TEDxMalibu 2011: Flourishing in the New Paradigm

Our Host: Christopher Blake

Christopher Blake, principal of Machado Blake Design and Hybridhaus, is an award winning architect with a diverse bi-coastal practice ranging from landscape objects to custom housing to equine facilities to town planning. He is a professor and practitioner of nearly 30 years. During the economic downturn, the construction industry and his practice have gone through change and challenge. This has catalyzed him to move away from a solely material perspective of design and delve into a more “soul-ly” centered experiential one. Chris uses his teaching/mentoring background to help non-profit, corporate and private clients alike, to hone their spatial visions while thinking globally and acting locally to achieve integrated design solutions in the New Paradigm. Flourishing requires a melding of hearts and minds in the development of structure and a sense of place. As an architect, Chris understands that ideas are the key to the continued evolutionary creation of place, meaning and form which makes him the perfect TEDxMalibu host. www.machadoblake.com

Abraham McDonald

Abraham McDonald, Def Jam Records, TEDxMalibu, TEDx Malibu, Ideas Worth Spreading, Flourishing in the new paradigm, Technology, Entertainment, Design,Abraham McDonald is an unbelievable talent, surly to be remembered as one on the best male vocalist in the business. This Crooner Pop/Soul artist is what we’ve been missing. With his sultry sounds and engaging personality he serenades hearts around the world and definitely can get a party started on the dance floor.

Abraham McDonald has been on Oprah Show five times and has earned a record deal at Def Jam Records. He has toured the nation with Anthony Hamilton, Patti Labelle, Kem and Raheem Davaughn just to name a few. He has recently returned from the Middle East on his “Love Music is Back” tour performing in Israel and Jerusalem. He is currently touring and preparing for the release of his much-anticipated album.

Find out more about Abraham McDonald on his website, www.mrabrahammcdonald.com, or visit his channels on YouTube.

Hannah Mulholland

Hannah Mulholland is a 20 year old singer/songwriter from Malibu, California. At a young age, Hannah knew that she loved music and performing, and began to play piano at 5 years old. She was very inspired by artists like Faith Hill growing up, which pushed her to write music of her own, in hopes that one day Faith Hill’s songwriters would write for her. As time went on, songwriting became her passion, and at the age of 12 decided to teach herself how to play guitar. Since then, she has been writing and performing as much as possible, and has been lucky enough to play in venues such as The Cabana Club, and The Whisky A’Go Go, among many others. Hannah also participated in the 2011 season of American Idol, where she made it to the top 100. She has also performed for countless fundraisers and events around the city of Malibu. This past year, she was asked to perform at the Miss Malibu Beauty Pageant, and was selected as the “Upcoming Female Vocalist Of Malibu” at the 2011 Malibu Music Awards. She is currently in the process of making her debut album.

Visit Hannah at www.hannahmulhollandmusic.com.

Cantor Marcelo Gindlin

Cantor Marcelo Gindlin, Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue, TEDxMalibu, TEDx Malibu, Ideas Worth Spreading, Flourishing in the new paradigm, Technology, Entertainment, Design,Born and educated in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cantor Marcelo Gindlin is the full-time Cantor at Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue. In addition to his certification as Hazzan and Ba’al Tefillah from the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary, he has degrees in Music Therapy and extensive experience as a teacher, composer, choir director and performer. He has taught music at a variety of levels, from preschool, kindergarten and elementary school to the training of adult Hebrew music teachers. As a music therapist, Cantor Gindlin worked with a wide range of people, from children to the elderly, and led workshops at many World Conferences and Seminars.

Cantor Gindlin believes that each of us has a deep sound inside… a frequency that is unique to each of us, an essence that makes our community shine. Music transmits the contents of our hearts, it becomes the vehicle through which we project ourselves into a better future for our community and for our children.

…Melody, Music, Creation, Community…that’s where the core lies.

A tune can touch a soul, in a way no words ever could. Music filters the air, removes the negativity and leaves a purified and positive atmosphere.

Visit www.MJCS.org to find out more about Cantor Gindlin.

Dr. Narayan Srinivasa

We are so pleased to announce Dr. Narayan Srinivasa, Principal Research Scientist and Manager, Center for Neural and Emergent Systems Information and System Sciences Lab at HRL Laboratories LLC in Malibu.He is developing a novel approach inspired by brain science that can enable machines to perceive their world much like living systems capable of autonomous learning, by dynamically interacting with their environment. This capability will create machines with the gift of perception to experience their world in a manner that is absent in today’s programmable machines. Seeing our world is a skillful activity that mammalian species have learned to master over millions of years of evolution. Capturing the essence of that activity can help create next generation machines that can enrich and assist humans in their way of living.Dr. Srinivasa’s primary research interests are in the areas of learning, perception, adaptive control and evolutionary dynamics.  He is currently the program manager for two DARPA projects, SyNAPSE and Physical Intelligence, which attempt to develop a theoretical foundation inspired by brain science and physics to engineer electronic systems that exhibit intelligence. In his 12 years at HRL he has designed and managed several projects for GM and Boeing solving real-world problems in the areas of sensing and control, winning numerous awards including the HRL Distinguished Inventor Award, GM Most Valuable Colleague Award and HRL Outstanding Team Award. He was a Beckman Fellow at the prestigious Beckman Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, where he was a member of Human Computer Intelligent Interaction group and worked in the areas of learning algorithms for robotics, manufacturing and computer vision. He has published 80 technical papers and holds 25 US patents. http://www.hrl.com/

Terence Davis

Announcing Terence Davis as Musical Curator!

Terence Davis, President and Founder of Great Music, began as a musician in many bands. He graduated from Univeristy Of Wisconsin (Oshkosh) and Marquette University as well as The New York Institute of Finance and was trained as a NYSE Stockbroker.

