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TEDxEdmonton Salon Series #3:Designing Spaces & Our Relationship To Them
Ben Weinlick, Think Jar Collective & The CommuniTEA Infusion Project
Ben is the Senior Leader of Research and Organizational Learning at SKILLS Society in Canada. He also regularly writes for the Creativity Post, gives keynotes and consults throughout Canada on helping organizations become more creative so they can better handle challenges they face. He has been instrumental in the creating of The CommuniTEA Infusion Project - an innovative project that creates gathering space in community for creative neighbourhood connections to deepen and expand.
Michael Phair, Former Edmonton City Councillor & Chair of Edmonton on the Edge
Michael Phair currently is Adjunct Professor/Education Coordinator with the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services at the University of Alberta. He is a part time instructor and is also on the Advisory Board of the City Region Study Centre with the Faculty of Extension at the University. Among is numerous volunteer activities, Mr. Phair is the Chair of the Edmonton on the Edge committee which aims to rejuvenate public spaces, and support the city in becoming an interesting, vibrant and dynamic place. Previously, Mr. Phair was an elected member of Edmonton’s City Council for 15 years, and represented Ward 4, the centre of the city.
Shafraaz Kaba - Architect & Partner, Manasc Isaac
Shafraaz Kaba is an architect and partner at Manasc Isaac. With a career that has taken him around the globe, his experiences have given him a deep appreciation of building systems and their integration in modern buildings. His work has included projects such as the Millennium Dome in London, and other hi-tech buildings with architects Michael Hopkins, Norman Foster and Nicholas Grimshaw.
He is a founding member of the Media, Art and Design Exposed (M.A.D.E.) in Edmonton Society which creates public progrmas that bring design, art, and architecture to the public. Shafraaz is a founder member of the Edmonton Design Committee, a project review panel for downtown Edmonton. He finds time to write for the Edmonton Journal, and has been a regular contributor to Canadian Architect, AZURE, Canadian Interiors sand Avenue magazines.
About the TEDxEdmonton Salon Series
The TEDxEdmonton Salon Series is a set of intimate and interactive live speaker events designed to engage TEDx audiences throughout the year, and spark creative engagement within the community. In the spirit of TED Talks, TEDxEdmonton Salons are a gathering of curious minds, and place to explore new ideas and ways of thinking. At each event we'll feature four unique local speakers - representing business/entrepreneurship, arts/culture, political/social and science/technology - each offering both visionary and practical perspectives and insights on the selected theme, followed by open, interactive discussion.
What is TEDx?
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
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.