What is Work? [Nancy Folbre]

What counts as work and what doesn’t? Nancy Folbre shows how nearly half of all work done in this country is ignored by economists. She argues that we need to create better measures of non-market income, consumption and investment.

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When social policies fail in a time of economic crisis | Liene Ozoliņa | TEDxRiga

When the economic crisis of 2008 hit, communities around the world took to the streets, inspired by the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, to protest the social inequality of the recession. But Latvia, the second-hardest-hit country, was tranquil. Social policies put the responsibility on the unemployed individual, implying that they were at fault for their suffering. Dr. Liene Ozoliņa considers how social policies can bolster or break social connections. Liene Ozolina is a political sociologist who has written on post-socialist democratisation, neoliberalism, and politics of time. She holds a PhD in sociology from the London School of Economics, where she currently teaches sociology, and has also studied social theory at the University of Amsterdam and sociology and humanities at the Latvian Academy of Culture. Liene recently published her first book, “Politics of Waiting: Workfare, Post-Soviet Austerity, and Ethics of Freedom,” which examines the austerity regime that followed the 2008 global economic crisis. The book offers a sociological critique of the Latvian “success story”. 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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What’s the Use of Reading? Literature and Empathy | Beth Ann Fennelly | TEDxUniversityofMississippi

Reading literature educates us emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually, according to poet and author Beth Ann Fennelly, who joins her two decades of experience in the classroom with new studies from the emerging field of literary neuroscience to prove that reading literature makes us more empathetic. Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Mississippi, teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Mississippi, where she was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year. She’s won grants from the N.E.A., the United States Artists, and a Fulbright to Brazil. Her work has won a Pushcart Prize and three times been included in The Best American Poetry Series. Fennelly has published three poetry books: Open House, Tender Hooks, and Unmentionables, and a book of nonfiction, Great with Child, all published with W. W. Norton. A novel she co-authored with her husband, Tom Franklin, called The Tilted World was published by HarperCollins. Her sixth book, Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-memoirs, recently published by W. W. Norton, was named an Atlanta Journal Constitution Best Book of 2017 and a Goodreaders Favorite for 2017. Fennelly and Franklin live in Oxford with their three children. 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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What online dating looks like when you’re blind | Fern Lulham | TEDxKingstonUponThames

Two things taught Fern about insecurity – being blind and online dating. From denying her disability entirely to learning that she didn’t have to fully accept being blind to reveal it to others. Fern challenges the idea that total acceptance of oneself is necessary for others to accept us and explains that self-acceptance is not a moment of enlightenment, but a lifelong rollercoaster ride. Fern Lulham is a captivating, inspirational and vibrant motivational speaker. She speaks with honesty and passion, covering topics such as self-confidence, self-worth, the power of communication, working together and the importance of sharing our emotional experiences.

Fern has a unique, upbeat and entertaining style that resonates with all audiences. Talking from her own experience, Fern can reach out and touch every single person. She believes strongly in altering perspectives and encouraging value and belief in ourselves. 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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How To Make Financial Wellness Your Reality | Brent Hines | TEDxPleasantGrove

What do you do when life’s advantages disappear?

Brent Hines knows firsthand the overwhelm and frustration that come from years of searching for the formula of a high performing life. In July of 2008 Brent lost everything and it was his fault. His career, his dreams, his identity and his future literally disappeared overnight. Since surviving those scariest of days, Brent has researched, tested, coached and mentored thousands of people who want more from life, who desire to live wholeheartedly and achieve high performance in all dimensions of life.

Brent’s talk inspires you to count your blessings and your money. Brent knows first hand the overwhelm and frustration that come from years of searching for the formula of a high performing life. In July of 2008 Brent lost everything and it was his fault. His career, his dreams, his identity and his future literally disappeared overnight. Since surviving those scariest days, Brent has researched, tested, coached and mentored thousands of people who want more from life, who desire to live wholeheartedly while achieving high performance in all dimensions of life. 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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How to Use the Arts to Unlock Deeper Connection | Adam Rosendahl | TEDxSonomaCounty

How do we create environments where people build meaningful relationships and feel safe to take risks? In this interactive talk, Adam Rosendahl delivers his creative recipe. Adam is a facilitator, artist, and experience designer. As the Founder and Chief Experience Officer of LATE NITE ART®, he fuses art, music, and dialogue as a vehicle to breathe more imagination and connection into teams, organizations, and conferences across the globe. Music credit: “Folkways” by Daniel Berkman. Adam Rosendahl is a facilitator, artist, and experience designer. As the Founder and Chief Experience Officer of LATE NITE ART®, he fuses art, music, and dialogue as a vehicle to breathe more imagination and connection into teams, organizations, and conferences across the globe. 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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How to Make Education Fun for Everyone | Alan Fishel | TEDxTysons

Schools leave millions of children behind every year. There are so many effective programs and resources for students that are already performing at the top, but very little for those who are not. Alan Fishel has worked with thousands of students over many years through a nonprofit that creates educational games. He has seen first-hand what types of gamification can resonate with all students as compared to existing models that appeal to only a small fraction of children. He shows how we can make education work not just for some — but for everyone.

