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The potential of TEDxDirigo

There were several impressive, stick-in-your-mind talks at the TEDxDirigo: Engage conference, held last Saturday at the University of Southern Maine.
Spreading Ideas
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 25, 2012

Networking breakfast leads to citywide forum

As interest in the local-food movement expands in Portland, lack of coordination can lead to duplicate or missed volunteering efforts and resources.
Growing connections
By AMY ANDERSON  |  March 02, 2012

Twelve sweet ideas for Maine in 2012

With the new year upon us, we're looking into the future to see what things will be making Maine better in the coming 12 months. Here's a selection of things we'll be watching — and you should, too.
Better by the dozen

Chomsky to Occupy: move to the next stage

Noam Chomsky has advice for the Occupy movement, whose encampments all over the country are being swept away by police.
Words from the guru
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  December 16, 2011

Photos: Boston Anarchist Book Fair 2011

Simmons College hosts the Boston Anarchist Book Fair on November 11-13, 2011.
Simmons College | November 11-13, 2011
By ALI CARTER  |  November 18, 2011

The strike that changed America

Action Speaks!, the panel discussion series at AS220, wraps up its fall program with a look back at Ronald Reagan's firing of striking air traffic controllers in 1981 — a watershed moment for organized labor.
Action Speaks!
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 21, 2011


Our games, ourselves

Action Speaks!, the panel discussion series at Providence art space AS220, continues its fall program with a look at the rise of video games.
Action Speaks!
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 07, 2011

URI’s ''Are You Ready For the Future?'' colloquium in brief

The future is about more than the singularity, of course. It's about robots, lab-grown organs, and watching hopelessly as the Chinese pilfer our military secrets.
Robots and lab-grown bladders
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 30, 2011

Dark side of the future

When the University of Rhode Island kicked off its invigorating "Are You Ready For the Future?" speakers series a few weeks back, there was only one man for the job: inventor and provocateur Ray Kurzweil.
Utopia or the end of humankind? A URI forum explores “the Singularity”
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 30, 2011

Their cheating hearts

When Kristina Newman-Scott took over as director of programs for the Boston Center for the Arts in January, she was surprised at its lack of literary offerings.
Literary Lites
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 23, 2011

Inside the TEDxDirigo conference

I arrived at TEDxDirigo on September 10 feeling rather less than confident about the state of world. The tenth anniversary of 9/11 — and the awful decade that unspooled from that sky-blue morning — was on my mind.
Big ideas for Maine
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 10, 2011

Spreading Maine ideas

"Innovation is part of Maine's legacy and DNA." So says Adam Burk, executive director of TEDxDirigo, the independent group working to create a local TED conference for Mainers.
Talking TED
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 26, 2011
"Extreme Dog: What Right Do Our Pets Have to Be Saved?" at Suffolk University

"Extreme Dog: What Right Do Our Pets Have to Be Saved?" at Suffolk University

These days, everyone's on meds for something. Where there's an ailment, there's a fix. Hell, people are putting their dogs on Prozac. But have we...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  September 09, 2010