Poverty, money -- and love

Jessica Jackley | Poverty, Money — and Love

During the month of February we all have a tendency to gravitate toward love. For some that means flowers, chocolates, and spending time with loved ones, for others, love has a much broader scope. Co-founder of Kiva.org Jessica Jackley, shares this love story in the form of a TED Talk. This beautiful story, about the power of micro-loans, is sure […]

Jonathan Haidt | How Common Threats Can Make Common (Political) Ground

“If an asteroid were headed for Earth, we’d all band together and figure out how to stop it, just like in the movies, right? And yet, when faced with major, data-supported, end-of-the-world problems in real life, too often we retreat into partisan shouting and stalemate. Jonathan Haidt shows us a few of the very real […]

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Julian Treasure | 5 Ways to Listen Better

  In our louder and louder world, says sound expert Julian Treasure, “We are losing our listening.” In this short, fascinating talk, Treasure shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening — to other people and the world around you.” Watch 5 Ways to Listen Better

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Sheryl WuDunn | Our Century’s Greatest Injustice

Women are a resource for changing the world. Sheryl WuDunn’s book,  Half the Sky, (now a documentary film) “investigates the oppression of women globally. Her stories shock. Only when women in developing countries have equal access to education and economic opportunity will we be using all our human resources.” Watch Our Century’s Greatest Injustice Watch Half the […]

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Amy Cuddy | Your Body Shapes Who You Are

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” –standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident–can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success. […]

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Fields Wicker-Miurin | Learning from Leadership’s “Missing Manual”

At a TED salon in London, Fields Wicker-Miurin shares three stories about unique leaders from around the world. These stories of remarkable, local leaders display how powerful the connection is between Indigenious people and the environments, causes, and people they influence. Watch Learning from Leadership’s “Missing Manual”

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Tim Ryan | A Mindful Nation

Congressman and MindfulVOTES Ambassador Tim Ryan shows us how the benefits of mindfulness apply to the current challenges that affect each of our lives and our communities, and thus have implications for our society as a whole. He offers a hopeful vision for how mindfulness can reinvigorate our core American values and transform and revitalize our communities. Watch […]

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Designing for Generosity

Could practicing generosity change you? Your community? The world? This video explores the possibilities of Giftivism, the act of radical generosity. What would the world look like if we designed for generosity? Instead of assuming that people want to simply maximize self-interest, what if our institutions and organizations catered to our deeper motivations? This compelling […]

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Making Global Labor Fair

  “None of us want to be accessories to a human-rights abuse in a global supply chain. But right now, most of the companies involved in these supply chains don’t have any way of assuring us that nobody had to sacrifice their rights to bring us our favorite brand-name product.” ~Auret van Heerden (Head of the […]

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Sami Awad | The Power of Nonviolence

Sami Awad is a Peaceworker and the Executive Director of Holy Land Trust in Palestine.  In this Global Oneness video, he describes how nonviolence empowers people to deal with injustice and oppression by breaking down the barriers that prevent people from relating to each other. Watch  The Power of Nonviolence 

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Dave Meslin | The Antidote to Apathy

Although Dave Meslin is talking about politics in Canada in this TED Talk, his information is helpful to Western countries across the board. He points out the 7 obstacles that get in the way of individuals and communities who would otherwise do their part in creating social change. We learn that apathy, for instance, may […]

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Jim Toy | Transforming Societal Paradigms

This June, as we celebrate LGBT Pride Month, Jim Toy invites every viewer to shift the societal paradigm from “sex, politics and religion” to “love, justice and faith”.  Jim Toy is a pioneer in LGBT activism and education and has worked for the University of Michigan for 23 years. Watch Transforming Societal Paradigms

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