At the Movies: Think Local (TEDxUofM mini, Part Two)

The TEDxUofM event last Friday was fabulous. I don’t know how long it will be before they have the videos up, so I thought I’d try to find some other videos by the same people, just to whet your appetite. Here are more videos by or about presenters or their projects. Here was part one.


Out of the Blue: Positive Organizational Scholarship

“POSITIVE – POS research focuses explicitly on what is the best and most positive in organizations. It does not ignore or neglect what is normal or even dysfunctional, but it focuses on positive, exceptional, virtuous, and life-giving phenomena. We are open to the critical examination of “Positive for whom?” realizing that whether or not a phenomenon is positive depends upon who is judging. Our focus, however, tends to be on integrative solutions to this question, and the assertion that it is usually quality of the ongoing communicative processes that determine whether or not competing perceptions of the positive can be integrated.”


What I learned from Bo


Vort Port International Executive Director Spot

“Picture the world. What do you see? Our vision is a world where everyone has access to basic necessities such as clean water, basic transportation, clean and sustainable energy, lighting, and the opportunity to live a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.” Vort Port


Council: A Senior Passage from Seawall Productions on Vimeo.

Council: A Senior Passage:

“28 min. documentary about a unique high school senior year elective philosophy class. The teaching methods of the professor are far from standard. The students observe and learn from each other as they study the meaning of perspectivism. They turn the magnifying glass on their own lives in a process called “Council.””


Stereotyping the “Enemy”: Changing Arab and Muslim Portrayals Post 9/11

“The harmful influences of stereotypes depend not only on the repetition of distorted imagery, but also the omission of diverse imagery. What is absent in American popular culture are the important images of Arabs and Arab Americans who are business owners, family members, teachers, classmates, artists, engineers, neighbors, and who have made lasting contributions to society.” Why Stereotypes:

“Many of us know that such images are make-believe, but we need to confront the reality that stereotyping has a significant impact. On a mundane level, it influences everyday interactions. How many Arab and Muslim American women have been asked if they are oppressed or if they are now liberated since they live in the United States? On a more significant level, stereotyping a diverse group of people can influence government policies and even support war initiatives.” Evelyn Alsultany / Arab and Muslim stereotypes influence thought, policies


See this post for more information about these speakers.

TEDxUofM Untapped Voices, pt 2


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