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Videos: Eclectic Wisdom for the Common Good

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New videos will be added to those listed below from time to time. Our intention is to share videos on important topics related to the common good that offer unique perspectives for your consideration.

Why ordinary people need to understand power

Eric Liu (17:15)

Far too many Americans are illiterate in power — what it is, how it operates and why some people have it. As a result, those few who do understand power wield disproportionate influence over everyone else. “We need to make civics sexy again,” says civics educator Eric Liu. “As sexy as it was during the American Revolution or the Civil Rights Movement.”

https://www.ted.com/talks/eric_liu_why_ordinary_people_need_to_understand_power

Also see the article at http://ideas.ted.com/how-to-get-power/

 

What it takes to be a great leader

Roselinde Torres (9:19)

Torres explores three questions: Where are you looking to anticipate the next change to your business model or your life? What is the diversity measure of your personal and professional stakeholder network? Are you courageous enough to abandon a practice that has made you successful in the past?

https://www.ted.com/talks/roselinde_torres_what_it_takes_to_be_a_great_leader

It’s time to reclaim religion

Rabbi Sharon Brous (16:27)

At a moment when the world seems to be spinning out of control, religion might feel irrelevant -- or like part of the problem. But Rabbi Sharon Brous believes we can reinvent religion to meet the needs of modern life. In this impassioned talk, Brous shares four principles of a revitalized religious practice and offers faith of all kinds as a hopeful counter-narrative to the numbing realities of violence, extremism and pessimism.

https://www.ted.com/talks/sharon_brous_it_s_time_to_reclaim_and_reinvent_religion

 

In Praise of Conflict

Jonathan Marks (14:56)

Conflict is bad; compromise, consensus and collaboration are good -- or so we're told. Lawyer and bioethicist Jonathan Marks challenges this conventional wisdom, showing how governments can jeopardize public health, human rights and the environment when they partner with industry. An important, timely reminder that common good and common ground are not the same thing.

https://www.ted.com/talks/jonathan_marks_in_praise_of_conflict

How to see past your own perspective and find truth

Patrick Lynch (14:26)

The more we read and watch online, the harder it becomes to tell the difference between what's real and what's fake. It's as if we know more but understand less, says philosopher Michael Patrick Lynch. In this talk, he dares us to take active steps to burst our filter bubbles and participate in the common reality that actually underpins everything.

https://www.ted.com/talks/michael_patrick_lynch_how_to_see_past_your_own_perspective_and_find_truth/transcript

 

Why you should define your fears instead of your goals

Tim Ferris (13:21)

The hard choices -- what we most fear doing, asking, saying -- are very often exactly what we need to do. How can we overcome self-paralysis and take action? Tim Ferriss encourages us to fully envision and write down our fears in detail, in a simple but powerful exercise he calls "fear-setting." Learn more about how this practice can help you thrive in high-stress environments and separate what you can control from what you cannot.

https://www.ted.com/talks/tim_ferriss_why_you_should_define_your_fears_instead_of_your_goals

The racial politics of time

Brittney Cooper (12:29)

Cultural theorist Brittney Cooper examines racism through the lens of time, showing us how historically it has been stolen from people of color, resulting in lost moments of joy and connection, lost years of healthy quality of life and the delay of progress. A candid, thought-provoking take on history and race that may make you reconsider your understanding of time, and your place in it.

https://www.ted.com/talks/brittney_cooper_the_racial_politics_of_time

 

Dare to refuse the origin myths that claim who you are

Chetan Bhatt (19:15)

We all have origin stories and identity myths, our tribal narratives that give us a sense of security and belonging. But sometimes our small-group identities can keep us from connecting with humanity as a whole -- and even keep us from seeing others as human. In a powerful talk about how we understand who we are, Chetan Bhatt challenges us to think creatively about each other and our future. As he puts it: it's time to change the question from "Where are you from?" to "Where are you going?

https://www.ted.com/talks/chetan_bhatt_dare_to_refuse_the_origin_myths_that_claim_who_you_are

 

12 truths I learned from life and writing

Anne Lamott (15:55)

A few days before she turned 61, writer Anne Lamott decided to write down everything she knew for sure. She dives into the nuances of being a human who lives in a confusing, beautiful, emotional world, offering her characteristic life-affirming wisdom and humor on family, writing, the meaning of God, death and more.

https://www.ted.com/talks/anne_lamott_12_truths_i_learned_from_life_and_writing

 

I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here’s why I left.

Megan Phelps Roper (15:17)

What's it like to grow up within a group of people who exult in demonizing ... everyone else? Megan Phelps-Roper shares details of life inside America's most controversial church and describes how conversations on Twitter were key to her decision to leave it. In this extraordinary talk, she shares her personal experience of extreme polarization, along with some sharp ways we can learn to successfully engage across ideological lines.

https://www.ted.com/talks/megan_phelps_roper_i_grew_up_in_the_westboro_baptist_church_here_s_why_i_left

 

How your brain hallucinates your conscious reality

Anil Seth (17:01)

Right now, billions of neurons in your brain are working together to generate a conscious experience -- and not just any conscious experience, your experience of the world around you and of yourself within it. How does this happen? According to neuroscientist Anil Seth, we're all hallucinating all the time; when we agree about our hallucinations, we call it "reality."

https://www.ted.com/talks/anil_seth_how_your_brain_hallucinates_your_conscious_reality

 

Political common ground in a polarized united states

Gretchen Carlson and David Brooks with Chris Anderson (47:33)

How can we bridge the gap between left and right to have a wiser, more connected political conversation? Journalist Gretchen Carlson and op-ed columnist David Brooks share insights on the tensions at the heart of American politics today -- and where we can find common ground.

https://www.ted.com/talks/gretchen_carlson_david_brooks_political_common_ground_in_a_polarized_united_states