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7 Visionaries Brave Enough To Change Everything!

Up first on September 16 was a moving session on Women Empowerment followed by a session entitled Change Everything, which included accomplished leaders in business and government. Renowned investor and entrepreneur Tim Draper kicked things off. Tim started his talk comparing government and private sector business models. He asks, "monopolies are bad and competition is good, so why are governments all monopolies? What about competitive governments?" His suggestion is that countries should compete for us -- they should have to compete for us. Tim's life's mission is ...


TEDxUNPlaza Speakers On What It Means To Be Human!

Costa Michailidis opened the Being Human Session, the very last session of the day of TEDxUNPlaza. Michael Marantz, the first speaker, is an independent director and filmmaker. After being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 21, he rediscovered a new passion for being alive, constantly looking to discover more about life, technology, and why humans do what we do. This re-ignition in life is what continues to inspire him in his work today. He reminds us how powerful storytelling ...


TEDxUNPlaza Speakers On Moving “Ideas To Action”

After a warm, amusing and enchanting performance by the ever so talented WJM Band, a rock band of 10 year old boys, Paul Katz took the TEDxUNPlaza stage on September 16 to kickstart a conversation on Ideas to Action, the title of the third session of the event. Entertainment industry executive, two-time Grammy nominee and social entrepreneur, Paul Katz is the founder and CEO of Commit Media. He cited Catapult, an example of an idea moved to action in the real world. The first ...


The first TEDxUNPlaza session was entitled Women Empowerment and while two fabulous men were also in this session: Steven Rogers, a professor at Harvard Business School and Dr. James Doty, the founder and director of the Center for Compasion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, this post focuses on the three awe-inspiring women on stage on September 16. New age yogini Deepika Mehta, writer and animator Brenda Chapman and healthy living educator Sarah Hillware rocked the TEDxUNPlaza stage in the kick off session. Deepika Mehta faced a severe emotional challenge when ...


Watch TEDxUNPlaza

Watch the TEDxUNPlaza sessions here: Session 1: Women Empowerment Session 2: Change Everything Session 3: Ideas into Action Session 4: Being Human We will be releasing the individual talks in the next weeks.   See the photo's of TEDxUNPlaza here It was magically See you next year!


Vijay Vad

After an accident, how does the human body take care of itself to repair, recover, and grow?  “The body’s internal emergency response team is the first one on the scene, responding instantly to biochemical distress signals from damaged tissue,” explained Dr. Vijay Vad, an expert in developing minimally invasive non-surgical treatments for spine, arthritis, and sports injuries.  Specialized cells and proteins seal off the injured area, destroy damaged tissue, and kill ...


Global Citizen’s Online Gathering

How do we improve communications across our world? We have developed the technology to communicate in seconds around the world and to live in space, but in thousands of years of human history, with the creativity of billions of people, we have not yet managed to live harmoniously together as a global population. When you watch the news, you probably notice a lot of stories about people hurting other people and a lot of stories about people wanting to correct ...


Opal Brainstorms: Inspire, Connect, Act!

As we inch closer to the monumental day of September 16th, a variety of moving parts from behind the scenes of TEDxUNPlaza are now coming to the forefront. Given TED’s motto of Ideas Worth Spreading, and our own theme of BRAVE: United in Action; we as a collective of inspired souls have been seeking out methods for how all of the incredible soon-to-be articulated ideas can be propagated into tangible, real ...


Triumph over Tragedy: A Moment with Mallory Weggemann

On January 21st, 2008, Mallory Weggemann went to the doctor’s office for an eqidural injection. She never walked out. What was supposed to be a routine procedure to treat chronic back pain proved to turn Mallory’s life on its head, completely paralyzing her from the waist down. Take a second to imagine that, having your entire life - of which for Mallory was soon to be that of a collegiate Division 1 ...