They say that children are the future. Well if the kids who spoke at [email protected] are any indication, the future is bright.
Last night, 13 youth performed TEDx talks at the Innovation Centre theatre and we were lucky enough to score a seat. These 13 youth, ranging in age from 11 (right??) to 17, were inspiring, brave, and wise beyond what I thought possible for kids their age. Each spoke poignantly in front of 100 parents, teachers, and their peers as well as folks watching from home via a live stream. No easy task!
You have probably heard of TED , a nonprofit organization devoted to "Ideas Worth Spreading" and may have watched a few TED Talks online. What you might not know is what the "x" in TEDx means. According to the [email protected] website, "TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized."
The "Ideas Worth Spreading" at this TEDx event included helping others through small gestures, using gratitude to overcome entitlement, and solving climate change through empowering women in developing nations. Some of the speakers shared incredibly personal stories and had the audience in tears multiple times. We were blown away by the vulnerability and emotional maturity of these young people in our community.
All of the talks included a lesson, challenge, or call to action and we wanted to share those with you to get you excited for the videos that will be released in a couple of months.
- Teagan Adams challenged us to use momentum when tackling a big project. If you’re on a roll, keep going!
- Hannah Aubichon taught us about how fandom can bring people together and help them connect quickly.
- Tor Broughton challenged us to lean into what we might be hiding. What you see as your biggest challenge or something you want to hide, may be the most wonderful thing about you!
- Keneisha Charles shone a light on the lack of diversity and representation in mainstream media (TV, movies, children’s books) and pointed to social media as a way for people to find folks who are like them.
- Greta Friesen pointed out that everyone’s social media accounts are just a highlight reel and challenged everyone to connect with their peers on a deeper level to connect about real challenges we all face.
- Paris Fletcher challenged us to have more in person conversations and let everyone know they matter. She also challenged the school system to teach more about mental health, not just physical health, and teach everyone the warning signs of suicide.
- Jasmin Gill taught us about “Temporary Inspiration”, a term she coined herself, and challenged us to push through this phenomenon by enjoying the journey and remember the enthusiasm we have when we first get ideas.
- Kali Halvorson challenged everyone to go home and start a gratitude journal as a way to overcome privilege and entitlement.
- Caden Heggott challenged us to reach out to someone, anyone, and treat them with kindness; don’t ignore people in need.
- Corbin Kelley challenged the idea that you need a formal title to be a leader in your community.
- Lauren Moody and Skye Noh presented an unconventional solution to climate change; empowering girls.
- Ciera Saundry challenged us to let our lights shine and brighten someone’s day. Reach out to others and treat everyone with kindness.
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