Today I was blessed so I’m sharing! As the wife of TEDxMaui core member, Peter Liu, the TEDxYouth@Seabury Hall was almost required attendance for me. But Peter knows better…I wanted to attend! I love being inspired by TED talks and by youth. It is simply amazing that a team of young people made this entire event happen. What an amazing life experience for not only the speakers but the many students from schools all over Maui who participated. Definitely great resume’ material. This was a first class all-day event with great speakers, sponsors, music, a website, live-streaming and food!
- Rosie Kulhavy-Sutherland with her talk called “Imperfection In All It’s Glory“. What was most amazing about her talk is that every person in the room could relate to her! We are all trying so hard to be PERFECT that we miss what we were put here to be. We should thrive on our imperfection.
- McKayla Wandall’s talk was “Not Being Defined as X“. While I can relate to McKayla’s geeky side; I can not relate to being in a “underprivileged” group. I felt her pain. But more importantly, I felt her strength to not be defined by things that she had no control over. Since I was in school, there are so many more labels that are put on kids. Too often, kids accept these labels and become the label. Let’s find the bright spots like McKayla and focus on treating all kids in a way that expects them to be successful.
- Rui-Li Inge talked about being the outside kid and being bullied in her talk on “The Power of Diversity“. As an Air Force brat growing up, when entering a new school, I often felt like an outsider and that hurt. But it wasn’t the obvious bullying that Rui-Li was faced with. I feel it close to home though through my husband who definitely experienced bullying growing up. I was hoping for more solid solutions in the talk but then I remembered that Rui-Li has yet to see how this plays out in her adult life. In my experience, the kids that have been exposed to bullying are much better positioned to deal with the discriminatory boss or co-worker. I was going to say “Funny how bullying in school evolves to discrimination at work” but it’s not at all funny. The truth is that any person who has to stoop to bully, discredit and inappropriately challenge another is a weak, power-hungry and poor soul. The best defense is a good offense — “Why do you feel the need to stoop so low to xyz?”
- Matthew Sturm’s talk was “Magnetic Suspension, Levitation, and Propulsion“. Ok, this was a totally science geek talk; my friend was disappointed that he didn’t demonstrate his model. In my opinion, the talk wasn’t about the model. It was about how he used the model to challenge and understand science and limitations. Matthew is passionate about taking the steps to look for better science, new ways of thinking to challenge today’s technology.
- I was blown away by Aaron Rohozinski who spoke on “The Nature of Originality“. Several of us were talking at lunch (as we watched Aaron, pace around the lunch area – in his own world) about “kids we knew like that” in our high schools; they would have never gotten up to do a talk in front of 100 people. Huge kudos to Aaron for being himself and encouraging originality in everyone.
- Something the speaker is personally passionate about – to the extent that they are willing to show their own vulnerability.
- Well practiced and rehearsed so they don’t get too caught up in the excitement of the moment.
- Perfectly timed so that
- connection to audience and vulnerability is shown early
- good content/stories are provided to engage the audience and establish credibility and
- the inspirational focus point is saved until the very end.
My independent inspirational thought — I think the world needs a a TedXSeniors to inspire us 50-somethings to put our fears, expectations, bad habits aside and really live and love each day!