<![CDATA[TEDxGrandForks - Press]]>Wed, 10 Feb 2016 13:47:08 -0600Weebly<![CDATA[TEDxGrandForks to Feature 12 Presenters, Including 3 from Grand Forks]]>Fri, 22 Jan 2016 17:53:46 GMThttp://www.tedxgrandforks.com/press/tedxgrandforks-to-feature-12-presenters-including-3-from-grand-forks
On Saturday, February 20 beginning at 12:30pm, TEDxGrandForks will host its third main stage event, themed “Roots & Wings,” at the Empire Arts Center in Downtown Grand Forks. Registration will begin at 11:00am at the Empire Arts Center and an after party following the event (location TBA).
 
At TEDxGrandForks: Roots & Wings, remarkable people will share extraordinary ideas that are driving two of our community’s most recognizable industries – agriculture and aerospace – as well as the ideas that are emerging at their intersection.
 
Roots & Wings also signifies a belief in growing and cultivating local ideas, allowing them to successfully fly on their own. TEDxGrandForks is proud to showcase our inspiring, local presenters on multiple platforms to reach a diverse and global audience, including live streaming our annual conference and uploading professionally produced videos for international access.
 
With talks from educators, advocates, trainers, entrepreneurs, leaders, and artists, TEDxGrandForks: Roots & Wings will bring together both local and national thought leaders to educate our community, ignite our curiosity, activate our sense of possibility, and, ultimately, instill a desire for meaningful change.
 
Brian James Schill, President of the Grand Forks Public Library Board of Directors and an instructor in the Honors Program at the University of North Dakota, was selected by the community via an Open Mic Night event on January 14 in which 23 individuals shared a 2-minute preview of their “idea worth spreading.” Other Grand Forks locals that will be presenting at TEDxGrandForks are Kim and Dave Adams, speaking on their experiences with adoption.
 
TEDxGrandForks tickets are $80 for general admission or $25 for University of North Dakota (UND) student admission (available to the first 100 UND student purchasers). The ticket purchase price includes access to all talks and experiences, including a post-event party. Tickets are limited and are sold on a first come basis.

TEDxGrandForks: Roots & Wings is generously supported by UND Student Government, the Bush Foundation, Black Gold Farms, the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau, Sanford Health, AdMonkeys, the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals, Hope Church, Alerus Financial, All Seasons Garden Center, BeeGee Designs, The Ember Coffee House and Creative Venue, JLG Architects, J.R. Simplot Company, Thrivent Financial, and Universe.

The speakers for the February 20th event are as follows. For more details, please visit the TEDxGrandForks website at tedxgrandforks.com:
 
Brian Mackenzie (Orange County, CA) is a strength and conditioning and movement expert, and the innovator of the endurance, strength and conditioning paradigm. He co-authored the book Power Speed Endurance: A Skill Based approachto Endurance Training and recently co-authored the New York Times Best Seller, UnBreakable Runner. MacKenzie createdCrossFit Endurance in 2007, which specializes in movement skill with an emphasis in running mechanics and programming. MacKenzie’s program teaches over 70 seminars per year worldwide and provides free programming via crossfitendurance.com.

From his firm belief that nutrition is the foundation of all athletes, Mackenzie developed his own performance and recovery supplement, 3FU3L, and now owns the nutritional supplement company Sports Fuel, Inc. He is also the creator of the Unscared Inc. brand that is comprised of health and wellness companies to help athletes of all levels and sports push past their fears and realize their true genetic potential.
 
Mitzi Bolanos (Anchorage, AK) is an animal rights attorney and advocate, currently serving as the Executive Director of StubbyDog. Growing up in Miami-Dade County where pit bull type dogs have been banned since the 1980s, Mitzi initially knew very little about these dogs.  After graduating from law school at Florida International University, she moved to New Orleans. While volunteering at the Louisiana SPCA, Mitzi met Bubba, a pit bull type dog who wanted nothing more than affection (and maybe a treat or two). She knew right away that he was meant to be in her life.
 
Bubba started Mitzi on a path working for breed equality, and eventually led her to Portland, Oregon to pursue an advanced degree in Animal Law at Lewis & Clark Law School. Now, they take on breed discrimination together and help spread the message that pit bull type dogs are loving family companions. Mitzi and Bubba currently live in Anchorage, Alaska where he is the proud big brother to two other rescued pups, Clyde and Grace, and he’s been asking for a baby sister.
 
Mark Watne (Jamestown, ND) was elected as the ninth president of North Dakota Farmers Union in November 2013. In his capacity, he serves as president of Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Company and Farmers Union Service Association, all headquartered in Jamestown, North Dakota. 

Mark has a long history of Farmers Union involvement, first as a youth and young producer farming at Velva. In 1990, he was elected to the NDFU State Board of Directors. He served for six years, and was also state treasurer. In 1996, he began a 15-­year career in Jamestown at the Farmers Union headquarters as a development specialist, agricultural strategist, and staff executive director. He has led the development of the organization’s farmer-­owned restaurants and other innovative ideas. 
 
