About TEDxBeaconStreet

Started in 2012, TEDxBeaconStreet is one of the most innovative TEDx events in the world. Widely recognized in the TED and TEDx community for our unique vision, multi-generational emphasis, diverse and open audience, Ideas in Action theme, and Adventures throughout the year, it is our aspiration to be a Laboratory / Test Kitchen bringing innovation to the TED world. We value our audience and community as much as we value our speakers, creating a powerful community dedicated to lifelong learning and setting ideas into action.

TEDxBeaconStreet features world class speakers for a cross-generational audience as young as the second grade. The youth events and ongoing adventures represent an extraordinary opportunity to spark new interests, educationally enrich and organize the youth in your community.

About John Werner, Founder & CEO

TED has established itself as a formidable force spreading knowledge and innovation, and it is a program in which John is tremendously confident. In addition to his work innovating Adventures, John has been a speaker at TED and TED Ed and has led workshops for TEDx organizers at TEDGlobal, TED Summit, TEDxSummit, and TEDActive. He is also a former TEDxBoston Executive Curator. As a frequent TED attendee and mentor to many TEDx organizers, John is at the pulse of the TED movement.

John is an innovator, mobilizer, and human super connector. He constantly builds community and is a ‘moonshot’ thinker innovating as he goes while incorporating the latest technologies. He believes wholeheartedly in 21st century collaborative creativity in innovating with direct human or environmental impact.

John is a Vice President of Meta and was formerly the Head of Innovation and New Ventures of the Camera Culture Group at the MIT Media Lab and founding Managing Director of the Emerging Worlds (SIG) at MIT Media Lab. At MIT John supported developments on new imaging platforms, and developing hardware and software technologies to augment human vision. He was a leader of ReDx (Rethinking Engineering Design Execution), an effort to solve some of the planet’s most important problems. He has been a co-instructor of MIT’s Computational Photography and Imaging, Fabrication and Ventures, and an advisor for MIT’s Engineering Health. John was formerly the Chief Mobilizing Officer, Managing Director and a founding member of the Citizen Schools education initiative where he helped transform Citizen Schools from a concept paper in 1995. John founded Ideas in Action, Inc., a non-profit which created, and currently leads, the innovative enterprise TEDxBeaconStreet. John has attended over 10 TED Conferences.

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About TEDxYouth @BeaconStreet

TEDxBeaconStreet features world class speakers for a cross-generational audience as young as the second grade. The youth events and ongoing adventures represent an extraordinary opportunity to spark new interests, educationally enrich and organize the youth in your community.

 

About TED

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.

The two annual TED conferences, in Long Beach/Palm Springs and Edinburgh, Scotland, bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less). On TED.com, we make the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free. More than 900 TEDTalks are now available, with more added each week. All of the talks are subtitled in English, and many are subtitled in various languages. These videos are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.

Today, TED is best thought of as a global community. It’s a community welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world.

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