When everything in the world seems to be going wrong, powerful words from those making change can be just the thing you need to kickstart your plans to make lasting change. Below, seven talks from activists, educators, community organizers and others working to make change:
At TEDxHarrisburg, former trial lawyer Stephanie Jirard explores how everyday people can speak out on issues of race, gender, and sexual identity — and how this leads to big changes.
Students need education that reflects the narratives of all people groups, says educator Kaylan Daniel Holloway at TEDxMU. In this stirring talk, he discusses how typical American school curriculum fails to reflect students’ backgrounds, and how educators need to teach students to advocate for themselves, engage with government and politics, critique what they learn and explore the world outside the classroom with compassion and passion.
How can we challenge unconscious bias? In this talk from TEDxSouthBank, Yassmin Abdel-Magied says we should mentor someone who doesn’t look like us.
Kathryn Rodriguez shares what she’s learned from 15 years working on border, immigration, and human rights issues. Making lasting change must involve listening, understanding and being willing to change your perspective and understand your own limitations, she says at TEDxCUNY.
At TEDxGallaudet, professor Beth Benedict shares lessons from her time working as an advocate for Deaf and hard of hearing children born to hearing families. As a community organizer, providing information that is “unbiased, comprehensive, and from individuals who have specialized knowledge” matters, she says, and she challenges all of us to gather that information on causes that move us.
In a talk at TEDxClaremontColleges, former Texas senator Wendy Davis says if we want to make the world a better place, we need to support causes that may not affect us directly, but affect those around us.
Designer Ella Lagé is a climate change activist in Berlin, Germany. At TEDxHamburg, she shares how citizens can fight against policies that exacerbate the problem — and tackle global warming in surprising ways.