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Success is scarier than failure

May 04, 2015

Jemele Hill

We've been taught to fear failure, but in truth, we're more afraid of success. Here's how you learn to adapt a success-friendly mentality.
Jemele Hill is a co-host for His & Hers, formerly Numbers Never Lie, with Michael Smith.Hill joined ESPN in November 2006 as a national columnist on ESPN.com. Be...

Systems Thinking: big "A" architects and little "a" architectures

May 01, 2015

Darla Lindberg

A registered Architect (Big "A") with a lived understanding of natural systems theories and practices is using Systems Thinking to build architectures (little "a). Systems Thinking leverages social media and cell-phone technology to build MaNGO - a Craig's List for NGOs - connecting global needs and...

Social impact...takes a planet!

April 04, 2016

Khanjan Mehta

People equate social impact with non-profits, and increasingly with social enterprises. In reality, every kind of organization has a role to play in advancing the human condition. Aspiring social innovators should ask what problems they want to solve and what (kinds of) organizations will provide th...

The fracking debate

June 24, 2013

Terry Engelder

Terry Engelder, a leading authority on the recent Marcellus gas shale play, holds degrees from Penn State B.S. ('68), Yale M.S. ('72) and Texas A&M, Ph.D. ('73). He is currently a Professor of Geosciences at PennState and has previously served on the staffs of the US Geological Survey, Texaco, and ...

The importance of including the "personal" in higher education

April 07, 2014

Janelle Applequist

Janelle Applequist, a Ph.D. Candidate of The Pennsylvania State University's College of Communications shares how she uses her personal experience to inform her research and instruction. By describing her personal history with the field of health care, she talks about the ways in which academia can ...

The evolution of human mating

April 18, 2014

Gender Issues Love & Relationships Biology

David Puts,

David Puts discusses the evolution of human mating and reproduction, illustrating how evolutionary biology can help us understand ourselves and each other. Topics include how people compete for and choose mates, men's care for their children, infidelity, and women's orgasms (This talk describes expl...

Why losing matters

April 16, 2014


Natalie Dell O'Brien,

Olympian Natalie Dell O'Brien won an Olympic bronze medal in rowing with her three teammates at the 2012 London Games. In this funny, powerful talk at TEDxPSU, she discusses how losing defined her athletic experience -- and how our losses can take us further in life. Her message: Find something you ...

The internet for kids

April 30, 2015


Meera Dolasia,

Meera Dolasia, CEO and Founder of DOGO Media talks about how she stumbled upon a huge void in online news for kids and created one of the largest online destinations for current events, book and movie reviews for kids.
Meera Dolasia is the CEO, publisher and editor of DOGO Media, a next-generation ...

Water is One

June 09, 2013

Philosophy Spirituality

Herbert Reininger,

In his life journey Herbert Reininger worked in Europe, Asia and the Americas as a creative director.
Yet the most meaningful experience of all was discovering Sahaja Yoga, a simple meditation method that uncovered all his inner potential and awakened within him the experience that we are all conne...

The Walk of Fame vs The Walk of Shame

April 19, 2013

Dannah Gresh

Dannah Gresh is a sexuality educator and best-selling author of several books on the subject. She has long been at the forefront of a movement to encourage healthy sexual choices and is often called upon to use social science and medical research to defend a conservative position on relationships in...


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