2011 Speakers and Performers

Paul Gilding

Independent writer
Advisor and advocate on climate change and stability

The Great Disruption

An activist and social entrepreneur for 35 years, Paul's personal mission and purpose is to lead, inspire and motivate action globally on the transition of society and the economy to sustainability. He pursues this purpose across all sectors, working around the world with individuals, businesses, NGOs, entrepreneurs, academia and government and through his book, The Great Disruption.

Paul believes we are now in a global ecological and economic crisis that will lead to a period of major global economic transformation. He sees this crisis driven change as an enormous opportunity to build a new approach to economic and social development for humanity.

Paul Gilding on the Web | Twitter | Facebook | Video


Peter Kageyama

Community and economic development consultant
Founder and producer of Creative Cities Summit

For the Love of Cities

Peter Kageyama is an internationally recognized expert on community development and grassroots engagement. He is the author of For the Love of Cities which explores in detail the value of emotional engagement with our cities, how that connection is created and nurtured, and how it can be turned into a development resource for places.

As the co-founder and producer of the Creative Cities Summit, an interdisciplinary event that brings together citizens, thought leaders and practitioners around the big idea of the city, Peter has been a central connector in the field of place and community making. He is the former President of Creative Tampa Bay, a grassroots community change organization based here in the region. He has spoken all over the world about bottom up community development and the amazing people that are making change happen. He lives in St. Petersburg, FL.

Peter Kageyama on the Web | Twitter | Facebook | Vimeo | Video


Nate Staniforth


Creating Astonishment

Nate Staniforth began touring while still a student in college, studying theater, history, and religion by day and driving for hours to perform on other campuses at night.  Nate’s 2007 web series The Magician Project caught the eye of superstar David Blaine who recruited Nate to design an original illusion for Blaine to use on his national ABC television special.  In 2009 Nate traveled extensively through India and Southeast Asia to explore the magic in these cultures as part of a documentary about magic around the world, meeting with psychics, snake charmers, street performers, shaman, and anyone who could show him something amazing.  Nate now tours the country full time, bringing his unique “unplugged” style of magic to over a hundred colleges, universities, and theaters every year.

"I know that most people think of magic as a juvenile display of rabbits and top hats that generally falls just above "mime" and "karaoke" on the hierarchy of entertainment. I have another way of looking at magic and would love to have the chance to share it with the TED audience."

Nate Staniforth on the Web | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Video


Dr. Terry Wahls

Clinical Professor Internal Medicine
Founder of Wahls Foundation

Up From the Chair: Defeating Progressive MS Without Drugs

Dr. Terry Wahls is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she teaches internal medicine residents in their primary care continuity of care clinics, sees patients in a traumatic brain injury clinic and conducts clinical trials. She is also a patient with a chronic progressive neurological disorder, secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which confined her to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. But thanks to the power of intensive, directed nutrition, Dr. Wahls restored her health and now pedals her bike five miles to work each day. She is the author of Minding My Mitochondria: How I Overcame Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis and Got Out of My Wheelchair and teaches the public and medical community about the healing power of intensive nutrition.

Dr. Terry Wahls on the Web | Facebook | Video


Dr. Richard W. Barker

Strategic Advisor, Speaker, Author on Healthcare and Life Sciences
Director of the Oxford Centre for Accelerating Medical Innovations


Dr. Richard Barker is Director of the Oxford Centre for Accelerating Medical Innovations, a major European initiative aimed at transforming the R&D and regulatory processes in life sciences to bring advances more rapidly and affordably to patients. His 25-year business career in healthcare has spanned biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics and medical informatics – both in the USA and Europe: Director General of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, member of the EFPIA and IFPMA, co-founder of Life Sciences UK, member of the NHS Stakeholder Forum, vice-chair of the UK Clinical Trials Collaboration, Chairman of Stem Cells for Safer Medicines, board member of iCo Therapeutics, Head of McKinsey's European healthcare practice, General Manager of Healthcare Solutions for IBM, Chief Executive of Chiron Diagnostics, Chairman and Chief Executive of Molecular Staging, and recently, he was the author of a book on the future of healthcare, The Future of Medicine: Avoiding a Medical Meltdown. He speaks frequently on the future of life sciences and restructuring healthcare systems.

