The short story is that my full name is Thomas Francis Flaherty the Fifth. I am 20 and a junior at the College of William and Mary, where I am a Public Policy major minoring in Management and currently serving as VP for the campus Interfaith club.
Areas of Expertise
Public Policy, Social Networks, Environmental Policy, Philosophy, Virtual Collaboration , Socio-Economic Development, Gifted and Talented Education, Advocacy
An idea worth spreading
Liberal Statism. Planning is no longer the Road to Serfdom- with proper data collection and interpretation, large institutions such as government lie better equipped to make many decisions than the average citizen, and only the government may be forced by the citizenry to lay open its practices and machinations along with those of other large institutions.
The world is growing too small for organizational secrecy. The privacy of the home must remain sacred, but public spaces and all public and private institutions must have open doors and no mysteries.
Equal opportunity, in the end, necessitates a true welfare state. One where programs are universal, making regulations simple and rendering complex bureaucracies over those regulations unnecessary.
I'm passionate about
Building a better world, seeing issues from as many perspectives as possible, tackling problems through multiple disciplines, humanism.
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People don't know I'm good at
Ballroom dance, martial arts, thought experiments, chess, moral calculus.
My TED story
I'd watch maybe a TED talk or two before, but I really started avidly watching TED after seeing a short segment about the danger of single stories in a sociology class February 2010. After watching the rest of the video, I started watching one related video after another, then random videos, and now I watch a few TED talks every day if I have time. I am a deep believer in all solutions being interdisciplinary and watch all TED talks without any subject-based exclusion. Every field of expertise has relevance reaching far wider when combined with others, so absorbing the thought patterns and mindsets of multiple fields is the best way, I think, to develop novel approaches to mankind's age-old problems.