RIPPLES : IT STARTS WITH A DROP
A single drop of water in an otherwise still sea has the ability to create ripples seen remarkably far away from the source. Movement-makers, truth-seekers, scientists, and innovators take on the brave responsibility of acting as that drop. Their groundbreaking activism, leadership, and research are prime examples of how to effectively create positive change within a community and around the world. The activists and leaders have created the tides of change, the artists, scientists and writers have distilled the truth, and the inventors, creators and trendsetters have served to transcending the currents of progress; yet, despite the different means, they all have created massive ripples.
Creating Tides of Change
The tides of social change begin with a lone drop; one person’s inspiration to create local change can eventually be felt on the other side of the world. While mass inequality, prejudice, and fear have risen to the forefront of communities, these brave voices have become even more important. Activist led grassroots movements, initially in order to effect local change, have become catalysts for national conversation and action to uproot societal issues.
Filtering + Distilling Truth
Uncovering and exposing hidden and disguised information is never easy. This pressure is only amplified when one's work goes against powerful institutions and leaders. However, these artists, scientists, and journalists do this every day. These distillers of truth dive deep, alone into uncharted waters. Through various platforms they are able to bring attention to the realities of our society that many of us are blind to.
Transcending Currents of Progress
Not one single drop is exactly the same. Therefore, innovators and groundbreaking thinkers are imperative to transcend the currents of progress. These brilliant minds are scientists, inventors, executives, and trendsetters in our communities. From pushing the barriers of technology to finding new ways to harness science, they have created and invented in fields few others dared to even approach. They’ve brought new perspectives that have completely altered what we believed possible. Their work has unveiled new paths for human progress and shows the immense value of creative and diverse thought.
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Featured: Andrew Yang
In 2012, Andrew Yang spoke to the Georgetown community about fixing the flow of human capital. "I think I'm before my time," noted the founder of Venture for America. While some of the 2020 presidential candidates have recently come to visit Georgetown this past month, this wouldn't be Yang's first time visiting our campus thanks to TEDxGeorgetown community.
Watch his full TEDx talk here, or read about more of his ideas here.
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TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. TEDx is a new program that enables local communities such as universities, businesses, libraries, neighborhoods or just groups of friends to organize, design and host their own independent, TED-like events.
Now in its ninth year, TEDxGeorgetown has grown to a featured campus event and provides very meaningful experiences for our community and city. TEDxGeorgetown is supported by Jack DeGioia in the Georgetown University Presidents Office.
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