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A highlight from Down and Dirty: The Global Fertilizer Dilemma
"Feeding the world is a big job, and it requires something we seldom think about over lunch. Fertilizer. It takes over 3 .7 billion metric tons of food per year to feed the 8 billion people on the planet. And growing that food requires enormous quantities of fertilizer. It's something nobody notices when things are running smoothly, but recently a combination of the COVID pandemic and sanctions from the war in Ukraine have shown how dependent the world is on a few fertilizer producers. When those producers fail to supply, problems mount quickly, especially for countries that are already contending with hunger and food insecurity. My name is Gabrielle Sierra, and this is Why It Matters. Today we're getting down and dirty with fertilizer. There is no effective solution to the food crisis without reintegrating Ukraine's food production as well as the food and fertilizer produced by Russia and Belarus into world markets despite the war. Global food insecurity has never been more urgent. What was a wave of hunger is now a tsunami of hunger. If I were to summarize it in one sentence, I would say without the use of fertilizers, we would not be able to produce enough food to feed the population that we currently have in the world. This is Laura Cross. She's the Director of Market Intelligence at the International Fertilizer Association, which represents the global fertilizer industry. Most people usually don't have fertilizer in the forefront of their mind when they think about the way the world works and how different factors come together. But actually, fertilizers has a really significant impact on the food that is produced around the world and ultimately how many people our planet can sustain. What exactly is fertilizer? The way that I would explain fertilizer to the everyday person who isn't involved in the agriculture market or isn't a farmer themselves is that these are the crucial nutrients that are required to facilitate the growth of any given crop or plant. We think about this in terms of three macronutrients, and these are nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. And these three nutrients are required to facilitate plant growth. It's very difficult to replace the level of yield growth that we've seen over the last 50 years or so with any sort of natural alternative. The way that the world has been able to grow and support a larger population is through intensive agriculture, and that has come as a result of fertilizer use. From 1950 to 2022, the world's population ballooned from 2 .5 billion people to 8 billion, and it continues to grow quickly every year. To accommodate that, global food production has to constantly grow as well. The most important foods in the equation are grains, like rice, wheat, and maize, which supply half of the world's calorie needs and which require a lot of fertilizer to grow. In 2019, the U .S. used nearly 20 million metric tons of fertilizer to produce more than 420 million metric tons of grain. And since then, fertilizer prices have nearly doubled, hurting the pocketbooks of farmers and leading to limited yields of fertilizer -intensive crops. And what has happened over the last 12 to 18 months has been a number of concurrent disruptions in the fertilizer sector. If we go back to COVID -19 starting off in 2020, really the first impact that we saw on the fertilizer market was something pretty similar to all commodities around the world, whether it was energy, whether it was consumer goods, anything that requires any sort of global trade of crossing borders. We saw an impact of the COVID -19 lockdowns on the ability to transport goods around the world. COVID -19 has really been interrupting supply chains for major global manufacturers around the world. Electronics, autos, medical equipment, industrial machinery, pharmaceuticals. That in itself didn't last too long because fertilizers were quite quickly recognized as being essential goods, so they should be registered as being exempt from any restrictions on movement. However, something else that happened as a result of COVID -19 was a renewed emphasis on food security at the national level. So one of the first things that governments tend to do when there is the threat of either a shortage of food or potentially a shortage of inputs to their food production is they think about, are there any ways that they can protect the domestic supply? We saw a few examples of this that impacted the fertilizer market where countries that were either producing and exporting fertilizer products were wanting to keep more of that domestically to be prioritized to the domestic population, or if they were importers of fertilizers, they tried to get ahead of any potential issues with sourcing products, so they actually were buying more potentially than they normally would do for fear of there not being enough. And what that does is that creates a bit of a domino effect where there