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Mitch Harrison

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I need a TED icebreaker video! How do I get someone hooked?

I strongly feel like exposing high school and college students could really change our future, because we are the future. I find, however, showing someone a video with someone talking about statistics or dependence on oil doesn't particularly peak the interest of most of my fellow students. I need a talk that is exciting or up-beat or something! I want to get my generation's foot in the TED door. Maybe we can start spreading all of these "ideas worth spreading"!


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  • May 28 2012: A good opener is the talk by Bunker Roy on his Barefoot Movement. It's message is simple and a testament to open-mindedness, the art of the possible and challenging deep rooted paradigms and assumptions. It's also a wonderful example of what can be achieved when you conceive and believe. The takeaway message is that no matter what the situation you find yourself you can, with the help of others, still achieve some wonderful things. Enjoy!! PS. Ken Robinson stuff is good too!!

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