The Power of Ideas

Two of TEDxBeaconStreet's 2012 speakers, Jon Friedman and Ashley Stanley, are named as visionary thinkers in Boston Magazine's May feature on The Power of Ideas:  75 Bold Thinkers Who Are Shaping Our City (And the World). Jon Friedman,…
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National Donate Life Month

By Allyssa Bates Like many of you, I was out supporting this year’s running of the Boston Marathon on Monday.  What a day—filled with so many emotions—sadness, joy, triumph .  I cheered for the runners, the volunteers, the survivors,…

Intimate Evening Talks: New Format a Success

As part of Ideas in Action’s relentless experimentation with new formats to broaden and deepen our mission to bring interesting educational opportunities to our audience, we held our first-ever “Intimate Evening of Talks” at Brookline…

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Congratulations to Alex Wissner-Gross, our first speaker to land on the homepage of! 820,054 views and counting... That's the population of Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville combined. In November, Alex took to the TEDxBeaconStreet…
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Harnessing the Potential of Stem Cells for New Medicines

By Charles Tiu When we think about what inspires us to pursue our passions, we may think of wise words of a mentor, a loved one suffering from a chronic illness, or the friend who gave us a helping hand when we most needed it.  For Dr.…
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February 12th: Virtual Conference Event

hosted by TEDxBeaconStreet and MIT Media Lab in collaboration with MacArthur Foundation We want to experiment this year with a number of different ways to advance ideas, i.e. to Ideas in Action. We have the opportunity to try an interesting…
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Gifts for Any Season

Have you ever struggled to come up with unique and meaningful gifts for birthdays or holidays? Two of our TEDxBeaconStreet 2013 speakers have set the bar about as high as it can be set with their once-in-a-lifetime gifts to their loved…

Playlist: Women on Leadership

TEDxBeaconStreet 2013 included talks by  five amazing women leaders. Beth Babcock, featured in another post, is the CEO of Crittenton Women's Union.  Her talk features the latest findings from brain science, which her organization…
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Beth Babcock - Science Reshaping Poverty

Crittenton Women’s Union CEO Beth Babcock told us a story of hope at this year's TEDxBeaconStreet. The story is rooted in difficult facts. More than 46 million Americans live in poverty today. One in seven households were food insecure…
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The Hero's Journey Led Me Astray | Colin Stokes

The runaway hit of TEDxBeaconStreet 2012 was Colin Stokes' talk, "The Hidden Meanings in Kids' Movies."  The Brookline father's reflections on "The Wizard of Oz" and "Star Wars" has been viewed more than 2 million times, catching the…