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Jordan Reeves

TED-Ed Community Manager, TED Conferences


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What's one lesson you find super compelling?

If you could put a megaphone to the ears of the world for just 5 mintues, what's the one lesson you would teach. It doesn't have to be serious, but it can be. It doesn't have to be about math, science, literature, or history, but it can be. It just needs to capture the minds of your audience.


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    Apr 21 2012: I have four subjects that come immediately to mind. They are all worthy of those 5 minutes of people’s attention.

    * They all have the power to fire up the listeners’ minds and imagination.
    * The stories are both simple and compelling.
    * The insight they bring could lead to important changes in people’s lives.

    1) The dangers of sitting (the need for movement as different from exercise),

    2) The dangers of sugar (others have already covered this beautifully on TED, but it needs to be repeated over and over again)

    3) The need to embrace our reliance on the irrational parts of our mind, and the implications that this has for education, politics, religion and conflict solving … and almost everything else.

    4) The need for risk management around certain environmental toxins, the concept of synergistic toxicity, and the chilling possibility that these observations could explain the precipitous decline of male participation in tertiary education.

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