ‐‐ to refresh, rejuvenate, and restore skin to its highest level of healthy beauty. OSEA products are technically advanced formulations loaded with naturally abundant vitamins, minerals and the essential fatty acids derived from the earth and sea. The company is committed to providing luxury products founded on purity, quality and effectiveness. All products are certi9ied vegan and biodegradable. OSEA was the 9irst company, in 2002, to sign The Compact for Global Production of Safe Health and Beauty Products to phase out the use of toxic chemicals in all beauty products.
Casson Trenor Author/Activist Casson Trenor is Senior Markets Campaigner with Greenpeace USA, leading efforts to hold restaurants and markets accountable for their seafood practices and to educate the public on the 9isheries crisis. He is a frequent commentator on CNN and NPR and in Forbes, The New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the San Francisco Chronicle, Tokyo Weekender, Kochi Shimbun and more.The author of Sustainable Sushi: A Guide to Saving the Oceans One Bite at a Time, Casson also maintains Sustainablesushi.net. He founded the world’s 9irst sustainable sushi restaurant, San Francisco’s Tataki, and converted two conventional sushi bars to sustainable menus. In 2009, Casson was acclaimed as a Time Magazine Hero of the Environment. His work is featured in two recently released 9ilms. Casson speaks 9ive languages and holds an MA in International Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies
Amos Nachoum Photographer/Explorer Amos Nachoum has shot just about everything there is to shoot, but what he loves most is wildlife photography. Especially if it’s in the water. Amos works tirelessly to bring attention to some of the most fragile regions of the underwater realm, with preservation of the environment foremost in every encounter. His work leading National Geographic Society teams has included expeditions to study great white sharks, killer whales and the Red Sea (where he co‐founded Israel’s Marine National Park); also with National Geographic, he has travelled with Dr. Eugenie Clark, Dr. Sylvia Earle and astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Amos’ photos and essays have appeared in hundreds of publications around the globe, including National Geographic, Time, Life, The New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, Le Figaro and Der Spiegel. His work has been included in the books The Living Ocean, The World of Nature and Oceans and has been recognized by most of the world’s major photography awards. Amos himself has been pro9iled in numerous television programs and in the magazine press. In addition to his photojournalism, Amos operates the global adventure‐travel program Big Animals Expeditions and serves such commercial clients as Apple, IBM, Microsoft, Armani, Disney and Columbia Pictures. Thomas Dolby was an indelible part of the electronic music landscape in the 1980s. Perhaps most exciting was to 9ind himself at No. 5 in the American pop charts in 1982 with ”She Blinded Me With Science.” He released three solo albums that decade, consistently dodging attempts to pigeonhole his musical style. Thomas’ involvement in Live Aid and in Roger Waters’ performance of Pink Floyd’s The Wall in Berlin were, respectively, ”a dream come true” and ”an astonishing event to be involved in.” Then, he made a 180‐degree turn, heading to Silicon Valley and producing, among other innovations, a polyphonic ringtone for mobile phone giant Nokia. Returning to the recording studio in 2010, Thomas created his 9irst solo album in almost two decades, A Map of the Floating City, which includes the EP “Oceanea.” Since 2001, he has served as Musical Director of TED. Neill Duffy Chairman, Tribe Management A chartered accountant, Neill Duffy has spent the last 25 years advising major brands, federations, properties, NGO’s and agencies as a senior sports and entertainment marketing and sustainability professional. Neill has led a regional division for Octagon Worldwide, one of the world’s top sports and entertainment practices; started and grown an award‐winning sports marketing agency; developed sustainability and CSR strategies; been part of an Olympic bid team; managed international Olympic athletes; spoken at international conferences; authored a book called Passion Branding; hosted a horse‐ racing TV show; and presented sports on a weekend breakfast radio show. Neill’s most recent venture is Tribe Management, a ’for‐purpose’ social business that raises capital in all its forms ‐‐ 9inancial, human, emotional and brand ‐‐ for the bene9it of organizations with a sustainability commitment. Tribe has a special interest in harnessing the emotional, communicative and commercial power of sports, entertainment, media and celebrity for this purpose. He advises the America’s Cup Event Authority on its “More Than A Sport” sustainability strategy and Healthy Ocean Project. M’Kalani Souza Storyteller, musician, peacemaker Kalani is a gifted storyteller, singer, songwriter, musician, poet, philosopher, priest, political satirist and peacemaker. He has taught con9lict resolution at the university level and served on the Committee for Intense Public Con9lict of the Association for Con9lict Resolution. Kalani leads workshops around the world and is a teacher and community builder around resiliency and capacity, particularly in the case of natural and manmade disasters. At present, he works as a Coastal Community Resilience Trainer with the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawaii. Kalani also serves as the chairman of the Indigenous Knowledge Hui of the Paci9ic Risk Management Ohana, PRiMO, a collection of federal, state, county and NGO agencies who work to mitigate and respond to disasters in the Greater Paci9ic region. He also serves as a cultural competency consultant for NOAA Paci9ic Services Center and previously served as one of two Hawaiians in the Native Network, a group of 450 peacemakers under the Department of Interior. Roz