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When you shoot for the moon, great things can happen. In 2022, TEDxPearlStreet launched a modern day moonshot and invited the audience a chance to begin again: to imagine new possibilities, think outside the box, and disrupt the status quo. We are delighted to share our 2022 TEDx talks with you! 

Beyond Roe: The global fight for reproductive rights | Dawn Laguens | TEDxPearlStreet
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Beyond Roe: The global fight for reproductive rights | Dawn Laguens | TEDxPearlStreet

Two weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade, Dawn Laguens laid the foundation for how to rebuild the movement for reproductive rights in a post-Roe world. Since losing the constitutional right to abortion on June 24, 2022, the U.S. is reckoning with devastating fallout from government overreach into our private lives, and the fight for reproductive freedom has been irrevocably redefined. In this hopeful presentation, Dawn describes what the new fight for reproductive rights might look like, explains why we have to be truly transformative in our approach, and inspires us to engage in three strategies used successfully by reproductive freedom fighters in surprising places like Kenya, Peru and Burkina Faso. While our fights may not be exactly the same, our goals—such as securing rights like gender equity, agency, and access to necessary health care—are universal. Dawn Laguens is the Chief of Global Strategy and Innovation for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Planned Parenthood Global, and Planned Parenthood Action Fund and is changing the way cultures view sex, health and equality in the U.S. and around the world. A social impact strategist, award- winning writer and director, mother of triplets, and passionate advocate for people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, Dawn has dedicated her life’s work to fighting for access to care for millions of patients and advance reproductive rights and freedoms for all people. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
How to use design thinking to create objects of desire | Mei Xu | TEDxPearlStreet
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How to use design thinking to create objects of desire | Mei Xu | TEDxPearlStreet

NOTE FROM TED: TEDx events are independently organized by volunteers. The guidelines we give TEDx organizers are described in more detail here: http://storage.ted.com/tedx/manuals/tedx_content_guidelines.pdf How do you transport people during the pandemic from their home to the beaches of Bora Bora or to a rainy evening in Seattle so that they feel the peace and joy of a vacation? And how, in doing so, do business founders create multi-million-dollar global brands? The answer lies with Mei’s story on applying design thinking to everyday mundane products. Her theory is that the most ordinary products people use cannot deliver the perfect solution unless more innovation and passion driven businesses make them more desirable and enjoyable, while providing better sustainability, local jobs, and more thoughtful consumption! As the new consumers look for transparency, transformative experiences and meaning social connections, this is a moment to explore such opportunities! Mei Xu is a Chinese American entrepreneur. The founder and CEO of three global companies, Yes She May, BlissLiving Home® and Chesapeake Bay Candle®. Xu successfully negotiated the sale of Chesapeake Bay Candle to Newell Brands in 2017, a conglomerate with a $14 billion portfolio of consumer goods. Mei is now focused on helping women-owned consumer product companies grow and prosper with the Yes She May product platform. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
The future of climate change is personal | Will Hackman | TEDxPearlStreet
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The future of climate change is personal | Will Hackman | TEDxPearlStreet

There is a problem with climate crisis messaging––to the extent it is getting through at all, it is driving too many to despair, apathy, or polarization. By radically reframing our climate conversations around three simple principles, we can help people recognize their personal stake to the changing world around them, inspiring greater and more immediate connection to the issue and the collective buy-in for the rapid action society must take while we still can. After all, climate change is personal. Solving climate change’s many threats isn’t about “saving the Earth,” it’s about saving us and our place within nature before it’s too late. In this inspiring talk, Will Hackman shows us how we can take action, change beliefs, regain our optimism for a hopeful future, and see our own personal role in the changing world around us while inspiring new conversations and ways of looking at climate solutions. Will Hackman is a conservation and climate policy expert with more than a decade of global environmental issue advocacy. Will first developed a love for the ocean working as a commercial Alaskan fisherman, and since has dedicated his career to advancing public policies related to ocean and public land conservation as well as clean energy and the environment. He has attended four United Nations climate conferences and is a frequent climate policy expert voice online and in the media. Will is working on a book about radically reframing the climate conversation. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
Our Democracy is Worth Defending. Here’s How. | Trevor Potter & Jane Mayer | TEDxPearlStreet
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Our Democracy is Worth Defending. Here’s How. | Trevor Potter & Jane Mayer | TEDxPearlStreet

