Press Release for TEDxFenway: Agitate/Innovate/Evolve


For immediate release: Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Contact: Kelly Brilliant, Executive Director The Fenway Alliance or 617-437-7544

Mina Kim, Assistant Director The Fenway Alliance or 617-437-7544


TEDxFenway: Agitate/Innovate/Evolve

Join the Fenway Cultural District at the Berklee College of Music

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from 11:00 AM -5:00 PM

Supported by The Fenway Alliance and Berklee College of Music

Boston, MA — On Tuesday, May 19, TEDxFenway, an independently organized event licensed by TED, will get at the heart of the complex process of moving past the status quo to address the changes needed to promote progress. TEDxFenway: Agitate/Innovate/Evolve, rather than highlighting results or products, will take a deep dive into the behind-the-scenes actions of problem-solving, consensus-building, back-tracking/losing ground, and reassessment of past progress that leads to true evolution to support and grow social movements, the arts and technological disciplines.

TEDxFenway: Agitate/Innovate/Evolve, supported by The Fenway Alliance and Alliance member Berklee College of Music, will be held in Berklee’s innovative, new building at 160 Massachusetts Avenue, designed by William Rawn Associates, and located in the Fenway Cultural District. The event is free and open to the public, but with limited seating.

The event will feature nine distinguished speakers and three “wild card” speakers selected from PreXFenway, an audition event. TEDxFenway highlights those with experience as an “agitator,” who step in to introduce ideas that do not conform to established practices; or, redirection of an idea back to source to evaluate the foundation and applicability of a once decided obsolete solution. TEDxFenway confirmed speaker topics include: the influence of a STEAM-based curriculum in promoting outside-the-box thinking, gender wage inequality, working as an emerging playwright in Boston’s vibrant theatre community, policy-making and envisioning the City of Boston as a designed City. TEDxFenway will also feature special performances by acclaimed jazz musician Neil Leonard, the Winsor School Girls Chorus, and a rap duo from ZUMIX.

TEDxFenway believes it is vital to recognize the process in today’s rapidly changing world, where issues such as growing socioeconomic disparities are not always integrated into our narratives of progress. TEDxFenway seeks to show how selected acclaimed Boston innovators influence the evolution of design, technology, education, social justice, science, and the arts and culture.

TEDxFenway: Agitate/Innovate/Evolve Speakers:

Michael Dukakis

Former Governor of Massachusetts, U.S. Democratic Presidential Candidate

David Hacin

FAIA, Founding Principal and President, Hacin + Associates

Ted Landsmark

Board Member, Boston Redevelopment Authority; President Emeritus, Boston Architectural College

Debby Irving

Author of Waking Up White

Racial Justice Educator & Writer

Erika Ebbel Angle, PhD

Founder, Chairman and Executive Director, Science from Scientists; Co-Founder and CEO, CounterPoint Health Solutions

Ruth Jacobs Malloy, PhD

Global Managing Director, Leadership and Talent, Hay Group

Obehi Janice

Writer/Actress/Comedian, Creator and Performer of FUFU & OREOS

Dr. Nettrice Gaskins

STEAM Lab Director, Boston Arts Academy

Jimmy Tingle

Comedian, Commentator, Activist and Entrepreneur


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