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Scott Walker quotes nuclear war song in economic speech

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he knows a 1980s song he quoted to make a point about Wisconsin’s economy is about nuclear war.

Walker this week quoted the Timbuk3 song, “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades,” while speaking at an economic development summit.

Walker even briefly donned a pair of dark sunglasses to make his point.

He quoted the 1986 song’s lyrics at both the beginning and end of his speech and again when speaking with reporters afterward.

When asked if he knew the song was about a pending nuclear war, Walker said, “That’s why I didn’t quote the whole song. Having been from the 1980s, I actually know the words.”

The band Timbuk3 was formed in Wisconsin.

AstroLogic: Jan. 28 – Feb. 11

AstroLogic Sign EditedSorry about last week’s unexpected absence. Sometimes you just don’t see things coming, you know?

On to the predictions. They aren’t good this fortnight, <insertsignhere>. All of the planets are grumping about in unfriendly signs — Jupiter is snowed in at his ski lodge in Scorpio with Mars, of all planets; Saturn is four months into that relationship with Sagittarius and is already feeling smothered — you know, usual winter relationship drama.

For some reason, my charts say Mercury and Venus are both set to skinny dip in Aquarius in mid-February, but I can’t figure out why. Some holiday, maybe? My best guess is Susan B. Anthony Day on Feb. 15. So go rock the vote this month, ladies.

AstroLogic is written by Dr. Sterling Asterix, PhD, DDS, PSA, LMNOP. Dr. Asterix is a former student and founder of the now-defunct Sterling Asterix School For Eyeballing The Stars, with its patented single-sign horoscope prediction method. Legal requires us to stipulate that all horoscopes are for entertainment purposes only but if any of them are real it’s definitely this one.

The world I know | Letters to the future: The Paris Climate Project

Dear future,

I wish you could know the magnificent world I know. I grew up in a place romanticized in fiction as Greentown and, as an adult, I lived on the rocky seacoast of New Hampshire, along the mighty Mississippi, in the shadow of the Continental Divide in Montana, on the great lake in Chicago and just feet from the white sandy beaches of an island paradise in Florida.

Sunrise after sunrise, sunset after sunset, I could step outside and celebrate Earth and all that existed in nature. Just yesterday, I stood on the beach, sand sifting over my toes, and caught a glimpse of four young dolphins leaping from the Gulf of Mexico, their gray tails glistening with water.

Later in the day, I reported a story on the BP oil spill: Half of the oil that gushed from the Deepwater Horizon well in the spring of 2010 likely remains on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico and chemical dispersants — extensively employed to break up the oil — failed.

Future, I suspect my beach is underwater now and Gulf of Mexico waves are rolling over the cement slab that once held my home. Maybe the optimist in me should take comfort in the notion of a new nature overrunning the island. Maybe. Future, is that what’s happened? Is that what we left you? Or did we leave you even less?

Al Gore raising hopes as leaders prepare for climate change summit

After decades of raising alarms about global warming, former Vice President Al Gore is now raising hopes.

As a top-level international climate summit starts later this month in Paris, Gore – who helped negotiate the 1997 climate treaty that didn’t control the problem — is sure this time will be different.

“I’m optimistic,” Gore said in a sit-down interview this week with The Associated Press. “We’re going to win this. We need to win it faster because a lot of damage is being done day by day. We continue to put 110 million tons of global warming pollution into the atmosphere every 24 hours as if it’s an open sewer.”

In 35 minutes, Gore — portrayed by critics as a preacher of doom and gloom — uses versions of the words “optimistic” or “hopeful” or “positive” at least 16 times.

Even when he ticks off the alarming impacts of global warming, he finishes with a note of confidence.

“The number of extremely hot days has multiplied dramatically,” Gore said. “The large downpours, floods, mudslides, the deeper and longer droughts, rising sea levels from the melting ice, forest fires, there’s a long list of events that people can see and feel viscerally now. Every night on the television news is like a nature hike through the Book of Revelation. “

But he added: “Increasingly people are connecting those dots. And even if they don’t use the phrase climate crisis or global warming, more and more people are feeling that this is going to have to be addressed.”

