TedxBerkshires is a local, independently organized event that seeks to bring the exciting TED-like experience to the Berkshires by presenting top thinkers who are also amazing speakers. Our goal is to bring powerful ideas to an audience that is every bit as interesting as the speakers.
About the TEDxBerkshires Team
Ethan Berg, Founder, Organizer and Curator
Ethan studied both cultural anthropology and economics at University of Michigan. Perhaps not surprisingly, his career as both a value investor and venture capitalist echoes the duality of those interests. He is a frequent contributor to MOI Global’s Manual of Ideas, the value investing journal. He is also on the Advisory Board for OMX Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm investing at the convergence of biology and computing to support a new generation of breakthrough technologies. Ethan divides his time between Lenox, MA and his hometown of Marblehead, MA when he is not cycling the world with his wife and two sons.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.
TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organize local, independent TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx (http://www.ted.com/tedx) is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxBerkshires, where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDxBerkshires event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussions and connections. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
Giovanna Fessenden, Co-Organizer & Executive Producer
Giovanna is a patent attorney with a background in software. Giovanna’s IP legal practice is with Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds of Boston, MA. She specializes in protecting software innovations and has particular expertise in blockchain, NFT’s, e-sports, gaming, and wearable technologies. Giovanna has been assisting Ethan Berg with TEDxBerkshires for nearly 10 years. She is also a former TEDxBerkshires speaker on the Blockchain Revolution.
Andrea Goodman, Event Manager
Thaddeus Kubis, Still Photographer