Alan Fishel was coaching his son’s third grade soccer team 17 years ago when he learned that his players had no knowledge of U.S. geography. He then created an educational geography game called GeoPlunge that has been a big hit in D.C. area schools for 15 years. Through the years teachers have raved about the impact GeoPlunge has had on students, telling stories about how it has even helped some children completely turn their lives around. More recently, Alan and others on behalf of the non-profit LearningPlunge have created a U.S. history and civics game called HistoryPlunge. It was created in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Alan Fishel was coaching his son’s 3rd grade soccer team 17 years ago when he learned that his players had no knowledge of U.S. geography. He then created an educational geography game called GeoPlunge that has been a big hit in D.C. area schools for 15 years, with two tournaments held each year, usually at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, with hundreds of children playing in teams of 3. Through the years teachers have raved about the impact GeoPlunge has had on students, telling stories about how it has even helped some children completely turn their lives around.

As a result of Alan’s involvement with these games and all the teachers, students and community partners he has worked with, Alan has seen first-hand what types of gamification can reach all students and why, while other types appeal to only a small fraction of children. 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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How to make elections fairer – a glimpse of math for democracy | Peter Gritzmann | TEDxTUM

How can it happen that, in an election, the voters’ will is turned upside
down? Our voting systems are never entirely fair, but math can help at least make them fairer. One natural goal is to optimize the size, shape, and location of the electoral districts. In this talk, Peter Gritzmann sheds light on the complex mathematical algorithms that can achieve this and provides us with the knowledge to critically reflect on democracy and its underlying mechanisms.

References:

1. A. Brieden, P. Gritzmann, F. Klemm, Constrained clustering via
diagrams: A unified theory and its application to electoral district
design, European Journal of Operational Research 263 (2017), pp. 18-34.
DOI

2. S. Borgwardt, A. Brieden, and P. Gritzmann (2014), Geometric
clustering for the consolidation of farmland and woodland. Mathematical
Intelligencer (2014), pp. 37-44.
DOI

Thanks: Special thanks go to Fabian Klemm for his support.

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Peter Gritzmann is a man of many facets—academic teacher, entrepreneur, family man, citizen—but if you ask him to sum up his role in the world, he’d go with the term Mathematician. As someone who believes that there’s always something new to explore and understand, Peter is constantly on the hunt for a new problem to inspire him.

An author of multiple books and numerous academic publications in addition to his work as a tenured professor of mathematics at TUM, Peter is an educator as well as a learner. He has worked with TUM for several years, not just in his current position but also formerly as Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. Peter’s pointed international interest has also led him to Africa, where he worked with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences.

For Peter, life is about exploring the new and uncovering possibilities. 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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Finding your voice: How to make a lasting impact on the world | Jillian Haslam | TEDxLambeth

Jillian Haslam gives us a greater insight and new depth into finding once’s voice in the most difficult of situations and circumstances to make a lasting impact on the world. Admired across continents, Jillian Haslam’s life story has always had a peculiar way of capturing the attention and imagination of her audiences. Born to a British father in India, who chose not to return to England after India’s independence in 1947, she faced a bruising childhood of extreme poverty, malnutrition and disease, living through the deaths of four siblings and her mother, as well as some appalling instances of racist abuse. Now, Jillian is an entrepreneur, keynote speaker, trainer, philanthropist, and author of two books, ‘Indian.English.’ and ‘The Irrepressible Mind’. She currently runs six charities for various sectors of the underprivileged in India. She has previously participated in several TEDx events as a speaker. 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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Why Walk When You Can Dance? | MJ 5 | TEDxTIET

The Moonwalk Kings of India with a record 26 variations of the famous routine by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, bring to fore their journey of becoming the world-renown MJ5, a troupe that knows no boundaries when it comes to dancing. An icon of inspiration to dancers and entertainers all across the globe, MJ5 has truly redefined the boundaries of spectacle and extravaganza. Team MJ5 is an all male dance crew best known for their unique dance style, inspired by Michael Jackson. They are world record holders for 26 variations of moonwalk and were named Moonwalk Magicians. From being the ultimate winners of India’s Dancing Superstar 2013 to choreographing songs for many Bollywood stars, their journey is an inspiration. Inspite of being the top dance group of the country at present, these boys have kept themselves stuck to their roots and aspire to start their own dancing academy in the coming years to teach the needy for free. 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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