Thank you! 




Thank you to all our speakers, supporters, attendees, and viewers of TEDxGowanus!

Our entire team is so proud to have hosted such a wonderful group of passionate people.  We are certain the seeds of community and conversation that were planted during the event will grow into wonderful debates, activism, and change in the coming months.

We look forward to sharing all of the talks that were recorded during the event. Over the next month we will be editing and releasing these talks as individual videos.  To find out when videos are released please follow our @TEDxGowanus twitter account and like our Facebook page.

For more news about the ideas presented and the speakers who shared them, please join our mailing list and check back regularly at our news page.



SESSION 1: ORIGINS, 12:15—1:45pm

Joseph AlexiouThe most important swamp in American history

T.M. RivesWhat the sale of Manhattan doesn't tell us about Native Americans

Marlene DonnellyThe Case for Gowanus: National Registry of Historic Places

Andrew GustafsonWhy the Baseball Hall of Fame Belongs in Brooklyn

Kate OrffRebuilding eco-infrastructure: Marine Gardening with Blue Mussels

Proteus GowanusCollaborative Art and Historical Inspiration

Joselin LinderStopping a genetic disorder in its fourth generation


 Break 2:00—3:00


SESSION 2: IMMERSED, 3:00—4:40pm

Coney Island River RatsLIVE DIVE OF THE GOWANUS!

Ate AtemaStreet Creeks: A Call to Action

Natalie Loney, Inside a New York City Superfund

Monica ByrneChanging the Disaster Relief Paradigm

Calloway's Salon, A delicious romp through debauchery and laughter with a tune or two

Rachel FershleiserWhy I <3 the Bookternet

Reggie OsséHip Hop: From Counter Culture To Popular Culture


Dinner Break 4:45—6:15





Leah SelimFood is more than culture, it's diplomacy

Pete RahoBringing back the American manufacturing sector

Councilmember Brad LanderDemocracy in Local Budgeting

Susannah DrakeDesigning a Sponge Park

Eymund DiegelUnearthing the Ghost Streams of Gowanus's past

Ed WoodhamPublic Art, Private Awakening

Blind Ear MusicLive and improvised composition and performance

Cocktails and Conversation at ROYAL PALMS

Photo Credit: "Jim in Times Square"   

Photo Credit: "Jim in Times Square"


TEDxGowanus - Inspiring Community

TEDxGowanus is an event featuring TED-style talks inspired by the unique ideas, stories and arts that have incubated in or are related to the Gowanus area.  This event will involve a cross section of attendees and speakers, from original Gowanus residents and business owners to recent entrepreneurs, developers, and thinkers. The TEDxGowanus agenda will include a full spectrum of topics: from performances and presentations by local artists to stories and ideas that explore the neighborhood’s history, industry, ecology, and evolution.  During breaks, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with an exhibit area featuring displays and booths by local businesses, speakers’ projects, and artists of Gowanus. 


TEDxGowanus will took place January 26th, 2014 at The Green Building and 501 Union. See map.


What is TED? 


TED is a global platform devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. TEDx is a locally organized event that focuses on individuals, ideas and innovation in various cities and communities around the world.

TED began in 1984 as a gathering place for innovators and leaders in the fields of Technology, Entertainment and Design. Today TED has become the hub for a global community of individuals who believe in the power of ideas worth spreading.


What is TEDx? 


TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, Ideas Worth Spreading. The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.

At TEDx events, a screening of TEDTalks videos or a combination of live presenters and TEDTalks videos spark deep conversation and connections.

TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.