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TEDx Boulder 2011

Be there

Last year I had the privilege of getting to stand up and say a few words on Minimalism in front of the first-ever TEDx Boulder crowd. It was a lot of fun, but this year I’m looking forward to be able to attend without the pressure of speaking. I like speaking and take these opportunites very seriously, so it wasn’t until after my talk—about halfway through the event that I got to really pay attention to the other speakers’ presentations.

The speaker list is great this year. I’m particularly interested in hearing what Kimbal Musk and Ann Cooper have to say about how and what we eat. And I’m of course looking forward to my friend Jake Nickell’s talk, Never Stop Making. It should be a great evening.

If you live in the Denver/Boulder area and didn’t have plans for Saturday night, you do now. Even if you did, you should probably change them and join us. I’ll see you there.

ps – you might want to grab a ticket; they’re going fast.

(image courtesy of my friends at Good Apples who did last year’s and now this year’s identity and branding)

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Doing It For The Kids

Kyle makes a good point. It’s easy to forgot how the Internet has changed our access to “normal” people. We still raise them to celebrity status—often within small niche circles—but nevertheless, I think it’s pretty fantastic that so many people who are good at and interested in the things I’m interested in and trying to be better at have a voice. That you and I can connect with them over the internet or in person is fantastic. It’s an opportunity we shouldn’t take for granted. 

My talk at TEDx Boulder

Short and sweet—or short, at least. Here is the quick talk that I did at TEDx Boulder this summer. I haven’t actually been able to bring myself to watch the video yet, but I’m told it came out alright. I hope you enjoy it!

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TEDx Boulder

Last Saturday I had the privilege to give a short talk at TEDx Boulder. It was an amazing opportunity and I wanted to leave the audience with something they would remember and a question they could walk away with and process later.

I’m a designer, and so I view life through that lens. I settled on using some of the tenants of Minimalism as an analogy for the way we might want to more actively curate and make choices in our incredibly-hectic daily lives.


(photo by Thad McDowell)

Each speaker had been given different time-slots for their talks. I had one of the short, 3-minute slots. It was a fun challenge. I decided my slides would have no words so that I could speak fast. I sketched out a bunch of little illustrations and used them as visual accents to the story of my day, as I told it.

If you build it, they will come… with questions

Great post by Jeffrey on both public speaking in general, and realizing that with success comes interest in “how you got there.”