Gabe Brown (Bismarck, ND) is one of the pioneers of the current soil health movement that focuses on regenerating our resources. Gabe, along with his wife, Shelly, and son, Paul, own and operate a diversified 5,000-acre farm and ranch near Bismarck, N.D. Their operation focuses on farming and ranching in nature’s image. The Browns holistically integrate their grazing and no-till cropping system, which includes a wide variety of cash crops along with multi-species cover crops and all-natural, grass-fed beef, poultry and sheep. This diversity and integration has regenerated the natural resources on the ranch without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or fungicides. Over 2,000 people visit the Brown’s ranch annually to see this unique operation for themselves. They have had visitors from all 50 states and 16 foreign countries.
 
Katie Wallace (Fort Collins, CO), a Master in Applied Positive Psychology, is the Assistant Director of Sustainability and “Purveyor of the Good Life” at 100% employee-owned New Belgium Brewing in Colorado. Passionate about business’s opportunity to be a force for good in the world, she looks to both sustainable technologies and a spirited culture of sustainability to help materialize this vision.  
 
Heidi Mihelich Demars (Bismarck, ND) is a multi-passionate community builder, a 2013 Bush Fellow, Co-op Developer, Certified Non-Profit Professional, and Children’s Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher. She thrives on creating connections and working with others to improve the quality of life in the Bismarck-Mandan community. Heidi has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Science from the University of North Dakota. She cares deeply about North Dakota and advancing sustainable agriculture in our state.

Heidi is a founder of the BisMan Community Food Co-op, a consumer-owned cooperative with over 1,500 member-owners. The co-op is opening its doors in April 2016 and will offer a wide variety of fresh, healthy, and local foods.
 
John Nowatzki (Fargo, ND) is an agricultural machine systems specialist in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at North Dakota State University. His research uses UAS in crop and livestock applications to improve crop health and increase crop yields.

John is currently conducting applied research and University Extension programming in four areas: UAS applications to crop and livestock management, active optical sensor applications to field crop health, the impacts of soil compaction from wheel tracks on field crop yields, and the impacts of tree windbreaks on field crop yields. Each of these focus areas relate to precision agriculture.
 
Mic Jordan (Fargo, ND) is Anishinaabe from the Turtle Mountain Reservation, where music heavily influenced his childhood. As a Hip Hop artist, he speaks about his passion for life and where he came from. In addition to his musical endeavors, Mic also travels to communities and universities speaking directly to youth by using his voice to address issues of alcoholism, suicide, and the negative effects of Native mascots. He also shares his life story and how he overcame adversity. Mic spreads a positive message in hopes of a better understanding of the hip hop genre by continuing to change the minds of those who believe hip hop is only a form of verbal violence
 
Married for almost 14 years, Dave and Kim Adams (Grand Forks, ND) are the parents to five children - twin daughters, Jensen and Kylie, age 8; sons Caleb, age 5, Jonas (13), and Natnael (9). The couple always knew they wanted a family; however, they never imagined it would be this big! Dave is a graduate of Williston High School and the University of North Dakota. He currently is serving as interim lay pastor at St. Mark's Lutheran Church and coordinator of youth ministry at Calvary Lutheran Church, both in Grand Forks. Dave is also a student at Luther Seminary, completing a Master's of Divinity. Kim is a graduate of Dakota High School and North Dakota State University. Currently, she serves as the coordinator of young adult and family ministry at Calvary Lutheran Church. 
 
As an international rafting company owner, social entrepreneur, acclaimed author, and community growth innovator, Ken Streater (Bend, OR) has studied cultures in over forty countries, amid the deltas of Botswana, in small villages of Siberia, on the streets of China, and through deep conversations with luminaries and community gatekeepers.

Ken’s work as a worldwide river guide immersed him in societies rich in tradition, poor in material wealth, and politically varied, in places wrought by fear or flourishing in trust. Through these experiences on five continents, Ken created his own heart-driven business culture by providing employees and clients with opportunities to make their dreams come true in the peace of wild places.

Brian James Schill (Grand Forks, ND) has been teaching interdisciplinary courses for the University of North Dakota Honors Program since 2005. Putting into practice his background in punk rock, Media Studies, Literary Theory and Criticism, and Comparative Religious Studies, Schill has published several articles in the academic and trade press on popular music, prairie subculture, and something called “postanarchism.” His forthcoming book is entitled Lusty Scrips: A Literary History of Punk and Postpunk (Indiana University Press, 2016). A North Dakota native, Schill has been President of the Grand Forks Public Library Board of Directors since 2011.
 
TEDxGrandForks is licensed by TED but is locally organized by a volunteer team: Brandon Baumbach, Becca Grandstrand, Paige Blanchard, Maura Ferguson, Tim Knight, Jared Lennon, Emily Montgomery, and Courtney Olson.
 
Media Requests

All interview and other media/press requests should be sent to: Becca Grandstrand, organizer of TEDxGrandForks. Becca is the official spokesperson for TEDxGrandForks. She can be contacted at becca@tedxgrandforks.com or 218-230-0525.
 
Please note that TEDx event organizers are not able to speak for the TED Conference. Any inquiry regarding TED should be sent to Melody Serafino, TEDx Media Liaison, at TEDxPR@groupsjr.com
 
About TEDx, x = independently organized event

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.)
 
