• When?

    Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 4-6pm.


    Topanga Community House
    1440 N. Topanga Canyon Boulevard
    Topanga, CA 90290 (Google Maps)

    Theme: Tapestry of Life

    How our decisions affect our world.
    Preparing our generations to honor our traditions, but allowing the customs to be malleable enough to honor the emotions and history for a sustainable future.


    This is a first come, first server event. Click here to RSVP.
    $25 for Adults
    $15 for students :
    Contact us for student promo code


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    Alexandra Paul

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    Alexandra wrote, produced and hosted JAMPACKED, an educational film broadcast on PBS about the human overpopulation crisis, which has won several environmental awards. She followed that up with THE COST OF COOL — FINDING HAPPINESS IN A MATERIALISTIC WORLD, which won a CineEagle award. In 1986, she (along with producer / manager Daniel Sladek) foundeda successful non-profit organization dedicated to helping teenagers in need. Alexandra has also personally spoken, classroom-by-classroom, to over six thousand Los Angeles teenagers on the issue of human overpopulation. In 2000, Alexandra and her twin sister Caroline were the recipients of the Christopher Street West Rainbow Award for their ongoing support of gay and lesbian rights. In spite of her busy acting career, Alexandra continues to find time for social activism and athletic competition. The best way to learn more about her activism and many other endeavors is to check out her website:

    1997: Honoured by the United Nations for work on human overpopulation
    1999: Green Cross Award by Mikael Gorbachev's Global Green for Leadership on the Environment
    2005: Activist of the Year from the ACLU of Southern California

    Rebecca Amis

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    Co-founded MUSE Schools. This is a progressive school focusing on individual, environmental, global and academic elements. We inspire students to live consciously with themselves, one another and the planet.
    MUSE School

    Peter Brown

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    Peter Jay Brown is a director and cinematographer, who specializes in real life stories, cultural adventures, and big sexy animals that can eat you! His 30 years of experience producing shows such as Real People, Entertainment Tonight, and numerous cable programs have given him a unique insight into the storytelling arts.
    Best known for his stint on Discovery Channel’s hit show, Whale Wars, Brown has been active in the Sea Shepard Conservation Society for over 25 years, and is completing a feature length documentary based on his experiences, entitled Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist.
    Over the past five years, Brown has produced and directed twenty films with the Kenya Wildlife Services for International television to champion wildlife conservation in Africa. In December 2001 Brown helped Mary MacMakin (winner of the EIS award in Chicago for her 40 years humanitarian work in Afghanistan) re-establish her charity PARSA in Kabul Afghanistan.

    Joseph Rosendo

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    Emmy-award winner Joseph Rosendo has been a travel journalist and broadcaster for 32 years. After creating and hosting Travelscope®, a travel radio show, for more than 23 years, Joseph has been the director, writer and host of Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope®, the award-winning travel television series. Now in its 7th season, the series reaches 286 million viewers on more than 500 PBS stations nationwide and international markets. In addition, Rosendo is the publisher of the Travelscope eMagazine, a quarterly travel, food and entertainment perspective, and contributes to the Travelscope.net website where his pod casts, as well as, radio and television shows are available for download. “Travel is more than a vocation to me,” says Joseph, “it’s a love and a passion that I’ve been indulging in all of my life and am privileged to share with my viewers, listeners and readers.” Joseph’s is the recipient of five Emmy nominations, 14 Telly Awards, Canada’s Globe and Mail Travel Media Award and nine Lowell Thomas Journalism Awards.

    Jack Sekowski


    Thank you Jack for being our onstage host for the TEDxTopanga event.
    Jack Sekowski is a WGA Screenwriter and a graduate of the American Film Institute and The Ohio State University. Specializing in comedy, he has written for companies as diverse as Universal Studios and Disney Feature Animation. He co-wrote the comedy “Who’s Your Daddy” which starred Brandon Davis and Colleen Camp and was directed by Andy Fickman. Jack comes to TEDxTopanga from Westside Toastmasters in Santa Monica where he’s an award winning speaker and a former president of the club. www.jacksekowski.com

  • What is TED?

    TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Long Beach, California, along with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs; the annual TEDGlobal conference is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

    TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, the recently launched TED-Ed platform for students and educators, the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide, and TEDBooks, short e-books by speakers that elaborate on a single idea originally presented on TED's stage. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter or on Facebook.

    What is TEDx?

    This is a Tedx event where a local forum for ideas within our community that can inspire people to change their lives, their futures and hopefully their world. We are putting on this event to spark conversations and make connections to do just this! Let us know if you want to get involved!

    About TEDx, x = independently organized event

    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 regulations.)

    Why are we hosting a TEDxTopanga?

    This is a way to connect with like-minded individuals for an evening to share ideas and colloborative conversations. Topanga has such varied individuals and it would be such a wonderful way to hear possible solutions for our future.

    What is the ticket cost and how do I purchase?

    You can purchase the tickets directly through eventbrite: http://tedxtopanga.eventbrite.com/. We have allotted a certain amount for students, so make sure you contact us to get the promo code. This promo code is a first come, first served for the students. Please note here is not any profit for this event, we are fueled mainly by tickets and sponsors to cover the necessary items and services to create this event. We will post a link in the next few weeks where you can purchase. Tickets are non-refundable. One ticket is valid for one person.

    How can I help?

    If you would like to volunteer, please email us and let us know the best way your services could be utilized: support@tedxtopanga.com

    How many people will be there?

    This is our first event which allows for 100 guests. We will sell tickets soon, but still make sure to RSVP to save your space! It is a first come, first serve event. Purchase now!

  • Why sponsor TEDxTopanga?

    1. You believe in bringing together corporations and individuals who want to be agents of change surrounding remarkable thinking and ideas.
    2. You want to leverage ideas, technologies, design, and education to help create a better future.
    3. It is important to invest in your local community to support innovation and the power of “ideas”.

    Ways to Give

    In addition to cash sponsorships, there are numerous ways you can participate through in-kind donations.


  • Team

    Emma Moore : Host

    TED.com has been a highlight to her day for many years. This is the first TEDxTopanga and she is looking forward to building a stronger community through this event. Ted is such a fascinating forum to learn about many topics and lifestyles. She believes in TED because it inspires and also provides solutions to living a more fruitful life. Her other passion is running Fundamental, which is a web development and design firm. When she is not working on these two projects, you will find her reading, training for triathlons, knitting, or just relaxing and enjoying the Topanga view.

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    Ali Murtaza: Creative Consultant

    Ali Murtaza is a storyteller. Borrowing words from Victor Hugo, he believes that one cannot resist a story whose time has come. Stories are abundant in todays world, amongst them perhaps the most innovative, informative and defying are from TED. Ali believes that humanity can only be saved from within, TED highlights those who champion this thought.  thinkali.com


    Tana, The Event Designer

    Tana Roller is the creative and altruistic force behind RISE UP! A Healing Design Project.  A Production Designer by trade, Tana’s professional expertise is matched by her passionate commitment to creativity as a vehicle for personal growth. Her holistic design approach draws on influences as varied as color theory, feng shui, and energy healing. Tana’s philosophy is that design is a personal and spiritual journey, never a one-size-fits all prescription, and that our environments are the skeletons of our success.  tlrdesigns@gmail.com

    Would you like to join the team?

    Help build and bind our community through TEDx this fall!
    Email support@tedxtopanga.com

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    Do you have specific and urgent questions?

    Contact the host: Emma Moore: emma@tedxtopanga.com

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