Title: Creating New Futures
Description: This talk explores how the study of history can make change in the world. College educator and Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellow Rachel Sturman will share her journey showcasing the creative power of historical thinking and research, and offer some sparks from her current research on the historical and contemporary building industry in Mumbai.
Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter. . .
"If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she's gonna call me Point B ... " began spoken word poet Sarah Kay, in a talk that inspired two standing ovations at TED2011. She tells the story of her metamorphosis — from a wide-eyed teenager soaking in verse at New York's Bowery Poetry Club to a teacher connecting kids with the power of self-expression through Project V.O.I.C.E. — and gives two breathtaking performances of "B" and "Hiroshima."
Title: How nature helped me find my power
Description: Since the advent of tools, humans have been fascinated with sculpting and building the natural world, and yet nature flourishes best when it is left to own devices – independent of any human activity. What does this tell us about the natural world - and more importantly, us? Sharing stories from her journey, Sukriti explores how we can use nature to shape our lives so that we, as individuals, can thrive.
Title: Seymour Papert: Inventor of Everything.
Description: In this TEDx talk, Gary Stager, curator of dailypapert.com shared a lightning fast introduction to the wit, wisdom, and powerful ideas of Seymour Papert; one of the greatest educators of the past half century. Even if you are unfamiliar with Papert, you will be astonished by his lasting impact on children as programmers, the maker movement, 1:1 computing, game-based learning, education reform, epistemological politics, and a whole lot more.
Richard Resnick: Welcome to the genomic revolution
In this accessible talk from TEDxBoston, Richard Resnick shows how cheap and fast genome sequencing is about to turn health care (and insurance, and politics) upside down. (Filmed at TEDxBoston.)
Title: America Idol for Indian Farmers.
Description: Rikin spoke about the American Idol phenomenon and its reality TV spin-offs that inspire thousands to shoot for stardom in music, dance, cooking, and more. At Digital Green, they are using a similar approach to improve agricultural development in India and Africa. They use participatory video as a medium to create star farmers in village communities. The approach bootstraps on the existing social networks that farmers use to share information with one another and uses the thrill of appearing "on video" to amplify its reach. Over 2,800 short videos that are of farmers, by farmers, and for farmers have been produced and shared among 150,000 farmers across 2,000 villages in India, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Tanzania. Using off-the-shelf tools, like pocket video cameras and pico projectors, Digital Green cultivates an ecosystem of educational, entrepreneurial, and entertaining content in some of the most tribal and remote parts of the country. And like the viewers of Idol TV who send in their votes via text message, Digital Green viewers vote for farmers, and the better agricultural practices and technologies that they showcase, with their hands and feet. This approach has been found to be ten times more cost effective, per dollar spent, than conventional approaches to training farmers.
Title: Learning from Social Action Heroes
Description: Suzie Boss Shares Strategies Worth Borrowing from Social Entrepreneurs.
If there’s a super power shared by today’s social entrepreneurs, it may be their ability to find opportunity where others see only challenges. Look through the lens of some inspired thinkers and doers from around the globe.
Alex Hannant: Why social enterprise is a good idea, and how we can get more of it.
Alex Hannant is the Executive Director of the Hikurangi Foundation, a social enterprise incubator focused on supporting new solutions to sustainability challenges. Making the case for businesses to become more kinder, fairer and focused on solving the growing problems in the world.
Title: Plugged In
Description: Eshaan' talk was about, what does it mean to be a student social entrepreneur? The story of "Plugged In" offers an answer, and evaluates how economic disparity and a digital era are not synonymous. This talk discussed how a student social entrepreneur can fulfill a purpose with curiosity, ambition, and compassion. Eshaan also emphasized on how can students embrace phenomenal challenges to deliver change?
Title: A Song of the Road
Description: Shantanu's talk was about supporting cultural diversity and increased understanding among people through the documentation, preservation and dissemination of sound. Musical and cultural diversity contributes to the vitality and quality of life throughout the world. Through the dissemination of audio recordings and educational materials we can strengthen people's engagement with their own cultural heritage and enhance their awareness and appreciation of the cultural heritage of others.