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Daring to Make a Difference for DR Congo

April 16, 2013

Lee Ann De Reus

In the Congo, there are not victims. There are survivors. In her talk, "Daring to Make a Difference for DR Congo", Dr. Lee Ann De Reus conveys the resilience and hope of Congolese women and girls while illuminating the complexities of sexualized violence and issues an inspiring call for all to serve...

How humility, courage, and empathy help navigate the creative process

April 28, 2014

Design Creativity

Seung Chan Lim,

In this short talk, Seung Chan Lim (Slim) shares two stories from a research he conducted at both the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University on what it means to "make something," how it works as a creative process, and why it matters to our lives. The stories illustrate how humility & co...

Good News on Energy and Environment

April 04, 2016

Sustainability Economics Energy

Richard Alley,

Climate science and energy innovation can help give us a bigger economy as well as a cleaner environment. We are the first generation that can build a sustainable energy system to power everyone almost forever while avoiding the most damaging effects of the large climate changes that will come if w...

Inspiring the next generation of female engineers

April 19, 2013

Education Engineering Creativity Gender Issues

Debbie Sterling,

Close your eyes and picture and engineer. You probably weren't envisioning Debbie Sterling. Debbie Sterling is an engineer and founder of GoldieBlox, a toy company out to inspire the next generation of female engineers. She has made it her mission in life to tackle the gender gap in science, techno...

Lighting -- an evolving and efficient pathway to cleaner air

May 05, 2014

Sustainability Environmentalism Energy

Robert Davis,

Artificial lighting consumes ~ 20 percent of the electricity used in the USA and most other countries in the developed world. The efficiencies in energy used to "burn" incandescent and fluorescent bulbs are ≤5% and ≤35%, respectively; the remainder of the energy is converted into useless heat. Coal-...

How mandatory sabbaticals will transform your company and your life

April 04, 2016

Scott Woods

What if you and every other employee in your company were paid to take an entire month off of work off every year, in order to pursue your dreams? How would that impact your company? How would that impact your life? Scott Woods’ company West Arete tried exactly this experiment, and the results are a...

Off Balance On Purpose: The Future of Engagement and Work-Life Balance

April 15, 2013

Dan Thurmon

Life patterns are constantly changing and evolving. In his TED Talk, Dan Thurmon explores how those patterns can be transcended by living off balance on purpose.
Dan Thurmon is the author of two books, a renowned speaker, and a recognized expert in delivering peak performances -- on stage and in th...

Moving Up the Career Ladder Through Personal Projects

April 04, 2016

Technology Art Design

Damjan Stankovic,

Damjan talks about the importance of personal projects and how they can shape your career path. He shares his inspiring story where he spent almost a year building a prototype of an electro-mechanical clock that tells time through liquid numbers, without having any prior experience in mechanics, che...

Reducing smoking deaths: Is it rocket science?

April 30, 2014


Linda M. Collins,

Behavioral interventions to help people quit smoking are an important tool in the fight against the world's leading preventable cause of death. Linda Collins proposes taking a radically different approach to development of smoking cessation interventions, one based on the same engineering principles...

Rivers change more than you thought

April 23, 2014

Sustainability Science

Liz Hajek,

The Earth is not a static environment, and Liz provides some remarkable images and discussion about how dynamic the world's landscapes can be (and the huge implications of that). Rivers jumping their banks and other phenomena can be studied by using the geological record as a "time machine" to inves...


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