Des Moines is taking part in a visionary global movement surrounding the TED celebration of the “CITY 2.0.” As the world’s population gravitates toward urban environments, it’s imperative we embrace new ideas and solutions for living more densely. Public space, housing, art, transportation, food, play, health, education — all elements of how we live and work are ripe for reimagination. Who will define the future?
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The event won't be contained in one specific event place, but rather, an urban event campus. Each portion of the event will revolve around the corner of 10th and Locust Streets in downtown Des Moines. Don't worry, we'll have lots of signage and volunteers to make sure you're where you need to be.
Tickets are $30, which includes light breakfast, full lunch, all speaker sessions and interaction spaces.
We're finding it harder and harder to boil down all of the great ideas in Des Moines to a one day event. We're launching TEDxDesMoines Adventures to bring unique, innovative experiences and learning opportunities to the attendees of our TEDxDesMoines events. In the week leading up to our October 13th "City 2.0" event, we'll be having exclusive, limited number experiences and tours at up and coming projects around the City. More details will be sent after you purchase your ticket to TEDxDesMoines.
Bill Stowe is the CEO and General Manager of Des Moines Water Works (DMWW). He graduated from Grinnell College with a Bachelor of Arts and received a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, a Master of Science in Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois, and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Loyola University Law School. DMWW is a regional utility that protects public health by delivering outstanding quality water in reliable quantities. DMWW works closely with business, environmental and agricultural leaders to advocate for better stewardship of water resources and lead clean water initiatives throughout Central Iowa.
Jeffrey Morgan is Director of Real Estate Development for Historic Boston Incorporated. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Iowa State University and his Master in Real Estate and Urban Development degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His design work has garnered awards in affordable housing, historic preservation, master planning, and urban design. Jeffrey is an Edward M. Gramlich Fellow of the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies and NeighborWorks America, where his research involves the role of community development corporations at the intersection of micro-business development and inner-city neighborhood business district redevelopment.
Suzet’s interest in sustainability began early while growing up on a farm in Nebraska. This experience nurtured her desire for preparing and eating fresh, local, and simple food. The landscape that informed her childhood continues to do so as a resident of the Des Moines metro area. While teaching at Scavo High School, Suzet teamed up with Urban Ambassadors to establish an urban garden as a tool to educate and inspire others to live simply and generously. Currently, Suzet is launching a TV program promoting biking, healthy lifestyles, and local adventures.
Mike Nelson is the owner and president of Nelson Construction Services and Nelson Development. He graduated with honors from Iowa State University in Construction Engineering. In 1999, he started his company and has developed and constructed over two million square feet of projects in Iowa, Arizona, and Nebraska. Recently, his company has focused on the redevelopment of historic projects like 1300 Walnut, the Liberty Building, Hyatt Place Hotel, and AP Lofts. His firm is currently redeveloping the Fleming Building, the Federal Building in Omaha, and has partnered with the Foutch Brothers of Kansas City to transform the historic Des Moines Building.
Matthew Smith is curious. That curiosity led to a degree in religious studies and philosophy from the University of Kansas. He spent the last 10 years running a real estate company before leaving to join Startup City where he is working on a platform to help real estate professionals market more effectively on Facebook. Matthew is a husband and father of three and in his spare time he pursues more whimsical pursuits like founding the first annual Tuk Tuk Goose Chase, a Cannonball Run style event in Des Moines with three-wheeled motorized tuk tuks.
Mike Tramontina was appointed President of ISED Ventures in June of 2011. He oversees a community based, not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to create opportunities for low and moderate income Iowans to increase income and achieve financial stability. ISED is an asset building organization whose programs include financial education, microenterprise development, community resource screening, workforce readiness coaching, and volunteer income tax assistance. Before joining ISED Ventures, Tramontina served as Director of the Iowa Department of Economic Development, the Iowa Department of Management, Executive Director of the Iowa Finance Authority, and as Secretary’s Representative for HUD in Region 7.
Roya Stanley has dedicated her career to advancing clean energy technologies that support both a strong economy and a safe environment. Her past includes many leadership roles within the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, sponsored by the US Department of Energy. As the Director of Iowa’s Office of Energy Independence, she managed the investment of the Iowa Power Fund into research, development and commercialization of clean energy technologies, energy education, and community energy programming. She currently uses her expertise to assist clients as the Principal of Energy Initiatives, LLC.
We’re excited to announce we are taking part in a pilot program from TEDx to take ideas from our community and bring them into action. We’ll be hosting a TEDxCity2.0 Action pitch session as part of our TEDxDesMoines City2.0 event on October 13th, 2012. We’ve chosen five projects to take to the stage for 2-minutes each to present their great endeavor. Learn more about the TEDxDesMoines Actions that will pitch their idea on the TEDxDesMoines stage on October 13th:
Des Moines needs an alpine bike park, which is a terrain park made of dirt for off-road bikers. I was inspired by a recent visit to Boulder, CO where I rode the "Valmont Bike Park". It was a lot of fun, but not just for me. There were two year olds on scoot bikes with their parents, teenagers on dirt bikes, and 20-somethings hitting the downhill course on full suspension rockets. The bike park would further the progress Des Moines has made toward encouraging biking as recreation and transportation. For reference, check out Alpinebikeparks.com.
Metro Waste Authority is bringing area stakeholders together to develop a program, which will allow individuals, neighborhood associations, corporations, local governments, and others to adopt a segment of a stream. This will include cleaning up what you can see, including litter and improperly disposed of items, and then having the opportunity to work toward improving the local watershed as a whole, greatly improving water quality. Moving forward, streams that are not named will receive a name and signage will be placed where there are stream crossings to let the public know a stream exists.
Area515 is an Iowa non-profit organization working to bring a "makerspace" to the greater Des Moines Area. A makerspace is a member based collective and collaborative community workshop. Area515 is not just a single community. We’re a non-profit organization encouraging individuals from all communities to come together and create things that wouldn’t have been possible alone. Our workspace provides equipment, knowledge, and a creative atmosphere for Des Moines' makers, builders, and do-it-yourselfers. We are working towards hosting public classes and events and are hoping to team up with other local companies and organizations within the community.
FoodCorps is nationwide team of leaders that connect kids to real food and helps them grow up healthy. FoodCorps places these leaders in limited-resource communities for a year of public service where they conduct hands-on food education, build and tend school gardens, and facilitate getting high-quality local food into public school cafeterias. Des Moines is home to two FoodCorps service members who are helping to build a network of school gardens and educate kids about where their food comes from.
The Move project desires to end homelessness rather than just providing homeless services. This will take a unique approach, and one that is supported by an entire community. We feel that if we meet the needs of the experts in homeless services organizations, they can then focus on transitioning people into housing. This dream can be realized a bottle of soap or shampoo at a time, as we meet the basic needs of homeless service organizations and help them facilitate transitions from homelessness to housing.