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Michele Mitchell Is Using Investigative Journalism for Social Change

Michele Mitchell Is Using Investigative Journalism for Social Change

Most watch an influential documentary and are inspired for hours, maybe even days, wondering how to turn the knowledge they’ve learned into action. But how does one start to create change? Michele Mitchell, co-founder of Film at 11, and her team build interactive communities around the social issues their documentaries call attention to. The communities, […]

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John Denniston Wants to Revamp Farming in Developing Countries

John Denniston Wants to Revamp Farming in Developing Countries

John Denniston and his wife were worried about their daughters. Looking around at the area where they lived in Silicon Valley, the parents of two realized the girls would grow up around many teenagers who would be driving fancy cars and leading lives of privilege. “We became very concerned about their ability to have perspective […]

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So, You Want To Be a TEDxNavesink Speaker (Or Select the Speakers)?

So, You Want To Be a TEDxNavesink Speaker (Or Select the Speakers)?

It is truly an honor and privilege to be invited to apply to speak at a TEDx event. It is just as much so to be a volunteer organizer, especially to serve on the curation team. But have you ever wondered: Who decides what the event’s theme will be? Who decides what topics will be […]

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TEDx Talk—11 Tips to Help Prepare

TEDx Talk—11 Tips to Help Prepare

Imagine, it’s the day of…it’s about to all come true. Today, you give your TEDx talk. You’re mic’d up; you step out from the darkened wings of backstage into the spotlight; you’ve reached the red carpet. You turn to face the eager audience, and…you open your mouth. What effort did it take to get there? […]

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TEDxNavesink Speaker Kaihan Krippendorff Believes Anyone Can Change The World

TEDxNavesink Speaker Kaihan Krippendorff Believes Anyone Can Change The World

Kaihan Krippendorff believed his life’s calling was to be an engineer, mathematician and a financial “quant guy,” but soon discovered that his passion was writing. After publishing his first book, he decided to leave his job as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and set out to promote his work, not knowing where life would […]

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Robyn Stratton-Berkessel: Don’t Just Sit There, Say Something!

Robyn Stratton-Berkessel: Don’t Just Sit There, Say Something!

Ever just have one of those days? Chances are we all have. Maybe today is one of those days—when the car won’t start; the train is late; the coffee spilled. Typical reactions to days like these include, “Why today? Why me?,” perhaps followed by a projection of negativity toward others. We cannot deny that we […]

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Dr. Gary Lewandowski Uses Science to Understand, Analyze Relationships

Dr. Gary Lewandowski Uses Science to Understand, Analyze Relationships

For Dr. Gary Lewandowski, life is all about relationships—successful ones, failed ones, deep ones, superficial ones— and how those relationships are created, broken, and maintained. He researches what brings people together, what makes a successful relationship and what leads someone to cheat. Gary studies the science of relationships. Gary sees relationships as primary sources of […]

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Three Ways to Accelerate Your Creativity

Three Ways to Accelerate Your Creativity

Possibly the worst way to get your writing project off to a rolling start is to wait for the Muse to strike. Many people conjure a certain image of what a writer is supposed to look like: the solitary creator, sitting before his or her typewriter (or wireless keyboard), their Muse in flowing robes hovering […]

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Stan Green: Applying Baseball to Academics

Stan Green: Applying Baseball to Academics

To many, a baseball cap is a symbol of America’s pastime. For most, baseball is just that—a pastime. But for some, it’s much more. For Stan Green, it’s a passion that he has been lucky enough to use in his career as an anthropologist. Stan shared his love for baseball with the audience of TEDxNavesink […]

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View From The Top: Perspectives from the TEDxNavesink Core Organizers – Brian Smiga

View From The Top: Perspectives from the TEDxNavesink Core Organizers – Brian Smiga

Spend some time around the TEDxNavesink organizational team, and you’ll quickly learn the name Brian Smiga. Smiga is not only the Executive & Artistic Director of TEDxNavesink, but was also a driving force behind the organization’s creation in 2013. As a previous founder of various software companies in Silicon Valley and New York, and as […]

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