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TEDxRedmond - Olivia Bouler - Recovery in the Gulf

TEDxRedmond is "by kids, for kids" with a theme of "Power to the Students." With over four hundred youth attendees watching in the all-youth theater, this was one of the largest TEDx events entirely for youth. Organized by an all-youth committee headed by former TED speaker Adora Svitak, TEDxRedmond focused on issues (like education) pertaining to youth as well as adults.Eleven years old and willing to help was how Olivia Bouler described herself to the Audubon Society when she contacted them about the tragedy in the Gulf. The aspiring ornithologist, artist, and saxophone player wept--like many of us--when she heard about the oil spill in the news. But uniquely, Olivia was moved to help. Knowing birds were going to suffer, she had to take action. Inspired by her hero, James Audubon, Olivia wrote to the Audubon Society about her fundraising idea--using her talent as an artist to give bird drawings to those who donated to wildlife recovery efforts. To date, she has drawn at least 100 different species of birds, in 400 original drawings. Olivia was recently featured as an AOL Artist, and the company donated $25,000 to the Audubon Society in her name.About TEDx, x = independently organized eventIn 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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