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Ashley Heeren

L|F represented at TEDxSA 2012

Posted by on 10/18/12 at 09:25am

TEDxSanAntonio brought 22 presenters to a stage at Trinity this past Saturday, and I left with my brain completely full. Topics included unplugging youth at summer camp, getting volunteer work to “add up,” respecting bacteria, and even group drumming to end the day. Plus, our own L|F partner Bob Harris gave a beautiful talk entitled “Beauty, Place, and the Environmental Imperative,” weaving together nature, architecture, and our essential human needs. All this happened in front of a backdrop that a group of L|Fers designed!

We worked with local groups Lighthouse for the BlindHaven for Hope, and TEDxSA to create a backdrop that we wanted to make both memorable and, more importantly, useful after its life on the stage. We decided to use blankets, which are in high demand at Haven and which were ordered from Lighthouse after our fundraising effort. Using zip ties and cord, we rolled and arranged the blankets in a pattern that represents an important statistic: as of January 2011, Haven for Hope had provided shelter for 76% of San Antonio’s downtown homeless population (represented by the brightly colored blankets). The colors also hoped to bring some energy and maybe even whimsy to the big stage.

Check out the time lapse of our installation here! Thanks to all those who helped us in this effort, including Peter Zubiate who lent beautiful wood furniture to complete the set. The blankets are already serving folks at Haven for Hope!

  • Lovely summary, Ashley! This year’s TEDxSA was so much fun to be a part of and attend. The investment that the San Antonio community makes in each other is tangible; how exciting to see people come together and inspire each other.