TED Talk Takeaway

After listening to my peers’ TED talks, I was able to engage myself and walk away with additional ideas and knowledge I did not have previously. Like wise, some classmates were able to touch on subjects, we lose sight of during every day life. Two classmates, spoke about the essence of tragedy and the impact it not only has on ourselves, but a community, city, or nation. We are all affected by tragedy throughout our lives, that is just the way of the world, however, what we can effect is the way we deal and cope with these tragedies. It is a shame, but usually it takes a tragedy for one to realize how lucky we truly are. The biggest takeaway I received from listening to these two TED talks on tragedy is the way we have the control to attack and view our lives. We maintain the control to live life to the fullest every single day. We do not have to let a tragedy dictate how we embrace life.

Tragedy

How To Give A TED Talk…

After watching a few TED talks on the TED website and watching fellow classmates attempt the daring call-to-action, it made me start understanding what I find most engaging while listenting to a TED talk. For me, the most important aspect of a TED talk is the overall purpose/idea and the call-to-action. This is the overall premis neede when presenting a TED talk. However, I believe the ‘catch’ to every talk is the story. The ability to grab the attention of the audience and hook them in with a relateable story or experience allows the speaker easier acces to provide inspiration. A good talk allow the audience to be at the edge of their seats, feeling inspired, and ready to hear the conclusion which ties everything together.

The most persuasive TED talks have been ones which reveal a story pertaining to an experience I have been through or can relate to, but continues on the path of curiosity; leaving the overall theme and idea for the end. As the audience finally reaches a heighten feeling of emotion the talk is all tied together to a uniformed gasp of understand by the members in attendance.

Below is one of my favorite TED talks which unvails that final ‘gasp’:

“Everybody Receives A Trophy?”

Participation Medal

The modern movement of this notion “everybody receives a trophy” is put on display in this talk, as realist Christopher Moffa unveils a societal push by adults to coddle and shield their children from the ways of the world.

As a society we are becoming increasingly soft and protective, causing children to grow-up in a different environment than generations past. Parents are the focus of the blame through their attempted efforts of equalizing the playing field. The days of having a first place are nearing extinction in favor of participation awards. Chris Moffa explains why.

The Wrath of Sandy Answered

Saint Joseph's Mens Lacrosse Members

About two weeks ago, Hurricane Sandy caused unbelievable destruction to the states of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The storm caused damage people would not think possible for these areas. I, as well as many students who attend Saint Joseph’s University, am from this area which was devestated by the affects of the hurricane. I have never heard or seen of the wreckaged which occurred in New York City. I for one never would have believed subways would be shut down, floods would rage through the streets, or parts of buildings would be ripped away. However, nothing compares to the horrible devestation left along the New Jersey shore line. Many friends and students have summer houses within this area, where they have (for 3 months out of the year) grown up since they were young. A place where they had many great memories and valuables. Hurricane Sandy almost effortlessly wiped out this entire are, with the exception of a few modern house, which were able to withhold the hurricane because of its new design.

When all finally settled, a group of students on the Men’s Lacrosse Team were determined to help the cause. A group of 12 players and 1 parent headed down to the town of Manahowkin on November 10th to aide those who were affected by the hurricane. The 12 men did not know what to expect going in, but felt the urge to assist those who (like a lot of themselves) were affected by the disasters. It was a small step toward helping rebuild a community, vacation house, and most importantly new memories. The experience turned to be a life changing experience none would ever forget. From the first house to the last, the men formed relationships with people overly appreciated of their efforts to help strangers take the first steps toward normalicy. By going down to the shore, we did not plan on bringing back the loss memories or valuables.  We planned on helping people begin to forge new ones and offer support to people who had been through a traumatic experience.

The event was an eyeopening experience for all 12 involved. We learned everyone had a different story from an elder couple who were persistent on attempting to save every little piece possible to a gentleman who asked us to literally gut his entire house by breaking down his walls. There were also people who just asked for simple help through cutting up some rugs or carrying out dressers. No matter what we did or who we did it for the results were still the same. We impacted the lives of everyone we helped that Saturday because we were able to represent a symbol of hope to people who were down to nothing. They were able to see people outside of their community care and wanted to be a part of their initial steps back to their normal lives. We all learned a great deal from the experience as well. We learned no matter how hard we think things are some times, there is always someone out there who needs help more than ourselves. The quote of the day when we asked people if they needed free labor instantly became, “No it’s okay, go help somebody else who needs the help more than I do.” Wow. This was coming from people who NEEDED the help, but still were thinking about others.

The only way to fix things is to forget about the past and begin to move toward the future. I believe we helped a handful of people do that, even if it was only for a day.

Jimmy Kimmel Live Halloween Challenge “FLIPPED”

Jimmy Kimmel Live Flip

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Attached is a link which will bring you to my “flipped” video for my TED lesson. I decided to take a different approach and “flip” a video which generates around the eagerness of parents to mess with their children any chance they receive. The video portrays parents who tell their children, while they were asleep the parent ate all of the Halloween candy gathered by their very own trick-o-treater. The children’s reactions are priceless, as well as the parents willingness to accept the challenge. Jimmy Kimmel Live is a great show, which prides itself on social experiments and how people act to conform within society.

I hope you enjoy the lesson as well as the video!

PSA – Don’t Forget Your School ID

Above is a PSA dedicated to the over importance placed upon a piece of plastic. A student ID no longer represents the identification of a student within the records of said university. However, these days a student ID is preventing students from every day activities which take place on campus such as: printing homework, entering the library, eating at the cafeteria, hanging out with friends, and working out. The over-protectiveness has now reached a new high. The PSA demonstrates the importance to remember, above all things (cell phones, credit cards, wallets, etc.), your student ID!