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Story last updated at 2:23 PM on Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Purpose of TEDx: to help spread ideas worth sharing



Photo by Goldie Shealy

JoAnn & Monte perform July 26 during the TEDxYouth@Homer event at the Mariner Theatre.

More than 200 audience members explored their inner child during the "Let's Play" themed TEDxYouth@Homer event last Saturday held at the Mariner Theatre. The fourth consecutive year of TEDxHomer included activities, performances and a combination of video and live presentations that worked to "spread ideas worth sharing."

TED, for technology, entertainment and design, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to good ideas.TEDxHomer is an independently organized nonprofit event orchestrated by unpaid volunteers that was first brought to Homer by Kat Haber in 2008. Haber was inspired by the impact of the global TED and TEDx events and wanted to connect Homer, a "compassionate, tightly connected community," she said. Since then it has more than doubled in size, and was live broadcasted to individuals in Mexico, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Singapore, Australia, Brazil, San Diego, South Korea and Sitka via an online Google+ Hangout circle.

Adi Davis and McKenzy Haber hosted and co-organized this year's event under the guidance of Kat Haber.

"Last year I was one of the coordinators and this year I stepped up to the plate and was the main curator. I love the idea of TEDx and the ideas on the website and ideas that come to Homer ... I wanted to help out in any way that I could," said 16-year-old Davis.

Presenters included motivational speaker from Australia, Amir Zoghi, who spoke on being present in the moment. He said he is loving his experience in Homer, although adjusting to the daylight.

"I've never experienced daylight for so long," said Amir, laughing.

Critically acclaimed film director, producer and author Eric Saperston also spoke, encouraging the audience to "live in wonder." Area resident Amelia Tyer, who has been honored to receive the TEDxYouth Peace Prize, also spoke.

Highlight performances included a duet from married singer songwriters JoAnn and Monte Davis, a colorful hula hoop demonstration from Kammi Matson, and an original rap from Los Angeles rapper MC Lars.

Attendees got to enjoy refreshments and a donated dinner by Two Sisters Bakery after first teaming up with six other individuals to make a rainbow out of their color coded nametags.

Donna Maltz, who spoke at the second TEDxHomer event, was moved by the youth involvement in this year's program.

"It was great, especially because the teens put it together. They did great," she said.

Dozens of teen and adult volunteers collaborated with sponsors to execute this year's TEDxHomerYouth event. Sponsors included Spit Spots, Haber Vision, Live in Wonder, Spruce Acre Cabins, Era Alaska, Two Sisters Bakery, The Homer Foundation, Nomar, Alaska Wildland Adventures, Spenard Builders Supply, Homer Rotary Club, Beluga Lake Lodge, Bay Avenue, Sourdough Express, Adventure Alaska Car Rentals, Bidarka Inn, Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, Blackberry Bog, Ocean Shores, Save U More, Center for Alaskan Costal Studies, Homer Council on the Arts, Homer Real Estate, and A Memorable Experience.

Visit http://tedxhomer.org to learn about future local and global TEDx events.