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Book Review: Do It Anyway

Courtney E. Martin spoke at TEDWomen about a generation overwhelmed by their mission to change the world.  Her new book, Do It Anyway, offers the stories of eight young people who find a way to make a difference in spite of their bewilderment.  From Rachel, who stood in front of bulldozers in Gaza, to Rosario, the Hollywood actress who struggles to choose the best way to use her celebrity to help others, these young men and women aren’t perfect, but they’re trying.

Learn more:

December 18, 2010 at 9:41 am Leave a comment

TEDWomen, In Their Own Words

Some of the speakers and other attendees at TEDWomen also blogged about their experiences there – check them out for a different perspective:

Christy Turlington Burns:

Liza Donnelly:

Liza on being interviewed by Christy:

A succinct list of highlights from Amanda Rose:

An excellent writeup from the Washington Post:

December 11, 2010 at 9:51 am Leave a comment

TEDWomen Recap

There were so many noteworthy talks, and not nearly enough time to blog them all.  They weren’t kidding about TEDWomen being an “immersive experience.”  I’ll continue to write posts about the speakers I’ve missed, and add links to the videos so you can see them for yourself.  In the meantime, my closing TEDWomen thought is that as world-changing as the speeches were, my favorite memories are of “unofficial” moments:

– Talking yoga with supermodel-author-maternal health advocate Christy Turlington Burns

–  Debating bitchiness in the workplace with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Hanna Rosin of Slate

– Swapping relationship advice with tennis star Liezel Huber

– Analyzing my amateur comic strip-drawing career with New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly

– Bonding with my “TED besties” Hanna and Heather

Enjoy the posts, enjoy the videos, and if TED comes to your town… go!

December 9, 2010 at 11:13 pm 2 comments

TED Flashback: Zainab Salbi

zainab salbi photoZainab Salbi of Women for Women International was in the audience, not onstage, at TEDWomen this week – but her talk from TEDGlobal earlier this year would have been right at home there:

“In war we often see only the frontline stories of soldiers and combat. AT TEDGlobal 2010, Zainab Salbi tells powerful “backline” stories of women who keep everyday life going during conflicts, and calls for women to have a place at the negotiating table once fighting is over.”

Video: “Women, wartime and the dream of peace”

December 9, 2010 at 9:54 pm Leave a comment

Kiran Bedi: “From a Prison to an Ashram”

Kiran Bedi was one of India’s top cops and was voted the most trusted person in the country.  In telling her story, she said that she, “didn’t mean to be different from the men, but it was different because I was different.”  She made a name as a proponent of tough, equal policing when she famously gave the Prime Minister a parking ticket!  To keep her from giving citations to any more VIPs, she was assigned to a prison: 10,000 prisoners, of which 600 were women and 9,400 were men.

On the first day of work, she said, “I asked them if they wanted to pray, and they said yes.  So I prayed for them, and things started to change.”  She started a mandatory prisoner education program with no budget, using prisoner volunteers as teachers.  She instituted meditation practice and a suggestion box and turned the facility “from a prison to an ashram.”

For more on Kiran Bedi:

December 8, 2010 at 4:01 pm Leave a comment

Rachael Ray: “You don’t have to be rich to have a rich life”

Over lunch, Rachael Ray described her experience of how food brings families together, and enables the moments of humor, fun, and connection that make a life rich.  She also told us that “everything I need to know I learned as a waitress”: Serve others with a smile.  Work hard and take pride in a job well-done.  Give people what they need and not what you think they should have.

She also described her efforts to educate kids about nutrition and good food, Yum-O!

For more on Rachael Ray:

For more on Yum-O!:

December 8, 2010 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

Surprise Guest: Hillary Clinton!

Between talks, the TED hosts announced a surprise guest: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton!  Sec. Clinton said that “the rights and roles of women and girls are a central tenet of American foreign policy.”  Women’s rights, she noted, are “not just a moral or humanitarian or fairness issue.  It’s a security and prosperity and peace issue… in the vital interest of the United States of America.”

She also took a moment to share her sadness at the passing of Elizabeth Edwards, praising her “fierce intelligence, passion, and sense of purpose.”

To read the text of Sec. Clinton’s speech:

December 8, 2010 at 2:40 pm Leave a comment

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