About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
 
TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
 
Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED
 
For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration
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<![CDATA[Open Mic Night to Feature Local Presenters]]>Mon, 11 Jan 2016 02:32:48 GMThttp://www.tedxgrandforks.com/press/open-mic-night-to-feature-local-presentersOn Thursday, TEDxGrandForks’s Open Mic Night & Ticket Launch Party will feature local presenters vying for the audience’s vote to move on to the TEDxGrandForks 2016 stage on February 20, 2016. All pitches at Thursday’s event are limited to two-minutes. The presenter with the most audience votes will present their “Idea Worth Spreading” at TEDxGrandForks next month.
 
As of Sunday, January 10, 2016, the 11 community members that have reserved a spot for Open Mic Night include Jill Baird, La Royce Batchelor, Katherine Carpenter, Macy Christianson, Josh Hoeckle, Jared Fladeland, Jeff Gauss, Grant Hauschild, Chad Kurtyka, Brad Schmidt, and Spirit Star. Online reservations are still open and will close on Tuesday at midnight. To reserve a spot for Thursday’s event, visit tedxgrandforks.com. There is no cost to present.
 
In addition to voting for their favorite idea, attendees to Thursday’s event will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets to TEDxGrandForks 2016 and get the inside scoop into the event’s theme and nearly a dozen confirmed speakers. General admission tickets for TEDxGrandForks 2016 are $80. A limited number of UND Student tickets will be available for $25. Remaining tickets will go on sale at tedxgrandforks.com on January 15.
 
Open Mic Night & Ticket Launch Party will be held at and is sponsored by The Ember (8 North 3rd Street, Downtown Grand Forks) on January 14 at 7:00 PM. Open Mic Night is entirely free and open to the public.
 
About TEDxGrandForks
 
TEDxGrandForks on February 20, 2016 will bring together thought leaders from diverse fields giving the talk of a lifetime on subjects they feel passionate about. The event aims to foster learning, inspiration, and wonder designed to provoke conversations that matter and ideas that will take our community, our region, our state, our nation, and our world to the next level.
 
All 19 talks from past TEDxGrandForks events are available at tedxgrandforks.com.
 
TEDxGrandForks 2016 is sponsored by UND Student Government, the Bush Foundation, Black Gold Farms, the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau, Sanford Health, AdMonkeys, Alerus Financial, BeeGee Designs, The Ember, Simplot, Thrivent Financial, and Universe.
 
All media/press requests should be sent to: Becca Grandstrand, co-organizer and official spokesperson of TEDxGrandForks. She can be contacted at becca@tedxgrandforks.com or 218-230-0525.
 
Please note that TEDx event organizers are not able to speak for the TED Conference. Any inquiry regarding TED should be sent to Melody Serafino, TEDx Media Liaison, at TEDxPR@groupsjr.com
 
About TEDx, x = independently organized event

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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
 
The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
 
Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/TED.]]>
<![CDATA[TEDxGrandForks Announces Call for Speakers and Performers]]>Mon, 04 Jan 2016 21:40:09 GMThttp://www.tedxgrandforks.com/press/tedxgrandforks-announces-call-for-speakers-and-performersTEDxGrandForks organizers announced that they are accepting speaker and performer applications to fill the final seat for the February 2016 lineup, slated for February 20. Applications are being accepted online through January 12. Applicants will be invited to present a 2-minute preview at the Open Mic Night & Ticket Launch Party on January 14, 7:00 PM, at The Ember. The final presenter will be chosen by audience vote.
 
“TEDxGrandForks is actively looking for local change agents that can share their ideas through a talk or performance. In fact, six community members have already reserved their own spot at Open Mic Night,” said Becca Grandstrand, co-organizer of TEDxGrandForks. “If you know individuals who have great ideas that could creating lasting change in our region, please encourage them to apply. Help us tap into the many voices, ideas, and talents that make up our community.”
 
“I had a hunch that I had an idea worth sharing. At Open Mic Night, the Grand Forks community helped validate that the idea had interest, and TEDxGrandForks created a tremendous opportunity for me to share that idea in its entirety with a global audience,” shared Jason Schaefer, one of two winners from last year’s Open Mic Night event. “If you have a great idea, please share it!”
 
Jason Schaefer’s TEDxGrandForks talk is available at tedxgrandforks.com/tedxgrandforks-2015.
 
More information regarding speaker and performer applications, upcoming events, and tickets can be found at tedxgrandforks.com.
 
Open Mic Night & Ticket Launch Party will be held at and is sponsored by The Ember (8 North 3rd Street, Downtown Grand Forks) on January 14 at 7:00 PM. Open Mic Night is entirely free and open to the public.
 
About TEDxGrandForks
 
TEDxGrandForks on February 20, 2016 will bring together thought leaders from diverse fields giving the talk of a lifetime on subjects they feel passionate about. The event aims to foster learning, inspiration, and wonder designed to provoke conversations that matter and ideas that will take our community, our region, our state, our nation, and our world to the next level. The theme for the event will be announced at TEDxGrandForks’s Open Mic Night & Ticket Launch Party.
 
All 19 talks from past TEDxGrandForks events are available at tedxgrandforks.com.
 
TEDxGrandForks 2016 is sponsored by UND Student Government, the Bush Foundation, Black Gold Farms, the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau, Sanford Health, AdMonkeys, Alerus Financial, BeeGee Designs, The Ember, Simplot, Thrivent Financial, and Universe.
 
