As the Athletic Director and head coach of the Varsity Soccer team at Ryerson University, Dr. Joseph is often asked what skills he is searching for as a recruiter: is it speed? Strength? Agility? In Dr. Joseph’s TEDx Talk, he explores self confidence and how it is not just the most important skill in athletics, but in our lives.
Scott Geller is Alumni Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech and Director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems in the Department of Psychology. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the World Academy of Productivity and Quality. He has written numerous articles and books, including When No One’s Watching: Living and Leading Self-motivation. Scott will examine how we can become self-motivated in “The Psychology of Self-Motivation.”
By following a simple example, you can see the power of words and how important it is to use them carefully and correctly.
Why are some presentations spellbinding and some not? Well, this is the question Nancy Duarte takes on as she shares with the audience the secret of an excellent presentation. In this fascinating talk Nancy Duarte explains the model that she developed for designing transformative presentations. She explains the essential qualities of an excellent presentation by analyzing the speeches of Martin Luther King and Steve Jobs. She reminds us that the only way to spread important ideas is to make sure that one is communicating his or her ideas effectively using strong presentation skills.
Collaboration. Communication. Critical thinking. Creativity. – Should be present in all classrooms. Joe Ruhl received his bachelors and masters degrees at Purdue University and he has been sharing the joys of biology with kids for 37 years. He presently teaches Biology, Genetics, and Science Research courses at Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Indiana. Joe and his wife Gail have two children and two grandchildren. The National Association of Biology Teachers named Joe Ruhl the Outstanding Biology Teacher of Indiana in 1987. In 1988 he was awarded a Golden Apple Teaching Award by the Lafayette, Indiana Chamber of Commerce. In 1989 he was honored at the White House as Indiana’s recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. In 1996 he received the Purdue University College of Science Distinguished Alumnus Award for Excellence in K-12 Science Teaching. In 2004 he was awarded the Purdue College of Education’s Crystal Apple Teaching Award. And in 2012 he was honored with the Shell National Science Teaching Award. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
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Have you ever felt like you’re talking, but nobody is listening? Here’s Julian Treasure to help you fix that. As the sound expert demonstrates some useful vocal exercises and shares tips on how to speak with empathy, he offers his vision for a sonorous world of listening and understanding.
How you define Stephen Duneier depends on how you came to know him. Some define him as an expert institutional investor, while others know him as a large scale installation artist, avid outdoorsman, professor, decision strategist, coach, business leader, mindfulness extremist, author, speaker, daredevil or Guinness world record holder. In his talk, Stephen explains that what truly defines him aren’t titles, but an approach to decision making that transformed him from someone who struggled with simple tasks to a guy who is continuously achieving even his most ambitious dreams. For thirty years, he has applied cognitive science to investing, business and life. The result has been the turnaround of numerous institutional businesses, career best returns for managers who have adopted his methods, the development of a $1.25 billion dollar hedge fund and a rapidly shrinking bucket list. Mr. Duneier teaches graduate courses on Decision Analysis in UCSB’s College of Engineering. His book, AlphaBrain is due for release in early 2017 from Wiley & Sons. Through Bija Advisors, he helps business leaders improve performance by applying proven, proprietary decision-making methods to their own processes. His artwork has been featured around the world and is represented by the Sullivan Goss Gallery. As Commissioner of the League of Professional Educators, Duneier is using cognitive science to alter the landscape of American education. He is the former Head of Currency Option Trading at Bank of America and Emerging Markets at AIG International.
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Alison Ledgerwood joined the Department of Psychology at UC Davis in 2008 after completing her PhD in social psychology at New York University. She is interested in understanding how people think, and how they can think better. Her research, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, investigates how certain ways of thinking about an issue tend to stick in people’s heads. Her classes on social psychology focus on understanding the way people think and behave in social situations, and how to harness that knowledge to potentially improve the social world in which we all live.
A bliss giving short film. Laughter unites us all and it’s wonderful! No matter from which country, everybody laughs the same. Excellent for raising the spirits of a group.
The world is facing some huge problems. There’s a lot of talk about how to solve them. But talk doesn’t reduce pollution, or grow food, or heal the sick. That takes doing. This film is the story about a group of doers, the elegantly simple inventions they have made to change the lives of billions of people, and the unconventional billionaire spearheading the project.
Short and fun physical exercise that requires cooperation.
Number of People: 5–15
Time: 0.25 hrs
Place/Space: any, 20 m²
- ball (optional)
Link to desription (doc): Magic Carpet / Tarp Flip
Keeper of the Keys involves strategy, collaboration, and the use of multiple senses to solve a collective challenge. This strategy creates opportunities to generate dialogue about individual and collective group strategy and to practice engaging more of the five senses.
Number of People: 8–25
Time: 0,5 hrs
Place/Space: any, enough for a circle
- chair (optional)
Link to desription (doc): Keeper of the Keys
Multiple balls are kicked in a circle.
Number of People: 5–15
Time: 0,25 hrs
Place/space: Indoor/outdoor, flat surface of 20 to 40 m²
- You need several smaller balls (best suited are tennis balls or alike). Prepare as many balls as there are players.
Link to desription (doc): Don’t Stop the Ball
Building something together starts with organisation of the group.
Number of People: any
Time: 10–20 min
Place/space: Indoor, 10 m² per group
- paper (old newspapers, etc.)
- sticky tape
- weights (books, shoes, etc.)
- box (e.g. a shoe box)
Link to desription (doc): Building Bridges
Baking bread (or baking oven) is a trust building game for groups of 7 or more people.
Number of People: 7 or more
Time: 0,5 hrs
Place/space: Indoor/outdoor, 10 m² or more depending on group size
Link to desription (doc): Baking Bread
Versatile group dynamic game for larger groups for advanced teambuilding: Cross an “acid river” with a few objects and your ability to cooperate!
Number of People: 5–20
Time: 1–3 hrs
Place/space: Indoor/outdoor, at least 30–50 m²
- Flat stones or wooden blocks
- Wooden boards
- Towels, beer crates, buckets … whatever seems useful
Link to desription (doc): Acid River-TC