Rethinking Charity

Redefining Charity and Meaning

You may know a few people who recently shaved off their “mo’s.” The month of Movember brings about a collective resurgence of facial hair across the world unrivaled since the 1970s. Across the world, mustaches are grown in support of raising awareness and funds for prostate cancer.

At TEDxToronto last November,  Adam Garone shared how Movember grew from 30 temporarily-mustached men in Australia to the world’s largest funder of prostate cancer research and support programs in less than a decade. It took plenty of persistence and risk-taking to get Movember started, but the key to its success was how personal and meaningful it was for everyone who participated.

Over four hundred thousand (and growing) Mo Bros and Sistas become ambassadors for Movember by “coming to this platform, embracing it in their own way and being significant, in their own life.”

(charitable causes) ifx
x=we became ambassadors for all of them

What other causes could we become ambassadors for and how could we make them significant in our own life?

Open Source Ecology

An open source formula for sustainable, decentralized industrialization

One of the main distinctions of a TED talk is its format: 18 minutes or less to communicate an idea worth spreading. But did you know there’s a whole category of TED talks that are 6 minutes or less? Some are even shorter!

Marcin Jakubowski’s talk at this year’s TED is an amazing example. With a PHD in nuclear fusion, Marcin became dissatisfied with the consumer lifestyle his career afforded him and became a farmer.

He soon discovered that farming would lead to financial ruin, mostly because the tools required are prohibitive and not all that accessible. He decided to try build them himself. And then he decided to open source his hardware, expanding to incorporate all the necessary tools for modern civilization.

The talk is simple, direct and groundbreaking. It also works nicely when we pop it into this year’s TEDxManitoba theme, (what)if ×:

(the necessary tools for modern civilization) if x
x=open source, accessible to everyone and sustainable

Rethinking Certainty and Fallibility

In another of our TEDx Talk re-takes leading up to TEDx Manitoba 2012, we re-present a popular presentation from outside the province at TED proper.

Earlier this year at TED2011, journalist and author Kathryn Schulz made “a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility” as human beings, based on her book, “Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error.”

And how might Schulz’s study of ‘wrongology,’ as she jokingly call it, translate into the (what)if × formula of TEDx Manitoba 2012? We might be demonstrating our own fallibility here, but it might look like this:

(standardized testing) if x
x=right answers can be as bad as wrong ones

Dare to rethink and be different at TEDx Manitoba 2012, and see whether the right path has you starting off on the wrong foot.

Have your own reformulation? We’d love to hear about it in the comments.

Reformulating Youth Crime

With a new year and a new theme for TEDxManitoba, we want to see everything open to intellectual and creative reinterpretation—even TED and TEDx talks themselves. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be revisiting some of our favourites and finding the recalculation in them.

At TEDxManitoba 2011′s compelling presentation, “Finding a Life Beyond the
Gang
,” CBC Radio’s Terry MacLeod invited a trio of young men on stage to reflect upon their reasons for once taking part in street-level organized crime.

Gripping and gritty, this conversation hinted at a complexity rarely allowed for by harsh, black-and-white discussions about the causes and curbing of crime.

In the quest to optimize social and community potential, life
beyond the gang begins with finding signs of life behind the gang. Can
we expand community efforts to re-direct the potential of these raw
forms of organization and productivity? What can be done to support
the efforts led by communities and families themselves to engage youth
lost to the street?

(Youth crime) if x
x= someone and somewhere else to turn to

At TEDx Manitoba 2012, we want to invite you to join us in leaving no thought unturned as we venture into unfamiliar territory.

What happens to youth crime when we reformulate it? How can this change the way we do things?