We live in a social ocean. We are subject to constant physical and mental forces, many of which are unrecognized. Our personalities are a collection of stories, events, realities, and imagined situations. Everything around us – our history, our physical environment, our community – affects us. And we affect all of it, too. It’s influence. At TEDxOmaha 2013, we will explore influence. The influences we recognize. Ones we don’t understand. How the influence of a mentor shaped the way we see the world. How the world shapes our health. Influence is the push and pull on all of our experiences, internally, externally, globally.