Videos of 2018 Speakers and Performers
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River surfing is gaining popularity around the world. Paul Primus shares the dual benefit of installing recreational river features to replace dangerous low head dams everywhere.
Note: All TEDx talks are recorded live. A technology failure required Paul to restart his talk. The TEDxBoise audience welcomed him back to the stage enthusiastically and roared with laughter when he opened with, “For those of you who don’t know…” River surfing is gaining popularity around the world. Paul Primus shares the dual benefit of installing recreational river features to replace dangerous low head dams everywhere.
Photoholism: the addiction is real. And of epic proportions. Taking too many photos destroys moments, relationships and peace of mind. And now, an entire generation is at risk. Chances are good that you are—or at least know—a photoholic. You might not even realize it: denial is the first stage, after all.
In this insightful and self-effacing talk, mom, athlete and high-tech professional Alecia Hoobing draws on experience and research to confess her photoholic sins and share what she did to address them. She offers steps (including #nomo) to become more deliberate about your photo taking and forge more meaningful moments in life.
When Natalie’s father came out to her immediate family 20 years ago, they all stepped into the closet. As a former Chief Judge for the Idaho State Court of Appeals, maintaining his employment and hard-earned success was vital to their family unit. Natalie chronicles the highs and lows of growing up in a closeted gay family in one of the most conservative states in the country.
Natalie is an author and LGBTQ+ family advocate. Her book, Dad #1, Dad #2: A Queerspawn View from the Closet, is the first memoir written by a child growing up in a closeted LGBTQ+ family. Natalie also raises awareness for LGBTQ+ identities through art.
A recovering perfectionist, Brooke Linville shares how helping raise $12 million to save Sweet Briar College taught her unexpected lessons that led to her embracing community, challenging long-held beliefs, and finding the motivation and courage to save herself.
Imagine creating and scaling a physical product as easily as you would a digital one.
3D printing has long been relegated to prototyping and novelty. It has just been too slow, crappy and expensive for anything else. But when deployed in large farms, those problems disappear. Giant 3D printing farms allow the conception and manufacturing of physical products to start in a dorm room and scale to levels of traditional manufacturing—all with little upfront cost and great flexibility.
Gabe Bentz is a roboticist and entrepreneur who discovered the value of 3D printing while developing products at his company, Slant Concepts. He is a founder of Slant 3D, one of the highest-capacity 3D printer farms in the world. Imagine creating and scaling a physical product as easily as you would a digital one.
Amy Gile has played many roles in her life. Among them: model, actress, film producer and tech CEO. Here she explores the question of the roles and narratives: how do we navigate scripts as we make decisions throughout our lives about who we are and who we want to be? Amy takes us through her journey and struggles that took her from an Elite model to Founder and CEO in the technology company Silverdraft Supercomputing. A Boise native who made her way to New York and Paris as an Elite model, then to Hollywood as an actress and producer, Amy Gile developed a fascination with the process of producing great art and entertainment. This fascination, combined with a latent talent for technology, led her to create a company that builds breakthrough tools for visual creativity that are changing the way things get made.
A Boise native, Amy made her way to Chicago, New York, and Paris as an Elite model, then to Hollywood as an actress and producer. On the way, she developed a fascination with the process of producing great art and entertainment. This passion, combined with a latent talent for technology, led Amy to create her own company to build breakthrough tools for visual creativity. Amy’s technologies are changing the way things get made. Through her journey, Amy has developed deep insights into the dynamics of being a powerful female in male-dominated industries. Amy Gile is the CEO and Co-Founder of Silverdraft Supercomputing, the leading builder of computing platforms for creative arts, graphics, and design.
U. S. Army National Guard Major Noah Siple challenges the social narrative around military veterans with his portrayal of the emerging generation of all-volunteer, post-9/11 veterans and how they choose to build communities differently. With a message applicable for leaders of all types of communities working to engage the younger generation, Noah offers concrete ways to attract young people and inspire meaningful social activism. Noah is a combat veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge. Living his message that a veteran's desire to volunteer doesn't end with military service, he works to create spaces for veterans by building communities around group affinity, and disrupting stereotypes about what today’s warriors really seek in order to feel part of their community. Noah Siple has a passion for enriching the lives of veterans through employment, education, purpose, and social connection. He advocates for building community in ways that meet the needs of emerging generations of veterans in Idaho.
Noah is a combat veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star and the Combat Action Badge. He is an Army strategist, and currently the Chief Operations Officer of the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team, as a Major in the Idaho Army National Guard. Noah has served in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Europe.
Despite the fact that women are half the world’s population, male leaders still outnumber female leaders by four to one. By harnessing the power of data, we can identify pathways for women to pursue leadership, along with the positions they currently hold and the power they are able to exercise in those positions. We can then leverage that data to help change the institutions, systems and practices to put more women into leadership roles. Gwen Young is an international development specialist and advocate. She also has worked as a lawyer to develop exploitation- and sexual- and gender-based violence guidelines, and has trained women in human rights and economic empowerment.
Gwen Young has devoted her career to humanitarian relief, international development, and human rights. As an attorney and public policy professional, Gwen has advocated for the role girls and women play in political, social, and economic development. She has trained women in advocacy, networking, management, and entrepreneurship in her roles with the International Rescue Committee, CARE, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. While working with Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), Gwen developed guidelines to deal with sexual- and gender-based violence and exploitation. She has lived for over 10 years on the African continent, in a variety of conflict-ridden zones.
