Join us for a TED Talk and discussion. Bring your lunch and we will provide beverages and dessert.
August 26, 11:30 - 12:30 The Game that Can Give You 10 Extra Years of Life with Jane McGonigal
When game designer Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she had a fascinating idea for how to get better. She dove into the scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter. In this moving talk, McGonigal explains how a game can boost resilience — and promises to add 7.5 minutes to your life.
September 9, 11:30 - 12:30 Got a Meeting? Take a Walk with Nilofer Merchant and A Year Off Line, What I Have Learned with Paul Miller
Chances are, what you’re doing at this very minute is killing you. That’s right, sitting down is killing you. As Nilofer Merchant tells us today at TED, people sit 9.3 hours a day, more than they even sleep. As you sit, you don’t burn fat, and inactivity causes 10 percent of colon and breast cancer. You could say that sitting has become the smoking of our generation.
Merchant (who writes online about getting ready for her talk) proposes a simple solution: Take more walking meetings. Taking care of your body and being more productive no longer have to be in conflict with one another. For a healthier, happier life Merchant takes meetings somewhere between 20 and 30 miles a week, proving that literally getting out of the box can make you more productive.
Paul Miller is an American Technology Journalist from Springfield, Missouri and senior editor for The Verge. During the past year he decided to disconnect from the hyperconnected world in an attempt to 'find himself' and become more productive. He abandoned the internet and disconnected from all Social Media, returning to a life before the net, apps and smartphones.
September 23, 11:30 - 12:30 How Schools Kill Creativity with Ken Robinson
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
October 7, 11:30 - 12:30 The Surprising Science of Happiness with Dan Gilbert
Dan Gilbert, author of "Stumbling on Happiness," challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.
October 21, 11:30 - 12:30 How Great Leaders Inspire Action with Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek presents a simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers -- and as a counterpoint Tivo, which (until a recent court victory that tripled its stock price) appeared to be struggling.
November 4, 11:30 - 12:30 The Best Stats You've Ever Seen with Hans Rosling
You've never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called "developing world.
November 18, 11:30 - 12:30 Your Elusive Creative Genius with Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
December 2, 11:30 - 12:30 The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich with Chrystia Freeland
Technology is advancing in leaps and bounds — and so is economic inequality, says writer Chrystia Freeland. In an impassioned talk, she charts the rise of a new class of plutocrats (those who are extremely powerful because they are extremely wealthy), and suggests that globalization and new technology are actually fueling, rather than closing, the global income gap. Freeland lays out three problems with plutocracy … and one glimmer of hope.