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TEDxBuffalo: SmartCode and Beer

28 Oct

Two great TEDx talks from TEDxBuffalo.  First, Ethan Cox from Community Beer Works talks about embeering America:


Next, Chuck Banas talks about the new Green Code that is being implemented in the city of Buffalo. This will represent the first overhaul of the city’s zoning and land use regulations in generations.  You can attend “Planning Day in Buffalo” this Saturday at a Green Code open house at Erie Community College’s City Campus, 121 Ellicott St from 9:30am – 3:30pm.  The code will be formally presented at 9am, 10:30am, and 1pm.


TEDx Buffalo Finds A Home

16 Dec

Organizers have confirmed that TEDxBuffalo will be hosted at the First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo. Organizers have also confirmed April 7, 2011, as the date for a regionally and independently produced TEDx event. TEDxBuffalo is a regional and independently produced event operating under a license from TED.

Born from the theme of “Igniting Ideas in Buffalo,” the conference will feature 18-20 leading thinkers, innovators and artists who will cover diverse topics within the fields of urban development, revitalization, education, technology and art.

The mission of TEDxBuffalo, according to license holder, Susan Cope, is “With community involvement and active participation from the city’s residents, we can rebuild the East Side, bring new employment opportunities to the city and create a sustainable infrastructure for our future and future generations. Change starts with you.”

First Presbyterian Church was the first faith community in Buffalo. Founded in 1812, it is often referred to as the “Mother of All Churches. ”The building is located on Symphony Circle, the cultural heart of Buffalo’s West Side. Famed architect, E.B. Green, designed the exquisite Romanesque structure. Authentic Tiffany and Tillinghast stained glass windows and Byzantine furnishings appoint the interior décor.

First Church is a beautiful, historic site, which has been highlighted in many architectural tours and publications, and in WNED’s “Buffalo’s Houses of Worship” in 2002. The building is considered one of Buffalo’s architectural gems.

About TEDxBuffalo

In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxBuffalo, where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxBuffalo, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

About 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 UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. 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 TEDFellows 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.

TEDGlobal 2010, “The Rediscovery of Wonder,” will be held February 28-March 4, 2011, in Long Beach, California, with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs, California.

TEDx Buffalo: Coming Soon

12 May

Last week, I told you about the efforts of a local event planner and all around awesome person to bring the world renowned TEDx event series to Buffalo.  Susan Lynn Cope solicited feedback from the community about the event, put together a well-written proposal and submitted an application on behalf of Buffalo.

On Monday night, she received notification that her licensing application was approved and Buffalo would be host to a TEDx event.

Well the waiting is finally over. Last night, I received the long awaited email from TED. “Susan, congratulations — you are officially a TEDx licensee!” So it is official Buffalo! The license has been approved!!!!

I asked Susan what the immediate plans were and she is planning to host TEDx Buffalo later this year in the fall.  Her early preference for the venue is Babeville, as she stated in her application.

Babeville was constructed in two phases between 1871 and 1876, and designed by architect, John H. Selkirk. Originally named the Delaware Avenue Methodist Church, Babeville is the last known surviving example of Selkirk’s work and is an impeccable example of High Victorian Gothic Ecclesiastical architecture.

In 1999 Righteous Babe Records offered to buy the historic landmark from the City of Buffalo. Following the purchase of the derelict building, restoration efforts commenced. Seven years later, in 2006 the Delaware Avenue Methodist Church had been reinvented to what is now known as Babeville.

Babeville, today, houses a variety of separate entities. Along with housing the headquarters for Righteous Babe Records, the building also encompasses Asbury Hall, the screening room for Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center and a gallery.

This event can serve as a turning point for Buffalo and I don’t think I’m overselling it.  TED events are a celebration of good ideas and powerful energy.  As I said last week, Buffalo is a petri dish in which we are germinating ideas which respond to local socioeconomic problems.  These innovative responses to poverty, hunger, inequality, massive economic disinvestment and deindustrialization will become our major contribution to the national knowledge economy.

Within the region, we find hundreds of people, organizations and companies designing those very responses and struggling to find a platform from which to broadcast about them.  TEDx Buffalo can be that event and serves as a milestone on our long, dark journey towards enlightenment in this city and region.

Thanks to Susan for taking the initiative to bring this event to Buffalo.  WNYMedia has volunteered to sponsor and support the event in any and every way possible.

Until Susan gets the event website up and running, you can follow the event planning and news updates by following @TEDxBuffalo on Twitter or by joining the Facebook Group.