TEDxVaughanLive 2017

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3100 Rutherford Road

Suite 102

Vaughan, Ontario L4K 0G6


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TEDxVaughanLive is bringing TED live from Vancuver to our community. On April 27 we will be broadcasting from TED 2017 in addition to engaging with Ontario's leaders, innovators and activists.

Most TEDs are focused on the world at large and the ideas that animate it. But for 2017, we want to make it more explicitly personal. We are planning talks that can offer each of us individually a toolkit for personal learning, growth, empowerment.

And we’re not talking soft-edged self-help woo. We’re talking about questions like:

How is it possible to give my reflective self power over my instinctive self?

Can I use technology to limit my addiction to technology?

Which inventions will have a big impact on me over the next few years?

How can I become a transformational leader?

What are the medical discoveries I absolutely need to know about?

What skills can my kids build that are future-proof?

How do we design an environment that is nurturing, human, satisfying, exciting?

What does success look like, without self at the center?

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Registration 9:30 am – 9:45 am

Session 1 Planet, Protection 9:45 am – 11:30 am

  • Michael Patrick Lynch, Philosopher

Michael Patrick examines truth, democracy, public discourse and the ethics of technology in the age of big data.

  • Dan Ariely ,Behavioral economist

The dismal science of economics is not as firmly grounded in actual behavior as was once supposed. In "Predictably Irrational," Dan Ariely told us why.

  • Mariano Sigman, Neuroscientist

In his provocative, mind-bending book "The Secret Life of the Mind," neurologist Mariano Sigman reveals his life’s work exploring the inner workings of the human brain.

  • Anika Paulson, Student, musician

Anika Paulson’s love for music permeates her understanding of herself, her surroundings and the mysteries that make up the smallest and biggest parts of life.

  • Lisa Genova, Neuroscientist, novelist

Through her fiction, Lisa Genova beckons us into the lives of people with neurological disease, making their worlds real and relatable.

  • Robin Hanson, Economist, social scientist

Does humanity have a future as uploaded minds? In his work, Robin Hanson asks this and other extra-large questions.

  • Anil Seth, Cognitive scientist

How can the "inner universe" of consciousness be explained in terms of mere biology and physics? Cognitive neuroscientist Anil Seth explores the brain basis of consciousness and self.

Break 11:30 am – 11:45 am

Session 2 Planet, Protection 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

  • Kristin Poinar, Glaciologist

Kristin Poinar uses remote sensing and numerical models to study the interaction of meltwater with ice flow, especially on the Greenland Ice Sheet.

  • Kate Marvel, Climate scientist

Climate scientist Kate Marvel looks at the big picture of environmental change.

  • Danny Hills, Computer theorist

Inventor, scientist, author, engineer -- over his broad career, Danny Hillis has turned his ever-searching brain on an array of subjects, with surprising results.

  • Tim Kruger, Geoengineering researcher

Tim Kruger researches geoengineering: techniques to counteract climate change by deliberate, large-scale intervention in the earth system, by reflecting sunlight back into space or by reducing the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

  • Daan Roosegaarde, Artist

With his futuristic artworks, Daan Roosegaarde illuminates the intersection of technology, humanity and our urban environments.

Lunch 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Session 3 Connection, Community 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

  • Jacob Collier, Musician and artist

Jacob Collier is a one-man audio-visual viral sensation. In his videos, he sings every part, plays every instrument and visualizes every component with a captivating vision.

  • David Miliband, Refugee advocate

As president of the International Rescue Committee, David Miliband enlists his expert statesmanship in the fight against the greatest global refugee crisis since World War II.

  • Luma Mufleh, Refugee activist

Luma Mufleh does something revolutionary: she coaches soccer. A Jordanian immigrant and Muslim of Syrian descent, Mufleh is determined to empower refugee children everywhere.

  • Anna Heringer, Architect

Anna Heringer’s sustainable designs lend breathtaking forms to easily-available local materials while developing the skills and consciousness of their builders.

  • Grace Kim, Architect

Grace H. Kim is an internationally recognized expert in cohousing -- the art and craft of creating communities.

  • Karoliina Korppoo, Game designer

Inspired by classic city simulation games, Finnish designer Karoliina Korppoo and her fellow game developers at Colossal Order are infusing a venerable gaming genre with fresh perspectives.

  • Cathy O’Neil, Mathematician, data scientist

Data skeptic Cathy O’Neil uncovers the dark secrets of big data, showing how our "objective" algorithms could in fact reinforce human bias.

  • Devita Davison, Food activist

At FoodLab Detroit, Devita Davison supports local entrepreneurs and imagines a new future for food justice.

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