Dr. Richard Barker on the Web | Video


Stephen Carr

Terra Manus Technologies


How can making small alterations to soil topography allow farmers across the globe to improve the land’s ability to retain moisture, reduce runoff and increase yield while using less petro chemical inputs? Stephen Carr will share his thoughts on how a simple tool is helping farmers locally, in Kenya and China do just this.

Stephen Carr on the Web | YouTube | Video


Hannah Drollinger

Hannah Drollinger

Bohemian Fiddler, Improvisational and Folk Fiddler
Classically and Electric Violinist

The Eccentric Perspective of a Gypsy Busker

Hannah Drollinger's musical career began with an invitation from the Smithsonian Institute to represent Iowa at their annual Festival of American Folklife. Since then, she's appeared on NPR's From the Top as a young soloist & versatile string player comfortable in a variety of musical genres. A native Iowan and graduate of Preucil School of Music, Hannah performed professionally in Cedar Rapids' Orchestra Iowa during high school. As a violinist in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, she’s created music with artists like Yo Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile & Brandi Carlile. The Bohemian Fiddler has also shared the stage with the Diplomats of Solid Sound, appearing on their song, Give Me One More Chance, on their album, “What Goes Around, Comes Around”. Recently, she's logged hundreds of hours onstage playing the violin, singing & acting in regional & equity theatre productions. As the Bohemian Fiddler, she was featured in Iowa Arts News, an eNewsletter of the Iowa Arts Council. As a duo, Hannah & her father, Guy Drollinger, were chosen to be included in the Iowa Historical Society’s traveling performance series, Arts On Tour, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Hannah Drollinger on the Web | Facebook | MySpace | YouTube | Video


Chase Garrett

Blues and Boogie Woogie Pianist


Chase Garrett has performed all across the U.S. and Europe alongside some of today’s best boogie woogie, blues and jazz pianists such as Axel Zwingenberger, Joachim Schumacher, Julian Phillips and Michael Keashammer. Deeply influenced by Albert Ammons, Meade ‘Lux’ Lewis, Otis Spann and Oscar Peterson, Chase’s playing moves seamlessly between boogie woogie, blues, jazz, stride and swing. Chase has dedicated himself to boogie woogie and blues piano and in doing so has begun producing a concert series in which he and four pianists from around the world will perform at various theatres across the US in the blues and boogie woogie style of piano masters from the jazz age and early 20th century. The series is set to premiere fall 2014.

Chase Garrett on the Web | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Video


Mike Berkson and Tim Wambac of Handicap This

Handicap This

Performing Artists, Activists

Making Minds Handicap Accessible

Handicap This! is a live stage show with a message of possibilities. From performances at the University of Illinois to the nationally recognized stage of the North Shore Center. They have received rave reviews, standing ovations, and left the audience cheering for more. Twice they have appeared on the front page of the Chicago Tribune and have been featured on ABC television Chicago.

Mike Berkson and Tim Wambach will stir your senses, challenge your thinking, and wake up your attitude. Their speech is a provocative look at friendship, breaking down barriers, and living with disabilities - most of all about everyone's potential. Their true story pushes the envelope and encourages everyone to examine the concept of their own abilities. Mike and Tim's story will raise awareness about people living with severe physical handicaps and inspire individuals to achieve their own goals and dreams.

Handicap This on the Web | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Video


The Iowa Youth Writing Project



The Iowa Youth Writing Project is a collective of like-minded individuals that aims to join Iowa City’s unique literary heritage with its community, fostering creativity and writing among the children of Iowa City and surrounding communities. It provides writing, tutoring, and publishing opportunities to Iowa’s school-aged children and teens. These opportunities are provided at little or no cost to participants through the volunteer work of Iowa City’s literary community and partnerships with local programs, organizations, and institutions.”

