Dave Earl

Special opening performance

Ayla Nereo‘s voice hits straight to the heart. With an array of loop-pedals by her side, she builds layer upon layer of vocal melodies into fierce, sweeping harmonies and weaves syncopated threads of guitar, kalimba, piano, and percussion into each live performance. Her lucid storytelling and lyrical imagery are water for the thirsty soul; words and sounds that crack open the heart, and embody the many folds of our own selves.

Raised on opera, 60s folk, and psychedelic rock, living her younger years in the wide open hills and her adult years in Oakland CA, Ayla’s music touches both the timeless and modern; where circle songs and roots music meet tribal beats and folktronica. Crafting an immersive soundscape we can dive into, Ayla’s performance becomes a journey: an inspired, wondrous experience that holds you by the heart and doesn’t let go.

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ayla.nereo.music

LISTEN: http://soundcloud.com/ayla-nereo

Stephen Brooks – On building Intentional Communities

If you don’t like the way things are…. Start a town.

It sometime seems as if things are grim and change could just never come about in the places where we live. With extreme divide in our government, a broken food system and environmental degradation continuously getting worse, what can we possibly do to change things? I say, start an ecological community with all of your favorite people in the most ideal climate where conscious choice and intentional design are integral to your decision making. I will guide you on my journey in Costa Rica in creating community on a crystal clear river with deep pools where dripping fruit trees line the roads and neighbors care about each other and are dedicated to improving our world.

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

* The video featured above was from 2013 TEDxBRC. We look forward to seeing you this year at:

TEDxBRC 2015

Wednesday, September 2 at 1:00pm – 5:00pm in PDT

(Play)A(Skool, 10:00 and Ersatz)

Kate Raudenbush – On Socially Conscious Art

Kate Raudenbush (Socially Conscious Art) is a New York City-based artist who creates social commentary through sculpture using themes and symbolism from history and mythology, geometry and architecture. She utilizes welded and laser-cut metal, acrylic, mirror, glass and light to form enveloping allegorical environments in an effort to shape an awareness of our changing earth and evolving humanity.

Her work has been featured by Burning Man, the Nevada Museum of Art, the Black Rock Arts Foundation, Maker Faire NY, Alex Grey’s CoSM Art Sanctuary, Lightning in a Bottle, the Electric Zoo Festival, Virgin Mobile FreeFest, the All Points West Music Festival, and Occupy Wall Street, NYC.

* The video featured above was from 2011 TEDxBRC. We look forward to seeing you this year at:

TEDxBRC 2015

Wednesday, September 2 at 1:00pm – 5:00pm in PDT

(Play)A(Skool, 10:00 and Ersatz)

Tom Price – Beyond Burning Man: Lessons from the playa

Tom has been involved in Burning Man for 15 years. He co-founded Burners Without Borders in the Gulf Coast, was Environmental Manager for the 2007 “Green Man” event, was the founder and Executive Director of Black Rock Solar. He and his wife Andie Grace live in the Bay area with their 3 year old daughter Juniper, who has attended 4 burns.

* The video featured above was from 2011 TEDxBRC. We look forward to seeing you this year at:

TEDxBRC 2015

Wednesday, September 2 at 1:00pm – 5:00pm in PDT

(Play)A(Skool, 10:00 and Ersatz)

Shiva Rea – Tending the Sacred Fire

Shiva Rea, M.A. has been dedicated to the living creative pulse in all beings having studied with a global perspective movement cultures in India, East and West Africa, the Carribean, Nepal and Bali for a combined living research of over 6 years abroad as part of her graduate work at UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures.

She has offered yoga for over 22 years around the globe as a pioneer in bringing the creative, spontaneous connection to our natural movement known as “sahaja” in yoga. Projects have inlcuded multi-media home practice tools, Yoga Trance Dance as Moving Activism for 1,080,000 trees in partnership with Trees for the Future, the Global Mala Project, Yoga Energy Activism and Yogini Conferences for Women. She leads free-form movement in festivals and collaborated with many DJ’s and musicians to bring the pulse of movement and music into the flow of yoga as a natural state and moving meditation for any body.

To learn more, visit: www.shivarea.com

* The video featured above was from 2011 TEDxBRC. We look forward to seeing you this year at:

TEDxBRC 2015

Wednesday, September 2 at 1:00pm – 5:00pm in PDT

(Play)A(Skool, 10:00 and Ersatz)