Doc Hendley admits he often feels inadequate, but then, he says, “I remember I am part of something great right now.” adobe acrobat download It’s true. The world does a good job of making us feel like we can’t be something, or do something. But that doesn’t mean it’s right. A bartender, student, band member (think Johnny Cash) and self-described “normal guy,” Hendley started to look into the world’s water problems and quickly realized 1.1 billion people don’t have access to clean water and that it’s children who suffer most. It’s difficult to imagine, but in our modern world — where all we have toRead More →

Tim Will, a soft spoken man, says he’s here representing “the noble people of Appalachia.” He took the stage with a box of Wheaties. He says, from a farmer’s point of view, it doesn’t matter if the box is full or empty because farmers only make pennies on the food inside of it one way or another. He asked the audience, “How many of you know September is National Food Desert Awareness Month?” No one seemed to … These days, people are getting food, often junk, at gas stations and big box stores, not farms, because we’ve created a food system where we mass produceRead More →

We can’t manipulate our children into doing what we want them to do and expect success. If we want to learn to be better parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends, we should allow history to be our guide. Try teaching children lessons through parables … as they’ve been used to each lessons throughout time. (Parable = Parallel Meaning.) We should spend more time with our children. We should take them out into nature. Teach them ideas. If we view them as capable, inquisitive beings, they’ll begin to recognize the same traits in us. “If you want to reach a child, reach their spirit,” saidRead More →

MacArthur winner Sendhil Mullainathan uses the lens of behavioral economics to study a tricky set of social problems — those we know how to solve, but don’t. We know how to reduce child deaths due to diarrhea, how to prevent diabetes-related blindness and how to implement solar-cell technology … yet somehow, we don’t or can’t. Why?Read More →

Poet Rives does 8 minutes of lyrical origami, folding history into a series of coincidences surrounding that most surreal of hours, 4 o’clock in the morning.Read More →

In this highly personal talk from TEDMED, magician and stuntman David Blaine describes what it took to hold his breath underwater for 17 minutes — a world record (only two minutes shorter than this entire talk!) — and what his often death-defying work means to him. Warning: do NOT try this at home.Read More →

In this passionate talk, Eve Ensler declares that there is a girl cell in us all — a cell that we have all been taught to suppress. She tells heartfelt stories of girls around the world who have overcome shocking adversity and violence to reveal the astonishing strength of being a girl.Read More →