The Iowa Youth Writing Project on the Web | Facebook | Video


Mitch Matthews

Mitch Matthews

Co-founder of BIG Dream Gatherings
Author, Speaker, Teacher

The Intellectual Immune System

Mitch Matthews has a rather unique goal.  He wants to help launch one million dreams in his lifetime. He’s the author of “IGNITE – A little book to spark your big dreams.” As a speaker and teacher, he works with Fortune 500 companies to inspire bigger thinking and dreaming.  Plus, he’s the co-founder of the “BIG Dream Gatherings” which have helped thousands of people to get clear on their goals and dreams as well as get some help to go after them.

Mitch Matthews on the Web | Twitter | Facebook | Video


Working Group Theatre

Kembrew McLeod

Journalist, Artist, Activist

Sharing is Funky

Hip-hop music began with a beat, and no musician has been sampled more than James Brown Band drummer Clyde Stubblefield. Since the mid-1980s, when digital technologies made sonic cut and pasting easy, his rhythms have lived on in thousands of songs. Take a journey into sound as we trace the evolution and transformation of a rhythm, and learn how culture thrives by building on the past.

Kembrew McLeod is an associate professor of Communication Studies at The University of Iowa and an independent documentary filmmaker. His books and films focus on both popular music and the cultural impact of intellectual property law. Most recently, he co-produced the documentary, Copyright Criminals, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and aired on PBS's Independent Lens. McLeod's music and cultural criticism have appeared in numerous publications from Rolling Stone to the New York Times.

Kembrew McLeod on the Web | Twitter | Facebook | Video

Working Group Theatre

The Telling Project

Working Group Theatre

Telling: Iowa City

Telling: Iowa City is a play taken directly from the stories of Iowa veterans and their families, then performed by the vets and family members themselves. It is a collaboration between Working Group Theatre, The Telling Project and University of Iowa Veterans Association.  Working Group Theatre creates original plays and events in collaboration with actors, directors, playwrights, and community partners. "We tell stories that matter to us, to the communities where we live and work, and to the world we are moving through. We love to change the space where our work is performed in unexpected ways, either seeking out non-theatrical spaces and staging plays there, or redefining the space of an existing theatre."

The Telling Project on the Web | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube


Jennifer Trevillian

Clubfoot Advocate
Ponseti International Board Member

Easy Feet: Reshaping Lives
One Amazing Way to Create a Lasting Global Impact

Jennifer Trevillian became a parent advocate for children with clubfoot (talipes equinovarus) when her oldest child was born in March 2000. Her personal struggle to find good information about treatment options for her daughter and adequate medical care grew into a passion for helping other families avoid similar challenges. Every year approximately 200,000 children are born with clubfoot. There are an estimated 1 million children currently living with the debilitating consequences of untreated clubfoot. Jennifer’s efforts focus on non-invasive treatment of clubfoot, public education, eradicating the unnecessary suffering of children with untreated clubfoot, and giving new and expectant parents the information they need to find care for their child.

Jennifer Trevillian on the Web | Video


Ed Wasserman

Stuit Professor of Experimental Psychology


Ed Wasserman has taught and conducted behavioral research at The University of Iowa for 40 years. Ed’s customary research subjects are animals, including pigeons, rats, and baboons. The results of his animal studies have prompted Ed to take a critical look at human behavior. Are humans really rational beings who design what we make and do with planning and foresight? Maybe intelligent design plays as little part in the development of human behavior as it does in the evolution of species. Ed readily admits that his own behavior, at least, is the result of random “trial and error.”

Ed Wasserman on the Web | Video


We had a large amount of amazing ideas presented to us. Thank you to all those who presenters as well those who expressed interest.

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