The American election system is complicated, to say the least -- but voting is one of the most tangible ways that each of us can shape our communities. How can we rebuild public trust in the American election system and move toward a more transparent, accountable and inclusive democracy? Former Chairman of the Federal Election Commission and current President of the nonpartisan organization Campaign Legal Center Trevor Potter and journalist Jane Mayer share a frank conversation about what’s needed to advance democracy and fight for every American’s right to participate in the democratic process. Trevor Potter is one of the nation's best-known and most experienced campaign and election lawyers. He is the President of the Campaign Legal Center, a former Commissioner and Chairman of the Federal Election Commission, and counsel to several Presidential campaigns. The American Bar Association Journal has described Trevor Potter as “hands-down one of the top lawyers in the country on the delicate intersection of politics, law and money.” During the 2020 election season, Trevor was named to the cross-partisan National Task Force on Election Crises. He is a member of the DC Bar and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. Jane Mayer is the chief Washington correspondent for The New Yorker, where she covers politics, culture, and national security. Previously, she worked at the The Wall Street Journal where she covered the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, the Gulf War, and the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 1984, she became that paper’s first female White House correspondent. Jane is the author of four best-selling books including “Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right,” which in 2016 the Times named as one of the ten best books of the year. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
Why diversity should not be the exception | Ché Bolden | TEDxPearlStreet
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Why diversity should not be the exception | Ché Bolden | TEDxPearlStreet

NOTE FROM TED: This talk contains a discussion of military activity. TEDx events are independently organized by volunteers. We've flagged this talk because it falls outside the content guidelines TED gives TEDx organizers. TEDx events are independently organized by volunteers. The guidelines we give TEDx organizers are described in more detail here: http://storage.ted.com/tedx/manuals/tedx_content_guidelines.pdf In order to be exceptional do you need to be an exception? Often, exceptional individuals from underrepresented and disadvantaged communities are perceived to be an anomaly–they are the exception. Ché Bolden has lived a life of service to this country, and while he has often been called “one of a kind,” today he’s not so sure that is a good thing. In this riveting talk, Ché shares his journey as a military aviator turned entrepreneur, and the results of a groundbreaking research report his company has recently completed on systemic bias in the USMC. Ché Bolden is a United States Marine Corps veteran with 26-years of experience and extensive operational expertise in political military affairs, international affairs, and critical infrastructure. He is now the President and CEO of The Charles F. Bolden Group, an executive leadership firm established for the global advancement of science and security. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
How listening to data can improve humanitarian aid | Sarah Fuhrman & Emily Janoch | TEDxPearlStreet
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How listening to data can improve humanitarian aid | Sarah Fuhrman & Emily Janoch | TEDxPearlStreet

To make humanitarian responses more effective and keep them from perpetuating gender inequality, we must change how we collect, analyze, and use data. This involves really listening to the communities we work with—particularly women—when they tell us what they need. By changing our decisions and systems to include not only data but also life experiences, we can create a better future and better serve those in crisis. Sarah Fuhrman is an attorney and humanitarian aid professional with more than a decade of experience in policy, advocacy, research, and operations. She has worked with a variety of organizations on issues including adherence to international law, food insecurity, gender equality, and the protection of civilians in conflict. Sarah has supported humanitarian responses in Afghanistan, DRC, Iraq, Kenya, Mexico, South Sudan, Thailand, and Yemen. She is the Director of Humanitarian Policy at InterAction and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Emily Janoch is the Director for Knowledge Management and Learning at CARE, focusing on ways to better learn from, share, and use implementation experiences on eradicating poverty through empowering women and girls in order to improve impact. With 16 years of experience, she is an expert in designing systems to capture and share information across many sources, and facilitating conversations with practitioners and decision makers. Emily holds a Masters' in Public Policy in Internationals and Global Affairs from the Harvard Kennedy School. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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TEDxPearlStreet is Washington DC's largest TEDx event, a platform for exceptional ideas, and a catalyst for change since 2019. We are a 100% volunteer-led non-profit organization.

 

Our mission is to spread ideas, build community, and change lives across the Washington DC metropolitan area, and the world. Throughout the year, our over 50 dedicated volunteers bring this mission to life through our flagship events and community programs. 

 

Created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading," the TEDx program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.

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