Growing Leather and Meat: A more cultured choice.

Andras Forgacs

This isn’t so crazy. We raise and slaughter billions of animals to make our hamburgers and our handbags. What may be crazy is what we do today.

Andras Forgacs is an Entrepreneur and venture investor in technology and life science. Andras co-founded Modern Meadow in 2011. Previously, he had also co-founded Organovo (NYSE: ONVO), a leader in tissue engineering which pioneered the use of 3D bio-printing to create human tissues for a range of medical applications. Organovo’s bio-printer was named one of the top inventions of 2010 by Time Magazine and the company was recognized by MIT Technology Review on its TR50 list of most innovative companies for 2012.



The Science of Greed : Why the Ideology of self interest could be the downfall of the American Dream

Paul Piff

Wealth may seem like mostly an unmitigated good, yet it also has significant costs. My research reveals the pernicious effects of inequality and why something must be done about them…before it’s too late.

Paul K. Piff is a social psychologist and research scientist in the Psychology Department at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from Reed College and a Ph.D. in Psychology from UC Berkeley.




The Gender Gap and Inclusive Growth

Laura D’Andrea Tyson

Laura D’Andrea Tyson is a professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. During the Clinton Administration, she served as the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers (1993-1995) and as Director of the National Economic Council (1995 – 1996). She currently serves on the board of directors of Morgan Stanley, AT&T, Silver Spring Networks, and CBRE Group Inc.



Hardwiring Happiness : The Hidden Power of Everyday Experiences on the Modern Brain.

Dr. Rick Hanson Ph.D

How to overcome the Brain’s Negativity Bias.

A neuropsychologist and author of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence (from Random House in October, 2013; in 4 languages), best selling author of Buddha’s Brain, founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and an Affiliate of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.



Musical Performance on the ”Hang”

Matt Venuti

Matt Venuti is an award-winning composer, performer and multi-instrumentalist. A renaissance in music instrument design is exploding world-wide and it started in Berne Switzerland with an instrument called a “Hang”. Since its inception in the year 2000, the Hang has become the most exciting new acoustic instrument of the 21st Century and one of the most captivating and versatile of all time. Matt Venuti is one of the world’s premier players of the instrument. Better described as a sound sculpture than a typical instrument, Hang means hand in Swiss-German and in Matt’s hands it is pure magic!



‘Earth Jujitsu’: Escaping the Climate Chokehold by Adapting to Nature’s Rights.

Linda Sheehan, Director of the Earth Law Center

Our success in adapting to escalating Bay Area climate change depends on whether we learn to evolve with nature, rather than fight against it.

Ms. Sheehan brings 20 years of environmental law and policy experience. Most recently, Ms. Sheehan took action on behalf of California’s waterways and ocean habitats as Executive Director of the California Coastkeeper Alliance, where she represented California’s 12 Waterkeeper organizations on statewide issues.



The Power of Poetry

Dale Biron

Dale Biron believes in the provocative, healing, inspiring power of poetry to help each of us build a life and future worth living. He believes great poems are like powerful “apps” for the mind … good stories with all the boring parts removed.




Host of TEDxMarin 2013

Wes ‘Scoop’ Nisker

Teacher of Buddhist meditation, an author, radio commentator, and performer. His books include the underground classic Essential Crazy Wisdom; Buddha’s Nature; and Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again! Mr. Nisker is on the teacher’s council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. His famous radio tag line is: “If you don’t like the news, go out and make some of your own.”