Mike Alonzo (Keynote Speaker)
The difference between an idea and sustainable business is validated execution. It’s easy for entrepreneurs to believe and have the confidence to take action, but what’s often missing is honest expectations and a willingness to take calculated steps.
Rick Krug “The History of Your Future”
Danielle Watson “Excavating New Possibilities”
The basic principles of archeology have applications far beyond categorizing and interpreting the long-lost treasures and remnants of past civilizations we find buried in the earth. By applying these principles in an innovative way, Danielle reveals a perspective that opens up broad fields of possibility to anyonewilling to think outside the box.
Wallace J. Nichols “Blue Mind in the Desert”
Water holds vast cognitive, emotional, psychological and social benefits. “Blue Mind” is defined in Dr. Wallace J. Nichols’ New York Times bestseller as “a mildly meditative state characterized by calm, peacefulness, unity, and a sense of general happiness and satisfaction with life in the moment. It is inspired by water and elements associated with water, from the color blue to the words we use to describe the sensations associated with immersion.” But is Blue Mind part of life in places like the hot dry Sonoran Desert? The short answer: hell yes!
Wayne Warrington “Make Change with Your Lost Money”
After locating 400 million dollars that was being withheld from unaware consumers, Wayne Warrington demonstrates a simple, powerful way to find unclaimed property and use it to make important, worthwhile social change at the individual level. Warrington, a private investigator turned consumer advocate, is the founder of LostMoney.
Jill Irvin “Saving America’s Wild Horses”
Ted Blank “The View Through The Eyepiece”
“Sharing Knowledge and Encouraging Curiosity with Sidewalk Astronomy” Join Ted Blank on a journey through our Solar System and beyond as he shares how the view through the eyepiece can reawaken the curious child in all of us.
Marco Ceglie “Democracy is Not a Spectator Sport”
For too many people our democracy feels broken. A healthy democracy requires an engaged citizenry, yet too few eligible voters cast their votes in each and every election. Come with me on a short, interactive walk through the struggle for universal suffrage and relive the battles for power and voice. Experience what is lost when power is delegated to the few who show up, and re-engage in the fight for a healthy democracy.
Elizabeth Havlicek “The Power of Joy”
Harriette Rasmussen “Community Unleashed: Stories of Power and Possibility”
What do cancer, community, and football have in common? How does the power of community unleash our innate need for one another, our desire to connect, and the possibilities brought forth by places we could never go alone? Witness the power of community on a young child’s battle with a rare form of cancer and how her journey has made indelible impressions on those who reached out.
Darren Wilson “Connection”
Owning the Power of CONNECTION – The power of connection has started revolutions and helped to build simple ideas into some of the world’s biggest brands. If you don’t understand how to leverage the power of connection, your company will be a commoditized afterthought within 2 years.
Mark Paul John “Someone You Should Know”
My talk will send a simple message, think in a positive way. To help your neighbor and have passion for whatever you do in life. I will share experiences that I’ve had throughout my life with the hopes of inspiring the audience not only to reflect on my good deeds, but to help spread positive attitude through actions.
Daune Thompson “How to Detox Your Drama”
How you interact or react to relationships with others, whether it’s your business partners, personal partners, parents, siblings or children is directly connected to how you feel about yourself. Throughout life we unconsciously drag pieces of luggage carrying unresolved issues to all areas of life, interrupting our inner compass. By viewing pressure as a gift, developing greater self-awareness and implementing self-love, you can detox drama and create a more effective and successful life.
Rafe Sagarin “Learning from the Octopus: the Biology of Adaptable Communities”
Learning to become adaptable is an essential skill for everyone in our unpredictable world. Nature is a great guide for how to be adaptable because biological organisms have been surviving and thriving in a dangerous world for billions of years, leaving us with countless lessons on how to deal with risk and uncertainty. Biological organisms know how to sense change, respond quickly to a wide range of problems that might arise, and build communities to take on difficult challenges. In this talk, I will share some of the adaptable practices of biological organisms (including humans themselves) and show how they can be adopted to address challenges from how to counter terrorism, how to teach better, how to make a business successful, and how to build a community. The stories I will tell are framed around both the amazing organisms I study and the remarkable life and social scientists, peace-builders, and security experts that contributed to working groups I organized after 9/11 to find biologically-based solutions to pressing security challenges.
Jay Schlum “Engagement, Empowerment and Focus”
Do you wish to move forward in an effective way and to impact your community in positive ways. Work with others desiring to take action, then actually do something that adds value. Enrich your life while moving forward with others.