All media/press requests should be sent to: Becca Grandstrand, co-organizer and official spokesperson of TEDxGrandForks. She can be contacted at becca@tedxgrandforks.com or 218-230-0525.
 
Please note that TEDx event organizers are not able to speak for the TED Conference. Any inquiry regarding TED should be sent to Melody Serafino, TEDx Media Liaison, at TEDxPR@groupsjr.com

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
 
The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
 
Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/TED]]>
<![CDATA[TEDxGrandForks Engages the Region with "Ideas Worth Spreading"]]>Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:25:31 GMThttp://www.tedxgrandforks.com/press/tedxgrandforks-engages-the-region-with-ideas-worth-spreading
TEDxGrandForks: Launch, a TED-like experience dedicated to ideas worth spreading at the local level, was by all standards a huge success this past weekend. The event took place at the Empire Arts Center in Downtown Grand Forks on Saturday, February 21, 2015 and attracted over 200 attendees, 25 volunteers, 11 presenters, and nearly 400 live stream page views from across North Dakota, Minnesota, Massachusetts, California, Illinois, New York, Australia, Canada, England, and Hong Kong. The live stream, sponsored by UND Student Government, was available free of cost to viewers. Independently organized viewing parties took place at the University of North Dakota, at Boston University, and in Bethesda, Maryland.

“The live stream allowed us to share the TEDxGrandForks experience with those both near and far,” said organizer Becca Grandstrand. “TEDxGrandForks is more than just a day of interesting talks; it is meant to start conversations that matter about ideas that can take our world to the next level. The live stream gave us the opportunity to share that vision with hundreds of individuals from around the world.” 
Focusing on the theme, Launch, eleven regional and national speakers discussed unique and innovative ideas from musical collaborations and city-wide transportation systems to autism and human rights. Presenters included: 
  • Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte (Portland, ME): Author of “Nowhere, a Story of Exile”
  • Nicholas Gaudette & Maggie Bergeron (Minneapolis, MN): Educators and Co-Creators of “Hear Here!” a new Twin Cities music and movement festival
  • Jonas Fisher (Warroad, MN): Musician and Composer
  • Alex Gilliam (Philadelphia, PA): Entrepreneur, Expert Builder, and Founder of Public Workshop
  • Patrick Kasper (Fargo, ND): Fitness Guru and Creator of “Positive Motion: Movement with a Message”
  • Tim Larkin (Las Vegas, NV): Self-Defense Expert, Founder of Target Focus Training, and Author of “Surviving the Unthinkable”
  • Taylor Mortell (Boston, MA): Co-Founder of “Still Running: An Art Marathon for Boston”
  • Jason Schaefer (Grand Forks, ND): Urbanist
  • Natasha Thomas (Grand Forks, ND): Educator and Community Activist
  • Bill Wong (Los Angeles, CA): Occupational Therapist Specializing in Autism
Bios for each of the presenters can be found at www.tedxgrandforks.com.
TEDxGrandForks attendees came from across North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Dakota to engage, network, and spark discussion. Though the speakers started the conversation, they were only a part of what TEDxGrandForks was all about. Innovation spaces took place in the Empire Art Center’s black box theatre, Studio E, and at Daktyl Tattoo Gallery and featured food, conversation starters, and thought-provoking activities to cultivate discussions around the ideas that were presented. A social was held at HB Sound & Light immediately following the event.

TEDxGrandForks was also attended and supported by TEDx organizers from around the region, including representatives from TEDxBrookings, TEDxMinot, TEDxFargo, TEDxGullLake, and TEDxBismarck.

“Everyone who attended, spoke, volunteered, and watched TEDxGrandForks helped to make the event a huge success,” said Becca Grandstrand. “At TEDxGrandForks we were asked to take an active role in our communities, to take our ideas and put them into action. Attendees were engaged with new perspectives and challenged to seek out solutions in unexpected ways.”
Pictures from the event will be posted within the next few days at www.tedxgrandforks.com and at www.facebook.com/tedxgrandforks. Videos from the event will be made available free online within the next four weeks.

TEDxGrandForks was sponsored and supported by the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Knight FoundationUND Student GovernmentNINE18 PhotographyBeeGee DesignsCaribou CoffeeAmazing Grains Food CooperativeDakota Harvest Bakers, the University of North DakotaNorthrop Grumman, and Alerus Financial.

Technical production and videography was provided by HB Sound & Light. Photography was provided by John Campbell of NINE18 Photography. Web design was provided by BeeGee Designs. Slide deck design was provided by Samantha Nienow of Red Zest Design. Speaker coaching was provided by Tasha Rohlfs: Public Speaking Consultant.

TEDxGrandForks is licensed by TED but is locally organized by Hannah Bahnmiller, Brandon Baumbach, Emily Burkland, Becca Grandstrand, Andrew Galegher, Shana Hall, and Hana Mattern.
All photographs by John Campbell of NINE18 Photography.
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<![CDATA[TEDxGrandForks to Feature 11 Presenters]]>Mon, 09 Feb 2015 01:20:19 GMThttp://www.tedxgrandforks.com/press/tedxgrandforks-to-feature-11-presenters
On Saturday, February 21 beginning at 1:00pm, TEDxGrandForks will host its second main stage event, themed “Launch,” at the Empire Arts Center in Downtown Grand Forks. Registration will begin at noon at Daktyl Tattoo Gallery and an after party will be held from 6:00 - 8:00pm at HB Sound & Light.

