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This lavish daylong event includes three sessions of breathtaking speakers and performers (late morning, early afternoon, and late afternoon), interspersed with unique activities and experiences, delicious food and drinks all generously provided from partners like Plant Food & Wine, all kinds of cool stuff, and of course a wonderful audience.
After the main event a party will go late at the Rose Room.
Our venue is the Microsoft Lounge, which is the former factory of legendary design couple Charles & Ray Eames, kindly donated by Microsoft.
It is located at 901 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, between Broadway and Brooks, close to the beach, inside the Snapchat lot on the north side of the street. Complimentary valet for cars, and extra love for cyclists.
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Agnès Varda (French: [aɲɛs vaʁda]; born 30 May 1928) is a film director who was born in Belgium, but has spent most of her working life in France. Her films, photographs, and art installations focus on documentary realism, feminist issues, and social commentary with a distinct experimental style.
Film historians have cited Varda's work as central to the development of the French New Wave film movement; her uses of location shooting and non-professional actors were unconventional in the context of 1950s French cinema.
Her films span decades and genres and both her fiction and nonfiction works are considered seminal. Most notable films include La Pointe Courte (1954), Cléo From 5 to 7 (1961), Vagabond (1984), Jacquot de Nantes (1991), The Gleaners & I (2000) - which is cited as one of the most influential documentaries of recent decades. Her 1981 documentary Murals Murals followed the murals of Los Angeles from Venice to Watts.
Her most recent film Faces Places, a collaboration with JR, won the top prizes at both Cannes (the Oeil d'Or) and Toronto (the Peopl's Choice Award) and is being released in theaters in the US on October 13, the same weekend as this event.
Diane von Fürstenberg, formerly Princess Diane of Fürstenberg (German: Diane Prinzessin zu Fürstenberg; born Diane Simone Michelle Halfin; December 31, 1946) is a Belgian-American fashion designer best known for her iconic wrap dress. Her fashion company, Diane von Furstenberg (DVF) is a global luxury lifestyle brand available in over 70 countries and 45 free-standing shops worldwide, with the company's headquarters and flagship boutique located in Manhattan's Meatpacking District.
She is president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), a position she has held since 2006; in 2014 was listed as the 68th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes; and in 2015 was included in the Time 100, as an Icon, by Time Magazine.
Franklin Leonard is the founder of the Black List, the yearly publication highlighting Hollywood’s most popular unproduced screenplays and the company birthed to continue its mission of identifying and celebrating great screenwriting. Over 325 Black List scripts have been produced as feature films earning 275 Academy Award nominations and 50 wins including four of the last nine Best Pictures and ten of the last twenty screenwriting Oscars. Franklin has worked in development at Universal Pictures and the production companies of Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella. He has been a juror at the Sundance, Toronto and Guanajuato Film Festivals and for the PEN Center Literary Awards. He was also a delegate and speaker at the White House’s 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, one of Hollywood Reporter’s 35 Under 35, Black Enterprisemagazine’s “40 Emerging Leaders for Our Future,” The Root’s 100 Most Influential African-Americans, Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” and was awarded the 2015 African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)’s Special Achievement Award for career excellence. He is a member of the Associates Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the Los Angeles Institute of the Humanities.
World-renowned for his work on marital stability and divorce prediction, Dr. John Gottman has conducted 40 years of breakthrough research with thousands of couples. He is the author of over 200 published academic articles and author or co-author of more than 40 books, including The New York Times bestseller The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.
Dr. Gottman’s media appearances include Good Morning America, Today, CBS Morning News, and Oprah, as well articles in The New York Times, Redbook, Glamour, Woman’s Day, People, Self, and Psychology Today. Co-founder of The Gottman Institute with his wife, Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman, John is a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Washington where he founded ”The Love Lab" at which much of his research on couples interactions was conducted.
The co-founder and President of The Gottman Institute, Dr. Julie Gottman co-created the international clinical training program in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. A highly respected clinical psychologist, she is sought internationally by media and organizations as an expert advisor on marriage, sexual harassment and rape, PTSD, domestic violence, gay and lesbian adoption, same-sex marriage, and parenting issues.
The author of five books, Julie is the co-creator of the immensely popular The Art and Science of Love weekend workshops for couples.
Nicole Daedone is a sought-after teacher, visionary, author and entrepreneur who has spent her groundbreaking career redefining and teaching about Orgasm. In her work, Nicole explores what becomes possible for our lives, our health, our happiness, and our prosperity when we learn to live in a continuous state of Orgasm and connection.
