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If your life is your biggest project, why not design it? | Ayse Birsel | TEDxCannes

(14:14) Ayse Birsel believes that if you have the desire to explore your life from a new point of view, think about it proactively, and change it creatively, there is a way to design the life you love. Birsel is the co-founder of Birsel + Seck, an award-winning, New York design studio working with Fortune 500 companies to bring simplicity, …

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How adaptive clothing empowers people with disabilities | Mindy Scheier

(13:41) Do you have a favorite T-shirt or pair of jeans that transforms you and makes you feel confident — makes you feel like you? That’s because what you wear can affect your mood, your health and your self-esteem, says fashion designer Mindy Scheier. Inspired by her son, who was born with a degenerative disorder that makes it hard for …

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A Zero Energy, Water, Waste Future | Mike Dieterich | TEDxHerndon

Mike discusses the future of energy, water, and waste in our built environment. He suggests how we can zero our human footprint. Mike Dieterich is a LEED Accredited Professional, environmental scientist, award winning producer, and bestselling author. He has worked in the sustainability industry and explored the environment throughout United States, Australia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Algeria and Kenya, over the …

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3 thoughtful ways to conserve water | Lana Mazahreh

(11:23) According to the UN, nearly one in three people worldwide live in a country facing a water crisis, and less than five percent of the world lives in a country that has more water today than it did 20 years ago. Lana Mazahreh grew up in Jordan, a state that has experienced absolute water scarcity since 1973, where she …

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“Good” and “bad” are incomplete stories we tell ourselves | Heather Lanier

(13:36) Heather Lanier’s daughter Fiona has Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, a genetic condition that results in developmental delays — but that doesn’t make her tragic, angelic or any of the other stereotypes about kids like her. In this talk about the beautiful, complicated, joyful and hard journey of raising a rare girl, Lanier questions our assumptions about what makes a life “good” …

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You aren’t at the mercy of your emotions — your brain creates them | Lisa Feldman Barrett

(18:28) Can you look at someone’s face and know what they’re feeling? Does everyone experience happiness, sadness and anxiety the same way? What are emotions anyway? For the past 25 years, psychology professor Lisa Feldman Barrett has mapped facial expressions, scanned brains and analyzed hundreds of physiology studies to understand what emotions really are. She shares the results of her …

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The business benefits of doing good | Wendy Woods

(15:35) “The only way we’re going to make substantial progress on the challenging problems of our time is for business to drive the solutions,” says social impact strategist Wendy Woods. In a data-packed talk, Woods shares a fresh way to assess the impact all parts of business can have on all parts of society, and then adjust them to not …

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The beauty of being a misfit | Lidia Yuknavitch

(12:58) To those who feel like they don’t belong: there is beauty in being a misfit. Author Lidia Yuknavitch shares her own wayward journey in an intimate recollection of patchwork stories about loss, shame and the slow process of self-acceptance. “Even at the moment of your failure, you are beautiful,” she says. “You don’t know it yet, but you have …

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The surprising solution to ocean plastic | David Katz

(11:53) Can we solve the problem of ocean plastic pollution and end extreme poverty at the same time? That’s the ambitious goal of The Plastic Bank: a worldwide chain of stores where everything from school tuition to cooking fuel and more is available for purchase in exchange for plastic garbage — which is then sorted, shredded and sold to brands …

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How to get girls to like STEM: Heidi Olinger at TEDxBocaRaton

(11:56) The U.S. needs the contributions of all of our thinkers and problem-solvers. By the numbers girls make up more than one-half of our home-grown talent base — the half we have discouraged in STEM/science, technology, engineering and math. In this inspiring talk, education expert Heidi Olinger outlines the four things we must do to engage girls in STEM right …

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