by Maggie Flickinger
It was a whirlwind week for me, speaking in front of 1300+ people (gulp!) at the Chautauqua Fieldhouse in Boulder for the inaugural TEDx Boulder event last Saturday, August 7th. I had six-minutes to cover the topic “Conscious Growth: Land Development with Values.” Using Barrett Studio’s project Twin Buttes as a case study, I discussed a synergistic model for land development founded on listening to nature and to the nature of people. TED talks are often known for the takeaway, or challenge. Having worked on this talk for weeks, imagine my delight two days prior to see a New York Times blog post on just my challenge: essentially, view a home through the lens of your values, rather than perceived “market value.”
Essentially, I posit that since we live in a capitalistic society, and homes enjoy a 100% market segment (virtually unheard of), we should take the reigns as empowered consumers and affect change in product availability. It seems simplistic, but I firmly believe in the power of an annual consumer base of over 5 million people (# of existing & new home sales in US from US Census & National Association of Realtors) supporting a multi-trillion dollar industry. As I noted at TEDx, housing will be the largest expense of your life…so live your values, make it count!
Photos by Ryan Behner, Peggy Dyer; Video coming soon!
I do want to thank the tireless organizers of TEDx Boulder – especially Andrew Hyde & Arthur Nisnevich – for the opportunity to bring this salient topic to such a broad & engaged audience. I’m also grateful to the other speakers and musical guests – thanks for an intriguing (Thad Roberts), informative (Andrew Currie, Shawn O’keefe), inspirational (Diane Israel) and beautiful (Grant Blakeman, Vienna Teng) night…and don’t forget the laughs (Peter McGraw, David Thomas)!