In her presence, Nicole's students experience a sense of wholeness rarely known before. With penetrating sight, Nicole sees the interior landscape of an individual and using the most attuned stroke, she works with them to liberate blocked areas of their psyche and life.
Nicole has shared the stage as a speaker alongside other luminaries such as Neil Strauss, Tony Robbins, Naomi Wolfe and Esther Perel, as well as being included in Tim Ferriss' breakthrough book "The Four Hour Body." Nicole has appeared on ABC's Nightline and NPR's It's Your Health. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Time.com, Vanity Fair, and the Sunday Times among others, and her writing has also appeared in the Buddhist Journal Tricycle. She was also a featured speaker at the 2011 TEDxSF conference.
For more than two decades, Nicole has been an advocate for environmental and human health as her mission is to guide the next generation into meaningful action. Nicole is the Co-Founder of a non-profit that launched in Venice, Community Healing Gardens (CHG). The mission of CHG is fostering community through urban gardening while educating on planetary and human health and growing local food systems. CHG focuses on underserved and diverse communities as well as the next generation living in these areas of Los Angeles. Nicole is a recent graduate from the Sustainability Certificate Program at UCLA as well as a trained Climate Reality Leader under VP Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corp. Residing in Venice Beach with her fiancé, and two fur babies she loves yoga, stand up paddle, shopping at farmers markets, cooking, eating locally and watching movies.
Friends for over a decade actor/director Josh Radnor and indie-troubadour Ben Lee have formed a new indie-pop duo by the name of Radnor & Lee. Combining their shared interest in spirituality and philosophy, the two sat down to write a song together, which subsequently turned into ten, and their musical partnership was born. Their debut album, out November 10, is a set of dynamically uplifting, spiritual folk-pop tunes that instill the feeling of pure joy in the listener’s core via the infectious melody, sweet violin, heavenly harmonies, and foot-stomping choruses. It's enlightening, charming and perfectly delightful.
Thomas R. lnsel, M.D., a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, is a co-founder and President of Mindstrong Health. His career in mental health has been long and non-linear. After training in psychiatry at UCSF in 1979, Insel did clinical research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, MD where he established the value of serotonergic antidepressants for OCD. In 1983, he shifted from clinical research to study the molecular and cellular basis of complex social behaviors, helping to create a new field of social neuroscience. First at NIMH and later at Emory University, he demonstrated the role of oxytocin and vasopressin in maternal and affiliative behaviors in non-human animals. In 2000, he founded an NSF Center for Behavioral Neuroscience across 8 colleges and universities in Atlanta, GA.
In 2002, Dr. Insel returned to Bethesda to serve as Director of the NIMH, the component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) committed to research on mental disorders. His tenure across the Bush and Obama administrations focused the NIMH on serious mental illness. He promoted the study of mental disorders as brain disorders. And riding the revolution in genomics, he funded large scale efforts to identify genetic factors for mental disorders. From 2003 – 2015 he led the government’s coordinating committee for autism (IACC). From 2012-2015, he co-led (with Story Landis) President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative.
At the end of 2015, Insel finally returned to the Bay Area, coming full circle after 36 years of self-imposed (and foolish) exile. Until recently, he led the Mental Health Team at Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences) in South San Francisco, CA. Earlier this year he left Verily to co-found (with Paul Dagum and Rick Klausner) Mindstrong Health, a start-up pioneering the use of “digital phenotyping” to help people with serious mental illness. Insel is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and has received numerous national and international awards including honorary degrees in the U.S. and Europe.
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“Yes, I was once a Jedi Knight the same as your father. I wish I'd known him.”
“Our ships have completed their scan of the area and found nothing. If the Millennium Falcon went into light-speed, it'll be on the other side of the galaxy by now.”
“If you end your training now, if you choose the quick and easy path, as Vader did, you will become an agent of evil.”
“He says he's the property of Obi-Wan Kenobi, a resident of these parts. And it's a private message for him.”
TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxVenice Beach, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxVenice Beach event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
At the heart of TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) are "ideas worth sharing". And what community is more vibrant than Venice Beach? With its enduring edge, creative brilliance, progressive spirit, the emergence of "Silicon Beach" as a tech hub, and its current dizzying transformation and gentrification, Venice Beach is the perfect home for a TEDx conference.
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. 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 at http://www.facebook.com/TED.
TEDxVeniceBeach 2017 is a not-for-profit event created by a team of volunteers including documentary filmmaker Lucy Walker and producer Julian Cautherley. Generous partners make it all possible.