Meet steering committee member, Brent Toderash

Brent Toderash bills himself as a “freelance thinker” and currently does freelance work on branding and web development projects. An eclectic big-picture thinker, he enjoys review­ing busi­ness mod­els and strate­gies with an eye to long-term effects.

After studying theology, he became an entrepreneur and blogger. As an entrepreneur, he helped build an IT consulting firm and an innovative Internet service provider whose first major rural project was written up as a successful case study for Industry Canada.  As a blogger, he built two successful blogs over the past dozen years. The first on technology and early open source and Linux news, followed by one on theological change. Both became well-known and influential in their areas at the time and established his bona fides as a knowledgeable participant in emerging Internet-fueled change.

More recently while on the lookout for ways to help spread positive change, he decided to inflict his skillset upon TEDxManitoba.

What’s your role on the organizing committee?

Technical Lead

Why are you volunteering for TEDxManitoba 2012?

I’ve been a fan of TED for several years, so when I heard about last year’s event, I made sure to get my name in to attend, and was fortunate to be selected. As soon as the event wrapped up, I was determined to volunteer with this year’s event in some way.

The core idea behind TED — of spreading ideas and looking at things in fresh new ways — strikes close to home for me, so I’m really excited to get behind it.

Which TED talk do you think everyone should watch?

John Hunter on the World Peace Game.


Meet steering committee member, Nicole Jensen

Nicole Jensen considers herself fortunate to have worked behind the scenes in the arts and culture industry for the last 14 years. As an artist at heart, but not by skill (so she self-declares), she studied Theatre Stage Management and Design at the University of Winnipeg. Since then, she has met and worked with many talented and dedicated people at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, the Manitoba Museum and now with Strauss Event and Association Management.

What’s your role on the organizing committee?

Venue Lead—ensuring the event has an appropriate venue and the event logistics are well looked after.

Why are you volunteering for TEDxManitoba 2012?

It all started by becoming addicted to the TED website. It was a place where my idealism and hope seemed matched by many others. And because I can’t quite sit back when excited about something, I asked if the TEDxManitoba committee would need a willing pair of hands. So here I am.

The TEDxManitoba experience has been one that I will never forget.

Which TED talk do you think everyone should watch?

Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity.


Meet steering committee member, Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson is a Winnipeg-based tech entrepreneur currently working on “far too many projects,” one of which is TEDxManitoba 2012. He is also known to work in the new field of personal 3D printing, on which he spoke at TEDxManitoba 2011, writes a daily news blog, Fabbaloo and operates an online 3D printing store, Mallyable. If that isn’t ambitious enough, Kerry is also one of the co-founders of AssentWorks, which provides inexpensive manufacturing services to entrepreneurs and a part-time CTO for a small Winnipeg tech startup. In past years he has worked for a University, a Computer Manufacturer, a Travel Services company and a rather large Financial Services organization. You can see why we like having him on board.

What’s your role on the organizing committee?

Chair, Speakers Committee

Why are you volunteering for TEDxManitoba 2012?

TED is important. Important to the very future of civilization because it enables and encourages everyone, everywhere to develop and share unique ideas that will change you, change your community and change the world into a better place.

I want to be part of that change. I need to be part of that change.

And so do you.

Which TED talk do you think everyone should watch?

Dan Pink’s On Motivation