On Friday, Gore will take his mixed message of alarm and hope to Paris, a bit ahead of world leaders. He will host a 24-hour-telethon of sorts from the Eiffel Tower to raise awareness about global warming, featuring Elton John, French President Francois Hollande, actor Jared Leto, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, former United Nations chief Kofi Annan, actor Ryan Reynolds and California Gov. Jerry Brown.

But he said it’s no longer just about convincing people to act – it now makes sense economically, too. He says solar and wind energy is dirt cheap – even free in Texas at certain hours. Businesses and developing countries are taking climate change seriously, he said.

“There really is a wave in corporate America moving rapidly toward a low carbon economy,” Gore said.

Unlike the Kyoto treaty in 1997, which mandated emission cuts for rich nations but not poor, what’s likely out of Paris won’t require ratification by the U.S. Senate and is based on countries setting their own goals. And that, Gore insisted, is “more productive.”

But is Gore, himself?

Dana Fisher, director of the Program for Society and the Environment at the University of Maryland, said Gore’s “role is limited at this point. There was a moment in time when he was pushing a wave of attention.” But now, she says, she didn’t even know that Gore was organizing his Paris telethon.

“I never thought of him as central person in the climate movement,” Fisher said.

Gore insists that he is. He said he’s trained “many thousands” of activists and still consults with leaders in the U.S. and other governments at all levels. He plans to be at the Paris climate talks “until the last dog dies.”

Some experts suggest Gore’s stint as the public face of climate change activism — especially with his 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth — may have turned off some people because the messenger was so associated with Democratic politics.

“Climate change science is demonized because of Al Gore,” said Erik Conway, a NASA historian who co-wrote the book “Merchants of Doubt.” Conway doesn’t fault Gore, but said, “If John McCain had become the titular leader of the climate change movement instead of Al Gore, we might have a different world.”

But Naomi Oreskes, a Harvard historian who is a co-author of the book with Conway, disagrees. “He’s become demonized because he is effective,” she said.

For his part, Gore said, “Whoever becomes highly visible as a spokesman for change gets the slings and arrows and all of the anger directed at the messenger to try to get at the message.”

In addition to his Climate Reality Project, his main advocacy group (which is co-producing the telethon), Gore is chairman of Generation Investment Management, a boutique investment managing firm. He is on Apple’s board of directors and is a senior partner at a Kleiner Parkins Caufield & Byers, a major Silicon Valley venture capital fund.

Fifteen years later, the 67-year-old Gore claims he doesn’t dwell on 2000 election, when he won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College: “I started moving forward the day after the Supreme Court decision and I’m excited about the future.”

So was losing the presidency was all for the best?

“No, I wouldn’t say that,” Gore said, laughing. “I don’t think there’s any position with as much potential to create positive change as much as president of the U.S., but that was not to be. I feel very fortunate other ways to make a positive difference.”

Then he returned to the subject of his telethon. Hozier will be among the performers; Gore whips out his iPhone to play the singer’s 2014 hit, “Take Me to Church.”

He closed his eyes and listened. The song’s final verse: “In the madness and soil of that sad earthly scene, only then I am human, only then I am clean.”

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Al Gore’s Live Earth: 24 Hours of Reality: https://www.climaterealityproject.org/24hoursofreality

Green self-driving cars take center stage at Tokyo auto show

Visions of cars that drive themselves without emitting a bit of pollution while entertaining passengers with online movies and social media are what’s taking center stage at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Japan, home to the world’s top-selling automaker, has a younger generation disinterested in owning or driving cars. The show is about wooing them back. It’s also about pushing an ambitious government-backed plan that paints Japan as a leader in automated driving technology.

Reporters got a preview look at the exhibition ahead of its opening to the public Oct. 30. 

Nissan Motor Co. showed a concept vehicle loaded with laser scanners, a 360-degree camera setup, a radar and computer chips so the car can “think” to deliver autonomous driving. The Japanese automaker called it IDS, which stands for “intelligent driving system.”

Nissan, based in Yokohama, Japan, said it will offer some autonomous driving features by the end of next year in Japan. By 2018, it said vehicles with the technology will be able to conduct lane changes on highways. By 2020, such vehicles will be able to make their way through intersections on regular urban roads.

