Event to Explore Creative Economy and Entrepreneurship, Impact on Community and Economic Development in the Region

June 7 — Beacon, NY

A group of committed citizens is organizing a day-long event full of stimulating and inspiring talks on the impact of arts, culture, the creative class and entrepreneurship in the Hudson Valley.

TEDxLongDock comes to Beacon, NY, on June 7, and will be held at the Beacon Institute’s Center for Environmental Innovation and Education on Denning’s Point (199 Dennings Avenue).

Up and down the Hudson, our communities are reinventing themselves. In many there is a newfound optimism and a sense of civic pride. And it is boldness and creativity, not big industry, that are shaping the new economic landscape. Warehouses are being repurposed as microbreweries, sensational food is being coaxed out of our land, and our Main Streets, once desolate and deserted, are back, busy, bustling.

TEDxLongDock will challenge traditional views of economic development, and explore the vital role of the creative economy, entrepreneurship and the “creative class” to the longterm vibrancy of our region.

TEDxLongDock will convene the doers, the thinkers, the facilitators and the catalysts interested in making our region a better place to live: entrepreneurs, creatives and artists, economic development professionals, elected officials, community advocates, scholars and funders.

TEDxLongDock is operated under license from TED, the nonprofit known for its high-level events featuring extraordinary people who give the talks of their lives in 18 minutes or less. Those talks are posted on the vast award-winning TED Talks video site. As of November 2012, the 1400+ posted videos have been viewed more than one billion times. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

The day-long event will include a mix of talks and performances. Some of the great minds scheduled to present include:

  • Susan Batton, Dia:Beacon — museum administrator active in arts and culture nationally and locally
  • Jennifer Schwartz Berky, Hone Strategic — development adviser for regional and local governance, economic development, historic preservation and environmental conservation
  • Stowe Boyd — influential researcher, writer, speaker and futurist, originator of the term “hashtag”
  • Joe Concra, O+ Festival — fine artist and co-founder of art and music and wellness event
  • Marcus Guiliano, Aroma Thyme Bistro — seasoned chef-owner and advocate for supporting ethical, independent producers
  • Sarah Jacob — business development consultant
  • Shawn Dell Joyce, Wallkill River School — noted artist, nationally-syndicated newspaper columnist and organizer bridging arts and agriculture
  • Karen Salmansohn — best-selling author and book packager with over 1 million books sold
  • Jason Stern, Chronogram — publisher, participant and fomenter of the regional creative economy
  • Dan Weise, OPEN SPACE — art director, curator and organizer active in the global new art community

Speaking and performing slots are still available. Those interested can apply at www.tedxlongdock.com/speak.

Attendance is limited and curated. Passes are $70, which includes all sessions and networking, lunch, snacks, and an after-party at BEAHIVE. Those interested may apply to attend at www.tedxlongdock.com/attend.

Supporting organizations include BEAHIVE, Re>Think Local and Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Clarkson University. A limited number of sponsorships are available. Details at www.tedxlongdock.com/sponsor/why-sponsor.

More information can be found at www.tedxlongdock.com and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/TEDxLongDock) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/TEDxLongDock).


About TEDx

In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxLongDock, where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxLongDock, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place on the West Coast, with simulcast nearby; TEDGlobal is held each year in Edinburgh, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organize local, independent TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit www.ted.com/registration. Follow TED on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TED.


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