Cindy Ward

graduate student - social psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University
Kitchener Ontario, Canada

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Bio

In chronological order (from most recent). Ph.D. Student - Social Psychology (late bloomer), Taxi Driver (10 years), Writer (newspapers and other stuff), Mom (at 38 - phew), Bar Owner (live music venue, grass roots/blues), bum (yup, for about a year), Art Gallery Owner, Canada Revenue worker (5 years), waitress/bartender (20-30 diff places), crazy teenager with a small motorcylce (400 cc), babysitter, adopted, born.

Languages

English

Areas of Expertise

social psychology

An idea worth spreading

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I'm passionate about

I'm passionate about change - but respect a stability mindset (within reason). I'm also passionate about fostering humanitarian knowledge (but it's o.k. that not everyone is into that).

Talk to me about

Fear - otherwise known as human motivation.

People don't know I'm good at

Billiards. B.S.ing

My TED story

I'm frustrated. I think TED is wonderful - but, in some ways it's preaching to the 'already convinced.' This might sound crazy, but I wish to reach a broader audience - everyday people. I could try working my way down from the top (via politics? etc?), but that's a dead horse. I can't run for office because a lot of people don't understand that they can't have free health-care and lower taxes at the same time. I think I need to become a celebrity (of course, I'd have to stop drinking now, so that I don't get sucked into a vortex of self-destruction). WHAT IS MY MESSAGE? It's complicated - it's kinda to remind people of what is true - and do it 'simply', cuz there's sooooo much data for everyone to sift through. So, what is true? A coupla hundred things. One of them is that we are individuals living on a wet, grassy rock in a very large universe. Another is that we are motivated by fear - and we do lots of stuff because of it.

Comments & conversations

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Cindy Ward
Posted over 2 years ago
If you could change one thing about the world...
I agree Ashley - I'd love to see it as well - I wish we lived in a world where that kind of stuff mattered to everyone - we are falsely lead into a whole host of social issues all stemming from supposed 'entertainment' - as they say, you can lead a horse to water . . . . cheers Ashley - your thoughtfulness is good stuff.
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Cindy Ward
Posted over 2 years ago
Why is China still referred to as a "developing country"?
I don't know much about China - I suspect, than unless people have visited China (and not just main cities) that they wouldn't know much either - this being said, we take our understanding about these things from media around us - even well informed media. I guess what you're saying is that 'developing' is not an accurate statement? who knew?
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Cindy Ward
Posted over 2 years ago
What's your TED habit?
I'm busy - a whole talk (15 mins) is a lot of time for me. I don't do it daily. I come here for inspiration and communication. I do watch a talk or two about once/month. Sometimes I binge-talk (watch several at once) - when I'm feeling needy. I'm frustrated in my field of social psychology - trying to find a way to a make a difference once and for all.
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Cindy Ward
Posted over 2 years ago
What if Hawks & Doves Married Moral Codes?
As humans, I feel like there's a balance of both worlds - let's look at this individualistically first - there are things that we'd like remain stable - within ourselves - our ability to stand tall, feel proud and look after ourselves; sometimes that means dealing with adversaries - but, we'd have to do it, or we'd lose our self-esteem and then we'd drain our life, rather than live it. However, we also like striving to change and become better people, gain knowledge, balance our diet, love and understand more. It's like Yin and Yan - we need to hold onto our strengths and stability before we can MOVE ON to the change we want to see happen. I think the key is changing the definition of 'hawks' - We need to establish stability FIRST (like infant attachment) before we can explore 'sharing' etc. The problem, as I see it, is that society has pitted stability against change - such that this 'pitting' has been seen through a lens much like a social 'norm' - i.e., it's 'normal' that stability and change are at odds - and it can't be that way - i strongly believe that in order to see change, we need to allow stability to have it's way (to a degree) so that people don't feel like they have to give up one in order to have the other. Perhpas we can be both hawks (re-defined) and doves.
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Cindy Ward
Posted over 2 years ago
If you could change one thing about the world...
I agree Ashley - completely - but from what I know about scientific publications (and the media's interpretation of such), I think people would get lost in competing data. What about . . . "Did you know that . . ." kinda stuff. Simple and to the point. " Did you know that . . . we are all individuals, living on a wet and mossy rock in a big giant universe? " . . . that kinda stuff
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Cindy Ward
Posted over 2 years ago
What would you do if this were your last day?
I would tell everyone that I love them - I would share thier beauty with them. I would send 1000 books to publishers and insist they print them in 'rock' and then I'd have a great meal and several drinks with my family.