is a really significant increase in interest and importance placed on the domestic supply of fertilizers. These types of self -protective moves can further disrupt supply chains. For example, in 2021, China, the world's second largest producer of fertilizer, curbed its fertilizer exports. This led to global disruptions that are still being felt today. So why haven't you heard all about this on the news? One reason fertilizer supply shocks tend to go under the radar is that their effects don't materialize instantly. It can take months or even a year before the effect on food security becomes clear. Then if we look more recently to the war in Ukraine, one of the biggest issues that we've seen is the impact of sanctions on some fertilizer producers or on the owners of fertilizer producing companies. As sanctions continue to mount against Russia, exports
TED Talks Daily
A highlight from Are life-saving medicines hiding in the world's coldest places? | Normand Voyer
"I'm Ilyce Hu, you're listening to TED Talks Daily. What if cures to future pandemics or rare diseases exist in nature, but they're trapped in the great white snowy north? Chemist Norman Voyer specializes in organisms that thrive in the harsh freezing cold. His 2023 talk from TED at Destination Canada introduces us to the promising possibilities of northern ecosystems and why its quick warming is so worrying after a break. As a natural product chemist, I've always been inspired by those wonderful chemical substances we found in nature, especially the chemicals that are made by living organisms from cold environments. And today I want to bring you along my incredible journey into discovering the molecular treasure hiding in plants and other organisms thriving in the cold. OK, now I know what you might be thinking, Norman, this just isn't for me. Chemistry was my worst subject in school and I hate being cold. Why on earth should I keep listening? To which I say, stay with me. Because I'm convinced that there's some amazing chemicals hiding in the north, which perhaps mean that the next wonder drug to treat some of the nasty diseases that plagues us humans is just waiting to be discovered. But we might not discover it without your help. Are you intrigued now? Good. But before we go on with the chemistry, I want to give you a quick geography lesson. When we talk about the Canadian north, we talk about the land, which is north of the 55th parallel. This includes most of the parts of Nunavik and Nunavut. And this land is really famous for beautiful landscape. It's famous for polar bear. It's famous for northern lights and it's famous for Santa Claus. But despite these famous icons, the great white snowy north is still largely unexplored. And that's especially true at the molecular level. And my team and I hypothesize that the northern ecosystem must be producing fantastic, unknown chemical fascinating with properties. Why? Because of the harsh conditions and the unique stresses plants, fungi and other organisms are experiencing in the north. They must produce chemical to protect themselves from these stresses. For example, imagine the sunburn you would get sunbathing for over 20 hours a day for a month. Well to survive, you would need a tremendously good sunscreen. That's exactly what lichens have in the northern ecosystem. To protect themselves from UV radiations, they fabricate defense chemical that blocks UV rays with an outstanding efficiency. And that's only one of the defense chemicals we know about. And we believe that there are many, many more hiding up there. And a couple of years ago, my group and I began our endeavors to prove this. Now let me bring you to Umuak Nunavik, a small Inuit village on the coast of the Hudson Bay. And we were interested there. We collected and we looked at the grayish lichens that have been very scarcely investigated. Sterocolon paschale. Now this lichens is found only in an ecosystem with very harsh climate conditions. And almost nothing was known at that time on its chemical content, so we thought it was a great species to investigate. So even though Sterocolon paschale is quite abundant in Nunavik, we always try to minimize our footprint. So we sample only 100 grams of the lichens. And we brought it back to our lab at Université Laval in Quebec City. There we cleaned it and then we crushed it at minus 190 degrees Celsius using liquid nitrogen. And this step is essential to release the natural substances within the lichen cell. We then transferred the sample in the form of pulp using different solvents in a process called maceration. And after we filtered the sample and evaporated the solvents, and we obtained what we call a crude lichen extract. And for natural product chemists, that's when the fun starts. Through careful chromatographic separation and many other techniques and years of work, we've been able to separate, purify and identify for the first time ever 13 natural substances in Sterocolon paschale. Now I know, your minds are exploding right now, but wait, there's more.
