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TEDxGramercy Salon: Transformation

November 6, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


This month TEDxGramercy Salon examines “Transformation”.

The Speakers

Abraham Burickson

Artist and architect, Abraham Burickson, has made a career creating two-day, immersive performances… for one-person audiences. The performances engage hundreds of artists, often times spans many states, and is witnessed by only their shockingly singular audience. To create the experiences — transformative and all-encompassing — Burickson and his company, Odyssey Works, begins with a fundamental provocation: all art and design — from UX design to product design, architecture to graphics, copywriting to novel writing — is experience design. What results is a radically different approach to creativity that forces audiences and creators into a deep, relational, and ultimately transformative embrace.

Athena Diaconis

Athena Diaconis is a researcher by training (and nature) who has a knack for deconstructing human behavior. Her interests in the last few years have gravitated toward democracy. Democracy has never been an easy experiment. It requires fastidious work, and constant vigilance to ensure its perpetuity. On the right, left, and middle, many feel our country has never been more divided. But is it possible that we’re on the brink of something far greater than we realize? Time will tell which way the wind goes, but never before have we had such a capacity to create a true, rich, multicultural democracy. From technology, to consciousness shifts, the U.S. has the capacity to become a beacon of political equality. Join us for an evening exploring the history of the phenomena known as democracy, unpacking truths of our humanity and our society, and hopefully, learning how to avoid turning our country’s political fate into the Handmaid’s Tale.

About TEDx = independently organized event

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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

Location: Rise New York

Rise New York is a global community of startups and corporates creating the future of commerce and fintech by helping startups and entrepreneurs connect, co-create, and scale innovation. In partnership with Barclays, we listen, nurture and oxygenate through our international network of Rise hubs. Rise New York also houses a world-class event space and is home to the U.S. cohort of the Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars.


November 6, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Rise New York
43 West 23rd Street, 2nd Floor
New York, 10010 United States

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