Core speaker program and event details released!

For Immediate Release: TEDxGowanus to be held on January 26, 2014 in Gowanus, Brooklyn


December 5, 2013 – Announcing the first ever TEDxGowanus, which will be held on January 26, 2014. The day-long event will take place on the banks of the Gowanus Canal at renowned event spaces The Green Building and 501 Union.


TEDxGowanus Organizer, Sean Gannet has a long track record working with TED Conferences, having been a producer on TEDMissionBlue and the TED Talent Search as well as video director for TEDActive.


"We are passionate about bringing TEDx to Gowanus because this area is a perfect representation of the culture, innovation, and change that are dominating the new Brooklyn landscape." –Sean Gannet, Organizer TEDxGowanus.


The theme of TEDxGowanus is INSPIRING COMMUNITY and speakers will include designers, entrepreneurs, artists, historians, and community leaders presenting Gowanus inspired ideas.  As a neighborhood that’s undergoing many changes – from the recent Superfund designation, to demographic and cultural shifts, to the physical rebuilding of the area post-Sandy – TEDxGowanus will also be an opportunity to hear visions of the area’s future.


While the inspiration for this TEDx began in Gowanus there will be a diversity of ideas to inspire and engage a broad audience.  Some of the over 20 speakers presenting:


Reggie Ossé (aka Combat Jack) – Host, The Combat Jack Show – Through storytelling, Reggie will recount Hip-Hop’s journey from counter-culture to pop-culture.


Ed Woodham - Founder, Art in Odd Places – Devoted to gently “awakening” the masses through art installations, Ed recounts how his public mission influenced a very personal journey.


Rachel Fershleiser – Tumblr – Rachel is creating “Internet Enabled Literary Communities” which are reinvigorating consumption of the written word.


Kate Orff – Partner, Scape/Landscape Architechture LLC – Following up on her talk about greening the Gowanus Canal with oyster beds, Kate will discuss her Blue Mussel Pilot Project in the Gowanus Bay.


Ate Atema – Atema Architecture – Will follow up on his previous TED talk about an innovative way to channel freshwater into the Gowanus Canal.


Leah Selim - Co-Founder, Global Kitchen – Discussing how gastro-diplomacy can bridge cultural divides.


Monica Byrne - Co-Founder ReStore Red Hook   - As a core member of Restore Red Hook, she has a new idea about how to shift the disaster relief paradigm.


Pete Raho - Owner, Gowanus Furniture – As an “Artisan Ambassador,” Pete will show how small batch industry has created a new manufacturing sector with industrial employment opportunities.


Joselin Linder – Author - Joselin shares a personal story about the history (and future) of a genetic disorder that originated in her family.  


Marlene Donnely - FROGG Member, Benjamin Ellis Architect – What it will take for Gowanus to become the first Urban Industrial Site listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.


Eymund Diegel - Director, Public Lab – Eymund  will describe how he used high-resolution, aerial photography to uncover "Ghost Streams" that feed the Gowanus Canal.


Joseph Alexiou - Author /Journalist (Co-Curator of TEDxGowanus) - Will explain the importance of the Gowanus watershed in the first major conflict of the American Revolution, The Battle of Brooklyn.  


T.M. Rives - Author – Using the Native American origins of the name "Gowanus" as a starting point, Rives will elaborate on the often mistaken history of Native American culture and NYC.


Plus more to be announced!


This independently organized event licensed by TED will host a live audience of over 200 and will also be broadcasted live on  Attendees will have exclusive access to an exhibit providing an opportunity to network and interact with booths and activities provided by local businesses and organizations. 


Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets starting December 5, 2013 at 12:00pm.


TEDxGowanus would not be possible without the help of our partners:

Video and Webcast Provided by Suite Spot

Design and Production Materials Provided by Film Biz Recycling

The Digital PhotoBooth by MVS Studio

Coffee provided by Crop to Cup


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Follow TEDxGowanus on Facebook at and Twitter @tedxgowanus. The official event hashtag is #gowanusinspired.


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