Tempest at TEDxTokyo
Marco travels to Tokyo for the first round of the TEDx talks.
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader. The annual conference now brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes). The theme is “Ideas worth spreading.”

In May of this year, Marco travels to Tokyo for the first round of the TEDx talks – independently sponsored local versions of the famed TED talks. Miraikan, Japan’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation will host the talks, attended by forward-thinking CEO’s, executives and entrpreneurs, scientists, architects and designers from around the globe. The goal is to foster cross communications that will lead to influencing and creating a better, more sustainable future.

At the Tokyo TEDx Marco will once again personify the never-ending question of technology: “What If­” In this case, the specific question is “what if technology made it possible to see inside someone’s mind­” In this particular case, the mind is Marco’s own, and the audience will get to see what goes on in a magician’s mind as they are performing magic effects. Of course, the performance is only the beginning – the discussion it inspires is certain to be fascinating.

The Tokyo TEDx talks are sponsored by Living Dreams, an organization that empowers and enriches orphans in Japan. 

SESSION 1 How Can We Organize Ourselves To Make A Difference­

HISAKO TAKAMADO, Her Imperial Highness of Japan, opening remarks
TETSUYA KAIDA, Toyota Visionary, on ‘elements, stillness, and movement’
BILL HALL, Founder of Synovate, on ‘Japan as a test-market for the aging society’
MARK DYTHAM AND ASTRID KLEIN, Founders of KDa, on ‘Pecha Kucha’
EDWARD SUZUKI, Principal at Edward Suzuki Architects, on ‘GOoD Design’

SESSION 2 What Does It Mean To Be A Learner Today­

SHIN’ICHI TAKEMURA, Professor, Kyoto University of Art and Design, on ‘global civilization’
MARCO TEMPEST, Techno-Illusionist, performing his ‘augmented reality card trick’
ANTHONY WILLOUGHBY, Founder of I Will Not Complain, on ‘territory mapping back to our roots’
DAVID ROCK, Founder of the Neuroleadership Institute, on ‘creating a learning society’
BARRY EISLER, Author, on ‘talking to your future self’

SESSION 3 How Can We Use Finite Resources To Propel Ourselves In The Future­

GUNTER PAULI, Founder of ZERI, on ‘taking lessons from nature’
RENEE BYER, Photojournalist, on ‘the story telling power of photography’
RICCO DEBLANK, General Manager of Ritz Carleton Tokyo, on ‘how to create the perfect morning’
SHERRY STRONG, Food Philosopher, on ‘eating and energy’
YUJI HIRAYAMA, World Record Holding Rock Climber, on ‘getting maximum results from minimal tools’

SESSION 4 How Does Today Decide Tomorrow, From Local and Global Perspectives­

Chandran NAIR, Founder of Global Institute for Tomorrow, on ‘barriers to asking the right questions’
Bill WERLIN, General Manager, Japan at Burton Snowboards, on ‘preserving the environment for tomorrow’
MARIO TOKORO, Founder of Sony Computer Science Labs, on ‘Open Systems Science’
Alexandra COUSTEAU, Founder of Blue Legacy, on ‘Expedition: Blue Planet’
Bruce Livingstone, Founder of iStockPhoto, demonstrating ‘Animoto’ 
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