Being a part of the TEDx ecosystem is the truest form of community service I can imagine.



Being a part of the TEDx ecosystem is the truest form of community service I can imagine.

  • What causes someone to want to spend 1000 hours a year producing a TEDx event?
  • How do you go about building a team of volunteers that share your enthusiasm for the mission of TEDx?
  • Where do you find speakers with interesting ideas to bring to the red circle?

I've been attending TED since 1993 and have co-produced several TEDx events in Santa Barbara since 2010. We've celebrated 100 speakers with a combined total of over 20.4 million views of their talks on YouTube.

The image on the left is from my talk at TEDxFargo in front of 4,000 people. Typically I am behind the scenes and this experience was transformational for me, in that I have the deepest empathy for speakers and now know how to coach organizers about speaker development and prep from a personal perspective.

Each year, at our own event TEDxSantaBarbara, we have the opportunity to implement what we've learned from other organizers at places like TEDSummit and TEDFest.

In 2017, I started a podcast called, Hacking The Red Circle It debuted with interviews from every continent, including Antarctica. These podcasts are full of tips and tricks that I'm able to implement and share with our team at TEDxSantaBarbara and the other TEDx events where I'm a mentor.

In 2020 with the advent of COVID we had to pivot and come up with something completely different. In May we started produced a weekly series of livestreams called Making Waves: Conversations with Influencers and Disruptors. The show gives us a chance to stay connected to the community and look at the myriad of challenges we're facing through a different lens.


"Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change."

~ Brene Brown, TED Speaker
I had the great pleasure of working with Mark recently in making a podcast for 805 Conversations. I am impressed with Mark’s constant energy and enthusiasm for each topic, his insight in delving into the issues in an engaging and informed manner, and his utter delight at discussing each point. His wealth of experiences, great appreciation for our region, and joie de vivre make his podcasts a joy to record and a wonder to hear. The resulting podcast is stunning, with no lags anywhere in it, and keeping the listener engaged in the subject, learning much along the way.

George Ayoub

Author, Scientist, Educator

This technology is a stunning innovation for McCann and is having an impact on how we work, how we create content and how we connect together. We have become a more super-accelerated business in terms of value creation for our clients, the organization and our employees. It is what all great technology platforms should be, simple, intuitive, fun and powerful.

Lee Daley

Chief Strategy Officer
McCann Worldgroup


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