TEDxBroadway 2015 Video: Leslie Koch

Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 11.27.59 AMEditor’s note: Jim curates TEDxBroadway each year, working with the speakers on their presentations and helping them to answer the question: “What’s the best Broadway can be?” Below is his insight into the process, so you can find out exactly how this informative and inspiring day comes together.

Leslie Koch, the destroyer.

Don’t worry. It’s the creative kind of destruction that I’m talking about. One of the best lines in Leslie’s talk was when she said, “so I decided to knock down a few buildings … ”

So casual. So — dare I say — cheerful the way she talked about raining down destruction on some of the buildings on Governor’s Island. But, since Leslie is the “friendly bureaucrat,” there had to be a good purpose, and indeed, there was. I think you’re going to enjoy hearing her talk about the approach that she and her team have taken to making Governor’s Island into a kind of park and public performance space for the city of New York over the last several years. Her ideas about hospitality are at once both common sense but also rare.

The other thing that made her a delight to work with getting ready for the event this year was her enthusiasm for speaking to a Broadway crowd. She’s a HUGE fan and brought so much personal excitement to being able to share her vision and the work she’s done with the TEDxBroadway audience. Watch the video and I think you’ll feel that coming through very strongly.

And if you see her wearing a hard hat, watch out!

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