TEDxGrandForks 2015 will explore what it means to move beyond amazing ideas, launching them into action. The event will encourage attendees to engage in a conversation about how to make "ideas worth spreading" into "ideas worth doing."

The event will feature a diverse representation of speakers from an array of industries and experiences, from the west coast to the east coast. Two local presenters, Jason Schaefer and Natasha Thomas, were selected by the community via an Open Mic Night event in November in which 14 individuals shared a 2-minute preview of their “idea worth spreading.” Other presenters include Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte, Maggie Bergeron, Jonas Fisher, Nicholas Gaudette, Alex Gilliam, Patrick Kasper, Tim Larkin, Taylor Mortell, and Bill Wong.

TEDxGrandForks tickets are $80 for general admission or $25 for University of North Dakota (UND) student admission (available to the first 75 UND student purchasers). The ticket purchase price includes access to all talks and experiences, including a post-event party. Tickets are limited and are sold on a first come basis.

Sponsors for TEDxGrandForks include the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau, the University of North Dakota Student Government, the Knight Foundation, NINE18 Photography, BeeGee Designs, Amazing Grains, Dakota Harvest Bakers, Caribou Coffee, and the University of North Dakota.

The announced speakers are as follows. For detailed biographies, please visit the TEDxGrandForks website:


Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte (Portland, ME) is a writer, lecturer and a lawyer. Anna was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, then a Republic of USSR. As the Soviet Union began its collapse, Anna and her family fled ethnic cleansing in Baku in the fall of 1989 as Armenians, a Christian minority of Azerbaijan. Anna and her family spent two and a half years in blockaded Armenia as refugees before coming to United States in 1992. In 2012 Anna published her first book, titled Nowhere, a Story of Exile, which she wrote at the age of 14 as her family settled in North Dakota. The book is based on the childhood diaries she kept as her family was fleeing Baku, Azerbaijan and during life in Armenia as refugees. 

Maggie Bergeron (Minneapolis, MN) is an organizer, choreographer, dancer, and teacher. She currently choreographs and directs Maggie Bergeron & Company, dances in her own work and the work of local choreographers, instructs dance majors at the University of Minnesota Dance Program in pedagogy and composition courses, and directs the Dance Department at the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, a charter school for grades 9-12 committed to pre-professional training in the arts. Maggie is one of the co-creators of a new festival, Hear Here!, in the Twin Cities area that celebrates the space and time where movement and music intersect.

Jonas Fisher (Warroad, MN) is a high school senior that has always had a keen curiosity abot music, instruments, composition, and the process of perfecting one’s musical abilities. Jonas began playing piano as soon as he could reach the keys and has had formal lessons for the past elevent year, currently studying with Dr. Nariaki Sugiura at the University of North Dakota. Jonas is also an accomplished composer, winning scholarships in the Junior Composer’s contest in 2013 and 2014. Jonas plays several musical instruments, including euphonium, bassoon, clarinet, oboe, and flute, several of which are completely self-taught.

Nicholas Gaudette (Minneapolis, MN), renegade bassist and composer, has been playing and performing in the Twin Cities area for over a quarter century. Nick is the instrumental music department chair at the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, where he teaches music composition and conducts the chamber orchestra. Nick is one of the co-creators of a new festival, Hear Here!, in the Twin Cities area that celebrates the space and time where movement and music intersect.

Alex Gilliam (Philadelphia, PA) is a cheerleader of possibility and the founder of Public Workshop, an organization that redefines the way youth and communities participate as citizens and leaders in the design of their neighborhoods and cities. Alex fundamentally believes that great design, empowerment, innovation, and having fun are not mutually exclusive. Uniquely combining his skills as a designer, educator, expert builder, and entrepreneur, he leads multigenerational design-build community projects, develops placemaking initiatives, constructs maker spaces for people of all ages, devises transformative youth design leadership programs, and creates innovative participatory design tools.

Patrick Kasper (Fargo, ND) is the creator and presenter of the mind, body, fitness, team building, motivation program Positive Motion: Movement with a Message. He is an internationally known and respected fitness guru and has been an energetic force in the fitness and lifestyle industry for over 15 years. In 2013 Patrick and his Positive Motion team launched PositiveMotionTV.net, an innovative way for schools to experience and interact with the energy of Positive Motion in a convenient and affordable way, making a positive daily impact on students and staff.

Tim Larkin (Las Vegas, NV) is a former military intelligence officer and one of the world’s leading pro-victim rights and personal safety advocates. After being named the 2011 Self Defense Instructor of the Year and simultaneously inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame, Tim ended the year by taking on the UK Home Secretary and getting banned from the UK for his stand on a citizen’s right to defend themselves from imminent violence. Tim is the founder of Target Focus Training, a program that has trained over 10,000 clients from military operations units, special law enforcement teams, celebrities, and high profile business leaders on how to use physics and physiology to injure any human(s) trying to attack them.

