TEDxBKK 2012 Background
Threats to global peace and security have intensified since the 20th Century, today ranging from nuclear war, climate change, global terrorism, global health epidemics, financial crisis and others. While worrying, these threats to global peace might also provide the impetus for a new kind of collective commitment and cooperation, for new approaches to innovation and creativity and in the process, the cultivation of a culture of peace. TEDxBKK, “A Culture of Peace” will take place in Bangkok on 15 December 2012 in celebration of the great potential of cooperation and creativity to address the many challenges we all face as part of a rapidly-changing world.
What is TEDx?
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. The world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes.
Why TEDx in Bangkok?
Bangkok has played host to a number of TEDx events since 2009. In 2012, and under of the theme of “A Culture of Peace,” influential intellectuals, philosophers, and practitioners from Bangkok and the Asia-Pacific region will help spark new and creative ideas on how “A Culture of Peace” can be achieved. With support of Thailand’s TK Park, presentations will be filmed and made available publicly as part of a collection of “ideas worth spreading.”
When and where?
This event took place at Thailand’s TK Park mini-theatre, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, from 12:30-6pm on 15 December 2012.
Nine speakers (3x3 sessions) have presented. The event was followed by networking dinner. All participants were invited.
Justin Brown is a co-founder of Unexus, a digital technology company helping people create a better future by connecting and sharing ideas. Justin consults, publishes and speaks widely on subjects related to doctoral research on creativity and innovation, for which he was awarded an Erasmus Mundus Fellowship by the European Commission. Justin also teaches at a number of education institutions in Europe and has widespread management consulting experience specialising in organisation design and psychology.
More information: http://www.unexus.org/team
Justin Brown in youtube: http://youtu.be/NTKq6Tv9cKE
Alexander Jun is a Professor of Higher Education at Azusa Pacific University. As a faculty member in the Department of Doctoral Programs in Higher Education, Dr. Jun’s primary area of research surrounds issues of globalization in higher education and international educational policy in urban centers. Dr. Jun has published extensively on issues of postsecondary equity, access, and retention for historically underrepresented students in urban environments.
More information: http://www.apu.edu/bas/faculty/ajun/
Ryan Libre is the founder, director, and primary instructor of Documentary Arts Asia (DAA). DAA is a non-profit organization which advances visual literacy and supports documentary artists in Asia. Raised and educated in Northern California, Ryan has called Asia home for over a decade. He spends a lot of time getting to know his subjects and very little time post-processing. Ryan's first feature length documentary When Will It Be is in editing and will be released in 2013.
Ryan is also the 2010 Nikon Inspiration Award Winner and the 2011 Chapnick grantee from the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund & a grantee of the Pulitzer Center.
"I instantly fell in love with this form of communication called documentary photography, that allowed me to be active, artistic and independent."
More information: http://www.documentary-arts-asia.org/
Ole Jørgen Edna
Ole Jørgen Edna came to Thailand in the fall of 2006 and started helping out as a teacher at a local bible school in Noh Bo, a small Karen village on the Thai Burma boarder. Ole established the first of three children homes in 2007 and has since focused his work on helping children and youth along the border. His vision is to give children a safe and loving home where they are equipped to take charge of their own future.
More information: http://www.blessedhomes.org/
Sorakon Adulyanon aka Noom Muang Chan is now ranked as both an executive and editor of Matichon Group. He writes a wide range of articles from politics, business to numerous positive perspectives. His popular column on Matichon Weekly Magazine entitled "Fastfood Biz" has been around for more than 15 years, sharing with readers interesting marketing tips, tactics and thoughts, and being published into 19 pocket books.
Mark Bakacs is a co-founder of Unexus, a digital technology platform helping people create a better future by sharing and connecting ideas. He has experience as a corporate lawyer for top-tier law firms in London, Paris and Tokyo specialising in cross border financings, capital raisings and acquisitions. Mark speaks four languages and takes a special interest in linguistics and the use of language in society. When not performing daredevil feats at his nearest crossfit, Mark brings his own brand of acumen to realising the potential for creativity in all areas of life.
More information: http://www.unexus.org/team
Johan Janssens is a Belgian web architect, tech entrepreneur and free software advocate. Johan is a firm believer in sharing and collaboration, in spreading good ideas and in the power of technology to make the world a better place.
Johan is most know as co-founder of Joomla, an open source content management system used by more than 3% of all the sites on the internet. To date, he is still considered to be the largest contributor to the Joomla codebase. Today, Johan spends most of his time working on Nooku, an open source rapid web application development framework, which he founded in 2008.
He is also co-founder/director of Timble and advisor of Unexus.org at Beyounic.com, two venture backed web start-up.
Seth Leighton is the CEO of Envoys, a leading operator of experiential education programs around the world. Envoys works with schools to create innovative and authentic learning experiences that develop global competency skills and prepare youth for the world. Adhering to the need for accountability in education, Envoys programs target outcome-based standards and provide reliable assessments for student growth.
Seth holds advanced degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He has worked with the United Nations and US Department of State, as well as numerous NGOs, schools, and development organizations. Seth’s work and travels have taken him to more than thirty countries on six continents.
For more information: http://www.envoys.com
Ticha na Nakorn
Ticha na Nakorn is the director of the Baan Kanjanapisek Juvenile Vocational Training Centre. She is widely recognized for her progressive direction in treating kids under a new and open juvenile system. Ticha creates a friendly environment for kids to actively engage in running the juvenile home. Her method also emphasizes trust and self-esteem, so as to prepare children for their return to society.
December 15, 2012 Starting from Noon.
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