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Tom Bedell for TEDxOkoboji's 1st Annual Conference

November 18th, 2019 | Meet the Speakers

Tom Bedell

"Seed To Song"

1st Annual TEDxOkoboji Conference // 22 November 2019

It is TEDxOkoboji week. It promises to be magical. I look forward to my return to participate in the TEDxOkoboji event this Friday.

Our family celebrates five generations of living in the Iowa Great Lakes. Today, Monday, I am in Naples, Florida visiting my 98-year-old father – Berkley Bedell. This feels like poetry to begin this week with my mentor, the person who ingrained in me the values of caring about one-another and taking responsibility for ourselves, our families and our actions. Last night as we shared dinner at a restaurant he and my mother used to enjoy many Sunday nights, we reminisced about our lives, the causes we have shared, the things we have accomplished and the disappointments we would welcome the opportunity to “do-over”!

Many of the challenges that face our planet have arisen during my father’s lifetime. The one that concerns him the most is climate change – the subject of my upcoming TEDx discussion. I focus on saving our world’s forests and encouraging consumer engagement in making purchasing decisions of products containing wood with consideration for where the trees grew, how they were harvested, the impact that was imposed on the forest neighborhood and the protection for the wildlife and human life that lives among the forests.

I practiced my talk with Dad. He seemed proud. Then he proceeded to expound on the problems of wealth disparity, out-of-hand consumerism, the current state of the wealthy buying politicians and the breakdown of our democracy, his concern for nuclear proliferation and annihilation and the rise in racism around the world. There are plenty of subjects for future TEDx Talks – it would be terrific if Dad could take my place and share his wisdom.

I look forward to doing my best to make him proud.

Tom Bedell for TEDxOkoboji's 1st Annual Conference

September 9th, 2019 | Meet the Speakers

Tom Bedell

"Seed To Song"

1st Annual TEDxOkoboji Conference // 22 November 2019

I have dedicated my careers to lifestyle consumer products that connect people and their love of the outdoors (Pure Fishing) and love of creating music (Bedell & Breedlove Guitars). My passion has never been piling up profits, but rather creating cultures that promote treating others as we all would want to be treated, and enhancing the quality of experience our customers have with advanced products while preserving our planet earth’s resources through dedication to sustainability and preservation.

Being offered the opportunity to participate with a Tedx Talk provides a platform to promote my passion, to provide insight into the organic nature of our tropical forests, and share the art and science for how acoustic guitars are crafted. Plus, I get the added benefit of coaches, the discipline of improving my communication skills, and the opportunity to meet extraordinary people and learn their stories and experiences. It is a real honor to be included in this process.

Thank you so much. 

1st Annual TEDxOkoboji Conference // Friday November 22, 2019