Archive for Talks

Jon Stolk – Creating Autonomy-Supportive Learning Environments – TEDxSMU 2015

Educators talk a lot about learner autonomy, but less so about the conditions that promote learners’ feelings of choice and control. In this talk, Jon Stolk examines how learning environments may be better designed to promote the emergence of confident, agile, self-directed learners. Jon Stolk strives to design and facilitate extraordinary learning experiences. He creates [...]

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Ethan Decker – We’re All in Marketing: What Evolution Tells Us About Advertising – TEDxSMU 2015

Advertising is the Dirty Profession, famous for snake oil salesmen and shysters, shilling things that nobody needs, creating this bankrupt consumerist culture. But what if I told you that you were unknowingly in advertising too? My own journey from human evolution and ecology into marketing has taught me that we are all in advertising—and that’s [...]

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TEDxSMU 2015 Highlights

TEDxSMU is an all-day TED-style conference for the SMU and Dallas communities. An active participant in the TEDx program since its inception in 2009, TEDxSMU has built its reputation on bringing together ideas and interesting people from around the world and around the corner. Stories have the power to move us, to change the way [...]

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Maria Dixon Hall – A Scandalous Connection – TEDxSMU 2015

40 people around the world including a Pulitzer Prize winner have created a virtual church around ABC’s hit show Scandal. We are creating significant connections in new ways, but our need to connect remains as old as time. How can we use these connections to make our communities and lives stronger? Dr. Maria Dixon is [...]

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Cristina Girod – Be A Catalyst – TEDxSMU2015

Be a catalyst. What does that even mean? The Catalyst Arts Movement speaks on why we should all be catalysts, and the three steps to becoming one. The co-founders discuss their personal experiences in becoming catalysts, and why they believe all people should seek to spark change in their communities, regardless of their age or [...]

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Jessica Shortall – The American Case for Paid Maternity Leave – TEDxSMU 2015

Driven by surprising data and punctuated with the raw stories of real working mothers, Jessica Shortall makes the impassioned case that the reality of new working motherhood in America is both hidden and horrible: millions of women, every year, are forced back to work within just weeks of giving birth. The United States is one [...]

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Alice Laussade – Funlanthropy & Meat Fight: A Beefy, Hearty Take On Fundraising – TEDxSMU 2015

Alice Laussade, CEO of Meat Fight, Inc., talks about funlanthropy, and how meats, beers, and bacon doughnuts helped her organize a fanatical community in support of her beefy battle against Multiple Sclerosis. Alice Laussade is the creator and host of the Dallas event, Meat Fight®, a barbecue competition, meat dream and fundraiser that benefits the [...]

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Candy Peterson – Living Proof: Mother’s Intuition is Real – TEDxSMU 2015

Equal parts witty and emotional, Candy Peterson reveals how a mother’s intuition proved more accurate than doctors’ assessments and ultimately lead to a melanoma diagnosis in her young daughter, Marit. Thrown onto the scary path of cancer, Candy shares the unexpected twists and turns faced along the way. She challenges us that when “presented with [...]

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Tracy Brown – What is Mine to Do? – TEDxSMU 2015

The day after the Charleston murders, Tracy found herself sitting in a jury room considering whether she, a black woman, could be a fair and impartial juror in a case where a young white man killed 9 innocent people because of the color of their skin. What happened as a result of that morning has [...]

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Jake Minton – Men & Children: The Final Frontier for Feminism – TEDxSMU 2015

Men make up less than three percent of Preschool and Kindergarten teachers in the U.S., a number that hasn’t budged for at least 15 years. That isn’t just bad news for the men who would be great at this job. It’s bad for anyone who wants gender equality in any other field. Kindergarten teacher Jake [...]

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