Making Useless Machines
The hilarious yet intellectually stimulating artist and maker Bryan Cera builds useless machines, but for a reason. By removing "use" from our creations, what can we learn about ourselves? This talk was selected by the TED Editors as one of the top 15 TEDx talks for November 2014 out of many hundreds across the entire globe.
Someone Else's Courage
Sara Santiago delivers an emotional roller coaster of a talk with hearty guffaws and powerful, empathetic silences. She has suffered from epilepsy, and consequently, has moments of her life literally ripped away from her by her seizures.
Taking Back our Educational Keys
Troy Wittmann feels it's time to take back our educational keys from forces outside our school districts that don't know our students. He feels standardized testing should be used to inform, not impede, a student's ability to learn.
Stern's talk, Ecological Aesthetics, discusses tweets in space, scans at the bottom of the sea, interactive installations, and art in virtual worlds--all work about the complex relationships between humans, nature, and politics.
Thirteen Years on an Island
Mark Fairbanks draws his identity from his most important role in life: being a father. In his case, this was a role marked by raising an autistic son. Mark introduces “Islands of Brilliance,” a program created to educate autistic children, not by attempting to shift them towards society’s norm, but rather by focusing on what makes them different: their perseverance. The results will leave you speechless.
The Changing Economic Realities of College
Adam Carroll, finance expert and financial education enthusiast, calls college "the longest and most expensive party" he's ever been to. Adam juxtaposes the realities that have changed about obtaining a college education with our perspectives that didn't.
Plato and the Ninety-Nine
Philosopher Dan Sportiello discusses the relevance of ancient philosophers to our modern day problems. He calls for a revolution in our modern practices--not one of violence, but of ideas.