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September 21, 2021

Michael Kilman discusses how the imagination can change the world through better storytelling and why understanding diversity is so important to solving the biggest problems. Michael Kilman is an Anthropologist, Author, and Filmmaker based out of Denver, Colorado. He holds a Master’s degree in Applied Anthropology from Portland State University. Between 2013-2014 he conducted his graduate research on the Denver based community theater known as the Romero Theater Troupe and created the companion documentary film, Unbound: The Story of the Romero Theater Troupe. Much of Michael’s research focuses on representation in media and it’s impact on culture. Further, he has conducted research in Mexico and on Native American reservations. Michael is the author of 5 books including four science fiction novels in the series The Chronicles of the Great Migration, and co-author on the book Build Better Worlds: An Introduction to Anthropology for Game Designers Fiction Writers, and Filmmakers. Michael is also the host and lead producer on the YouTube series Anthropology in 10 or Less. He is the father of four wonderful children and an avid cyclist. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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