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This is a new podcast designed for organizers of TEDx events around the world. We're launching on 4/13 and only featuring Itunes, TuneIn, Stitcher and Soundcloud on the site




TEDxKC Mike Lundgren Organizer

Mike Lundgren is a nine-year veteran of TEDxKC (Kansas City), having produced almost 40 events. His 2017 event sold out in four minutes. They enjoy one of the most spectacular venues for a TEDx, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. They entertain and inspire 3,000 people and have over 30 different activities for attendees at the massive afterparty. Mike says they have amassed over 900 volunteers, with 70 who are super active on any given event. They have an intense focus on the user...

Duration: 00:58:24

TEDxSydney Remo Giuffre Organizer

Remo Giuffre, the original licensee of TEDxSydney, has the envious position of curating one of the most widely respected TEDx events in the world. TEDx organizers who've been on the show in the past say it's the single event they'd love to attend. Remo was at one of the original TED events in Kobe, Japan and is celebrating his 25th year as a TEDster. In 2010 he produced one of the first TEDx events and has since gone on to create an extremely high-end event with state of the art production...

Duration: 00:50:47

TEDxMidAtlantic Craig Fifer Green Room Manager

Craig Fifer has a great job. He runs the team that manages the Green Room at TEDxMidAtlantic. Now, you're thinking, how hard can that be? Well, he's three floors away from the stage, has to make sure 49 people make it to the stage, on time, and needs a team of volunteers to help. He loves it so much; he's going into his sixth year on the team. I met Craig at TEDfest and was amazed when he told me what he did at TEDxMidAtlantic. I'd heard how amazing the event was and here was a chance to...

Duration: 00:52:35

TEDxCanberra - Gavin Blake - TEDx Graphic Designer

Gavin Blake is a visual scribe, a graphic illustrator, and a significant value-add to over 50 TEDx events around the world. His ability to synthesize a talk, in real time, and convert the ideas into an image is impressive. He's been doing this work for 17 years when he started scribing floor-to-ceiling whiteboards at Ernst and Young. We were introduced to Gavin by the lovely folks at TEDxCanberra and soon learned he's recently worked with TEDxSydney, and if you follow him on Twitter, you...

Duration: 00:52:34

TEDxJNJ Penelope Misquitta Organizer

For the last 18 months, Penelope Misquitta has been the Organizer and Curator of the internal TEDx events at Johnson & Johnson. TEDxJNJ is a part of the Ambassador Leadership program inside HR in the company. This program was originally started by Steve Garguilo, who has been on this podcast Penelope is the epitome of a TEDx organizer. She's passionate about ideas, has an endless source of energy and is ever-present on the TEDx Organizers Facebook group, encouraging and offering help. She...

Duration: 00:41:05

TEDxMidAtlantic - David Troy - Organizer

David Troy has been producing TEDxMidAtlantic with his co-organizer Nate Mook since 2009. That's eight years of experience which is evident in this episode. David said that working on TEDx adds a lot of value to his life. His talk on TED.com has been seen over 1.3M times. He's been asked to speak globally, including a talk at TEDxIstanbul. As a host, he loves working with the speakers and helps curate with Nate, and together they craft an event that he likens to a concept album, with a...

Duration: 00:52:34

TEDxCesena Jacqueline Oliveira Speaker

Jacqueline Oliveira is a teacher, coach, and TEDx speaker. She spoke at TEDxCesena in 2016 and has some tips for organizers. She's an expert at cross-cultural communications, which helped her, as an American, present at a TEDx in Italy. She talks about how to read audiences, how build trust across cultures. As an educator, she has used TED, and TEDx talks extensively in the classroom. She's particularly fond of Susan Cain's talk because of her 'genuine voice'. She appreciated the help she...

Duration: 00:45:11


Trent Yeo, the organizer for TEDxQueenstown in New Zealand was invited by TEDxChristchurch organizer, Kaila Colbin, to join a team of five to work for nine months, then spend nine days on the ice. The group came together in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Scott Base, Antarctica New Zealand's research station. The event was a unique opportunity to herald the success and participation in Antarctic science and research from the New Zealand base on Scott Island. TEDxScottBase went out...

Duration: 00:45:26

TEDxJacksonville - Doug Coleman - Organizer

Doug Coleman, the organizer of TEDxJacksonville, is humble and unassuming, which belies his event's impact on the city. He's retired now, but hardly hanging around at the beach. Instead, he's busy producing a Level 2 main event, Salons, TEDxLIVE, TEDxChange and TEDxWomen events. He was inspired by early TEDx events he attended because they were collaborative and optimistic. He and his team of 25, produce 8 or 9 events a year. Doug talks a lot about the team. It's in his hack, and it's in a...

Duration: 00:50:17

TEDxBemidji Samantha Nienow, Slide Designer

Samantha Nienow is the organizer of TEDxBemidji, in Minnesota, and a professional slide designer at her firm, Red Zest Design. She’s produced the decks for speakers at 14 events and this year produced her first event. Samantha says that her job is to help the speakers feel comfortable and confident. She loves presentations and takes great care in getting to know each speaker. Once she feels like she understands them, she can set about helping them tell their story visually. She got her...

