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“Children can only aspire to what they know exists” is Ger Graus’s mantra and he sees his and KidZania’s approach to education and entertainment as a significant piece in the large jigsaw which portrays a...
Dr. Sarb Johal – Staying Steady: What we need for good mental health and wellbeing as we emerge from the pandemic
How do you deal with uncertainty and anxiety when your world is upended by the coronavirus pandemic? Dr. Sarb Johal, an expert in emergency management and disaster psychology, had to answer that question for an...
Ezinne Okoro – Understanding the Importance of Corporate Social Advocacy, and Cultural Equality in the Workplace
At this time in history, it is clear that diversity, equity, and inclusion is not a trend. The business case is proven that these strategies should be incorporated into the fabric of every facet of...
Be sure you don’t miss these conversations coming later this year.
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Jan Campbell 12/9
Finding a Vaccine for Violence
* OP Almarez 12/16
Cleaning up after COVID
Virtual Concert and Conversations
John Irving and the Renaissance Dancers
People Are Talking
“It was an honor to contribute, once again, to the profoundly vital discussions the TEDxSantaBarbara team hosts, initiates and propagates with unparalleled integrity and consistency."Dr. Harry Grammer, Making Waves speaker
"Really nicely done to be using your platform to spotlight something like this. Very proud of you guys."Evan Asher, TEDxSantaBarbara performer
“Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your Conversations. Each of these presentations helps to make connections across disciplines, as a result, we’re all inspired to learn more.”Dr. Yonette Thomas, Making Waves speaker
“This series has been terrific! I have caught a few of them and the conversations have been insightful. Keep up the great work.”Julie Sorenson, Attendee
“Thanks so much for hosting such an important presentation by Dr. Wizdom Powell.”Cheri C. Wilson, Education and Training Manager, Johns Hopkins Medicine
This program is one of the best I have ever seen in my life. This was amazing and there are not enough words to say Thank You and your Team."Attendee, BJ King
This year, as we continue producing a series of weekly virtual talks, we focus on ideas that are influencing us, locally and globally. These short conversations are not news-focused. Instead, we are highlighting discussions of hope and optimism while showcasing actionable solutions.
The topics we explore are focused on the Pandemic, Sustainability, Creativity and Social Justice. We look at them individually and, at times, see how one has influenced the other. We look through various lenses and hear from different voices as we explore these inquiries. One of our guests introduced us to the word Syndemics, which is the collision of different epidemics. This syndemic and the chaos, complexity, and intricate complications it has brought to all of our lives is what Making Waves is all about. All while finding the silver thread of hope from our guests.
We navigate through opinions to help us all understand these challenging times by focusing on positive disruption. We’ve heard that normal will never be normal again. This year we’re Making Waves.
We want to thank the Community Environmental Council and the UCSB Bren School of Environmental Science & Management for their help in curating our Sustainability track.