Tom Tresser is a self-styled creativity champion and defender of the commons. He's been a Shakespearean actor, Internet start-up refugee and community organizer. He ran for Cook County Board President in 2010 on a campaign of reform, innovation and social justice. He teaches classes on creativity and social change at the Stuart School of Business. Currently, he is involved in creating his 13th nonprofit enterprise - The CivicLab, a store front space for civic engagement.About the talkTom Tresser proposes the idea of a Gift Economy. The economy gains momentum when people start to offer something that they have as a gift, in the forms of product, service or cash, free to the community without any strings attached.About TEDx: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)
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