Chris Cloud is a Creative Thinkdoer, one who devises and formulates a creative idea and then actively executes it. He is a digital native who thrives in online cultures and develops ideas at the intersection of business and technology. He has a passion for innovation, creativity, digital culture and a talent for inspiring confidence and collaboration into others. He also has a knack for observing the cultural marketplace thoroughly enough to think beyond what makes business sense and create unexpected value by looking at the world from a deeper and different angle.
In 2009, he co-founded MPLS.TV (http://mpls.tv), a Minneapolis based content network produced by an independent Do-It-Together collective. In 2010 in Carmichael Lynch's Creation Lab, he was the Chief Curator of the social initiative, 30 Days of Creativity, where people were encouraged to create stuff, anything, every day for 30 days.
The individuals involved with TEDxUMN have a passion for bringing together the great thinkers at the University of Minnesota and giving them the opportunity to share their ideas worth spreading and to discuss our shared future. We provide these great people the opportunity to share these ideas on a global stage and with an incredibly diverse audience. We believe in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately the world.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)