Amyie Kao Uses Coffee to Combat the World Water Crisis

Amyie Kao was born and raised in Oklahoma. She and her husband, Daniel, founded Mariposa Coffee, an artisan micro-roastery in Norman. Mariposa is built on the principles of giving back to community, roasting coffee with passion, and advocating for social justice. In 2013, Mariposa partnered with Water4, to put a water well in a C.O.E. coffee-growing region of Rwanda that brings 600 villagers access to clean water. Amyie received her undergraduate and graduate education from the University of Oklahoma. She was pre-med, the recipient of the Fern L. Holland Award in 2006, served with AmeriCorps in 2008, and a LEND fellow in 2011.

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Kevin Carroll Pledges to Play

Kevin is an author of three highly successful books published by ESPN, Disney Press and McGraw-Hill. Newsweek called Kevin’s first book, Rules of The Red Rubber Ball, “…an adult’s version of Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go! — a pocket-size guide to finding your way in life.” He has helped turn creative ideas into reality for organizations such as Nike, Starbucks, Walt Disney, Target, Proctor & Gamble, Mattel, and many others. Kevin has dedicated his life to advancing sports and play as a vehicle for social change and success. He was honored to address the United Nations as part of the UN Year of Sports for Development and Peace in 2005 and to host the Beyond Sport Summit & Awards from 2009 thru 2012 featuring Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He is an ongoing advisor and active supporter for many global social innovation organizations. In 2013, Kevin was named by SUCCESS magazine as one of 19 “SEERS — changing the world!”

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Phil Dow is Inspired (and Terrified) By Technology

Philip Dow graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A in Letters and has been developing software professionally since. He taught English in Austria under the Fulbright program and has worked as an independent software developer in San Francisco and the Oklahoma City area. In 2007 he was recognized as one of the 25 most influential people in the Macintosh community by MacTech magazine. He is currently the Developer in Residence at the Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth and the I.T. Entrepreneur in Residence for the Price College of Business, both at the University of Oklahoma. Philip is fascinated by computers but recognizes that technology is not a panacea. When not programming, Philip is tinkering with electronics, playing classical piano, or studying mathematics.

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Jake Morgan and Neal Walia on Empathic Storytelling

Jake Morgan and Neal Walia are seeking to show the power of shared experience and how it can bring light to the emotions and thoughts we might never express. Both pre-med juniors at the University of Oklahoma, Jake and Neal see the inherent value of empathy not only in the occupation of a physician but also in our everyday interactions. Jake is a microbiology and Italian double major who dedicates his time to teaching his peers organic chemistry and the Italian language. When he’s not living and breathing peer education, he loves to “couchsurf” around Europe while honing his Italian. Jake plans to teach medical students in the future as a physician with the hope of communicating the significance of empathy in patient-physician interactions. Neal is studying psychology and hopes to utilize the principles in this field to connect with his future patients. A health fanatic, Neal is constantly active whether its break dancing or running around with Siberian husky, Boomer.

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Nicole Jarvis Finds Purpose in the Face of Tragedy

Nicole Jarvis, a mother of two 6 year old identical twin boys was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease at 38. Since her diagnosis, she has learned to embrace her disease by launching a grassroots funding research foundation.

Dr. Nicole Jarvis was born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma. She attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma and graduated in 1999 with Honors and as a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society. She is the mother of 6 year old identical twin boys, Zachary and Ryan. Two years ago, at age 38, Dr. Jarvis was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease. She has become actively involved in the Parkinson’s community, serving on the Board of the Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma, in addition to being an active fundraiser for Team Fox, the grassroots fundraising division of The Michael J. Fox Foundation. In January 2013, Dr. Jarvis founded her own organization, The Nicole Jarvis MD Parkinson’s Research Foundation,Inc.

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David Ray Wants to Define a College Education

University of Oklahoma professor, David Ray, asks what is a college education? Does everyone need one?

David Ray joined the OU faculty in 1992, after teaching for 14 years at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, and before that 3 years at Boston College. Ray received his BA cum laude from Yale (1967), and his MA and PhD from Stanford (1969, 1978) in political science. He served in the US Army from 1969 to 1971. At OU, he has taught Honors courses almost every semester, but also large lecture sections of the required Gen Ed American government course — Ray typically has taught about 900 students per year in 3 or 4 classes per semester. He also supervised Graduate Teaching Assistants for the Department of Political Science and administered a program in teacher training for the Department’s GTAs. At Georgia Tech, he received the University Award for Teacher of the Year and the IFC (Inter-fraternity Council) Outstanding Teacher Award.

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 = 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)