Ted Talk Friday: The urgency of intersectionality

You might have heard the term “intersectionality” floating around or maybe you are incredibly familiar with it, but I believe everyone can learn from this amazing Ted Talk given by Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw. Dr. Crenshaw describes what intersectionality is and how and why it matters. She provides clear examples that paint a picture of what the complex experience of prejudice and oppression look like. I watched this talk as part of my participation in Academics for Black Survival and Wellness, which was an incredible program to foster accountability and growth for non-Black people dedicated to anti-racist action; thank you to this organization for sharing this talk and creating a beautiful space for growth.

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Had you heard of intersectionality before this talk? Did you feel emotionally shaken after this talk?

Ted Talk Friday: The cost of work stress–and how to reduce it

I really enjoyed this Ted Talk; it was recorded in February of this year and it brought me back to a time before COVID-19 changed the landscape of our lives in the United States. I think the intersection of public health, psychology, and economics create one of the most compelling arguments for change at the individual, workplace, and policy level. While I wish Cooke tapped into the importance of socioeconomic status and the systemic disparities that exist in the United States more, he does a wonderful job of addressing this topic at a time when work stress, or stress related to unemployment, is at an all-time high. This talk is definitely worth a listen–the last few minutes are my favorite 🙂

 

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What did you think of the talk? Do you think about the cost of work stress in your own life?

Ted Talk Friday: In uncertain times, think like a mother

This title immediately caught my eye when looking at recent Ted Talks! I am very close with my mom, so I often go to her for questions and guidance. I really enjoyed this talk and I think it is particularly relevant for unprecedented and challenging times like these. My favorite quote from the talk: “When you think like a mother, you prioritize the needs of the many, not the whims of the few.” I hope you take the time to watch and enjoy it!

 

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Do you agree with the speaker? Did the Cornel West quote (“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public”) resonate with you?

Ted Talk Friday: The Power of Mindfulness

Happy New Year! One of my New Year’s resolutions is to live more mindfully, which is something I struggle with. Dr. Shauna Shapiro is a speaker, author and Professor of Psychology at Santa Clara University who makes mindfulness incredibly accessible. As I’m trying to incorporate mindfulness into my life more regularly, I have found videos like this to be particularly helpful. I hope you enjoy!

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Did you learn something new about mindfulness from Dr. Shapiro?

Ted Talk Friday: Don’t try to be mindful

Long time, no see! Sorry for the weeks of quiet (again). I have been living life and working hard in grad school, which has been so wonderful. I feel so lucky to have this opportunity to learn for a living for the next 5 years! In one of my courses, the professor assigned us this Ted Talk on mindfulness. Surprisingly, I had not seen this one yet, but I absolutely loved it! It might be my favorite mindfulness-focused Ted Talk to date.

I hope you enjoy this talk as much as I did!

Ted Talk Friday: The secret language of trees

My mom send me an article from brainpickings that featured this cool Ted Talk. It’s easy to get caught up in life and forget about the magic that is happening around us in nature. I loved this short Ted Talk that describes that hidden, and highly intricate, world of trees. I hope this talk gives you the chance to take a moment and appreciate the complexity of Mother Nature.

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Did you know about the hidden communication network that trees have?