The Generosity of ScarsIn these trust-depleted, distracted times, your darkest struggle can be your greatest gift to those you lead, if…you are willing to pay the price.Scott MannGreen Beret – Warrior StorytellerRetired Lieutenant Colonel Scott Mann spent nearly 23 years operating in the trust-depleted communities of Afghanistan, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia, building deep relationships and mobilizing thousands of indigenous …
A lack of environmental security has contributed to most, if not all, conflicts throughout history.
Mediocrity is the cousin of poverty.
Solving plastic pollution will take more than straws.
One person can change a community, a community can change the world.
All the world is a narrow bridge, and the main thing is not to fear.
Dean is a network TV exec, an original cast member of Newsies, and a remarkably GPS-dependent person.
A disciplined life is a happy life.
Step up, or get out – perfection’s calling to us all.
By Listening Carefully & Responding Creatively, we create extraordinary moments
Food keeps you alive. How can food build new communities around the world.
How a Set of New Sheets Keeps Families Off the Streets
Improv team Deconstructing Barbara carefully observed the entire TEDxSantaBarbara 2018 event, “Yes, and…” and put their own improvisational twist on a TED talk at the end of the event. This is best viewed after watching the other talks.
Traver Boehm returns to the TEDx Santa Barbara stage two years after speaking about his month in pure darkness for a “Where are they now?” segment. In it he describes the incredible turn his life took as soon as he walked off of the stage and began speaking to men about his ideas around masculinity. Traver doesn’t believe the modern man is lost, only that he has become painfully overly civilized.
What do you do when you find yourself staring up at the place you thought was rock bottom? “Tinier Tim” Bauer returns to share where he’s been and what failure has taught him since delivering his talk on Becoming Failworthy while losing one pound 225 times.
Bullying is an epidemic. Chloe asks the question, “Can someone truly accept the differences in another, without first accepting the differences in themselves?” When we love and accept ourselves, we are less likely to bully others. What would this mean for the bullied, the bullies, and our world? Chloe gives an update on standbeautiful.me, an anti-bullying movement and book promoting the acceptance of self and others. Chloe believes that when we love and accept ourselves we are less likely to inflict pain and shame on others. Chloe returns to the TEDx stage in 2018 after her she premiered in 2016 at TEDx Santa Barbara, STAND Beautiful.
Leadership has a robust effect on the culture of any organization. These tools for effective leadership will enable you to experience greater success in the workplace and in life.
Rapidly advancing AI technology is driving us to be less and less human every day. It’s time to discuss the fundamental cause and get going on a fundamental fix. Hint: You are the key.
Would you risk your life to rescue many lives? How, in a place of unimaginable terror, hope grew from a water bottle and a rose.
Bullying doesn’t stop when childhood ends. Schoolyard bullies often become bullying adults, but there is a way to stop them in their tracks.
The heartbeat of a beehive – Pay attention to the bees. Their behavior indicates the health of your immediate environment.
We’re all addicted to being right. But is there also value in knowing how to be wrong?
In music, as in life, timing matters. Here’s how the three noble truths of timing can change your perceptions of just about everything.
We need to be a global community that fights for the value of those most vulnerable, and we need to be conscious consumers without compromising on the quality and style that we love. Both can exist together.
Coral reefs are one of the most threatened ecosystems on our planet. With an intimate look at some of the secret lives of the smallest of coral reefs inhabitants, we can develop a desire to do all that we can do to ensure these diverse ecosystems survive and thrive.
Incarcerated children deserve a chance for a better future. Jail is not the answer, there is a better way for kids in the juvenile justice system to transform their lives.
After a disaster, first responders are always on the job. But it’s the second responders who can transform tragedy into triumph.
Journalism in the digital age is challenged by a business model of automated advertising that creates widespread distrust. Truth is getting lost in the process. What can we do about that?
The demand for food will grow dramatically by the middle of this century. How can we meet this demand with the lowest impact on the planet? Look to the sea. Steve Gaines is Dean of the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a marine ecologist who seeks conservation solutions by linking innovations in ocean science to more effective marine policy and management. His science explores the design of marine reserve networks, climate change impacts on ocean ecosystems, sustainable fisheries management using market based reforms, and the role of aquaculture in meeting the future demand for food. In each of these science endeavors, he has been a strong promotor of more effective communication of ocean science to enhance its impact.
Have you ever woken up one morning to discover an abscess that would grow to the size of a baseball in your armpit? I have. I have HS or Hidradenitis Suppurativa, and so does up to 4% of the population. That’s 230 million people, and yet no one is talking about it. Well, I will.
Decreasing stigma saves lives. Mental health needs to be a key part of supporting our troops in the military. William Rodriguez, MSW, was inspired to dedicate his life to helping Veterans and all of those affected by trauma after serving in the US Army from 2000-2006. During this time, he participated in 3 combat deployments in the Middle East as a reconnaissance squad leader with both the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom /Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following his separation from the military, William began studying psychology & graduated with a Master’s Degree in Military Social Work from USC in 2012.
Whales should no longer have to perform for their supper and for our entertainment. Captive whales have raised millions of dollars for their owners and entertained millions of people – don’t we owe them something? It is time to retire these magnificent animals to natural seaside sanctuaries. A member of the Whale Sanctuary Project Board of Directors since mid-2016, Charles is no stranger to ambitious, visionary, ocean-related projects.
Single-use plastics like cups, bags, bottles and straws contribute to the eight million tons of non-biodegradable plastic that we send to the ocean each year, where it works its way up the food chain and onto our plates. Recent studies have found microplastics in fish, sea salt, and drinking water, and some chemicals in these plastics have been linked to obesity, infertility and even cancer. Is better recycling or using compostable plastics the solution? Not exactly. Learn the simple steps you can take to break your single-use plastic habit and change the world. Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff is the Executive Director of 5 Gyres Institute, the ocean conservation non-profit that first discovered plastic microbeads in 2012 and campaigned for a successful federal ban in 2015.
