TEDxPeacePlaza Set for Nov. 9 in S.F. Japantown

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SAN FRANCISCO — TEDxPeacePlaza is a new TEDx event taking place on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pa’ina Lounge, 1865 Post St. (between Webster and Fillmore) in San Francisco’s Japantown.

David Chiu, president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and Jon Osaki, executive director of Japanese Community Youth Council.

David Chiu, president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and Jon Osaki, executive director of Japanese Community Youth Council.

“Seemingly intractable problems. Surprisingly ingenious solutions. In a world full of inequality, conflict, and hardships, there are remarkable examples of what actually can be done,” said Glenn Fajardo, co-curator of the event. “What innovations are possible that can help create a world that we want to live in? The theme of the first TEDxPeacePlaza is ‘What’s Possible,’ which can be interpreted as both a bold statement and an inviting question.”

Scheduled speakers are:

• David Chiu, president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors

• Lateefah Simon, Director of California’s Future Program at the Rosenberg Foundation

• Jon Osaki, executive director of the Japanese Community Youth Council

• Nwe Oo, CEO of Weaving Through Change (helping refugee women from Burma preserve their tradition while creating economic opportunity)

• Tulio Cardozo, founder of Collaborative Benefit (helping the formerly incarcerated get hired)

• Katherine Woo, vice president of product at Kiva

• Gary Chou, Venture for America

• Valerie Luu and Katie Kwan, co-founders of Rice Paper Scissors (pop-up Vietnamese street food)

• Mark Baugh-Sasaki, sculptor and photographer (exploring the link between the natural world and industrial world)

A performance will be given by singer/songwriter Goh Nakamura. Admission to the event includes lunch.

For tickets, go to http://tedxpeaceplaza.eventbrite.com.

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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where “x” means 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.

Event team: Candice Dayoan, social media chair; Casey Ikeda; Glenn Fajardo, co-curator, speakers co-chair; Grace Keh, director of events; Haruka Roudebush; Jen Low, speakers team member; Karynn Ikeda; Keith Kamisugi, curator and licensee; Lisa Lee, advisor; Mike Kwan – speakers co-chair; Rebecca Lee, speakers team member; Susan Outlaw, co-curator, sponsorship chair

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