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A highlight from A foster care system where every child has a loving home | Sixto Cancel
"Welcome to Rethinking, my podcast on the science of what makes us tick. I'm an organizational psychologist and I'm taking you inside the minds of fascinating people to explore how they think and what we should all rethink. This season we're exploring how parents often send their kids the wrong message about achievement. I do think it's a really bold thing to assume that your definition of success is the same as your kid's definition of success. Find and follow Rethinking with Adam Grant wherever you're listening. People ask me all the time, what is the toughest part about growing up in the foster care system? I was an 11 -month -old baby when I was placed in foster care. By the time I was in the third grade and I was about nine, I was adopted. I was giving a new forever family, but it was far from a loving home. I was consistently referred to as the N -word. The refrigerator couldn't be touched. She cared more about that check than she did me. By the time I was 15, I was sick of it. I knew that I needed to take matters into my own hands. So after watching Law and Order, the show, thank God for Olivia Benson, I realized something. I needed to get the evidence of what was happening to me. So I took a recorder and I took some tape and I taped that recorder to my chest. And I got the evidence that I needed to get back into the foster care system. Even without abuse, foster care is a tough experience. You don't know what's actually going to happen to you. You're placed with a stranger and you're expected to become family. But if you don't fit in, if you act up a little bit too much, you will find yourself in a new home with new school, new rules, new everything. When I was placed back in foster care at 15, I thought that that was the end of my storm. But it was just the beginning of the next storm. I didn't go back home, went to a few different homes. But unlike many, I was placed in a nonprofit program where I got ready to live on my own. The foster care system is not doing a good job of raising children. Unsupported foster youth are two to three times more likely to have negative outcomes related to homelessness, incarceration, being sexually trafficked. The mental toll is severe. I want you to think about war veterans. Foster youth are two times more likely than war veterans to experience and suffer from PTSD. This is why I started Think of Us, because this is the current result of the foster care system. It's designed wrong. So we approach problems differently. We actually engage those who are impacted. We ask questions. We listen. We take the collective experience of thousands of people who are impacted and turn that into data and insights that then we know what are the most broken pieces of the system and where we can start to redesign it. We work with leaders across the entire sector, people with lived experience, to co -design new solutions. And then we do whatever it takes to implement those solutions. I want to give you an example. We overwhelmingly heard from teenage foster youth that they were being misplaced in group homes. The system was acting like they have nowhere to place these children. Turned around, we sent our researchers out, and what they were able to reveal was that the majority of those children actually had extended family members that they could have lived with. On top of that, that they were having these very traumatic experiences. We collected those voices and lifted them up. The vibration of the truth of what they shared with us was so strong that it helped inform litigation brought on by the United States Department of Justice, the Civil Rights Division. It helped inform an investigation into institutional abuse by these for -profit group homes by the United States Senate. It helped inform an amicus brief that went to the United States Supreme Court. That is the power of lived experience. The key to transformation is lived experience. For the past eight years, we've listened to thousands of young people. And it's become so clear that there's one key thing that we need to transform. And that is who children in foster care get to live with. Kin. We believe that kin can transform the foster care experience. Kinship care
TED Talks Daily
A highlight from Is someone you love suffering in silence? Here's what to do | Gus Worland
"Hu. You're listening to TED Talks Daily, and you're about to hear a story of deep grief and vulnerability. One that wound up bringing people together in Australia and now around the world. In his talk from the TED 2023 stage, mental fitness advocate Gus Warland offers ways we can all do our part to bring suicide deaths to zero. I want to talk about my mentor. I want to talk about the day that I got a phone call saying that he had died. And I want to talk about the moments later in the same phone call that I'd heard that he'd actually taken his own life. And I'm saying this because I want you to listen and also think about all the people that you love and adore, and you cannot imagine living without in your life as you're listening to me talk. My friend, my mentor, my father figure, Angus, I truly loved him. My father left the family home when I was quite young, and he took on the mantle to look after me. I'd known him from a very young age. He taught me how to swim. He was my cousin's boyfriend, then my cousin's husband, and he was just my go -to guy. When I was starting to date girls and I wasn't sure what to do, I'd ring him up and I'd ask him, hey, what do you think? What's going on? How should I perhaps do this? When I ended up working for him years and years later in a big multi -corporate, I'd always go to him for workarounds. How can I get this deal done? He always seemed to be that guy that I could turn to and he'd always give me the right answer. Not only me, I remember walking around the corner at work one day and there's always someone in his office. There was always someone waiting for him. If you rang him up, he was always on the phone. He'd ring you