Nissan officials said they were working hard to make the car smart enough to recognize the difference between a red traffic light and a tail light, learn how to turn on intersections where white lane indicators might be missing and anticipate from body language when a pedestrian might cross a street.

Nissan’s IDS vehicle is also electric, with a new battery that’s more powerful than the one currently in the automaker’s Leaf electric vehicle. Although production and sales plans were still undecided, it can travel a longer distance on a single charge and recharge more quickly.  

A major challenge for cars that drive themselves is winning social acceptance. They would have to share the roads with normal cars with drivers as well as with pedestrians, animals and unexpected objects.

That’s why some automakers at the show are packing the technology into what looks more like a golf cart or scooter than a car, such as Honda Motor Co.’s cubicle-like Wander Stand and Wander Walker scooter.

Instead of trying to venture on freeways and other public roads, these are designed for controlled environments, restricted to shuttling people to pre-determined destinations.

At a special section of the show, visitors can try out some of the so-called “smart mobility” devices such as Honda’s seat on a single-wheel as well as small electric vehicles.

Regardless of how zanily futuristic and even dangerous such machines might feel, especially the idea of sharing roads with driverless cars, that era is inevitable simply because artificial intelligence is far better at avoiding accidents than human drivers, said HIS analyst Egil Juliussen. It just might take some time, such as until the 2030s, he said.

Such technology will offer mobility to people who can’t drive or who don’t have cars, and it can also reduce pollution and global warming by delivering efficient driving, he said.

Other automakers, including General Motors, BMW, Mercedes, Toyota and Tesla are working on self-driving technology, as are companies outside the industry, such as Google and Uber.

Cars already can connect to the Internet. Automakers envision a future in which cars would work much like smartphones today, to have passengers checking email, watching movies or checking out social media and leaving the driving to the car.  

Honda Chairman Fumihiko Ike, who is also head of Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association which is organizing the show, said the Japanese government was putting tremendous pressure on Japan’s automakers to perfect self-driving features.

Japan is eager to showcase such technology in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, such as having driverless cars pick up athletes from airports and taking them to Olympic Village.  

But Ike acknowledged he had doubts. Unexpected things could happen on roads, like a package falling out of a van, and the human brain has better powers of the imagination than the best artificial intelligence, he said.

“We have to see,” Ike said on when self-driving cars might become common. “The final answer will be from the whole society.” 

Toyota President Akio Toyoda said the technology has clear benefits but also shared Ike’s reservations.

“It’s not that easy,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the show. “We are pursuing the technology, but we are also just being realistic.” 

Review: ‘Insurgent’ could use more divergence

Given that conformity is the scourge of the “Divergent” series and much of its young-adult ilk, it’s a shame that the films, including the new “Insurgent,” do so little to stray from well-worn YA paths. 

For a series that waves the banner of individualism, they make a poor case for it. Instead of throbbing with a teenage spirit of rebellion — or things like youthful wildness, humor or sex — the two “Divergent” movies are curiously content to eke out a rigid, lifeless fable in drab futuristic environs. 

The answer, here, to the question of what are you rebelling against isn’t “Whaddya got?” but the slightly less visceral “An elaborate, highly metaphorical dystopian system of militaristic control.” 

But even faint, fantastical whiffs of teen insurrection carry enough potency to drive feverish young audiences. Why? Much of it has to do with the stars. 

Say what you will about YA movies, but they’ve been an efficient star-making machine that’s produced Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Stewart and Shailene Woodley. We should be happy to have them: good actresses all, who easily lead their respective films over their male counterparts. 

The YA men aren’t as fine a bunch but here include the hunky Theo James and the excellent Miles Teller. Predictably providing “Insurgent” with its only lively, comedic moments, Teller looks as if he didn’t get the note that all must be sullen and serious.

A quick summary. Based on Veronica Roth’s trilogy of best-selling novels, the “Divergent” films are set in a walled, post-apocalyptic Chicago, where survivors are ritualistically sorted into five factions. Every 16-year-old is tested for which faction suits them, and then must choose one and remain there forever. 

Tris (Woodley) chose Dauntless, who are known for their bravery and, it seems, their proclivity for train hopping. But her test revealed her to be “divergent” — someone who has no dominant characteristic but a plethora — and this makes her uncontrollable. In “Divergent,” Tris came to embrace her fate, find a boyfriend in Dauntless leader Four (James, who has a natural chemistry with Woodley) and stop a plot by the city’s overlord, Janine (Kate Winslet) to make zombies of its citizens. 

