Civic Innovation


TEDxMarketStreet: Civic Innovation

There is a rising tension between the tech startup ecosystem and the pre-existing residents and social infrastructure of the city of San Francisco. At the geographical heart of these shifting tides is Market Street, a major thoroughfare that splits the city diagonally and houses old and new residents of the city. As we witness the creation of a continually changing, inimitably eccentric urban history, how can we make sure that technology and innovation are helping this transformation occur in a responsible way that benefits the entire community?

At TEDxMarketStreet, we're spotlighting creative ways of tackling the income disparity in gentrifying cities by inviting a variety of voices to the stage in order to catalyze this important conversation.

While we are hosting this event, we are fully aware that our stage alone cannot represent all the important voices in the community. We welcome all those who have an opinion on this matter to join and help steer the conversation here. We also have a few speaker slots left, so please feel free to suggest other powerful voices whose views are not yet represented on this speaker roster.

We welcome all those who have an opinion on this matter to join and help steer the conversation via our discussion page.

Seats are limited - get your tickets today!

Speakers and Performers


Carey Perloff

Carey has been artistic director of acclaimed American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco since 1992. A vigorous proponent of unusual classical literature and a passionate advocate of new work and new theatrical forms, she has taken the company to unprecedented heights. She is an accomplished playwright and has directed dozens of award-winning productions for A.C.T. Her newest project is the reclamation of the Strand Theater mid-Market to create a new arts complex for A.C.T. and the city. A graduate of Stanford University and was a Fulbright Fellow sat Oxford University, Carey has been honored with numerous awards including France's Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.


Eric Rodenbeck

Eric Rodenbeck founded Stamen Design in 2001 and has since then he has been working to extend the boundaries of online media and live information visualization. He led the interactive storytelling and data-driven narrative effort at Quokka Sports, and illustrated and designed at Wired Books and Wired Magazine, for which he has also written. He is a sought-after speaker and has spoken at Yale, Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, and multiple design and technology conferences, and has been a judge in the Smithsonian's National Design Awards. Eric has been named one of Esquire Magazine's "Best and Brightest" new designers and thinkers, and one of ID Magazine's top 40 designers to watch. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and he sits on the Board of Directors of the Kenneth Rainin Foundation and the Grey Area Foundation for the Arts.


Jane Kim

Jane was elected in 2010 to serve as a member of the Board of Supervisors representing District Six in San Francisco. A civil rights attorney who previously served as the President of the San Francisco Board of Education, she has developed policies for and advocated for increased consumer protections for communities of color, tenant protections, and community public safety. She currently serves on the City's Land Use Committee and Plans & Programs Committee of the Transportation Authority Board; is a member of the Association of Bay Area Governments; and chairs the City and School District Joint Select Committee and the Transbay Joint Powers Authority. Jane lives in the South of Market neighborhood.


Jenny Odell

Born just a few miles from where the Google Headquarters would eventually be, Jenny Odell studied English at UC Berkeley and Design and Technology at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work utilizes cutouts from Google Maps screen shots in an effort to show human environments -- particularly their fragile infrastructural elements -- from a new and clarifying perspective. Odell's work has been exhibited internationally and has appeared in TIME's LightBox, The Atlantic, The Economist, Wired, Rhizome, ESPN the Magazine, the NPR Picture Show, Esquire Russia, and Die Zeit. She currently teaches a class on the implications of cell phone photography for art and experience at Stanford University, and is working on a series of work enabled by a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission.


John Paul Farmer

John served as Senior Advisor for Innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under President Barack Obama, where he co-founded and directed the Presidential Innovation Fellows program to save lives, save taxpayer dollars, and promote economic growth. He previously served as Senior Advisor for Healthcare Reform. Prior to Washington, John build new businesses in the investment industry and played professional minor league baseball for the LA Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves. He is a graduate of Harvard University and has an MBA from Columbia University.


Karen Cheng

Karen learned to dance in a year. Her dance video has been seen by over 4 million people and has inspired thousands to pursue their passions. She's the co-founder of Giveit100, a video site where you choose something to get better at and take a video of your progress every day.



After being named a TED Global Fellow in 2009, Meklit cut her teeth on her 2010 debut, On A Day Like This… Folk and jazz strains served as a foundation for her elegant songwriting, setting her off onto a world tour before settling back into her San Francisco home for a number of collaborations. First she crooned sweet harmonies behind hip-hop project Copperwire’s Earthbound, and then returned to her more soulful roots alongside Oakland artist Quinn DeVeaux on 2012’s Meklit & Quinn. The latter included ingenious covers of such artists as Arcade Fire, Stevie Wonder, Talking Heads, MGMT, Lou Reed and Sam Cooke. Her latest album, We Are Alive, will be released by Six Degrees Records on April 1, 2014.


Rose Broome

Rose believes in using the power of technology to create health, happiness, and positive transformation in the world. She's the cofounder of HandUp, a direct donation system for homeless people and neighbors in need. She lives in San Francisco and loves cats and dark chocolate.


Tim O’Reilly

Tim is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, a technical book publisher who learned that the right way to market books was to market the technologies behind them. His company played a crucial role in evangelizing the world wide web, the Perl programming language, Linux, open source, and xml, and later expanded into online publishing, conferences, magazine, and early stage venture investing. He is interested in getting to know people on the cutting edge. "I think of my role as changing the future by helping to capture and spread the knowledge of innovators," Tim writes. "I sometimes call my company's edge in trendspotting 'watching alpha geeks.'"


General admission tickets are $50, but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. If you are a person of means, please consider buying a 1-for-1 ticket for $100 or a Super Ticket for $500. This allows us to provide free or discounted tickets on an as-needed basis to those less fortunate. Seating is limited, so get your tickets soon!

General Admission $50
1-for-1 Ticket (pays for you and one person who can't afford a ticket) $100
Super Ticket (2 tickets for you + a set of tickets for
a local organization)


If you are a company committed to seeing civic innovation take place in a healthy way in San Francisco and beyond, please consider becoming a sponsor for our event. Your brand will be acknowledged in materials relevant to the event, and we are happy to work with you to come up with creative ways to get you involved. Please email info[at] for more information.


TEDxMarketStreet is entirely self-funded. We don't receive any funding from TED or TEDx; all of our event expenses are paid for through ticket sales, sponsors, and out of the pockets of our event team. Please consider making a tax-deductible PayPal donation through our fiscal sponsor, The Tofu Project.

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Steering Committee

Lisa Katayama

Alli Magidsohn

Brady Forrest

Peter Shanley

Event Team

Tomo Saito

Tact Sasajima

Mitsuo Yoshizawa

Heather Cochran

Chloe Fan