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Roger Ebert spent a year as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar

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In 1965, Roger Ebert spent a year abroad as an Ambassadorial Scholar. In this 1998 clip he relates how his experiences in South Africa gave him a more global outlook, and even helped point him toward a career in film criticism.  Ambassadorial Scholars are now part of Rotary’s Global Grants program.  If you or someone you know might be interested, …

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The Worst-Designed Thing You’ve Never Noticed!

Roman Mars is obsessed with flags — and after you watch this talk, you might be, too. These ubiquitous symbols of civic pride are often designed, well, pretty terribly. But they don’t have to be. In this surprising and hilarious talk about vexillology — the study of flags — Mars reveals the five basic principles of flag design and shows …

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What it’s like to teach in North Korea

For six months, Suki Kim worked as an English teacher at an elite school for North Korea’s future leaders — while writing a book on one of the world’s most repressive regimes. As she helped her students grapple with concepts like “truth” and “critical thinking,” she came to wonder: Was teaching these students to seek the truth putting them in …

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The Power of Habit

In this ingenious talk, Pulitzer Prize winning writer Charles Duhigg seamlessly combines informational facts from research, anecdotes from real events, and personal experience with insightful observations to explain why human behaviors are compelled by habit. Citing research evidence supporting the positive effects of willpower on long-term decision-making, Duhigg encourages listeners to teach willpower by supporting the mindful contemplation of consequences …

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I’m Seventeen

Kate Simonds is 17. Take a deep breath, and a quick inventory of what feelings come to mind when you consider a 17 year old. Now watch this talk and prepare to have your thoughts flipped inside out. Kate Simonds is a senior at Timberline High School and is thrilled to be speaking at TEDxBoise. She devotes most of her …

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Handicap is not a disability

Ned Norton was working as a fitness trainer for Olympic athletes and bodybuilders when a young man with a spinal cord injury asked him for help. Since then, Norton trains more than 120 people every week through his nonprofit, Warriors on Wheels. His clients’ disabilities include spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome. For the past 26 …

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How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek has a unique method of changing our perspective on getting clients, customers, or anyone to take action.  His simple strategy can be used by anyone, any business, or even a Rotary club to achieve their goals.  This TED Talk is from 2010, but it holds true even five years later, enjoy!

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Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

Amy Cuddy

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