Compact Cinema permanently closed, but TED Talks live on at the Main Library

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As you may have noticed, Compact Cinema permanently closed back in April at 16 West.  We then moved the TED Talk screenings out into the common area of 16 West through July, and have now moved the TED Talks to a new home, the Roanoke City Main Public Library!

Introducing Tuesday TED Talks @ Roanoke City Main Library, on the free trolley line at 706 South Jefferson Street.

  • Noon – 1:00pm
  • Always free
  • Civil Conversation & Ideas Worth Sharing
  • In the 1st floor “teen classroom”

TUESDAY TEDs is a partnership between Roanoke City Libraries Community Involvement & TEDTalks Roanoke.

For more information, email TedTalksRoanoke (at) Hotmail (dot) Com.

July 15th TED Talk – Atheism 2.0

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This Wednesday at noon, join us for weekly TED Talks at 16 West!

What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a “religion for atheists” — call it Atheism 2.0 — that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence.

TEDTalks Roanoke – Wednesdays at noon.  Hosted by 16 West/John Garland, moderated by Gloria Elliott (In Balance Tai Chi), and engineered by Ben Bristoll (was Compact Cinema).  Only at TEDTalks Roanoke can you join with inquiring others and -if you like- lunch as you watch.  For more information:  Gloria at email – tedtalksroanoke (at) hotmail (dot) com

July 8th TED Talk – Why I believe the mistreatment of women is the number one human rights abuse

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This Wednesday at noon, join us for weekly TED Talks at 16 West!

With his signature resolve, former US President Jimmy Carter dives into three unexpected reasons why the mistreatment of women and girls continues in so many manifestations in so many parts of the world, both developed and developing. The final reason he gives? “In general, men don’t give a damn.”

TEDTalks Roanoke – Wednesdays at noon.  Hosted by 16 West/John Garland, moderated by Gloria Elliott (In Balance Tai Chi), and engineered by Ben Bristoll (was Compact Cinema).  Only at TEDTalks Roanoke can you join with inquiring others and -if you like- lunch as you watch.  For more information:  Gloria at email – tedtalksroanoke (at) hotmail (dot) com

July 1st TED Talk – Have the balls to follow your dreams

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This Wednesday at noon, join us for weekly TED Talks at 16 West!

After four years of working behind a desk, she started to get that uncomfortable feeling in the pit of her stomach, the kind you get when you know you’re not supposed to be where you are. She wondered, “Is this what I’m going to do for the rest of my life?” On her journey to answer one of life’s biggest questions, she comes across a red ball, and from then on her life was never the same.

Predisposed with a set of cultural, religious and societal expectations, having the ‘balls’ to challenge these expectations has been Dianna David’s triumph over the past decade. Being inspired by the art of play opened up the doors to seeing infinite possibilities of a life she has always desired to live. As a Transformational Entertainer, Motivational Speaker, facilitator for empowerment workshops, kid whisper, humanitarian, freestyle dancer, and human being, she travels the world inspiring people of all ages to live a life of passion and purpose.

TEDTalks Roanoke – Wednesdays at noon. Hosted by 16 West/John Garland, moderated by Gloria Elliott (In Balance Tai Chi), and engineered by Ben Bristoll (was Compact Cinema). Only at TEDTalks Roanoke can you join with inquiring others and -if you like- lunch as you watch. For more information: Gloria at email – tedtalksroanoke (at) hotmail (dot) com

An archive of previous TED Talks shown at Compact Cinema is at http://compactcinema.org/events/ted-talks.

June 24th TED Talk – The Forest Gardener

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This Wednesday at noon, join us for weekly TED Talks at 16 West!

Forest Gardening involves mimicking the forest to grow ecosystems for productive and ecological goals. Dan, the Forest Gardener, explains how we can do this is our own backyards and communities/urban environments.

Bonus Talk:

Since 2010, Tim and his wife have gone from a measly little tomato patch to six tenths of an acre (the equivalent of roughly 65 yards of a football field). They have planted over 50 fruit and nut trees and two dozen berry beds, set up two chicken coops and two beehives, and now have 20 neighbors actively participating in what they call their hamlet. They are growing food in the “Hawley Hamlet.” But equally important, they’re growing community. And that’s a good thing. Because given the risks climate change and extreme weather are posing to our environment, we’re going to need all the food and community the city can produce.

TEDTalks Roanoke – Wednesdays at noon. Hosted by 16 West/John Garland, moderated by Gloria Elliott (In Balance Tai Chi), and engineered by Ben Bristoll (was Compact Cinema). Only at TEDTalks Roanoke can you join with inquiring others and -if you like- lunch as you watch. For more information: Gloria at email – tedtalksroanoke (at) hotmail (dot) com

An archive of previous TED Talks shown at Compact Cinema is athttp://compactcinema.org/events/ted-talks.

