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Saturday, November 10

Saturday November 10 2018 – Schedule of Events

All sessions will take place in the Loft at the South Orange Performing Arts Center — Get your wristband ticket here!


1pm | Keynote – Stories from a different perspective

Think of me as the Story Whisperer, a person devoted to drawing stories out of other people and using stories to connect people to one another. Great stories, the real and vital ones we need for healing, reside in balance between vulnerable and professional, public and private, personal and collective knowing, perhaps even between truths that are based in the evidence of this world and truths that connect us across infinite and limitless time. I am to my core a teacher. For SouthNEXT I am leading our community–in which I have lived for 35 years–in the creation of a new, shared identity, one which we will create together with our own stories. Bring your sense of play!

  • Carol Barash  is an Award-winning author, teacher and entrepreneur and is the founder and CEO of Story2. Over the past decade, Carol and her team have taught more than 150,000 people how to tell their stories out loud and use the science of storytelling to advocate for themselves and their communities. @carolbarash

2-5pm | Interactive Mural

Come to our fun and colorful mural playground! You can be a spectator or a participant and easily create a piece of whimsical art by rearranging shapes and colors on the wall. No artistic experience is necessary, only curiosity. All are welcome!

  • Elina Rosenblum is a self taught artist with multiple artistic interests. Her curiosity in applying herself to different forms of arts pushes her to experiment, generate tons of ideas and seek creative solutions.  Her desire is to bring beauty and joy to the world by transforming public or homely spaces from dull into delightful with the benefits of color therapy. She founded BlumArts LLC with that purpose in mind and is offering vibrant murals, whimsical mosaics and fun stained glass installations.

2pm | The Point of Us — Reclaiming the Purpose of Humanity in the Age of Machines

Artificial intelligence is a technology that will radically disrupt how we think about work, the economy, governments, and society. When we look into a future where an increasing number of our human skills are eclipsed by self-improving intelligent machines, what then becomes the purpose, aspiration, and worth of our humanness? In this session, we explore the powerful forces that are quickly shaping our future and take a journey into re-imagining the very purpose of our humanity.

  • Caroline Chubb Calderon

3pm | Inter-generational Jeopardy

4pm | Technology in Music over the last 50 years – Boon or Bane?

  • Mark Ashe, Larry Fast, Ari Finkel (aka Dali Vision)

5pm | Arousal and Engagement in the Time of Fitbit

This presentation will discuss how arousal and anxiety influence our lives. Consideration will be given to the possibility that our bodily reactions and thoughts are data to be observed rather than accurate responses to our world. Examples from the realms of sports, theater, and business will be highlighted to demonstrate how high performers utilize arousal to achieve excellence.

  • Dr. Andy Simon is a social/organizational psychologist who studies how people behave in work settings. He maintains a second line of inquiry in sports psychology. Here, his focus is on psychological skill-building and studies the various ways competitive athletes deal with anxiety and engage in goal-setting to improve performance. He has advised athletes across a range of sports, including those on Seton Hall University teams. His research extends to non-competitive athletes as well. Among those seeking fitness for health and well-being, he is interested in the reasons people find it challenging to start and maintain an exercise program.

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