TEDxPaonia showcases innovative Coloradans who each give the ‘talk of their life’ around the power of ideas. The VIP experience includes a soirée with speakers and performers and local food and drinks, the night before the conference. Seating is limited. Purchase tickets above, now! Our website is http://tedxpaonia.fopt.org/


Pushing Through The Pavement!

Our mission statement:
Celebrate Paonia as a thought hub that ignites creativity, curiosity, and connection.

Speakers (subject to change):
David Alderdice - Enthusiastic rhythmist, and founder of the Embodying Rhythm School of Percussive Arts as co‐founder of the North Fork Valley Embodying Rhythm Marimba Project.

Christie Aschwanden - Lead science writer at FiveThirtyEight. Her work also appears in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Slate, Smithsonian, Mother Jones, Discover, Popular Science, and O, the Oprah Magazine; blogs about science at The Last Word On Nothing and was a 2015 Journalism Fellow in Complex Systems Science at the Santa Fe Institute.

Douglas Beall, AIA, LEED AP - Architect, artist, builder, developer and inventor. He is the owner of ECOShelter Design + Build, and the owner of Simple Shelter, Ltd., a tiny house development company.

Hal Brill - author of The Resilient Investor: A Plan for your Life, Not Just your Money and has been pioneering sustainable, regenerative investing for over 25 years. He co-­founded Natural Investments LLC.

Dev Carey - Co-founder and the current director of the High Desert Center, a gap year programs for young adults who are looking for adventure, useful skills, community and a sense of purpose; has a Ph.D. in ecology and has started numerous educational programs.

Alex Carr Johnson - Executive Director of the Western Slope Conservation Center. He has written for Earth Island Journal, High Country News, and Orion Magazine among others. His essay, “How to Queer Ecology: One Goose at a Time,” has been reprinted in multiple textbooks. He is a Fishtrap Fellow and Wyss Scholar for Conservation of the Intermountain West.

Craig Childs - writes about the relationship between humans, animals, landscape, and time; has published more than a dozen critically acclaimed books, including his most recent book, Apocalyptic Planet, which won the Orion Book Award and the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Men’s Journal, and Outside, and is an occasional commentator for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition.

Rebecca Clarren - Writes about the environment and public health for magazines such as Mother Jones, Salon.com, Ms., Orion and The Nation; winner of the Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism, an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship, and eight grants from the Fund for Investigative Journalism.

Kalvin Evans - Owner of Xodus Ventures, LLC, leading Boot Camp workouts, Reebok Cycling Instruction, Personal Training, to Kettle Bell Training. He has also coordinated adventure trips for kids and adults.

Zach Krapfl - Mechanical and civil engineer dedicated to global energy conservation, reduction in fossil fuel consumption, increased energy efficiency; teaming up with Bosch in Germany to create the lightest, most efficient, highest torque electric propulsion system while optimizing integration into a bicycle frame.

Gabrielle Louise - A nationally touring troubadour noted for her poignant lyrics and lush voice; entrusted to open for or shared the stage with greats such as Richie Havens, Patty Larkin, Eliza Gilkyson, and Guy Clark.

Brent McRae - Masters degree in Leadership; High school teacher and football coach at Paonia High, a team with a 36-­3 overall record, three league titles, three state championship game appearances and two state titles.

Dr. Nicolas Taylor - Director of Solutions Wellness Center, licensed clinical psychologist and a level three certified addictions counselor. He is the developer of the community based substance use treatment method commonly referred to as “The Delta Model,” and coauthor of Helping People Addicted to Methamphetamine: A Creative New Approach for Families and Communities.

Marcie Telander, MA, REAT - An Internationally Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor in New Mexico, Certified Group Psychotherapist and an Elder of the Eco­-therapy, Positive Psychology and Eco-­justice movements; also a nationally­-known storyteller, cultural animator and interdisciplinary artist; creator of Vinotok – Crested Butte’s annual heritage festival and storytelling celebration.

Harrison Topp - Director of Membership for the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and an organic orchardist; works with farmers and ranchers to develop legislative, educational, and cooperative solutions to the challenges facing farmers regionally and on a national level.

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer - Western Slope Poet Laureate has appeared in O Magazine, A Prairie Home Companion and in her children’s lunch boxes. Clients include Think 360, Craig Hospital, Hospice and Camp Coca Cola. She served as San Miguel County’s first poet laureate, directed the Telluride Writers Guild for 10 years, and co-hosts the Talking Gourds Poetry club. She’s won the Fischer Prize, Rattle’s Ekphrastic Challenge, the Dwell Press Solstice Prize, the Writer’s Studio Literary Contest, was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award, and has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize.

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06 February , Saturday 09:00

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