RIVES (rhymes with “weaves”) is a six-time TED speaker and co-host of the annual TEDActive conference. His one-of-a-kind interactive style has an extraordinary ability to awaken, engage, and excite an audience. He gives talks on storytelling, creativity, and public speaking, and is a dedicated host who works to make sure every event is exceptional.
A multimedia artist, storyteller, and spoken word poet, Rives is part of a small group that has not one, but six talks on TED.com. As a host, he has an uncanny talent for making an event go smoothly, filling in the gaps that so many conferences leave unorganized. He runs the whole day, making sure the audience is engaged and interacting at every possible moment by hosting networking sessions, caption-writing contests, and on-stage competitions. And, he finds the day’s humorous, poignant moments and incorporates them in wrap-up presentations and mini-documentaries. He makes sure that all the energy, effort, and expense of the conference is put to the best possible use, and that every attendee and organizer walks away feeling that the day was a success. He also gives talks on the power of storytelling—and how multimedia technology is changing the way we communicate—as well as keynotes and workshops with valuable lessons on public speaking.
Rives has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, Bravo’s Ironic Iconic America, NPR’s All Things Considered, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. TESTIMONIALS “Rives was one of the real stars of the TED Conference. On the last day, he performed a spoken word piece that incorporated all of the most memorable lines from the presentations that had come before. I was blown away!” AL GORE