College Of The Canyons Hosts TEDx On Connected Communities
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College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita hosted its first TEDx event last Thursday, giving speakers in various areas of technology, business and education a chance to share their knowledge the topic of connectivity — specifically how connected communities can increase the wellbeing of individuals, and as a result, improve global welfare.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences – the TED Conference on the West Coast each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer – TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.
TEDx was created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading.” The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.
At TEDx events, a screening of TEDTalks videos — or a combination of live presenters and TEDTalks videos — sparks deep conversation and connections. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.
Purpose of TEDx College of the Canyons
The purpose of TEDx College of the Canyons is to reach a new level of human well-being worldwide by challenging everyone to start bringing into existence new approaches and methods in connectivity, allowing for the increase of efficient elaboration and distribution of our information and knowledge. We encourage the promotion of finding new concepts with the goal of seeing growth within the potential of every individual within our local community. Through the power of our understanding of empathy and the limitless nature of technology, greater communication and collaboration can be achieved, furthering the spread of ideas. Within the community we create a new web of connection with the intention of expanding that web beyond our city’s barriers to reach out towards more minds, more people, thereby redefining what it means to be a local community. In our vision for a modernistic technique striving for an interconnected human network, a local community will become worldwide, allowing the opportunity for the understanding of feelings, thoughts, and attitudes of others, assisting in understanding indifference and bridging gaps that keep the human race from unification. This will ultimately help improve the well-being of people across the globe.
Speakers at the event included:
Dr. Satinder Dhiman, Ph.D., Ed.D. – Associate Dean, Chair & Director of the MBA Program and Professor of Management at Woodbury University’s School of Business in Burbank, California. He is a widely published author, and holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences—Management orientation—from Oldendorff Graduate School, Tilburg University, an Ed.D. from the Pepperdine University GSEP (Graduate School of Education and Psychology), and has completed advanced Executive Leadership Programs at Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton. Recipient of several teaching and professional honors, Dr. Dhiman also won ACBSP’s prestigious International Teaching Excellence Award (2004), the Steven Allen Award for Educational Excellence (2006), a Life Time Achievement Award in Management Education, IPCSI, Punjab Government, India (2008), and Excellent Management Educator Award in 2011 and 2012, conferred by International Punjabi Chamber for Service Industry (IPCSI).
Barbara Goldberg – A native New Yorker, Barbara began a very exciting advertising and marketing career on Madison Avenue. She founded Responsive Research, Inc. and spent over thirty years as a marketing consultant, conducting focus groups for Fortune 500 companies, including Coca-Cola, American Airlines, Johnson & Johnson, General Motors, General Mills, IBM and 3M to name a few.
John Makevich – Director of Distance and Accelerated Learning at College of the Canyons. He oversees the online and accelerated learning programs at the College and is actively involved in efforts to promote the creation and use of open educational resources (OER), or free digital alternatives to costly publisher materials.
- Raimone Roberts – has 20 years of military and business experience including leading & managing programs in the US Air Force totaling over $400 million, in the fields of: Hypersonic Vehicles, Aircraft Modernization, Environmental Evaluation, and Foreign Military Sales.
Daylene Meuschke – holds an Ed.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Southern California. She is currently the Director of Institutional Research at College of the Canyons and has spent the past 12 years doing community college research.
Danny Iland – PhD student in the Computer Science department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He works as a Research Assistant in the Mobility Management and Networking (MOMENT) Lab, which develops, improves, and deploys wireless technologies.
- John Milburn – has an M.A. in Psychology from Sonoma State University where his research, Finding Truth in Outliars was initially presented. He was awarded the 2008 Organization Development Network (ODN) Presentation Award for Innovative Thinkers and his peer-reviewed findings were published in the January 2009 edition of The OD Practitioner.
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