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John Shaw

Owner & Certified Business Coach, FocalPoint Business Coaching

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TEDxSDSU - What Have You Discovered? [And what have you done about it?]

Last week I had the pleasure of attending TEDxSDSU and giving a “TED Talk”. I can’t wait until 2.0 with my fellow TEDites. TEDians. TEDsters. People who like TED.

Fifteen speakers and performers told their unique stories, in their own unique ways, about the event’s theme: “What Have You Discovered?”. Ideas were bouncing off the walls like the Starbucks tasting staff, but without their bad breath. Afterward, I realized that in addition to the “official” theme, there were several other common threads that wound through each “TED Talk” and song.

Several speakers mentioned how young children interact with the world. As children, we don’t pay much attention to the “voices” that we listen to later in life - the voices of peers, or probabilities, or pessimism. A passel of possibilities still hold promise. (Nice alliteration, huh?)

We are usually attracted to people who agree with us and have the same interests, but other perspectives stretch us, confirm us, and, sometimes, change us.

For many, including me, it was a huge lift to hear how others have gone through a “dark night of the soul” and not only survived, but thrived, when morning came.

The TEDxSDSU team asked us to answer the question, “What Have You Discovered?”. We were a cooperative group, so that theme informed every talk and song. It was fascinating to hear the stories of discovery, and to encounter the other common themes that appeared, perhaps by coincidence, perhaps by grand design, but definitely by common experience.

For my talk, I took up the TED mantra, Ideas Worth Spreading, and suggested that yes, ideas are worth spreading, but great ideas are worth doing.

What's yours idea? And what are you doing about it? What step are you taking - today?


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    May 19 2012: I did a project in school where I studied Peace & Conflict, and I spoke about my action yesterday for a TEDxYouth event at my school!
    • May 20 2012: thats the best comment ive heard...lol wisper it to tomorrow,,he will tell him in two days,,but he already heard it 3 times..
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      May 20 2012: Katilyn, that is awesome! Thank you for making a difference. Will we be able to see the video soon?
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        May 21 2012: I don't know...
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          May 24 2012: Kaitlyn & John- We will have the videos up as soon as they are edited. Look for them under the TEDx Youtube Channel tagged for TEDxYouth@BIS and look for our photos on the TEDx Flicker account- soon. Kaitlyn sells herself a bit short in her comment as she designed a program to help combat exclusion and bulling at our school. She is a passionate and expressive speaker who has identified an issue and become a change agent within our community. Every day I learn something new from my students. And through our last TEDxYouth@BIS event, I have discovered that, if teachers provide a forum, scaffold for understanding and teach the necessary skills students will AMAZE us with their ideas, passions, and actions. They have the potential, we just need to help them actualize their dreams.

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