“Insurgent,” the full name of which is the suitably clunky “The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” finds the tale largely spinning its wheels and features many redundant confrontations. Along with an underground revolutionary leader played by an underused Naomi Watts, Tris and Four organize a revolt against Janine. 

Allegiances are in constant flux; Teller’s sarcastic operator switches sides with the wind. The plot (which includes Tris’ brother, played by Ansel Elgort and Jai Courtney’s burly enforcer) progresses less in a forward motion than in a repetitive cycle of escapes, surrenders and rescues, often taking place in the same hallways. Executions at gunpoint and frequently threatened suicide add to the cheery atmosphere. 

Much of the drama of “Insurgent” takes place in a virtual reality in which Tris frequently faces various simulation challenges, forcing her to reconcile her guilt in the death of her parents, as seen in the first installment. These “sims” are where “Insurgent” flashes its fanciest effects, but this dream state just further removes the film from any tangible reality. “Insurgent” is already an allegorical fantasy.

The way of many YA adaptations is to make the first film cheaply and then, once its popularity has been proven, boost the production value in subsequent sequels. That’s the case with the 3-D “Insurgent,” where director Robert Schwentke (“R.I.P.D.”) takes over for “Divergent” helmer Neil Burger. The result is a bigger, glossier and better made action film with less embarrassing fight choreography. But any appeal still depends entirely on the talent of its cast. 

The final “Divergent” book will be split into two movies, a future that is indeed a little dystopian. Much brighter, though, are the blossoming careers of Woodley and Teller, who were best together in the indie “The Spectacular Now.” Movies, thankfully, come in factions, too. 

“The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” a Summit Entertainment release, is rated PG-13 for “intense violence and action throughout, some sensuality, thematic elements and brief language.” Running time: 118 minutes. Two stars out of four.

Study: Bisexual youth face widespread harassment, skepticism

Study: Bisexual youth face widespread harassment, skepticism

A study released on Sept. 23 finds that 40 percent of more than 10,000 LGBT youth surveyed identify as bisexual, and many of them say they face more challenges coming out and gaining acceptance than their lesbian and gay peers.

The “Supporting and Caring For Our Bisexual Youth” report released by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation in partnership with the Bisexual Resource Center, BiNet USA and the Bisexual Organizing Project also reveals a chasm between the experiences of bisexual youth in America and their non-LGBT peers.

• Only 5 percent of bisexual youth reported being “very happy,” compared to 21 percent of non-LGBT youth surveyed separately.

• Nearly a third of bisexual young people said they had been “frequently or often” harassed or called names at school compared to nine percent of non-LGBT youth.

• When asked if they have an adult family member they can turn to, only 44 percent of bisexual youth said they did compared to 79 percent of non-LGBT youth.

Many of the young people surveyed expressed the potential to be attracted to more than one gender, but rejected the term “bisexual” when describing their sexual orientation. Instead, they wrote their own descriptions, including “queer” and “pansexual.”

The findings, released on the 15th annual Celebrate Bisexuality Day, also show that bisexual youth in America are overwhelmingly female, and confront broad skepticism and misunderstanding about their sexual identities.

“It hurts deeply when young people are told they are not legitimate, and, unfortunately, that is what many bisexual youth are hearing from their family and friends,” stated Ellen Kahn, director of the HRC Foundation’s Children, Youth & Families Program. “This report will help bust the myths and misunderstandings associated with bisexuality, and create a space for young people to be more open, and to find the support they deserve.”

The survey of  10,030 young people ages 13 to 17 and commissioned in 2012 by the HRC Foundation found that bisexual youth remain deeply disconnected from the larger LGBT community and its services. They are less optimistic about their futures than their non-LGBT counterparts, less engaged in their communities and schools and highly susceptible to sexual harassment.

“Bisexual teen girls provided troubling descriptions of sexual harassment, an unfortunate early indicator of just how dangerous stereotyping is to our safety,” said Faith Cheltenham, president of BiNet USA. “Statistics show that these threats continue for adult bi women, who, during their lifetimes, report alarmingly high rates of rape, physical violence and stalking by an intimate partner.”

