A review of some of the immensely popular “Ideas Worth Spreading” presented in TED Talks*. Eight class sessions, each offering an opportunity to watch multiple twenty minute (or less) presentations from the amazing TED Conferences and then engage in a lively discussion of the ideas that were presented. This term will provide access to new presentations never included in past “Ideas Worth Spreading” classes. These presentations will introduce students to the wide cross-section of interesting people representing many different disciplines that have offered thought-provoking dialog for our consideration through this marvelous program.
*TED conferences bring together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives. TED believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world.
Professional Bio: Education – BA Sociology, Michigan State University / Career: More than forty years in marketing research including quantitative survey design and analysis, focus group facilitation and in-depth qualitative analysis. I have experience in conducting research for clients across a variety of public and private industries working in advertising agencies in the Midwest and on both coasts and executive level posts in full service marketing research firms and consultancies. Currently my interests center on the study of human response to the “third act” or the wisdom years.
Personal Bio: With a career made up of deep dives into topics of interest to many different segments of the population, it is perhaps not a surprise that my personal interests are also varied. At various times, my interests have included outdoor sports (as proof - double black eyes from an adventure in white water kayaking), creative pursuits (e.g. studying the impacts of color on attitudes) and studies into alternative spirituality (reading animal cards from North American Indian beliefs). Since my youth I have enjoyed observing and writing about the patterns that I see in the interactions we have with each other as well as how we meet the challenges that life produces.