Duration: 00:42:45

TEDxCesena - Maurizio Berti - Organizer

Maurizio Berti from TEDxCesena produces an event that highlights the area and emphasizes the hospitality that the region is so well known for. His hidden talent is attracting speakers using food, in the form of Piadina's, as a compelling reason to come to Cesena, located on the eastern edge of Italy near San Marino. He started like most of us, doing an event for 100, and now produces events for 800 to a 1000 people. He also is a part of an Italian cohort of TEDx organizers that support...

Duration: 00:44:58


Keita Demming, the co-organizer of TEDxPortofSpain in Trinidad believes TEDx is an in-depth exploration of what it means to be human. He also knows we have to be a little bit crazy to be organizers, especially when you are an expatriate living in Toronto and producing an event in your home country. He says he sees potential in things others don't see. Keita wants to know how TEDx can have an impact on his island nation. "How do we make this country one of the most desirable places to be?"...

Duration: 00:57:55

TEDx Oshkosh - Craig Burnett Co-Organizer

Craig Burnett is one of the co-organizers at TEDxOshkosh, located in Wisconsin. In 2012 he saw Dan Pallotta's TED talk, and it changed everything for him. Craig likes to explore conflicting ideas. After the licensee, Michael Rust came back from TEDxNormal, he was convinced that Oshkosh was ready for a TEDx. They do something fun at their event which is to ask each attendee to sit in a different seat for each session. They get a little push back, but held their ground, as this is a great...

Duration: 00:45:12

TEDxLSU - Annemarie Galeucia

Annemarie Galeucia runs operations for TEDxLSU. As an educator, she focuses on communications coaching and loves giving students the experience of running a TEDx. Her experience in high-stakes communications helps her mentor and prepare students for real jobs. TEDxLSU celebrates the ideas from Southern Louisiana, and she coaches students and speakers to translate these local ideas for a global audience. Their event in the LSU Union Theater peaks out at 1,200 people. She mentions that the...

Duration: 00:45:28

TEDxBucharest - Andrei Dinu - Organizer

Andrei Dinu wrote his dissertation in on how to do a TEDx event in 2008 before TEDx was conceived. He focused on the benefits, what to do and how it would work out. He says, "TED found me, and I found TED." He loves partnering and curating and believes that the highest level of event production in the world today can be found on the TED stage. He's doing something that is fascinating, called Open Mike. This year, he held it in conjunction with TEDLive by partnering with a local Cinema. The...

Duration: 00:51:41

TEDxStPeterPort - Marc Winn - Organizer

Marc Winn is a Changemaker. When he started his TEDxStPeterPort (Guernsey) journey, he asked himself a simple question, "How do we make Guernsey the best place to live on Earth?" Now, a few years later, they've asked and answered that question and have a new one, "How can we, as a community, contribute to future Guernsey and help to turn that plan into a reality?" The curation of their most recent TEDx addressed this question with the goal of creating the equivalent of a 20-chapter book...

Duration: 00:43:57

TEDxFargo Ted Dintersmith - Speaker

Ted has become one of America’s leading advocates for education policies that foster creativity, innovation, motivation, and purpose. He knows what skills are valuable in a world of change, and how we can transform our schools to prepare kids for their futures. His story on how he got to the TEDxFargo stage, in less than six days, is a testament to his passion for his subject and his commitment to getting his idea out on as many stages as he can. He said, "There are red circles all over...

Duration: 00:40:18

TEDxKoramangala - Raashi Saxena

Raashi Saxena, the organizer for TEDxKoramangala, near Bangalore, is an area packed with startups and provides a great mix of scientist, creators, and inventors. One of the reasons that she loves TEDx is that fulfills her desire to meet and work with people. She says she, "Loves TEDx'ing." This is the first time we've heard TEDx as a verb. I got to meet Raashi at the 2017 TEDfest in NYC. She's gregarious and enjoyed being around 500 other organizers on her first trip to the US. Her focus...

Duration: 00:32:41

TEDxCanberra - Ingrid Tomanuits

Ingrid Tomanuits is the newly installed Executive Producer of TEDxCanberra (Australia). This event has a rich history going back to 2010. Ingrid's been involved since 2012, originally as an attendee. Many will remember Stephen Collins, the original licensee, who retired last year. He left an organization in perfect shape to transition to new leadership. Ingrid tells us a story about how they got MINI involved - read at the end of this post. It's going to her hack of shamelessly asking for...

Duration: 00:37:16

TEDxAarhus - Belen Jimenez-Mena

Belen Jimenez-Mena is the co-head of curators for TEDxAarhus. Her passion for public speaking began in University when a mentor introduced her to TED talks. She loves listening to the personal stories that are shared. As a scientist, she believes that their public speaking skills could be improved, and has a passion for helping them tell their stories. She says, "Aarhus is a very exciting city." Its location lends itself towards a very cosmopolitan population, with citizens from around the...

Duration: 00:36:56

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