Why should young people reflect war and veterans?
Over the course of 40 years working as a journalist/broadcaster/author and therefore public speaker, I find myself regularly asked to speak to young audiences about the value of remembering wars and the experiences of veterans. "What's that got to do with me?" many young people quite rightly wonder. "How do I connect to all that ancient history?" During my 18 TED Talk minutes, I'd like to demonstrate how the lives of men and women in three different conflicts - the First World War, the Second World War, the War in Afghanistan - have relevance to youth today and why veterans are not ancient history. I hope to illustrate with those three compelling people stories, how the selfless acts of volunteering, serving and sometimes sacrificing, have meaning for young people. They are worth reflection and creative thought.
The OSTOK Project
Information has changed in form and delivery for thousands of years. From primitive languages, to cave paintings, to the written word, to movable type, and now the internet, we have watched information evolve through some wondrous stages of advancement. What will the future of Technology, Education, and Design bring us and how will information influence us in our understanding of and interactions in the world? The theme of this TEDx Conference is: Reflective and Critical Thinking. So then let us turn our thoughts toward how we might critically think and reflect upon the future of information. What form will it take? How will it be accessed? What do we want it to do for us? To whom should it be made available? And who should contribute to it? These are just a few of the questions I have asked myself when envisioning a world in which information will be collaboratively deposited into a digital repository I call The OSTOK Project.
The OSTOK (or Onion Skin Theory of Knowledge) Project is a model of information which will allow us to better understand the complexities of relationships between various types of natural and cultural systems. When we collaboratively combine our understanding of the natural world with that of the many different cultural ways in which our lives develop, we can better understand just how vastly complex our lives, the world, and the universe is. Taken together, the natural and cultural systems are interconnected in a complex interplay of activity resembling the multiple layers of the skin of an onion.
Using an onion as a metaphor for our combined systems of knowledge, we can understand how information about ourselves, our world, and the universe relate. The more we can understand the complex causal interplay between various systems, the deeper into and the farther around the onion we go. In demonstrating the enormously complex interplay of natural and cultural linear and non-linear systems, we find that our knowledge is limited by the manner in which we can identify and attempt to understand what might be called ‘causal clusters’. These clusters are connections between events within these two overlapping systems. The better we can understand the causal forces influencing various effects in our lives, the better we can predict and control the natural world in an effort to more responsibly develop policies, bills, and laws in the management of human and natural resources.
Why Science needs the Humanities
Increasingly, students and employers are considering university education as a key piece of preparation for employment. This is especially the case for degrees in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math. The prominence of STEM at the university has lead some to question the relevance of the humanities and social sciences in a STEM-based university education. I will argue that the skill sets that university graduates need to be successful are not only related to STEM disciplines, but that they rely intrinsically on the proficiencies that are the backbone of scholarly work in the humanities and social sciences.
On Dec. 21, 1997 Filmmaker Tina Petrova drove off a 6,000 ' cliff.
This event was to forever transform her life, both literally and physically.
Medical specialists advised her that it was " impossible" that her injuries would ever heal and that she would never be an integral part of society again.
Sentenced to a verdict of living an IMPOSSIBLE life , Tina set out on a journey of discovery... searching for what the word " Impossible" - really means. How do we casually banter that word about- in day to day living? What kind of emotional and physical charge do we bestow upon it ? Has that singular word prevented us from achieving goals in our life?
Tina found out that it was not only possible to transcend that word and its imposed limitations, but to become triumphant - with it.
Welcome to the world of IMPOSSIBLE.
What is integrity? When does the inauthentic become authentic? Or is that too much to ask? And how do we recognise authentic integrity? Or even provoke it within ourselves and each other? Why bother with being authentic when inauthentic is so easy? And finally, why is authentic integrity so important for your career? Kevin Pennant has spent over twenty years exploring these questions and developing his career and his brand on the simple premise of authentic integrity. Kevin will share some of his personal experiences to entertain the audience and explore this concept.
Searching for other Universes
Human conception of the size and diversity of the universe has changed dramatically throughout history. The existence of other planets, stars, and galaxies was once wild speculation. However, we now have observational evidence that the universe contains hundreds of billions of galaxies, each with hundreds of billions of stars. Is this all that there is? A nexus of ideas from theoretical cosmology, quantum gravity, and string theory suggests that it isn't. Rather, these theories predict the existence of an enormous diversity of regions, each of which could rightfully be called a universe; these theories suggest that we inhabit a Multiverse. Perhaps most excitingly, this idea can be tested with observations of the large-scale structure of the observable universe. This talk will explore the Multiverse, and what these ideas might mean for science and society.
"The girls from Courage My Love will be talking music, creativity, perception, and Performance. Decide for yourself which is most important in the songwriting process! "
Grace. St. Mary grade 11 student Damian Chechlacz will explore the meaning and importance of grace in the complex modern world.