Lia Keith

Air Traffic Control Specialist, Federal Aviation Administration
Fairfax Station, VA, United States

About Lia


I am a mother of four children, one of whom has mild autism. His condition gave me the gift of having to think about learning in new ways. I home school all four of my children, and teaching him to read was a lesson in thinking outside the box. He doesn't learn in any of the traditional ways, and together we have developed learning strategies that are helping him succeed. I am also an Air Traffic Control Specialist with nineteen years experience at Washington Enroute Air Traffic Control Center.

An idea worth spreading

I want to create a foundation where children pledge to complete tasks to raise funds for relevant organizations. A child could pledge to read a certain amount of pages in a book for a month, eat a certain amount of servings of fruits and vegetables, create art, bike a certain amount of miles, jump rope for a certain amount of minutes each day, etc...In return, adults would pledge a certain amount of money per task or unit. They say good habits take about three weeks to become ingrained, so things that strengthen the body and mind need to be the focus. It would also help that adults would see the least resourceful in the society using their hope, energy, and enthusiasm in a meaningful way. You could form chapters in local communities and gear tasks to the needs of the children and the communities they live in.

I'm passionate about

I want to teach children the value of service. We need to stress service at an earlier age when children are eager to get involved, before the culture solidifies our materialistic tendencies.

Talk to me about

Anything, I love to offer opinions and have open honest discourse.

People don't know I'm good at

I love to disseminate information. I'm the go to girl if a problem needs to be solved in an unconventional way.

Comments & conversations

Lia Keith
Posted over 2 years ago
Which TED talk affected you the most ?
I loved Louie Schwartzberg TEDxSF talk on Gratitude. His film has become a daily prayer for me. Brene Brown's talk on Vulnerability and Eve Ensler's Embracing Your Inner Girl would be the next twol.
Lia Keith
Posted almost 3 years ago
If you could make a wish on behalf of The City 2.0, what would it be?
We should create The Constitution of the Earth based on the ideals of inclusiveness, diversity, sustainability, collaboration and tolerance. We should create a Worldwide Ethical Business Charter and a seal that shows that businesses subscribe to the charter so our buying power can be directed toward companies that believe in promoting the health and well-being of every creature on this planet and sustaining the Earth. We should create a website and database of people committed to growing the idea and spreading the concepts. We should create a world wide open source accredited internet school that teaches every subject to the highest level attainable, utilizing the best teachers on the planet in every subject so every one has access to the best possible education in whatever he or she is passionate about. We must commit to eradicate hunger worldwide. We must bring our religious leaders together to promote inclusiveness and tolerance in the ways we worship and we should have them have a collaborative religious service televised worldwide every year. We should promote ideas that encourage creativity and freedom of expression as that is the root of what moves all of us. All these things are attainable and practical, they are not idealist dreams. Together, we are unstoppable.
Lia Keith
Posted about 3 years ago
What's your TED habit?
I have the Ted app on my android phone and my ipad. I try to watch several a week. I always find them inspiring and interesting. I was thinking you should create Ted Talks for children to get them thinking about big ideas. I also think you should have a show on OWN to reach people in that medium. I watch them with my children and we have amazing discussions about them. I send them to friends and family and I tweet them constantly. Every time I get an email, tweet, or link I was them. Ted has become my go to source for inspiration. I usually always start there and from there it leads outward. I am a huge fan!! In fact, I believe in the idea of TED so much, I am creating my own TED talk for myself. When it's done, I'll share it.