Thursday, April 18, 2013

"Things That Make You Go Hmm..."

As an educational organization, we are thirsty for knowledge. We are always searching for new ideas and insights that will keep our work at the cutting-edge. Sometimes we discover a video to use in a course. Sometimes we discover a video that inspires us to ask new questions and challenges us to think critically about our work - and these don’t end up in our courses. The latter is what this blog post is all about. These videos, specifically TED talks, have sparked new conversations around our office, and we want to share them with the you! 


“It’s about knowing you’re not alone. It’s about understanding our neighbors in new and enlightening ways. It’s about making space for reflection and contemplation and remembering what really matters most to us as we grow and change.” - Candy Chang

“They fully embraced vulnerability. They believed that what made them vulnerable made them beautiful. They didn’t talk about vulnerability being comfortable nor did they really talk about it being excruciating...They just talked about it being necessary. They talked about the willingness to say I love you first. The willingness to do something when there are no guarantees.” - Brene Brown

“Vulnerability is not weakness. I define vulnerability as emotional risk, exposure, uncertainty. It fuels our daily lives. And I have come to the belief...that vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage; To be vulnerable, to let ourselves be seen, to be honest.” - Brene Brown