Sex Trafficking of underage girls is happening right in our own backyards, small towns and big cities across America. These kids are our kids, profoundly vulnerable to the lure of traffickers because of childhood abuse and trauma. Ms. Rheinschild graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her degree in Sociology and Spanish from University of California of Santa Barbara.
Is our current idea of activism inspiring people to do nothing? Lea Ann Mallett’s trajectory as a lifelong activist, from direct action civil disobedience protestor to charity executive director, led her to wonder just that. Lea Ann shares her new definition of activism which will shift the way you see your world, and open your eyes to the power you have to change it. Lea Ann Mallett is a lifelong activist, writer, photographer and a passionate storyteller. The trajectory of Lea Ann’s story has arced through her work as a direct-action wilderness activist for almost two decades as a non-profit executive director. She has engaged media around the world, from the CBC to the BBC, on issues from ancient forest preservation to the protection of monarch butterflies.
Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world. Most of that blindness is concentrated among the world’s poorest people who are unable to afford curative surgery. This talk tells the story of how innovative doctors have creatively deconstructed and reinvented cataract surgery making it faster, much less expensive, and finally accessible to the world’s poor and blind. Jeffrey H Levenson MD is the Chief Medical Officer of SEE International (www.SEEIntl.org), a Santa Barbara nonprofit dedicated to the elimination of preventable blindness in the world.
In this engaging performance Collins Key breaks down learning the surprising secret that solves your problems quickly by using the art form of magic and explains that the answer to every problem is hiding in plain sight. The only question left to learn in this TED talk is, do you see it?
Have you ever wondered how stem cells work? Let’s explore the past two decades of scientific breakthroughs and what researchers are doing now. Learn about how making stem cells from skin is allowing us to study degenerative diseases in a whole new way.
We have all taken safety to such a degree that we have stopped using our safety and risk muscles. We rely on everyone else around us and rules and regulations to maintain our safety. If we follow the 3 Mission-Critical Elements described in the talk, our families, our workplaces and our communities will all be safer.
Carroll explores actual correspondence, dating from the American Revolution to Iraq and Afghanistan, to emphasize the searing impact war has on those who serve and on their loved ones on the home front. Andrew Carroll is the editor of several New York Times bestsellers, including War Letters and Behind the Lines. Andrew also edited, on a pro bono basis, Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families, which inspired the Emmy award-winning film of the same name. His play “If All the Sky Were Paper” has been performed nationwide, including at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Some people know exactly what they want to achieve in life. This is a TEDx talk for everyone else.
Pain is never a welcome part of the our human experience, but nonetheless an inevitable one. Traver Boehm shares lessons learned during his year-long travels on how to harness the pain we all experience in order to live the best year of your life.
Can you tell the White Hats from the Black Hats – that is, the good hackers from the bad? Did you know that “hacker moms” might replace “soccer moms”? Come take a provocative ride to the future of hacking to learn why “Black Hats Are Rising”.
The world is starting to warm up to failure as a teacher (but still only the kind of teachers we are ashamed of). What would happen if we let failure out of the classroom and invited it into the board room and the bedroom? “Tinier Tim” Bauer shares how learning to live worthy of failure helped him transform his life.
Shelli Varela is a trailblazer and pioneer in the hyper-competitive world of firefighting.
Seth Streeter takes an introspective approach to help you assess and transform your true wealth.
Trust is eroding all around us everyday. Conflict and skepticism fill the void. Scott is a regular contributor to CNN, Fox News, Wall Street Journal Radio, and NPR. His unconventional leadership work has been featured on Business Insider and Fox and Friends.
What often blocks people from feeling capable in life and from having greater success with finances, health or relationships is how they handle unpleasant feelings. Psychologist Joan Rosenberg unveils the innovative strategy and surprising keys for experiencing the challenging emotions that lie at the heart of confidence, emotional strength and resilience.
Through story, spoken word, and musical performance, Dan Perea explores paths to becoming the fully realized version of yourself: your passions evident, your talents honed, and the ability to possess a fulfillment that exists within, regardless of what’s going on “outside”.
Dan Caldwell helped build the emerging billion dollar industry of mixed martial arts with his TapouT brand. But secretly, insecurities nearly cost him everything. He shares his firsthand experience to reveal how you can tap into your own true power.
Bullying is an epidemic. Chloe asks the question, “Can someone truly accept the differences in another, without first accepting the differences in themselves?” When we love and accept ourselves, we are less likely to bully others. What would this mean for the bullied, the bullies, and our world?
Fashion designer Carrie Hammer was shocked to discover the techniques the fashion and beauty industries employ to sell products. She fills us in on the real harm that these do to our psyches and proposes some smart solutions.
What if we all have the ability to heal ourselves and don’t even know it? In this mind-expanding talk, Brandy Gillmore discusses the discoveries she was able to make in her own life, and shares how these incredible breakthroughs appear as though they could be a missing link to total health.
Antonio Medrano and his a cappella group Airplay love to blend their voices in song, but his past has also included moments of discord. This talk goes through his journey of realizing that disruptive choices have been necessary to gain the clarity of what produces inner harmony and fulfillment.
Adam Cobb studies movement patterns to create a champion mindset – to maximize each moment to create more time and freedom to do the things that energize you. He shares how living by design, versus default, can add an hour a day to your life and help you reclaim the person you are meant to be. Pointing out that average is an accident, and that excellence isn’t easy, Adam challenges the status quo to show you how to start living 8 Days A Week.