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Two hundred and sixty audience members, thirty-two volunteers, twenty-five interpreters, seventeen speakers, one troubadour and countless conversations were among the ingredients that made the TEDxMonterey experience unique and inspiring in 2013.

This year the theme was “Leading Out” and after a day of exploring identities, the future of technology, education and science, as well as the choices we make on a daily basis, members of the sold-out auditorium and people watching the livestream via the Internet around the world had formed their own ideas about what the theme means to them. TEDxMonterey is a celebration of ideas worth spreading and the role of the Monterey Institute in our wider community.

Presenters included: Ailis Dooner, a sophomore at Carmel High working on breakthrough cancer research; Nuket Kardam, a Monterey Institute professor who through her research into her grandfather’s history has learned a tremendous amount about the fluidity of identities; San Francisco sea forager Kirk Lombard and his accordion-playing wife Camilla, who celebrated herring and other small fish in song and word; Kevin Brookhouser, an English teacher at York School who has implemented the 20 percent rule from Google, allowing his students to pursue projects of their own choice one day a week; Maureen Fura, a MIIS alumna and documentarian who spoke about her quest to improve treatment for women with mental issues related to pregnancy and childbirth; and Charley Ruegger, a Monterey Institute student who has designed “The Re-evaporator,” a device made from cheap materials to sustainably improve water infrastructure.

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