x = independently organized TED event
Sat, Mar 21, 7–9pm
Jamaica Trinnaman (Hello! Bulk Markets)
Jamaica Trinnaman, founder of Hello!Bulk Markets, likes to say that her store is the new old-fashioned way to shop. It’s a bulk goods store where you are encouraged to bring your own containers from home and refill rather than purchase packaging. This concept, often called Zero Waste Shopping, has gained popularity in response to the plastic pollution burdening our planet. In May of 2018 Jamaica took a leap, backed by her extensive experience in the grocery industry, and opened her first version of Hello!Bulk in the back of a quirky warehouse in west SLC. Jamaica believes that Hello!Bulk is only as strong as their community and she’s grateful, every day, for her extraordinary customers…people who are willing to not only challenge the status quo, but more importantly, change their habits.
Nora Abu-Dan (Founder, Emerald Project)
Nora Abu-Dan is Utah born but both her parents are from the holy land of Palestine. She graduated from the University of Utah in 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Economics and a minor in Spanish. Nora is also a former reigning Miss United Nations USA and used her platform to educate youth on using their voice to make a difference. In 2016, Nora went on to become an Arabic Interpreter for refugees who were seeking safety from their war-torn countries. She found her passion in helping others establish a new life in America with the promise of hope and peace. In 2017, Nora co-founded and is Chief Operating Officer for a nonprofit in Utah called, Emerald Project.
Brooklyn Kohl (Performer/Singer)
Brooklyn Kohl is a singer-songwriter who transforms her daily observations into sultry, soulful moments through smooth, dynamic pop with a twist of R&B and jazz. A reflective entertainer, she inspires an environment of intimacy and inclusivity among audiences no matter where she performs, e.g., Craft Lake City Fest, a Sofar Sounds show, or in front of 15,000 people at the Vivint Arena. Brooklyn was born and raised in the Midwest, and grew up on Motown and Gospel (which she still has love for and is influenced by to this very day). Having lived in cities like Los Angeles and Chicago, her musical and artistic voice continues to evolve as she tries to make sense of the craziness that is life, hoping her music genuinely connects with others who feel the same. She is passionate about giving back, diversity in her industry, and creating peace in our divisive world through music. Her first EP, 5PM, is available on Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming services now.
Sat, Apr 18, 7–9pm
Joy Pierce (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Utah College of Humanities)
Joy Pierce is Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs in the College of Humanities at the University of Utah. She is also a Presidential Leadership Fellow, Associate Professor in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric Studies, and an affiliate in Latin American Studies. Her research foci are digital divides and digital literacy. She employs cultural studies and contemporary social theory through a critical pedagogical lens to study underrepresented populations coming to information communication technologies (ICTs). She has studied the theories of qualitative research methods extensively and is a methodologist specializing in ethnographies (auto, performative, participatory action research). Her work has led to guest speaking at professional meetings and in the media. Dr. Pierce has presented research papers at regional, national and international conferences; published in communication, sociology, and qualitative research method journals; and published a book titled Digital Fusion: A Society Beyond Blind Inclusion (Peter Lang, 2015). Her next book, titled Autoethnography: Beyond the Self, is in the works.
Billy Palmer (Associate Producer, KRCL RadioActive)
Billy Palmer is Co-Host and Associate Producer of RadioACTive, community affairs show that highlights grassroots activists and community builders weeknights at 6 p.m. on Salt Lake City-based 90.9fm KRCL. The Society of Professional Journalists-Utah Chapter named RadioACTive the top Public Affairs show in 2018. For more than 15 years, Billy has been a community organizer and advocate for youth empowerment, civil rights, and neighborhood reinvestment. He is the chairperson for the YouthWorks Steering Committee at NeighborWorks SLC where he also sits on the board of directors as the outgoing president. His community engagement also includes organizing for the Utah Poor People’s Campaign, and he is a member of the Friends of Arches and Canyonlands board of directors. Now a public affairs journalist, the father of three has enjoyed several careers, including dancer and choreographer, music promoter and filmmaker.