Jakki Johnston

Bothell, WA, United States

About Jakki


ESL Teacher, Japan
Elementary School Teacher, U.S. and Colombia (bilingual English/Spanish)
Studies in Anthropology, Latin American Literature, Spanish, Education


English, Spanish

Areas of Expertise

Cultural Studies, Spanish, Brain-based learning & teaching, education

An idea worth spreading

We all need more knowledge of our own brains. A crucial example--we are the most intelligent species to walk the Earth, but we are bringing about our--and the planet's--demise. The brain that we have evolved is not working in the current environment we've created. Can we come to understand and so compensate for our weaknesses? Can we do so fast enough to save ourselves and those at our mercy?

I'm passionate about

Sustainable development, including microloans and education including for girls and women, environmentalism, culture and travel, brain-based educational practices, healing ourselves and the planet

Talk to me about

Any of the above, or any of the million things tangentially related. Talk to me about what you are passionate about.

People don't know I'm good at

Working with animals. Outdoor activities.

My TED story

I was just a TED video junkie until I found out I could be a translator. Now I can have even more fun!

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

Jakki Johnston
Posted almost 6 years ago
Jacqueline Novogratz: Invest in Africa's own solutions
Decreasing population in important, but note that people have less children as soon as their economic situation is more stable. This happens country wide when growth is widespread, or you can see it just in the more moneyed classes within poor countries that don't have wider-spread economic improvement. This happens even within,e.g., Catholic societies that you would have thought had other reasons for overpopulation. The key to population decrease seems to be economic stability. The statistics don't tell us why, but I'm guessing it has something to do with feeling more assured of one's own and one's children's survival making it make sense to have fewer kids and invest more in those offspring than to frantically reproduce. It's quite Darwinian, really. And the more people we can lift out of survival mode into a way of living that is adequate to their needs and is sustainable, well the better for all people and for the planet. And population growth will cease to be a problem.