Jacques Vroom

Tutor, TEDxRADED
Dallas, TX, United States

About Jacques

Bio

Born in Texas. Military-pilot father, meaning different house and new school every 2 years. Went to semi-snotty eastern boarding school + small, eastern liberal-arts college. Straight job for several years in direct marketing/catalog world at Horchow. Consulted in that field for ±20 years. Lucky to have Stanley Marcus and Roger Horchow as colleagues and mentors for a number of years. Then had heart attack and open heart surgery nearly 10 years ago; with lengthy, problematic rehab. Eventually found myself sick, poor, single. Started teaching, tutoring, listening, fantasizing about educational ideas for young kids. Enamored of KIPP, TFA, Harlem Success, UPLIFT, and their siblings/cousins. TED fan. Curated TEDxRADED in Dallas, 2012.

Languages

English, Spanish

TED Conferences

TEDActive 2012, TEDActive 2011, TEDActive 2010, TED2009, TED2008, TEDGlobal 2007, TED2006, TEDGlobal 2005

Areas of Expertise

Connecting people, Post-CABG cognitive changes

An idea worth spreading

a) Children can learn much more complex material than is generally thought. Just not in schools.

I'm passionate about

Educational possibilities; Strange loops; Zimbardo's good folks doing bad things; extensions of Helen Fisher's hormonal-archetype ideas, including thyroid levels; Archie Brownlee/Jesse Winchester.

Universities

Williams College

Talk to me about

Anything?

People don't know I'm good at

Brief responses, primarily because I am not.

My TED story

TEDActiveRivieraX 2015 is my 21st TEDxxx event. Ginger Reeder encouraged me to sneak into the Mickey Hart drum circle on the beach at Monterey on Friday evening of TED2005. I did. They started requiring picture ID's after that. Too late, I was hooked. Three Monterey TED's, two Long Beach TEDs, three TEDActives, a TEDGlobal in Oxford, a TEDGlobal in Arusha, five TEDxSMU's, four TEDxSMU/KIDS, one TEDxRADED, one TEDxCollegeMound.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Jacques Vroom
Posted almost 2 years ago
Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong
I have long thought there are several life-experiences which change and separate people in profound ways difficult to verbalize. Some are obvious. Having a child, losing a parent, divorcing seem to me to change most of those who've had the experience from most of those who haven't. Since 2005, TED (including TEDx), for me, has been one of those things. My experiences at three Pallotta AIDS Rides were ABSOLUTELY AT THE SAME LEVEL AS TED FOR ME,. Though they probably exist for both entities, I have yet to meet or even hear of anyone who participated in any AIDS Ride who doesn't feel it created a profound change in his or her sense of possibility. Many comments below sound like they come from people on different sides of certain experience lines. Best wishes to all.
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Jacques Vroom
Posted almost 2 years ago
Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong
Adam: I didn't think Dan impliied high overhead is better because it is high, it's better because it usually is more effective—in the impact-measurement way you want. His syllogism isn't about high-is-better overhead, it's about effective-is-better overhead—measured in amount of contribution created. Did I miss something key?
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Jacques Vroom
Posted almost 2 years ago
Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong
Marco: What checks and balances seem most important in the for-profit sector? Any sense which of them might be most important in the "Pallottized" humanitarian sector? John: What else might "we" need beyond everyone's ability to judge individually if Dan's Alaska AIDS Vaccine Fundraiser gets my $6,400 (which it did) or a thousand bake sales get my $6.40 each? Best wishes to all.
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Jacques Vroom
Posted almost 4 years ago
What's the overlooked gem, the book I haven't read that I must?
Seems to me that these "gems" are most often opportunities for free association on topics we are processing somewhere in the back—opportunities trapped in the body of a book. Their value to others may or may not be similar. Nonetheless, my nominal gift to this august throng is a variation on the Steve Pressfield theme of defeating resistance: Jupiter's Travels, by Ted Simon. Story of a man ill-equipped in most ways to spend 4 years travelling around the world alone, on a '70s Triumph motorcycle—who does just that [in the '70s]. Unincluded coda: Simon did it again a few years ago, in his own mid-'70's! Best wishes to all.