The report also reveals a disconnect between bisexual youth and parents, teachers or those working in LGBT support organizations.

Biphobia, the report found, remains a serious problem in the LGBT community and compounds the challenges faced by bisexual youth.

“Those who work with youth know how important it is for their success to have at least one person they can turn to when they are struggling with their lives,” said Ellyn Ruthstrom, president of the Bisexual Resource Center. “This study sadly indicates that bi youth are not accessing support services – in fact, most of them don’t even know that there are services available to them.”

“We have a responsibility to educate ourselves and to open the doors for young bisexual people to live openly, and to thrive,” Kahn said. “We adults must step up and change the conversation about bisexuality, and accept and embrace our bisexual youth.”

Corporations are people? It’s a real legal concept

There may be more to that “we the people” notion than you thought.

These are boom times for the concept of “corporate personhood.”

Corporations are people?

Mitt Romney got mocked during the 2012 presidential campaign for the very idea.

But it turns out the principle has been lurking in U.S. law for more than a century, and the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, gave it more oomph this week when it ruled that certain businesses are entitled to exercise religious rights, just as do people.

Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the court’s majority, said protecting the religious rights of closely held corporations, which are often small, family-run businesses, “protects the religious liberty of the humans who own and control them.”

In its ruling, the court said closely held corporations with religious objections cannot be forced to pay for their employees’ insurance coverage for contraception, as required under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Four years earlier, the corporations-as-people idea got another big boost when the court voted 5-4 to expand the free speech rights of businesses and labor unions by striking down limits on their political spending. That unleashed a massive flood of private money into political campaigns.

The rulings have triggered renewed debate over the idea of corporations as people, which surfaces in legal cases stretching back to the 1880s.

There are wonky legal discussions about the differences between “artificial persons” (corporations) and “natural persons” (the kind with flesh and blood).

TV comics riff on the notion that fake people have more rights than real people.

There’s a petition drive to amend the Constitution to ensure that “inalienable rights belong to human beings only.”

All of this calls for a brief reality check: Corporations really aren’t people.

Everyone knows this.

Even Romney, who was criticized for being out of touch when he famously told a protester that “corporations are people, my friend.”

The point the GOP presidential candidate was trying to make was that raising taxes on corporations would affect real people because “everything corporations earn ultimately goes back to people.”

The Supreme Court was reasoning in a similar vein when it ruled that the real people who run closely held corporations should be able to exercise religious rights just as do individuals.

Alito, in his ruling, described the concept of corporate personhood as “a familiar legal fiction” that retains its usefulness.

“It is important to keep in mind that the purpose of this fiction is to provide protection for human beings,” he wrote.

But Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in her dissent, zinged Alito and the majority for “an expansive notion of corporate personhood.”

She said the “startling breadth” of the court’s ruling could clear the way for corporations to opt out of all sorts of other legal requirements if they can cite a religious objection.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, a potential Democratic candidate for president in 2016, voiced similar concerns.

“Just think about this for a minute,” she said. “It’s the first time that our court has said that a closely held corporation has the rights of a person when it comes to religious freedom.”

Some opponents of the ruling see the expanding view of corporate personhood as a legal fiction run amok.

They say the latest court ruling could encourage corporations to try to claim greater rights in other areas as well – arguing against cruel and unusual punishment if they think a fine is too big, for example, or even seeking a corporate right to bear arms. The courts already have extended to corporations Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches but have declined to provide them Fifth Amendment protection from self-incrimination.

After the Supreme Court’s 2010 campaign finance ruling, attorney Burt Neuborne lamented: “At the rate the court is going, soon we will be able to be adopted by a corporation. Maybe even marry one.”

Now, Neuborne calls the latest court ruling “an immense perversion of the Constitution. Robots don’t have rights, trees don’t have rights, and neither do corporations.”

He warned that the ruling could backfire against corporations if the court goes too far in extending individual rights to businesses. Breaching the wall between corporations and their shareholders, he said, could ultimately make corporations liable for the actions of their shareholders and vice versa.

For example, if Hobby Lobby, one of the companies that sued against covering some forms of contraception, owed someone money, its creditors might try to go after the shareholders, he said.

