Saturday, October 13, 2018

8:15 a.m. Doors Open & Breakfast. -- coffee, cold brew, fruit, pastries, yogurt

9:00 a.m. Start of Event

9:30 a.m. "Building Blocks of Innovation" Jana Strasburg

9:55 a.m. "Mental Health Solutions: Uncensored, Unprescribed" Travis Rybarski

10:15 a.m. "Colonizing Mars: Why Humans Need to Simplify Basic Structures" Steve LePage

10:30 a.m. BREAK & Live performance from Tri-Cities Painted Pianos

11:05 a.m. "If We're All The Same, Then Why Aren't We All The Same" Eric Thompson

11:20 TED talk

11:45 a.m. "Lessons From My Kidnapper" 

12:00 p.m. LUNCH

1:05 p.m. "We Are Not Passive Observers, But Active Participants" Sena Clara Creston

1:25 a.m. TED talk

1:45 p.m. "Empty: Experiencing Child Loss Through Images" Susana Butterworth

2:00 p.m. BREAK & Live Viewing Party from DrewBoy Creative

2:35 p.m. "Lost In The Telling: The Forgotten Narrative" Ben Johnson

2:50 p.m. TED talk

3:10 p.m. "Closing The Justice Gap" Claudia Johnson

Uptown Theater

1300 Jadwin Ave, Richland, WA 99352


"Visionaries believe not only that

the impossible can be done

but that it must be done."

- Brad Ferran, from the TED stage


Truth is not dead.  It is very much alive. Foundational Truths matter now more than ever. Truth is not something you are born with, it is something you choose and create.  Truth is not unconditional, unwavering, or absolute.  Truth can even evolve, grow, die, and transform, particularly when challenged with new insight.  Truth is never afraid of being false.

Think about the last time you held on tightly to something you believed was an absolute truth.  Was your truth growing bigger as you understood it more? Was your truth being challenged?  What happens when you step outside your truths and test out a new thought?  

In this year’s theme of “Foundational Truths” we seek to understand, challenge, and enlighten the frameworks of truth. Sometimes you need to let go of a truth in order to let flourish new thought.

But what is “truth”?  In the spirit of TED, we believe truth is backed by tangible, well-researched and supported ideas based on factual observations.



It can actually be one of two things:

  • Something that’s new and surprising; an idea or invention that your audience has never heard about.

  • A great basic idea (that your audience has maybe already heard) with a compelling new argument behind it that challenges beliefs and perspectives.

In other words, an idea isn’t just a story or a list of facts. A good idea takes certain evidence or observations and draws a larger conclusion.

Think about this: What will the audience walk away knowing – that you exist, or your new idea?