Midori Connolly

Midori Connolly

Midori Connolly is the founder of AVGirl Productions in California. She wrote the first-ever set of Sustainable Staging best practices after discovering none existed. She was the co-chair of the AV committee for the ASTM Standard for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings and is a speaker, writer and consultant for green practices in live events and meeting planning. Reach her at midori@avgirlproductions.com

Good AV — Episode 11: The Artisanship of AV: Even 4K Can Be Bland!

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This month I have the privilege of having a return visit by Dusty Kraatz, owner of XI Media Productions and award-winning video producer, responsible for the world’s first live 4K video stream. While we chat briefly about 4K and the current state of technology, this episode uses 4K content as the framework to push you […]

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Good AV Episode 9: Making AV Good for the Brain

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Have you ever struggled to convince a client that “Yes, acoustics in this meeting room actually DO impact outcomes of meetings?” Well, this month our guest, consultant and expert, Andrea Sullivan of BrainStrength Systems, lends us some scientific brain data to support that argument! From optimizing AV for best learning environments to understanding that designing […]

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On a Green Stage

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In our world, staging an event isn’t necessarily about putting someone on a stage for a performance, but the truth is that a large segment of our industry actually is doing exactly that. Although sometimes overlooked in the audiovisual industry, many AV professionals and much of the innovation for technology comes from the production and […]

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GreenAV – Episode 15: Listen how Draper Technology puts the human experience back into AV at CEDIA 2014

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I had the pleasure of speaking with Bob Hadsell of Draper, Inc. this month. Listen as we weave together the story of how core company values can lead to the most technologically advanced products in a marketplace. You won’t want to miss hearing this interesting preview of the exciting new products they will have on […]

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How To Be a Heavy Metal Rock Star: eWaste and You

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Got your attention, didn’t I? Well, Mr. Hiding-pictures-of-the-high school-mullet and Ms. Fingerless-lace-gloves-still-in-the-bottom-of-the-drawer, I’m not talking about your penchant for swinging your hair in tempo to Metallica. Rather, this month is a little education on the severity of e-waste (including heavy metals) and how we must address this issue as an industry. Let’s chat first about […]

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GreenAV – Episode 7: What Does it Take to be a Green AV Professional?

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This month I had the pleasure of chatting with Allen Weidman, InfoComm International’s Sustainability Officer and Executive Director of the STEP Foundation. Allen’s story is especially interesting and inspiring, as a professional without formal training or environmental sciences background, his passion and focus on best business practices led him to becoming a Sustainability Officer. Allen shares some of […]

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GreenAV – Episode 6: Paper Isn’t the Devil, but it is Kind of a Problem

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This year I discovered one of those products that is a true solution to a major issue. I found an incredible collateral/material distribution system that can address the major issue of paper consumption and have a chat with the co-founder, Joshua Shannon. I also throw down this month’s challenge that revolves around paper measurement and […]

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GreenAV – Episode 4: It’s Showtime in 2013

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This month, listen in while Midori chats with two event production experts, Johanna Walsh and Jill Drury. They chat a little about effective tactics for successful teams when it comes to implementing green practices (besides being two beautiful and charming women!), purchasing considerations from a buyer’s perspective, as well as how Jill has worked to create a […]

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GreenAV – Episode 3: ProAV Goes to Capitol Hill

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In May 2012, Scott Walker and Gary Hill were invited to make a presentation to the U.S. House of Representatives’ High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition. From Gary’s passionate presentation about sustainability efforts at Cisco (and the AV industry as a whole), to Scott’s wide-eyed excitement at being able to represent STEP, listen to this podcast for […]

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GreenAV – Episode 2: From Design to Stage, Green AV at the Theater!

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In this month’s show, Midori chats with Raymond Kent, the Managing Principal of Sustainable Technologies Group and the 2012 Green AV Award recipient. He gives an outstanding overview of a few theatrical projects where the emphasis was on sustainability, with impressive numbers and data to show for the projects. We talk a bit about the importance of […]

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GreenAV – Episode 1: Midori Means Green

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In the inaugural episode of the industry’s first GreenAV podcast, Gary Kayye introduces our GreenAV host, Midori Connolly. Midori shares her story of how she started her staging and meeting AV company on a GreenAV path, pushing against the industry’s  flow to pioneer new methods in staging. She also outlines benefits of using green products and green practices, and gives a preview of what she […]

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