June 17th TED Talk – What the people of the Amazon know that you don’t

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This Wednesday at noon, join us for weekly TED Talks at 16 West!

“The greatest and most endangered species in the Amazon rainforest is not the jaguar or the harpy eagle,” says Mark Plotkin, “It’s the isolated and uncontacted tribes.” In an energetic and sobering talk, the ethnobotanist brings us into the world of the forest’s indigenous tribes and the incredible medicinal plants that their shamans use to heal. He outlines the challenges and perils that are endangering them — and their wisdom — and urges us to protect this irreplaceable repository of knowledge.

TEDTalks Roanoke – Wednesdays at noon. Hosted by 16 West/John Garland, moderated by Gloria Elliott (In Balance Tai Chi), and engineered by Ben Bristoll (was Compact Cinema). Only at TEDTalks Roanoke can you join with inquiring others and -if you like- lunch as you watch. For more information: Gloria at email – tedtalksroanoke (at) hotmail (dot) com

An archive of previous TED Talks shown at Compact Cinema is at http://compactcinema.org/events/ted-talks.

June 10th TED Talk – How we’re priming some kids for college — and others for prison

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Cost: FREE!

This Wednesday at noon, join us for weekly TED Talks at 16 West!

In the United States, two institutions guide teenagers on the journey to adulthood: college and prison. Sociologist Alice Goffman spent six years in a troubled Philadelphia neighborhood and saw first-hand how teenagers of African-American and Latino backgrounds are funneled down the path to prison — sometimes starting with relatively minor infractions. In an impassioned talk she asks, “Why are we offering only handcuffs and jail time?”

TEDTalks Roanoke – Wednesdays at noon. Hosted by 16 West/John Garland, moderated by Gloria Elliott (In Balance Tai Chi), and engineered by Ben Bristoll (was Compact Cinema). Only at TEDTalks Roanoke can you join with inquiring others and -if you like- lunch as you watch. For more information: Gloria at email – tedtalksroanoke (at) hotmail (dot) com

An archive of previous TED Talks shown at Compact Cinema is at http://compactcinema.org/events/ted-talks.

June 3rd TED Talk – How we cut youth violence in Boston by 79 percent

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Cost: FREE!

This Wednesday at noon, join us for weekly TED Talks at 16 West!

An architect of the “Boston miracle,” Rev. Jeffrey Brown started out as a bewildered young pastor watching his Boston neighborhood fall apart around him, as drugs and gang violence took hold of the kids on the streets. The first step to recovery: Listen to those kids, don’t just preach to them, and help them reduce violence in their own neighborhoods. It’s a powerful talk about listening to make change.

Bonus talk: A Baltimore-based organization committed to nurturing wellness in underserved communities through yoga and mindfulness practices.

TEDTalks Roanoke – Wednesdays at noon. Hosted by 16 West/John Garland, moderated by Gloria Elliott (In Balance Tai Chi), and engineered by Ben Bristoll (was Compact Cinema). Only at TEDTalks Roanoke can you join with inquiring others and -if you like- lunch as you watch. For more information: Gloria at email – tedtalksroanoke (at) hotmail (dot) com

An archive of previous TED Talks shown at Compact Cinema is at http://compactcinema.org/events/ted-talks.

May 27th TED Talk – What I learned from going blind in space

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Cost: FREE!

This Wednesday at noon, join us for weekly TED Talks at 16 West!

There’s an astronaut saying: In space, “there is no problem so bad that you can’t make it worse.” So how do you deal with the complexity, the sheer pressure, of dealing with dangerous and scary situations? Retired colonel Chris Hadfield paints a vivid portrait of how to be prepared for the worst in space (and life) — and it starts with walking into a spider’s web. Watch for a special space-y performance.

TEDTalks Roanoke – Wednesdays at noon.  Hosted by 16 West/John Garland, moderated by Gloria Elliott (In Balance Tai Chi), and engineered by Ben Bristoll (was Compact Cinema).  Only at TEDTalks Roanoke can you join with inquiring others and -if you like- lunch as you watch.  For more information: Gloria at email – tedtalksroanoke (at) hotmail (dot) com

May 20th TED Talk: Dance, Body Intelligence, Creativity

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Cost: FREE!

This Wednesday at noon, join us for weekly TED Talks at 16 West!

This week’s theme:  Dance, body intelligence, creativity.

TEDTalks Roanoke – Wednesdays at noon. Hosted by 16 West/John Garland, moderated by Gloria Elliott (In Balance Tai Chi), and engineered by Ben Bristoll (was Compact Cinema). Only at TEDTalks Roanoke can you join with inquiring others and -if you like- lunch as you watch.  For more information: Gloria at email – tedtalksroanoke (at) hotmail (dot) com

An archive of previous TED Talks shown at Compact Cinema is at http://compactcinema.org/events/ted-talks.