Does negative news affect your mood?
Do you long to hear uplifting news about the world we live in?
If so, I know one place that will transform “doom and gloom” into “how lucky we are to have such amazing people transforming the world we live in.”
The TEDx Talks around the world.
On October 10th, I attended TEDx Orange Coast at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.
I purchased my ticket a few days before the event, and had no idea what to expect.
The program started at 8:30 am, and continued all day until 5pm with a few coffee breaks and lunch.
An impressive line-up of thirty speakers of all ages and backgrounds discussed the theme “Redefining Relevance.”
Out of thirty or so brilliant speakers, I selected five who truly inspired me to believe in the good in our world.
Jack is only 15, and he invented a paper strip, just like the ones diabetics use to test their blood sugar levels, that detects early stages of pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancers. This paper strip costs 3 cents and takes only 5 minutes to work. Jack said that over 85% of pancreatic cancer is detected too late. His enthusiasm and passion is contagious. Watch the video and you will be uplifted by this young man.
2). Ray Goren Video (Musician) Watch him play. Amazing blues.
How can a twelve-year-old boy play the blues with such talent? Watch his facial expressions and you cannot help but feel the music is coming from every cell within his body. His electric guitar seems to be an extension of his inner core, not an external instrument.
Watching him on stage at the Segestrom Hall, was one of the highlights of the day.
3). Mike Kenyon (Development Leader)
Mike travels around the world and gives mobility back to those who are physically handicapped. He started, “Free Wheelchair Mission” a nonprofit in Irvine, that provides wheelchairs for the disabled poor in the developing world. (Take a look at their website.)
Mike showed photos of disabled kids and adults who are forced to crawl on the ground as there are no wheelchairs for them. With a plastic chair, and a couple of bike tires, Mike was able to create functional wheelchairs for disabled people at very little cost. He showed photos of one mother who carried her teenage son on her back since he was born, and the amazing gratitude they expressed when Mike gave her son a wheelchair.
4).Reggie Littlejohn (President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers)
Through a near death experience of her own, and a miscarriage, Reggie discovered that the most painful moment in her life, held the key to her life purpose.
Reggie decided to combat forced abortion, gendercide and sex trafficking in China. She shared stories of young Chinese pregnant women being forced to undergo abortions without anesthesia.
5). Nigel Nisbet (Director of Content Creation for the MIND Research Institute)
Nigel was a former teacher at an all-girls English school in rural England. After moving to the U.S., he decided to became a Mathemathics, Physics and Computer Science teacher at Van Nuys Senior High.
Nigel noticed that kids were not able to grasp the concepts of algebra and geometry from text books, so one day, at the grocery store, he decided to buy chocolate bars in different shapes and use chocolate to challenge the kids to think. He discovered that this worked and that math is so much more than just numbers.
Nigel is a passionate believer in finding ways to build engaging, interactive visual games that teach all students how math really works.
So by the end of the day, my mood had transformed to all the good that is happening in our world.
If only we could always focus on those positive aspects of life, imagine what creative energy and passion we could project to the rest of humanity.
If you need some inspiration, check out the most popular TED Talks here.
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