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Michael McWatters

UX Architect, TED


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If you could choose any historical figure to give a TED Talk, who would it be and why?

This one is pretty open-ended. I'm curious to know who you would choose for a TED Talk, why, and maybe what you think their "idea worth spreading" might be.


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    Apr 15 2013: Mother Theresa. I've always been a fan...Interesting to note, I asked my 4th graders this same question. In fact, we created an entire mock TEDx classroom symposium on the question, and they created TED talks & performances based on the lives of the following people: Eleanor Roosevelt, The Wright Brothers, Benjamin Netanyahu (prime minister of israel), Marion Anderson, Amelia Earhart, Ruby Bridges, Jackie Robinson, Kamehameha the Great, and Sacagawea...just to name a few. Their task was to identify the purpose of their speech (to entertain, inform, persuade, or all three), and base their talks on the "innovative" idea that each represented at that time in history. It was pretty cool so see what they came up with. My favorite was the lip sync of Marian Anderson as she sang the National Anthem at the inauguration of Presiden Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1957!

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