Transitioning people out of homelessness one issue at a time

Ranya O’Connor tells her story of starting a street paper to help transition people out of homelessness. She discusses how singular actions and interactions can help chip away at even our biggest societal issues.

Ranya Forgotson O’Connor hails from Norman, Oklahoma and serves as Director of The Curbside Chronicle at the Homeless Alliance. The Curbside Chronicle is a magazine that employs homeless and at-risk individuals in Oklahoma City, helping them earn a dignified income and transition into housing and on to further employment opportunities. In addition to covering the local OKC scene, The Curbside Chronicle also includes articles written by those experiencing homelessness and about issues of poverty in our local community. Ranya is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where she earned a BA in Marketing and minor in Nonprofit Business. Ranya is passionate about social entrepreneurship and the creativity of finding solutions to social problems through business. She also loves a good pot of Moroccan tea, the art of taxidermy, her Classen Ten Penn neighborhood, and her four cats.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Transitioning people out of homelessness one issue at a time

Ranya O’Connor tells her story of starting a street paper to help transition people out of homelessness. She discusses how singular actions and interactions can help chip away at even our biggest societal issues.

Ranya Forgotson O’Connor hails from Norman, Oklahoma and serves as Director of The Curbside Chronicle at the Homeless Alliance. The Curbside Chronicle is a magazine that employs homeless and at-risk individuals in Oklahoma City, helping them earn a dignified income and transition into housing and on to further employment opportunities. In addition to covering the local OKC scene, The Curbside Chronicle also includes articles written by those experiencing homelessness and about issues of poverty in our local community. Ranya is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where she earned a BA in Marketing and minor in Nonprofit Business. Ranya is passionate about social entrepreneurship and the creativity of finding solutions to social problems through business. She also loves a good pot of Moroccan tea, the art of taxidermy, her Classen Ten Penn neighborhood, and her four cats.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

How communities can support teachers through innovative housing solutions

In the 19th century, teachers were often provided free housing in the form of a teacherage. In this talk Gregg Garn discusses innovative ways to modernize this idea for the 21st century and improve quality of life for our communities’ best teachers.

Gregg A. Garn, Ph.D., is the Dean of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma and the executive dir
ector of the K20 Center for Educational and Community Renewal.  He holds the Humphreys Dean’s Chair and the Linda Clarke Anderson Presidential Professorship. He is a professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Dr. Garn is active in several national organizations, including the Politics of Education Association, the University Council for Educational Administration, and the American Educational Research Association.  His research agenda centers on school choice, policy development and implementation and the politics of education. He has authored articles in Educational Administration Quarterly, Education and Urban Society, Education Policy Analysis Archives, Journal of School Leadership and Educational Leadership. He has served as PI or Co-PI on projects overseeing over $40 million in grants from various government and private funders. He has wo

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Brian Bergman Declares That Great Cities are People With Great Imagination

Brian Bergman, co-founder of the largest recurring food truck festival in the U.S., talks about the importance of community and what individuals can do to help build cities worth living in.

Brian Bergman is the owner of pulpit, a branding and design agency in Oklahoma City. He’s infatuated with whiteboards, winnable arguments, and the long game. Brian is best known as the unofficial Mayor of H&8th Night Market. Follow him on Twitter at @ask_co_lab.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Turning a Talk Into a Better Block

Better Block OKC is a community revitalization project that temporarily demonstrates how to improve a street with pedestrian and public infrastructure mixed with art, culture, pop-up businesses and street life. So what inspired Allison Barta Bailey and Kristen Vails to do this? A simple Talk.

Allison is an independent retail consultant. Kristen is currently the Executive Director for the Plaza District in Oklahoma City.

Beatrice Williamson On The Power Of Education

Beatrice Williamson is a distinguished leader known for her warmth, humor and commitment to learning. She was born in Kisumu, the third largest city in Kenya. From the age of nine years old until her second year of college, Beatrice received a scholarship for education from Swedish missionary Anna Lanson. Education was what Beatrice needed to rise above her circumstances and realize her potential.

“Aunty Bea” as the Maisha children affectionately call her, came to The United States in 2001. In the meantime, Beatrice’s family, living in the village of Kano, just outside of Kisumu, expressed the need and dire situation of the orphans and widows living in their community. The fruition of Beatrice’s dream began in 2006, when she founded Maisha International Orphanage in response to this call for help. Now, her passion is to reach out to orphaned and destitute children and provide them with the same opportunity Anna Lanson gave her. By making a difference in the lives of the children from her home village, Beatrice strives to create a brighter future for the next generation. Her passion is to reach out to orphaned and destitute children and continue the Legacy of Hope Anna Lanson began.

Jason Roberts Shares How To Create a Better Block

Opposite to the ‘top down’ concept of urban design is BETTER BLOCK, founded in Dallas’ Oak Cliff by Jason Roberts and Andrew Howard. The Better Block project is a demonstration tool that temporarily re-visions an area to show the potential to create a walkable, vibrant, neighborhood center. The idea and the charrettes to realize it have quickly spread to cities like Memphis, St. Louis, New York, and Boston. National media coverage includes NPR, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.