Shots from TEDxFenway: GRIT!

On Tuesday, April 29, TEDxFenway – an independently organized event licensed by TED – explored the influence of grit and resilience in shaping some of the most foremost cultural, medical, social, and entrepreneurial ideas today in the Fenway, in Boston and beyond.

Sponsored by The Fenway Alliance, TEDxFenway: GRIT was held in the historic Landmark Center, formerly the Sears, Roebuck and Company building built in 1929. Samuels & Associates, the current owner of the tower, graciously donated the modern loft-space on the 9th floor of the building for this year’s TEDxFenway.

Anita Walker, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, emceed the event, introducing thirteen distinguished speakers who shared the inherent necessity of grit in motivating novel initiatives. The following is a list of the speakers and their talk titles, along with performances:

Amanda Collins, actress, Wheelock Family Theatre; monologue from Theatre Espresso’s The Trial of Anthony Burns

Jhana Senxian, Founder and CEO, Sustainability Guild, Int’l. Changing Our Stories

Steven Miller, Executive Director, Healthy Weight Initiative, Harvard School of Public Health ADVOCACY: Organized Citizenship and Democratic Governance

Sam Aquillano, Executive Director, Design Museum Boston, The Laws of Zero-Stage Entrepreneurship

Annie Brewster, MD, Founder and Executive Director of Health Story Collaborative (and Founder of SharingClinic), Massachusetts General Hospital, Harnessing The Healing Power of Stories

Turn and Tell led by massmouth Executive Director Norah Dooley and Project Director Paula Junn

Bob Sansone, Founder, Sneakers to Beakers, Being the only one. How a day of diversity led to Sneakers to Beakers

Mahmud Jafri, Owner and Managing Director, Dover Rug & Home, When the Threads of Grit Come Together

Evelyn Berde, Artist, Holding the Moment

The Western Den, “Hold”

Will Ahmed, Founder, CEO of WHOOP, What your heart has been trying to tell you

David France, Executive Director, Revolution of Hope, Give your Life Away

Revolution of Hope, “Hello” by Josh Knowles

Eric Schwarz, Co-Founder, CEO of Citizen Schools, Grit in Education: Breakthrough or Distraction?

Retsina Meyer, neuroscientist/ Founder of Resilience, A Million Years of PTSD: The Science of Resilience

ZUMIX A Capella Ensemble “Royals” by Lorde

Run Bimma, Journey Claimer; Social Media Manager at Saucony, How to Claim Your Journey

Dan Souza, Senior Editor of Cook’s Illustrated Magazine; Test Cook, America’s Test Kitchen, Hungry for Life

For this event, TEDxFenway featured an architectural installation, Hydra, designed by award-winning architect Kim Poliquin. Titled after the water life form that has the ability to regenerate, Hydra, embodied the theme of the day with its beautiful undulating light-filled form. Oakleaf Cakes, owned by Massachusetts College of Art and Design alumnus Amanda Oakleaf, providde a cake especially designed for TEDxFenway: GRIT, and local coffee favorite Pavement Coffeehouse provided fresh coffee and espresso.

Check out some of the photos from TEDxFenway: GRIT by Jessica Delaney. More images are available on our Flickr page.