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December 7, 2017

TEDx Merit Academy Speaker Gregory Gavin

Thrilled that we are hosting a TEDx event at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz! Join us on Aug 14, 2017 at 7 pm.  Get your tickets for TEDxMeritAcademy at  Meet Gregory Gavin, one of our speakers!

“What if you built a river in a classroom?”

Artist Gregory Gavin set out to use the engaging properties of water to invigorate public life and ended up creating a new kind of classroom. Only in a world with consequences, he argues, can children truly be engaged, take on responsibility and become creative agents.

About Gregory Gavin:
Gregory Gavin is an artist, inventor and educator. He founded Riveropolis in 2004 to design, build, install and facilitate innovative water play environments and to bring design experiences to schools, museums and neighborhoods. Since the 1991 his projects — ranging from woodworking to filmmaking, to interactive waterworks — have engaged a diversity of participants to both create and exhibit work in public places. His work has been particularly successful in overcoming the obsessive segregation of children, teen and adult activities into separate realms in a way that he feels damages the transfer of inter-generational knowledge and discovery.  Gavin has been commissioned by National Endowment for the Arts, the de Young Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Seattle Public Art Program and the Bay Area Discovery Museum. He has taught at the California College of the Arts and is a California Arts Council Fellow.

December 7, 2017

TEDxMeritAcademy Speaker Hannah Faris

Thrilled that we are hosting a TEDx event at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz! Join us on Aug 14, 2017 at 7 pm.  Get your tickets for TEDxMeritAcademy at  Meet Hannah Faris, one of our speakers!

“Creating a grassroots movement to inspire change”

Hannah will be presenting with David Vasquez an exciting advance in environmentally protective technology that can help alleviate and reverse the effects of global warming. She will be focusing on the grassroots movement that will help launch the technology in communities throughout the United States by developing Kids4Hydrogen chapters in each state.

About Hannah Faris:
Hannah Faris is a young environmentalist who became president of Kids 4 Hydrogen when she was a junior in high school.  She created the white board video that describes how converting internal combustion engines to use a liquid hydrogen fuel can stop climate change.

December 7, 2017

TEDx MeritAcademy Speaker Logan Conover

Join us for TEDx MeritAcademy at the Rio Theater in Santa Cruz on Aug 14, 2017 at 7 pm!  Get your tickets for TEDxMeritAcademy at Meet Logan Conover, one of our speakers!

“Can Individual People Reduce CO2 Enough to Ward Off Climate Change?”
When natural disasters start to happen is the real question behind climate change, not if they will happen. People have already started to see the consequences of rising CO2 levels, with the 2-degree temperature rise and global CO2 levels passing 404 parts per million (ppm). Let’s discuss an easy and practical solution that we can all embrace.

About Logan Conover:
Logan Conover founded When, Not If…, a non-profit organization that educates people about their carbon emissions, the positive feedback loop, and easy solutions to reducing CO2 in the atmosphere.  He stumbled across climate change when he learned that many congressmen/women were denying its existence. This frustrated Logan because he couldn’t understand why people wouldn’t believe 99% of the scientists who state that climate change is real with proof that it is real. Logan realized that he needed to something fast and he needed to make it easy, so he created When, Not If… to share facts with people and get the world to take action against climate change.

December 7, 2017

TEDxMeritAcademy Speaker Mas Hashimoto

Thrilled that we are hosting a TEDx event at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz! Join us on Aug 14, 2017 at 7 pm.  Get your tickets for TEDxMeritAcademy at  Meet Mas Hashimoto, one of our speakers!

Mas Hashimoto

“Japanese Incarceration vs Muslim Racism”

Remember when the American government unjustly incarcerated 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, most of whom were American citizens, during WWII?  Mas Hashimoto will compare how Japanese American incarceration during WWII and the massive discrimination of Muslims post 9-11 are both founded in hate and racism.  Learn how “Make America Great Again” really translates to “Make America White Again.”  Learn about what you can do to stop this form of racism and take active steps to protect everyone’s civil and human rights.

About Mas Hashimoto:
Mas Hashimoto was a child when his family was taken from their Watsonville home in 1942.  He was sent to a federal prisoner of war camp during WWII because of racism, war hysteria, and political leadership failure. Mas taught US History in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District until his retirement.  He speaks to groups of students about the wartime experience of Japanese Americans during WWII to ensure that this injustice never repeats itself again. Mas also headed the re-enactment of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII: “Liberty Lost; Lessons in Loyalty” in 2002, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Watsonville-Santa Cruz chapter Japanese American Citizens League.

December 7, 2017

TEDxMeritAcademy Speaker Allen Green

Thrilled that we are hosting a TEDx event at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz! Join us on Aug 14, 2017 at 7 pm.  Get your tickets for TEDxMeritAcademy at  Meet Allen Green, one of our speakers!

Allen Green

“Re-Dreaming Democracy – From Plato’s Cave to Folktopia”

Allen invites us to imagine a city of possibilities, called Folktopia – since this vision of brighter futures flows from the minds of folks from all walks of life…including children and elders (rather than a singular author or lone genius). In this imaginary city, we all are called to act as visionaries to champion common causes that elevate us all. In this democratic construction, we radically restructure our social institutions – from schools, to jails, from churches to congress, using new memes to form our next norms. The dynamism of our imaginary city is driven by an economy
of synergy that springs organically from ethical imagination applied to everyday environments. You’ll see!

About Allen Green:
Allen Green is a futurist, facilitator and educator whose work taps the power of social imagination to advance green planning with interactive design. By combining group facilitation with multimedia communication, Allen helps draw vision into action for common causes that unite diverse interests.

With advanced degrees in several fields, Allen has taught collaborative community planning, visionary multicultural leadership, advanced communication and landscape architecture at U.C. Davis, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, U.C. Berkeley Extension, and San Jose State University. In addition, his energetic seminars are known for inspiring involvement in civic life by people of all ages.

His grant funded collaborations span from a music video on the San Andreas Fault to urban greening projects ranging from digital simulations to hands on site works in community gardens, ecosystem restorations, educational environments and business renovations.

Allen has helped plan, design and organize pioneering partnerships with local leaders, service groups, public agencies, urban youth, volunteers, consultants, contractors, educators, elders and artists in every phase of project development – from fundraising to groundbreaking.