CH25: Lulu Mickelson

A civic leader bringing change to NYC through design

Lulu Mickelson began charting her course in community organizing early on, when riding her chartreuse beachcomber to school in Santa Monica, California. Surrounded by the clogged freeways outside of LA, she noticed the bike racks at her large public high school were nearly empty and was instrumental in organizing “Bike It” days, getting half the school to go car-free by the time she graduated, and …

CH25: Jonathan Sparks

Reinventing electronic music by inventing multi-disciplinary instruments

As a drummer in hard, loud rock bands over the past decade, Jonathan Sparks indulged his passion for theatrics: “I love those large, swooping gestures, actions people in the back of the crowd could see too.” When he got more into electronic music, he missed that physicality and showmanship. His solution? The Nomis, a loop-based instrument he designed from scratch out of plexiglass while in …

CH25: Latoya Ruby Frazier

Documenting the slow, troubling changes in Braddock, Pennsylvania

For over 12 years, visual artist LaToya Ruby Frazier has been exploring America’s economic future by looking at a present-day microcosm—through a very personal lens. The talented TED Fellow has captured and compiled photos and videos of her hometown Braddock, Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the US steel industry that has fallen victim to corporate irresponsibility, environmental decay, segregation and white flight. Frazier’s photos reveal all …