He has sold more songs than most major recording artists! Terence started Great Music in 1998 as a supplier of audio for the toy industry. He then expanded his enterprise to include songs, jingles & sound design for Radio, TV, theater & Film.

He serves on the Board of Directors for the Malibu Symphony Association, Pepperdine
University Crest Associates, Malibu Stage Company, and he is the founder of the Malibu
Music Festival and the Malibu Music Awards.Terence Davis is currently involved in a number of live event, motion picture and internet projects.

Leigh McCloskey

Leigh McCloskey was classically trained as an actor at the Juilliard School in Lincoln Center, New York. As an actor, he is perhaps most widely known for his role as Mitch Cooper on the soap opera Dallas. McCloskey has also appeared in a number of films and television series, including JAG, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, General Hospital, The Young and the Restless and One Life to Live. In addition to acting, McCloskey is also a visionary artist, author and teacher. His artwork premiered on tour with the Rolling Stones.

His interest, knowledge, study and learning ranges from art, music, history, religion, mythology, philo-Sophia and esotericism to string theory, quantum physics and the multidimensional nature of consciousness. He has studied Hermeticism, Alchemy and Kabbalah and has hosted twice weekly philosophical salons at his home, Olandar, for over thirty years. He has written, illustrated and published six books. http://www.leighmccloskey.com/

Malibu Boys and Girls Glee Club

In 1999, Malibu Foundation for Youth and Families was founded as a non-profit organization to benefit much needed support services for the greater Malibu community. The Malibu Boys and Girls Club offers a variety of services and opportunity for Malibu Youth. We are honored to have the Malibu Boys and Girls Glee Club perform at TEDxMalibu.

Dr. Jessica Wu

Food is medicine for your body and your soul. Despite a growing body of research, the vast majority of physicians and policy-makers are blind to this and only focus on pharmaceutical-based medicine. Choosing the right foods to eat can help you win whatever race you’re in (dating, job-hunting, business-seeking) and on a larger scale, may even help fix our health care crisis.

Jessica Wu helps us understand the link between food and common diseases, how to put this knowledge into practice at our very next meal, and how eating the right foods can improve appearance and self-confidence. As a finale, she tells us how the right diet can reduce health care costs for individuals, businesses, and the nation. We look forward to this inspiring and informative talk!

Dr Jessica Wu is a board-certified dermatologist practicing in Los Angeles, California. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. Dr Wu is currently Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at USC, where she volunteers her time to teach medical students and doctors in training. www.drjessicawu.com

Douglas W. Kmiec, J.D.

Douglas Kmiec is known for engaging political opposition with courtesy and with an eye searching for common ground. He “caused a stir” when he endorsed Democrat Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election.

Professor of Constitutional Law, Caruso Family Chair in Constitutional Law and Ambassador of the United States (Ret.), Kmiec believes that politics and our lives in community were meant to be civil. He believes that we were intended to seek out our enemies and find common ground, and then, all would be well. It might be, yet. “In this world we have a choice,” he says, “to be very very smart, or to be oh so pleasant; I’ve tried smart, I recommend pleasant.” We look forward to his talk on November 13th.


Jared Rosen

Jared is a vision catalyst! As CEO of DreamSculpt Media, Inc., he is dedicated to creating mindful and soulful media. His clients include award winning filmmakers, best-selling authors, global thought leaders and branding specialists. He is the author of The Flip: Turn Your World Around and Inner Security And Infinite Wealth. His ideas have been published in business journals, MBA textbooks and on the web through his own social media site 2003 -2006 with members in 46 countries. Jared’s highest aspiration is to help build a globally ethical world that recognizes – Love As The Highest Standard. www.dreamsculpt.com

John Lacques

John Lacques has devoted his professional life to using music as a tool for empowerment and transformation. With Drumtime, John combines his unique talents and expertise as an educator, professional drummer and theater artist, to facilitate drum circles that encourage and support others to become creators—not just of music, but creators of joy, health, success and community. www.drumtime.net

Lisa Kamen

Lisa Kamen is documentary filmmaker and psychologist devoted to the exploration and “felicitation” of greater well-being through film, “H-Factor…Where Is Your Heart?”, Harvesting Happiness workshops as well as one-on-one private coaching and a pending 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation to serve returning Veterans and their loved ones who are experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and other post-deployment reintegration challenges. www.hh4heroes.org

Michael Koss

Michael Koss, President and Chairman of Koss Financial, he has served in the past as President of the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles, General Chair of both the Western Region of AIPAC and the Greater Los Angeles UJF Campaign, and Chairman of the Board of the Los Angeles Jewish Federation. www.kossfinancial.com

Ted McDonald

Ted McDonald is a yoga teacher, endurance athlete, and freelance writer. Educated in both Iyengar and Ashtanga styles of yoga, he teaches a Vinyasa flow class with upbeat music creating a fun and safe environment for his students, tailoring his teaching and retreats to a diverse audience, including endurance athletes, business professionals, yoga teachers, as well as beginning students. A published author, Ted regularly contributes to the Yogitimes, LA Yoga Magazine and Los Angeles Sports & Fitness. Formerly an Elite Adventure Racer, Ted still thrives on the adventurous outdoors competing in marathons and triathlons.

Rabbi Judith Halevy

Rabbi Judith Halevy holds advanced degrees in International Relations from both Rutgers University and Columbia University. She has worked in the fields of bilingual education and cultural diversity, served as director of the Taos Arts Association, Board of the National Endowment for the Arts, co-founded Metiva, a Center for Jewish Spirituality, and Sarah’s Tent, a community based on Judasim and creativity. A senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, she has served as spiritual leader of Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue since 1996. mjcs.org


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