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Christine Sun Kim has been deaf since she was born. She’s been an artist ever since.

The Brooklyn-based TED fellow has travelled around the world making art that not only causes participants to be more aware of the way they hear, but also teaches them the mastered science of actively listening. She’s experimented in sonic sound, the physicality of sign language, and other various forms of “reclaiming” sound – a medium she does not have direct access to.

As a Lincoln Reimagine Project honoree, she’ll set up a walk-able art installation that employs the observer as a moving instrument. Her idea is to create a direct connection between movement and listening, causing attendees to be more aware of the way they hear.

Read more about Christine Sun Kim and her #IdeasUncovered here.

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She’s from Canada. He’s from New Zealand. The two met in England, moved back to Canada to start a family, and one night found themselves encouraging friends to start a family business selling their delicious balsamic vinaigrette. The Canadian and the Kiwi, Paula and Mark Lamming, proved so inspiring that their friends did, in fact, bottled their vinaigrette to sell at the next season’s farmer’s market in Whistler, Canada. They asked the Lammings for one small favor: to bake some bread for people to dip in the balsamic.

You might guess what happened next.

First there were happy customers, then there were borrowed ovens from the convenience store and the local high school, and many long lines at the Whistler Farmer’s Market later, Purebread made its way into Whistler Village with its own brick and mortar store. A haven of coffee, biscuits, and buttery muffins, each item at Purebread is made with the same love and care that your grandmother might have taken.

“The thing with bread is that it’s one loaf to the next, one batch to the next, and no two loaves are ever the same,” says Mark Lamming. “It means that everybody needs to work as a team. It creates a great bond within the group. It’s a hands-on approach: you’re not creating a bulk product, you’re part of the whole process.”

Purebread’s current abode is a temporary location. Their first shop had to close due to a nearby fire. Come this June, they’ll be headed back to their original space, still within Whistler Village, and still serving the same loved bread.

That’s the thing about bread. The oven can change, and so can the weather, but as long as it’s made with love, it’ll taste good every time.

Visit Purebread at their pop-up shop in the Whistler Marketplace or in Function Junction in Whistler, BC.

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Chris Woebken is a German-American designer and innovator who is dedicated to bringing ideas for the future to life in a very tangible way. As a Lincoln Reimagine Project honoree, he’ll work with collaborator Elliott P. Montgomery to establish the “Futuring Factory,” a studio of materials and tools that allow people to rapid-prototype their ideas for artifacts that could exist within four various scenarios that could shape the world as we know it.

The “Futuring Factory” will be open for conversation, collaboration, and creation during TEDActive 2014, where TEDsters are invited to produce their own ideas for “future artifacts” alongside Woebken and Montgomery, among the snowy peaks of British Columbia. At the end of the conference, Woebken and Montgomery will place their favorite ideas and products from the week in a time capsule and bury it on Whistler Mountain. The funds from the Lincoln Reimagine Project award will be used towards an extension of the “Futuring Factory” and for more workshops throughout the year.

Read more about Chris Woebken and his #IdeasUncovered here.

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Chris Prior began making snowboards out of his garage in 1990. Prior, a craftsman by nature, is also a person with ideas, dreams, and hopes for the snowy region that inspires his work. Ten years after his first split-board prototype, Prior moved the Snowboards production to Whistler, Canada. No, not just a satellite shop; he moved the entire show: the factory, the staff, and the cup-winning boards to the streets of Whistler Village. He wanted to support the artistic and cultural movement of what he knew to be more than just another ski town.

And did he ever become a part of that culture. Every Prior snowboard can be customized, the makers are just right next door to the shop, and the artists creating the board designs can be found milling about the shop and talking with visitors about inspirations for their next piece. Often, a member of the team, anyone from accounting to design, will present an idea to the artisans in the factory. Prototypes are made, and immediately tested outside on the Mountain. The result at the end of the run could spark a new innovation altogether.

Prior is also a mecca for local Whistler artists and events. Stop by to talk about what’s happening on the slopes or in the art scene. Don’t be shy. 

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In 2006 art student Steven Peterman was looking for a way to encourage people to interact with his work. He had the idea for a library of art that one could pick and choose to browse and interact with, and with a friend he founded The Sketchbook Project. Today, he and his wife Sara Peterman run a growing library in Brooklyn, NY of digital and physical sketchbooks created by users from around the globe. The idea of engagable (and engaging) art remains the same, and the process is still just as simple: pay $25, receive a small sketchbook, fill it in, then send it back by January 1. Each year, the books made from the year prior are catalogued into The Sketchbook Project library and go on tour to 20+ cities with the Petermans in their mobile library, allowing undiscovered art, untold stories, and captured moments from the past year to be shared with the world.

As a Lincoln Reimagine Project honoree, Steven Peterman will be enhancing the categorizing and tagging system to help people find the sketchbooks that might inspire them most, as well as moving his library system to be accessible by mobile app. The Petermans will be bringing some of their collection to TEDActive this year and plan to inspire the next sketchers, storytellers, and those wanting to document their year.

Read more about The Sketchbook Project and #IdeasUncovered here.

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Artist Christine Sun Kim was born deaf, but her piece “Game of Skill” taught us a new way to listen.