Today, Gwen works to advance the role of women in government as the Director of the Wilson Center’s Global Women’s Leadership Initiative. The Initiative aims to ensure 50% representation of women in public-service leadership in governments across the globe by 2050.
The #MeToo movement brought the conversation about workplace harassment back into our national consciousness. Everyone is talking about it—but where do we go from here? Bobbi Dominick uses the metaphor of the “elbow” hidden in the shadows (the person subjected to harassment who cannot complain) to start a discussion about the hidden costs of workplace harassment. She lays out what we can all do to bring the elbows into the light and the public conversation, so that we can root out and eliminate harassment.
Dominick is an attorney, human resources professional and consultant on all issues relating to workplace harassment and discrimination. She is the co-author of Investigating Harassment and Discrimination: A Practical Guide, and author of the upcoming Preventing Harassment in the #MeToo Age. In her youth, Bobbi Dominick was deathly afraid of public speaking. In her early 20’s, she finally found her voice.
Bobbi is a native Boisean, home grown with that Idaho streak of independence. With degrees in history, law, and theology, Bobbi has worked in law, consulting, and for a church developing systems and training for protecting children, youth and adults from abusive behavior. She has taught at universities, in classrooms, conference rooms, boardrooms, training halls and ballrooms. She uses her voice for those who cannot speak up, by helping organizations improve their efforts to prevent workplace harassment and discrimination. Bobbi’s focus is on developing an organizational culture, leadership, and human resource systems that provide even the most vulnerable employees with a respectful place to work.
Imagine if in every community, there was a place for food beyond the grocery store, restaurant, or farmers’ market.
Shannon McGuire, a community-minded entrepreneur and social impact strategist, shares how to make food more than a footnote in urban planning. She believes food deserves its own seat at the table, and offers a model for creating that place for food in any community. Shannon is a socially conscious entrepreneur who creates realities where health is the first wealth, communities are prosperous, and people are empowered to maximize their potential. She believes food is one of the most important topics of our time because of its dramatic effects on our social, environmental, economic and human development. Whether it’s urban farms, childhood obesity, food cooperatives, plant-based eating, or building food education and empowerment destinations, Shannon is working to bring food to the forefront of the conversation.
Climate change. Oceans of plastic. Polluted water. Stagnant wages. The challenges we face can feel overwhelming. In the aftermath of the Financial Crisis, capitalism has been the frequent target of blame. In this future-leaning talk that weaves together capital, a misunderstanding of evolution, behavioral economics, sub-oceanic earthquakes and tsunamis, Matthew Weatherley-White offers a surprising voice of optimism as he poses a provocative question: What if capitalism is actually the solution rather than the problem? He invites us to understand that we are all optimistic capitalists, why that matters and how that will eventually save us.
Weatherley-White is an investor, entrepreneur, capitalist philosopher and a globally-recognized thought leader in the emerging discipline of Impact Investing. With a seat at the table of the world's capital markets, he draws on his unique perspective to sketch the outlines of a potential future for capitalism. When the foundational principles of capitalism and the capital markets are being questioned, when entire segments of societies are being left behind by the forces of globalization and open competition, when authoritarian leaders at the helm of command economies are on the rise, we need a third way, a surprising solution.
Matthew Weatherley-White is a global thought leader in the emerging discipline of impact investing, which harnesses the market’s power to drive solutions to some of the great challenges we collectively face. Matthew offers his perspective on what the future will hold for capitalism—and for everyone in the world who is touched by it. His experience as an investor, observer, entrepreneur, traveler, and advisor to some of the world’s more innovative pools of capital gives him unique insights into the future of capitalism and the evolution of markets.
How do you lead someone who knows what they need to do to change their life but—despite all your help—isn’t going to do it?
Brian Fretwell was confronted with this scenario repeatedly during his time as a teacher in the chemical addictions unit of a juvenile corrections facility. The honesty of a 15-year-old meth addict, and the wisdom of a mentor, reframed Brian’s definition and practice of leadership. Brian Fretwell helps people realize their value. He began his professional career as a teacher in juvenile corrections, empowering disenfranchised kids to do things they didn’t believe they could. From the Australian Outback to the Arctic Circle, today Brian teaches individuals, teams, and companies how to draw out their hidden potential. He got an MBA, ran a 100-mile ultra-marathon, overcame his fear of flying, and wrote a book because he didn’t think he could do any of them—and being a hypocrite isn’t his style.
We are in the midst of a crisis: our children’s creativity hangs in the balance. What's the cause? Schools? Digital entertainment? Teenage angst? In this humorous, heartfelt, and insightful talk, David Murray dives into the depths of a national creativity crisis using his own children as fodder for experimentation, reflection and resolution. He then outlines a path to raising a creative child and feeding “The Invisible Armadillo.” David is a storyteller, writer, and local leader in software product development. He is intrigued by the concept of applying strategies and techniques used in software development to create literature and art. His interests range from experimenting with practical "how-to" techniques to examining the philosophical meaning of story in business and life. He is particularly interested in how these techniques can be used in an educational environment to unlock the creative potential of children.