“TEDxGrandForks offers our community a step out of the day-to-day considerations and into an exchange of ideas that have the power to change the mundane,” said organizer Brandon Baumbach. “Then, you are challenged to implement those ideas back into the day-to-day life.”
- Kim & Dave Adams (Grand Forks, ND): Adoptive Parents
- Mitzi Bolanos (Anchorage, AK): Executive Director of StubbyDog, Animal Rights Attorney
- Gabe Brown (Bismarck, ND): Rancher, Advocate of Regenerative Agriculture Practices
- Mic Jordan (Fargo, ND): Anishinaabe Hip Hop Artist
- Heidi Mihelich Demars (Bismarck, ND): Co-Founder of BisMan Community Food Co-op, 2013 Bush Fellow
- John Nowatzki (Fargo, ND): Agricultural Machine Systems Specialist in the Dept. of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at NDSU
- Brian James Schill (Grand Forks, ND): Hunger Artist, President of the Grand Forks Public Library Board
- Ken Streater (Bend, OR): International Rafting Company Owner, Social Entrepreneur, Author, and Community Growth Innovator
- Katie Wallace (Fort Collins, CO): Assistant Director of Sustainability and “Purveyor of the Good Life” at New Belgium Brewing Company
Bios for each of the presenters can be found at tedxgrandforks.com. All talks from TEDxGrandForks: Roots & Wings will be available on tedxgrandforks.com, YouTube, and tedxtalks.ted.com in 4-6 weeks.
“The impact of TEDxGrandForks lasts longer than a single day,” reflected organizer Becca Grandstrand. “It also lives online – sharing the presented ideas with hundreds of thousands of passionate individuals from around the world. This year, TEDx as a collective endeavor reached one billion views on its YouTube channel, spread across more than 65,000 videos! TEDxGrandForks alone has contribute more than 423,000 of those views from its 19 talks, garnered at the local events in 2014 and 2015."
Organizer Courtney Olson said, “It was fun to see everything come together. The stage design, performances, and ideas shared by passionate speakers really brought our theme to life.”
Attendees and other TEDx organizers came from across North Dakota, Minnesota, and even California 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 gallery and black box theatre, Studio E, and featured food, thought-provoking activities, and even pit bulls from the Circle of Friends Humane Society to cultivate discussions around the ideas that were presented. A social was held at The Guild ND (formerly Daktyl Tattoo and Gallery) immediately following the event, catered by local chef Justin Welsh.
TEDxGrandForks was sponsored and supported by UND Student Government, the Bush Foundation, Black Gold Farms, the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau, Sanford Health, AdMonkeys, Amazing Grains Natural Food Market, Dakota Harvest Bakers, the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals, Hope Church, Alerus Financial, All Seasons Garden Center, BeeGee Designs, The Ember Coffee House and Creative Venue, Fernweh + Liebe, The Guild ND, JLG Architects, Positive Motion, J.R. Simplot Company, Thrivent Financial, Universe, and the University of Minnesota Crookston.
Lighting and videography was provided by HB Sound & Light. Stage design was provided by All Seasons Garden Center and HB Sound & Light. Photography was provided by John Campbell of AdMonkeys. Web design was provided by BeeGee Designs. Graphic design was provided by Courtney Olson. Slide deck design and coordination was provided by Samantha Nienow of Red Zest Design. Speaker coaching was provided by Tasha Rohlfs.