Savage Ocean Rower, Environmentalist Roz Savage is an ocean rower, environmental campaigner, author and speaker. She holds four world records for ocean rowing, including 9irst woman to row solo across the Atlantic, Paci9ic and Indian Oceans. She has rowed over 15,000 miles, taken around 5 million oarstrokes, and spent cumulatively over 500 days of her life at sea in a 23‐foot rowboat. She is a United Nations Climate Hero, an Athlete Ambassador for 350.org, and an Ambassador for the Blue Project. In 2010 she was named Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic. Deborah Bassett Journalist, Non-Profit Consultant Deborah has traveled the globe extensively raising awareness and funding for various environmental and social initiatives. She has volunteered in the 9ield from tsunami relief in southern Thailand, to Habitat for Humanity in rural El Salvador, to jaguar conservation in the heart of Mexico’s Selva Maya Rainforest. Through the years she has worked directly with such organizations as Amazon Watch, Global Green USA, Rainforest2Reef, Earth Island Institute, Orangutan Outreach, The Clinton Global Initiative, TEDx and The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. In 2007 she joined the paddle out ceremony to help expose the annual slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan, as featured in the 2010 Academy Award Winning 9ilm, The Cove. Her recent Sea Shepherd campaign to end the pilot whale slaughter in the Faroe Islands will be featured as a 5 part series on Discovery’s Animal Planet in 2011/2012. She is a frequent contributor to The Huf9ington Post, The Ecologist, Elephant Journal, Take Part and The Los Angeles Examiner.
OKEANOS by Capacitor Covering 99% of Earth’s living space, the ocean is by turns fascinating and terrifying. We derive food from it, breathe the oxygen produced in it, drink the water that cycles through it, explore its depths to learn more about our origins and are moved to re9lect its breathtaking and often dangerous beauty. Yet coral extinction, plastic trash contamination, over‐9ishing, oil spills, and climate change show that our immense impact on the ocean is undeniable. What once felt vast, endless, and overwhelmingly deep is now vulnerable to our increasingly destructive ways of living. Under Artistic Director Jodi Lomask, Capacitor has created ’Okeanos’ with ocean scientists Dr. Sylvia Earle and Dr. Tierney Thys, 9ilmmaker RJ Muna, ocean cinematographer David Hannan, musicians Anka Draugelates and Julia Ogrydziak, sound director EO, video director Emily Martiny, and costume designer Kimie Sako. Through this sensory experience of the ocean, Capacitor continued to develop its blueprint for art/science collaboration. Okeanos features the distinctive artistic and technical components that Capacitor has come to be known for – inventive and articulated dance vocabulary, abstract steel forms that mirror nature, poetic integration of audio/video/media forms, sculptural costumes, scienti9ically supported content, and conservation partnerships. The audience will participate in the space with Capacitors’ four dancers and 9ive circus artists as they perform on custom‐designed aerial apparatus inspired by the shapes and features of ocean life. Capacitor Performance synthesizes the human body with abstract structures and interactive media to create science‐inspired shows that deepen audience connection with the natural world. Founded in 1997 by Jodi Lomask, Capacitor encourages contact with scienti9ic concepts in ways that allow audiences of all ages to see patterns and relationships inherent in nature and the cosmos. Informed by the spirit of scienti9ic inquiry, the company uses a laboratory‐style process, which features artists in working collaboration with the world’s leading scienti9ic minds to develop its performances. Capacitor has performed for a number of organizations including Google, CNET, TED, Celera, SONY, The Webby Awards, Volvo, NASA, the Exploratorium, California Academy of Sciences, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Gallery, the San Jose Museum of Art, Oakland Museum of California Art, New York’s Joyce SoHo and many others. Capacitor has been commissioned to create original works for NASA, the California Academy of Sciences and many more.
About TED TED’s mission is spreading ideas. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other. The TED Conference, held annually in Long Beach, is still the heart of TED. More than a thousand people now attend. Indeed, the event sells out a year in advance and the content has expanded to include science, business, the arts and the global issues facing our world. Over four days, 50 speakers each take an 18‐minute slot, and there are many shorter pieces of content, including music, performance and comedy. There are no breakout groups. Everyone shares the same experience. It shouldn’t work, but it does. It works because all of knowledge is connected. Every so often it makes sense to emerge from the trenches we dig for a living, and ascend to a 30,000‐foot view, where we see, to our astonishment, an intricately interconnected whole. About TEDx In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self‐organized events that bring people together to share a TED‐like experience. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self‐organized. About TEDx San Francisco The San Francisco TED community (TEDxSF) seeks to extend the TED mission on a regional basis, highlighting exceptional people and creative works, connecting people across disciplines, creating conversations and driving action. We explore big questions through the eyes of science, business, arts, letters, music and more. Our events have a San Francisco 9lavor, in that they have a technology and startup bias, and a broad spirit of inquiry. We have 4,000 members in the Bay Area. This Salon is our 7th event since April of 2009. To get involved in producing, volunteering, sponsoring or assisting with the next TEDxSF, please visit the website at TEDxSF.org.