“I suspect there’s going to be trouble in paradise down the road,” said Neuborne, who wrote a brief for the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University’s School of Law arguing against extending religious rights to businesses.

Attorney John Bursch, a former Michigan solicitor general, said it makes sense that corporations have some of the same rights as individuals. After the court extended free-speech rights to corporations, “it’s not a big leap to say that a First Amendment protection with respect to religious liberty would also apply to a corporation,” he said.

Whether more rights should be extended, Bursch said, “is a little harder, and we’d all need to think about that.”

Conference asks: What is the best Broadway can be?

Before long plane flights, Thomas Schumacher likes to download talks from some of the world’s brightest and creative minds speaking at TED conferences, watching them on his iPad while thousands of feet in the air. 

“I marvel at the range of stuff. I like the passion of the speakers and love the content,” says the president of the Disney Theatrical Group about the various conferences dedicated to technology, entertainment and design. “I am a giant TED freak.”

The downloader will become the downloaded next week, when Schumacher joins more than a dozen speakers for the second TEDxBroadway conference at the off-Broadway complex New World Stages.

The one-day event is bringing together more than a dozen producers, marketers, entrepreneurs, academics, economists and artists. All will try to answer the question: “What is the best Broadway can be?”

Schumacher’s string of hits – including “The Lion King,” “Mary Poppins” and “Newsies” – hasn’t made him impervious to a bout of nerves ahead of the conference.

“I’m confident that somebody will be worse than me, and I’m really confident that people will be better than me,” he says, laughing. “There are no rules about doping for this, so I’m going to do whatever I can. I’m going to have a blood transfusion Sunday night.”

He’ll join a wide assortment of speakers, including “Star Trek” actor George Takei, producer Daryl Roth, Schmackary’s Cookies CEO Zachary A. Schmahl, playwright Kristoffer Diaz, critic Terry Teachout, ethnographer Ellen Isaacs and Erin Hoover of Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

There also will be performances, this being Broadway, after all. Magician Steve Cohen will wow the crowd with tricks, and there will be music from Rasputina, the all-female cello-driven band.

TEDx events are independently organized but inspired by the nonprofit group TED, which started in 1984 as a conference dedicated to “ideas worth spreading.” Video of the Broadway event will be made available to the public. 

The annual gathering centered on Broadway is the brainchild of three men: Ken Davenport, a writer, director, producer and industry pioneer; Jim McCarthy, the CEO of ticket discounter Goldstar; and Damian Bazadona, the founder of Situation Interactive, an online marketing firm.

Last year, the organizers asked speakers to peer into their crystal balls and try to predict what Broadway would look like in 2032. This year, they dropped the forecasting to focus on current issues.

“I think by taking the time frame off of it, we’ve actually retained the imagination part and kind of liberated the speakers a little bit more,” said McCarthy. “I think it’s been a more constructive framework for them to work with.”

The speakers will include Tony Award-winning set designer Christine Jones, who will discuss how to make the Broadway experience more intimate. She’s an expert on the subject, having created Theatre for One, a 4- by-8-foot portable theater that fits just one audience member and one actor.

One returning speaker is Vincent Gassetto, the principal of a high-performing public middle school in a tough area of the Bronx who urged those in attendance last year not to overlook his diverse and enthusiastic talent pool as arts funding shrivels. His passion triggered several school visits to Broadway shows.

One hot topic will be on the future of live theater. David Sabel, from the National Theatre of Great Britain, producer Randi Zuckerberg and Internet pioneer Josh Harris will each talk about how theater can be freed from the stage, whether that means more immersive experiences or employing more broadcasts of plays and musicals on movie screens.

“Our goal at the conference is not necessarily to walk out with a list of things we’re going to do tomorrow and say, ‘This is going to solve the problem,”” said Bazadona. “The idea is really just to discuss what the different ideas and directions are. For me, the more open-ended it is, the more excited I am to see where it goes.”

The three organizers have seen the event grow and hope to keep it an annual event. Last year’s TEDxBroadway attracted some 200 people; this year it is expected to double that.

“I think of the conference as a steroid shot to everyone’s imagination. It just stirs everyone up,” said Davenport. “It’s a jolt to everyone’s system and gets everyone thinking in a new and exciting way.”

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