Taylor Mortell (Boston, MA) cofounded and lead the multifaceted, greater Boston community art project, “Still Running: An Art Marathon for Boston." Originally started in response to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Still Running grew into a year-long series of free community art-making events called "Art Marathons" where all were invited to make artwork celebrating Boston while providing an outlet for the city to heal. The goal was to make artwork that would later be given local first responders as a way to give thanks for their service. Taylor was presented with The Citizen Artist Award in recognition of contributions in art for societal impact. 

Natasha Thomas (Grand Forks, ND) is a North Dakota born and raised, board certified music therapist, bellydance performer and instructor, and prime mover for race-related activism living in Grand Forks. Natasha teaches at the Music Departmet at the University of North Dakota and manages the downtown studio of the Lovely Dozen, a local Middle Eastern Dance troupe. Natasha is particularly passionate about bringing people together over concepts of celebrating diversity, breaking down barriers hand in hand with cultural sensitivity, and balancing personal and systemic responsibility. 

Jason Schaefer’s (Grand Forks, ND) passions center on themes of innovation, community, and sustainability. He brings a great deal of enthusiasm coupled with Midwestern pragmatism. Jason currently serves on the boards of the Grand Forks Downtown Development Association and Amazing Grains Food Cooperative. Jason has always had a strong interest in cities and had the chance to live in some great ones, including Almuñécar, Spain; Missoula, MT; Boston, MA; Washington, DC; Fargo, ND; and, of course, Grand Forks, ND. Last year, he was awarded a McCloy Fellowship to study urban sustainability initiatives while visiting Amsterdam and seven cities across Germany. Recently, he traveled with a delegation of leaders from Fargo to learn about creative initiatives in downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

Bill Wong (Los Angeles, CA) was born in Hong Kong and came to the United States with his family as an 11 year old in 1996. Bill received his bachelor’s degree in statistics from University of California, Riverside in 2007, masters degree in occupational therapy from University of Southern California in 2011, and clinical doctorate degree in occupational therapy from University of Southern California in 2013. Bill was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in August 2010. After a year in trying to find his identity in occupational therapy, he decided to establish his specialty in autism. Since receiving his diagnosis, Bill has presented at occupational therapy conferences at state, national, and international levels. Bill has also guest lectured at 8 different occupational therapy masters programs on autism. Bill’s passion for his occupational therapy career is to be able to deliver occupational therapy presentations to Chinese speaking countries in Chinese and to continue to establish himself as a leader in occupational therapy and autism communities.
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<![CDATA[Launch Idea Contest Invites Regional High School Students to Pitch Their Ideas]]>Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:22:22 GMThttp://www.tedxgrandforks.com/press/-launch-idea-contest-invites-regional-high-school-students-to-pitch-their-ideasTEDxGrandForks and UND Enrollment Services invites high school students in grades 9-12 from across the region to develop an idea to solve a growing problem of their choice. Examples might include food shortage, overpopulation, climate change, aging, energy, etc. Participants are encouraged to be creative and innovative, generating a new and unique idea either alone or with a partner. Problems can be big or small, local or national, and anything in between.

Students must create and submit a link to a YouTube video up to 3 minutes in length that describes the problem, the idea, and how it will be implemented. Submissions will only be accepted online at www.tedxgrandforks.com/launch-contest-submissions.

The TEDxGrandForks team will select 3 videos. Winners will receive a complimentary ticket to TEDxGrandForks: Launch on Saturday, February 21, 1:00pm at the Empire Arts Center in Downtown Grand Forks, ND. In addition, winners will be asked to share a 3-minute overview of their idea at the event.

Video submissions are due by Tuesday, February 10, 5:00 PM. Winners will be selected and notified by email on or before Saturday, February 14, 5:00 PM.

About TEDxGrandForks: Launch

On Saturday, February 21, 2015, TEDxGrandForks will host its second main stage event, themed “Launch,” at the Empire Arts Center in Downtown Grand Forks.

TEDxGrandForks tickets are $80 for general admission or $25 for University of North Dakota (UND) student admission (available to the first 75 UND student purchasers). The ticket purchase price includes access to all talks and experiences, including a social following the event. Tickets are available online at www.tedxgrandforks.com/tickets.

Registration will begin at the Daktyl Tattoo Gallery at noon and the program will begin at the Empire Arts Center at 1:00pm. An After Party will follow the event at approximately 6:30pm at HB Sound & Light.

To date, sponsors for TEDxGrandForks include the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau, the University of North Dakota Student Government, the Knight Foundation, Dakota Harvest Bakers, and Amazing Grains.

The presenters are as follows, listed in alphabetical order. For detailed biographies, please visit the TEDxGrandForks website:
  • Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte (Portland, ME): Author of “Nowhere, a Story of Exile”
  • Nicholas Gaudette & Maggie Bergeron (Minneapolis, MN): Educators and Co-Creators of “Hear Here!” a new Twin Cities music and movement festival
  • Jonas Fisher (Warroad, MN): Musician and Composer
  • Alex Gilliam (Philadelphia, PA): Entrepreneur, Expert Builder, and Founder of Public Workshop
  • Patrick Kasper (Fargo, ND): Fitness Guru and Creator of “Positive Motion: Movement with a Message”
  • Tim Larkin (Los Vegas, NV): Self-Defense Expert, Founder of Target Focus Training, and Author of “Surviving the Unthinkable”
  • Taylor Mortell (Boston, MA): Co-Founder of “Still Running: An Art Marathon for Boston”
  • Jason Schaefer (Grand Forks, ND): Urbanist
  • Natasha Thomas (Grand Forks, ND): Educator and Community Activist
  • Bill Wong (Los Angeles, CA): Occupational Therapist Specializing in Autism

