Theme: The World In Our Grasp

San Diego, CA, CA, United States
November 20th, 2011

The TEDxYouth@SanDiego team honored students from twenty San Diego County high schools to participate in this global event. It was a transformative day for all of the attendees.

The theme of TEDxYouth@SanDiego was “The World in Our Grasp,” and it was all about inspiring one to see a problem, to take responsibility and to do something now. Sunday’s event  brought together a community of 400 students from all over San Diego County to challenge them, inspire them, and motivate them to be agents of change.

This was NOT just a conference or an inspirational day of talks. Student participants were asked to make commitments to take action within their community. TEDxYouth is solution-oriented. The attendees were given specific ways in which they can become involved no matter what their resources and where they are located.

Speakers at Sunday’s event included: Tracy Lee Stum, an internationally recognized American street painter who specializes in spectacular, interactive 3D chalk art street paintings, Richard Dreyfuss, Actor and spokesperson on the issue of media informing policy, legislation, and public opinion, Jason Russell, founder of the media-driven nonprofit Invisible Children, Inc.,  David Schenone, Innovation Director for Global Footwear for NIKE, Inc.,Mark Hixon, marine biologist at Oregon State University, Adora Svita, writer of over 300 short-stories, a poet and a humanitarian, Jason O’Neill, 15-year old entrepreneur who founded Pencil Bugs at age nine. He is also the author of Bitten by the Business Bug: Common Sense Tips for Business and Life from a Teen Entrepreneur at age fourteen, Patrick Ivison, motivational speaker and adaptive surfer. He is the first disabled member of the Lost Surf Team and is a member of his high school surf team. He has appeared on the Today Show, E! Entertainment, Transworld Surf Magazine, MTV, Fuel TV, the Oprah Winfrey Network and countless other publications and news outlets around the world. In 2009 he traveled with two other disabled athletes to Costa Rica to film a feature length documentary on adaptive surfing called “Charlie Don’t Surf”, Alec Loorz, founder of Kids vs Global Warming, Jake Shimabukuro, master of the ukulele. Lee Coulter,singer/songwriter from Australia, and  Nina Church
co-founder of Nika Water.

Lunch was provided by Jim (Jimbo) Someck who has been in the natural foods industry since 1973. In 1984 he opened up his first Jimbo’s…Naturally! store. Since then he has opened up four more Jimbo’s…Naturally! stores throughout north county San Diego.