Randall Bretz

Retired and working hard., Nebraska Educational Telecommunications
Lincoln, NE, United States

About Randall

Bio

I finished my formal education in 1982 with a Ph.D. but I've never stopped learning. I've worked in broadcast television and radio, audio, computer and satellite teleconferencing, higher education administration, religious broadcasting, marketing and communications. I read a great deal (both periodicals and books) online, on readers and on paper, am an avid listener and viewer of public broadcasting and I've discovered TED . . . all as ways to continue learning. Participating in the TED and TEDx community has filled me with hope for our world. The ideas shared on our stages and online are helping us all become better people. We have a challenge to meet, so let's get with it.

TED Conferences

TEDActive 2014, TEDActive 2012

Areas of Expertise

Communications - written, verbal, visual, nonverbal, Media - all kinds- analyst & creator , Relationship Builder

An idea worth spreading

I believe in 360 degree leadership as outlined by John Maxwell in his book. You can lead from anywhere in an organization, so get busy and start leading.

I'm passionate about

Helping others, learning, sharing ideas, collaboration

Talk to me about

Fascinating small towns in the United States and their people.

People don't know I'm good at

editing video, producing events and programs

My TED story

When technology and education converge for the betterment of mankind, I get excited. Add to that formula the involvement of dedicated and interested individuals in a community and the outcome can be very positive. TED is leading the way, connecting the latest in technology with people who have informative thoughts to share. After finding TED online, watching and sharing many of the videos then observing how this impacted people in my part of the world, I felt it was time to seek to contribute some of the ideas we have in and around Nebraska. Working with a committee of friends and fellow TED lovers, I've coordinated TEDxLincoln in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Here in Lincoln, Nebraska we've also hosted two TEDxYouth@Lincoln events. I'm retired so I've traveled and attended some TEDActive events and other TEDx events around the country. So, that's what I'm doing.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Randall Bretz
Posted over 1 year ago
Do you think you have done something in your life to improve this world? If so. Could you explain?
Well, I try to smile and connect with those around me. When I walk through airports, stand in line, pay for gasoline or just stroll down the street, I look at people, say hi and smile. Oh, I've been and still am involved in organizations trying to make a difference and I feel that we have had an impact. But I feel that by smiling and greeting people I am creating positive change.
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Randall Bretz
Posted over 3 years ago
How have we changed so far because of TED??
One thing that struck me in coordinating TEDxLincoln in 2011 is that there are many positive ideas out there, ideas that can make a difference in a good way. As we take the time to listen to those ideas and incorporate them into our own lives, we can make an impact and in a small way improve our world. This, in contrast to what I've been reading in "In the Garden of Beasts" where fear, threats, and violence can unleash horrible things.
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Randall Bretz
Posted over 3 years ago
How has TEDx impacted you
Yes, Estrella, I used to be the quiet one as well. Watching TED videos and reading some of the materials the speakers have written has helped me become much more comfortable with sharing my ideas.
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Randall Bretz
Posted over 3 years ago
How has TEDx impacted you
Jamie...love your comparison to TEDx as a nice breeze from a sea of ideas and concepts. Don't you think that now and then a stronger gust of wind comes along and moves you faster and farther? It's been that way for me.
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Randall Bretz
Posted over 3 years ago
Creating a TED Department in Universities
Interesting thought to create a TED department within higher education, but consider this, TED is education at any time, any place, and without the need to register or formally complete curriculum requirements. It's true adult education at its finest. I'm not sure TED would fit with the confines of higher education institutions.
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Randall Bretz
Posted over 4 years ago
To create global real time data visualisation screens in every city round the world & on also the web.
I've watched Rosling's various videos a number of times, but what touches me most deeply are the stories behind the data he presents. I think of the young man who generated electricity in a village in Africa from a windmill he fabricated with old car parts...that story told me more about what's happening in Africa than Rosling's data presentations. I think about the schools that Mortenson has helped build in Afghanistan and Pakistan (read Three Cups of Tea) and those stories touch me deeply.