TEDxGrandForks is licensed by TED but is locally organized by Hannah Bahnmiller, Brandon Baumbach, Emily Burkland, Becca Grandstrand, Andrew Galegher, Shana Hall, and Hana Mattern.
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<![CDATA[TEDxGrandForks Announces 2015 Date and Call for Presenters]]>Wed, 29 Oct 2014 03:10:30 GMThttp://www.tedxgrandforks.com/press/tedxgrandforks-announces-2015-date-and-call-for-presentersThe second TEDxGrandForks event will take place on February 21, 2015 at the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks with the theme “Launch."

To prepare for another sold out event, organizers announced today that they are accepting speaker and performer applications to give local and regional residents the opportunity to present on the TEDxGrandForks stage. All applicants will be invited to present a 2-minute preview at Open Mic Night. Talks and performances should relate to the 2015 TEDxGrandForks theme “Launch.” One presenter will be chosen by audience vote and will take the stage at TEDxGrandForks on February 21, 2015.

“We want to give residents in our community the opportunity to bring their ideas and passion to the TEDxGrandForks stage,” said event organizer Becca Grandstrand. “If you know individuals who have great ideas, please encourage them to apply. Help us tap into the many voices, ideas, and talents that make up this community, but might not be well known.”

Last year, Open Mic Night attracted over 100 attendees and nearly a dozen presenters. Two speakers, Barry Striegel and Tamarah Gehlen, were chosen by audience vote and moved on to share their ideas and passions at TEDxGrandForks.

Open Mic Night will be held in the Backstage at the Empire Arts Center (415 Demers Avenue, Downtown Grand Forks) on November 20 at 7:00 PM. Applications are available at www.tedxgrandforks.com and will be accepted through November 18. There is no cost to present. In addition, Open Mic Night is entirely free and open to the public.

TEDxGrandForks on February 21, 2015 will bring together thought leaders from diverse fields giving the talk of a lifetime on subjects they feel passionate about. The event aims to foster learning, inspiration, and wonder designed to provoke conversations that matter and ideas that will take our community, our region, our state, our nation, and our world to the next level.

All nine talks from TEDxGrandForks 2014 are available at www.tedxgrandforks.com. Photos from the event, courtesy of Daniel Folkers Photography, can be found at www.flickr.com/groups/tedxgrandforks.

Information regarding presenters for TEDxGrandForks 2015 will be posted on the website as well as the TEDxGrandForks Facebook and Twitter feeds in the coming weeks. Tickets will go on sale in 2015.

All media/press requests should be sent to: Becca Grandstrand, organizer and official spokesperson of TEDxGrandForks. She can be contacted at becca@tedxgrandforks.com or 218-230-0525.

Please note that TEDx event organizers are not able to speak for the TED Conference.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.)


About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.


The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/TED.
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<![CDATA[TEDxGrandForksSalons to Promote Community Engagement]]>Sun, 12 Oct 2014 21:01:13 GMThttp://www.tedxgrandforks.com/press/tedxgrandforkssalons-to-promote-community-engagementBecca Grandstrand is looking to encourage innovative and intellectual talk with this year’s TEDxGrandForks salons.

Each salon will have a different theme and feature one live speaker, one TED Talk and an opportunity for discussion about the Grand Forks community. The salons, which began on Sept. 25, continue Oct. 16 at the Fire Hall Theatre with a salon on entertainment, Nov. 6 with a salon on design at Daktyl Tattoo Gallery and the TEDxGrandForks Open Mic Night on Nov. 20 at the Empire Arts Center.

The salons are limited to 50 people and the event suggests a $4 donation to cover venue costs. Open Mic Night, however, has no attendance cap and is free for all who attend.

Grandstrand, who organizes TEDxGrandForks, said the salons are unique gatherings designed to promote discussion and ideas around a general topic, giving members of the community an opportunity to connect with others in a setting that encourages innovative and intellectual thinking.

“There are a number of athletic, social and artistic events that keep our citizens busy and engaged,” Grandstrand said. “TEDxGrandForks provides a new outlet for residents to come together, to discuss ideas worth spreading and to envision how we can impact our community’s future.”

Thursday’s salon will feature Leah Paige, an actor and director who recently moved to Grand Forks from New York City.

TEDxGrandForks is an independently-organized event that is meant to bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

IF YOU GO
What: TEDxGrandForks salon on entertainment
When: 8 p.m. Thursday
Where: Fire Hall Theatre
Cost: Suggested donation of $4

Call Rupard at (701) 780-1122; (800) 477-6572, ext. 1122; or send email towrupard@gfherald.com. 
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<![CDATA[TEDxGrandForks Announces Three TEDxGrandForksSalon Events]]>Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:21:09 GMThttp://www.tedxgrandforks.com/press/tedxgrandforks-announces-three-tedxgrandforkssalon-eventsTEDxGrandForks organizers announced today that they will be holding three TEDxGrandForksSalons in the coming months. Salon events are designed to engage our TEDxGrandForks community in intellectual discussions, allowing the conversations around great ideas to continue in person.

Each salon will have a different theme and feature one live speaker, one TED Talk, and an opportunity to discuss and connect with engaged individuals in our community. The salons are limited to 50 attendees with a $4 suggested donation to cover venue costs.

Upcoming events:

TEDxGrandForksSalon: Technology
Thursday, September 25, 8:00pm
Rhombus Guys Rooftop 

TEDxGrandForksSalon: Entertainment
Thursday, October 16, 8:00pm
Fire Hall Theatre

TEDxGrandForksSalon: Design
Thursday, November 6, 8:00pm
Daktyl Tattoo Gallery

TEDxGrandForks Open Mic Night
Thursday, November 20, 7:00pm
Backstage at the Empire Arts Center

More information regarding TEDxGrandForksSalons can be found at tedxgrandforks.com.

All media/press requests should be sent to: Becca Grandstrand, organizer of TEDxGrandForks. Becca is the official spokesperson for TEDxGrandForks. She can be contacted at becca@tedxgrandforks.com or 218-230-0525.

Please note that TEDx event organizers are not able to speak for the TED Conference. Any inquiry regarding TED should be sent to Melody Serafino, TEDx Media Liaison, at TEDxPR@groupsjr.com

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
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.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED

For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration
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<![CDATA[Inaugural TEDxGrandForks a Huge Success]]>Sat, 08 Feb 2014 22:54:58 GMThttp://www.tedxgrandforks.com/press/inaugural-tedxgrandforks-a-huge-success
TEDxGrandForks: Challenge Accepted, a TED-like experience dedicated to ideas worth spreading at the local level, was by all standards a huge success. The sold-out event took place at the Empire Arts Center in Downtown Grand Forks on Friday, February 7, 2014 and attracted 100 attendees, 50 volunteers, 9 speakers, and over 720 live stream viewers from across North Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, New York, Florida, California, Wisconsin, Colorado, Canada, and even Mexico. The live stream was available free of cost to viewers. Independently organized viewing parties took place at the University of North Dakota, Bismarck State College, and in Chicago, Illinois.

“The live stream allowed us to share the TEDxGrandForks experience with those both near and far,” said lead organizer Becca Grandstrand. “TEDxGrandForks is more than just a day of interesting talks; it is meant to start conversations that matter about ideas that can take our world to the next level. The live stream gave us the opportunity to share that vision with nearly 900 individuals from across North America.”

Focusing on the theme, Challenge Accepted, nine regional and national speakers and three TED Talk videos discussed unique and challenging ideas from music therapy and entrepreneurship to stem cell research and experiential education. Presenters included: entrepreneur and fashion designer, Anna Hovet (Chicago, IL); nationally-renowned education consultant, Diana Laufenberg (Philadelphia, PA); Chief of Cardiology at Cedars Sinai Heart Institute, Dr. Timothy Henry (Los Angeles, CA); leadership consultant and former Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Honorable Carolyn H. Becraft (Burke, VA); nationally recognized speaker and world-touring entertainer, Mark J. Lindquist (Fargo, ND); founding director of the North Dakota Youth Entrepreneurship Education Program, Barry Striegel (Bismarck, ND); Program Director of WINGS Treatment Center, Tamarah Gehlen (Litchfield, MN); senior music therapy major at the University of North Dakota, Carly Flaagan (East Grand Forks, MN); and President and COO of Appareo Systems, Dave Batcheller (Fargo, ND). Bios for each of the presenters can be found at www.tedxgrandforks.com.

TEDxGrandForks attendees came from across North Dakota and Minnesota to engage, network, and spark deep discussion. Though the speakers started the conversation, they were only a part of what TEDxGrandForks was all about. Innovation spaces took place in the Empire Art Center’s new black box theatre, Studio E, and featured food, conversation starters, and thought-provoking activities to cultivate discussions around the ideas that were presented.
“Everyone who attended, spoke, volunteered, and watched TEDxGrandForks helped to make the event a huge success,” said Tyrone Grandstrand, event host and TEDxGrandForks Curator. “At TEDxGrandForks we learned that we can overcome any barrier if we accept the challenge and work together.”

Initial pictures from TEDxGrandForks are available at http://danielfolkersphotography.pass.us/tedxgf/i-NB5fY84887022. Photography by Daniel Folkers Photography.

Additional pictures from the event will be posted within the next two days at www.tedxgrandforks.com and at www.facebook.com/tedxgrandforks. Videos from the event will be made available within the next four weeks.

TEDxGrandForks organizers included Tyrone Grandstrand, Becca Grandstrand, Emily Burkland, Hannah Bahnmiller, and Hana Mattern.

TEDxGrandForks was sponsored by the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau; the University of North Dakota; the Knight Foundation; UND Student Government; Black Gold Farms; AE2S; Dexter and Betsy Perkins; the Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks, and Region; Amazing Grains Food Cooperative; Dakota Harvest Bakers; the Grand Historic Event Center; the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals; and the Center for Innovation.

Lighting and videography was provided by HB Sound & Light. Photography was provided by Daniel Folkers Photography. Web design was provided by BeeGee Designs. Slide deck design was provided by Samantha Nienow of Red Zest Design.
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