back. He always seemed to be that guy that had people to him asking for help, asking for favours, asking for support. He was good -looking, beautiful wife, my cousin, three beautiful children. Why would someone like that take their own life? Why would they? Makes no sense to me. At the funeral and talking to people after the funeral, just the frustration. Did you know? Did you know? Did you know? Did anyone know? Did you get a clue? Of course, everyone's saying no. I didn't have a clue. In fact, he was just like you're saying. He was my go -to guy. He seemed to tick all the time, just know what to say at the right time and he seemed to be able to work his way both personally and with work to get life done and he was successful. I told that story on a breakfast show that I was on called The Grill Team in Sydney, Australia. I was on there for 11 years and one morning I decided to be vulnerable. One morning I said, you know what? I'm going to talk about my friend because we were six years into that 11 -year stint and I'd never really spoken much about myself. We spoke about sport. We spoke about telling jokes. We did things like ticket giveaways and concert giveaways and fun stuff. We wanted to get people driving to work or listening to us having fun. We didn't want to sort of drag them down with personal stuff or being vulnerable. But one morning, 4 .30 in the morning, sitting around the production table with the producers and my co -hosts, I said, I'm going to be vulnerable today. I'm going to talk about something that I haven't spoken about before and it's been eating away at me and I want to do it. And they supported me. We'd been on for a long time. We were like brothers. We said, you know what, mate? Whatever you want to do, let's go for it. So 8 .05, just after the 8 o 'clock news, a Hollywood hour in Radio Land, we flicked on the mics and I told the story that I just told you guys. It was hard. I was getting support from my co -hosts. I got the words out eventually a today, emotional stuff, certain things trigger you. But what was truly happening behind me was all the phone lines into the radio station were flashing, which means people were phoning in. Normally those lines would be futuring up to be part of the show, to tell a joke, to win a concert ticket, to win a movie ticket. All of a sudden, all those lines were flashing. Didn't quite realise why. The producer comes in and says, we've got all these people that want to thank you for telling your story. I thought, that's nice. I put myself out there. It is nice to get a little bit of love like that. So we started putting a few calls through. Not only were they telling me thank you for telling that story, more importantly, it was like we'd given them a green light. We'd given them permission to talk about the stuff that they wanted to talk about. All of a sudden, in a safe place, like a radio station where they'd normally laugh their way to work, we'd given them a little opportunity to talk about the stuff that's truly important to them, the stuff that they had in their bellies, the stuff banging around in their heads that they never thought they would get a chance to talk about. So what we did for the next 90 minutes was just the most beautiful radio that I've ever been involved in. We took no traffic reports, no news reports. We played no music. We just had 90 minutes of people bumbling and fumbling and getting their way through conversation a of gravity with us in the radio studio. There was moments. Thank you. It was impressive. So many people went, you know what? I'm diving in here. I'm talking about my stuff now because he spoke about that. All strangers listening to each other on the radio all gave each other permission to have a chat. There was moments of true silence.
TED Talks Daily
A highlight from The timeless, ancient language of art | Wangechi Mutu
"With intricate detailed patterns, a sign that whomever had carved them knew one day they would be seen and admired. These ancient voices from the past spoke of the wealth and the bounty that existed, showing the importance of making, recording, and representing ourselves. Art is that ancient language that we've been using for longer than written text. We've left messages for each other. Using art. Messages that travel across the expanse of time and culture, reminding us where we come from. As long as I can remember, I've been making art, and I've always made art about women. I've created figures with female bodies that sometimes look like pregnant creatures or wounded and then repaired women. I've made a hybrid humans and even fierce feminine machines. All to show how the female body is a powerful sight onto which culture expresses its feelings of worthiness of desire or distaste. Of divinity or decrepitude of belonging or loss. The images I make like the ones I saw carved on those ancient desert rocks are essentially the representation of the presence of the female in all of us. Growing up in Nairobi in the 1970s, Kenya had every appearance of a happy wholesome, modernized country. We had fought, reclaimed, and celebrated our independence from a tyrannical British rule. But there were, and there still are old skeletons in colonial traumas rattling in our closets. When I was ten years old, whilst our second president was in office, there was an attempted and failed coup. The president behaved increasingly paranoid and authoritarian, and he placed restrictions on all types of freedoms of expression. People began to disappear. Journalists, preachers, artists, teachers. Even my relatives who were vocal about the government began to vanish. Kenyan people were rendered invisible, small, and silent. And I wanted to get out. And I did through my mind by creating art and imagining places I could go where I could communicate freely and fearlessly. Within a few years time I found myself in New York and though I immediately felt far and removed from my country, my mind remained clear and determined because I'd carried inside of me the language of my ancestral home. The cacophony of this big new city was disorienting at first. It was unlike dusty, green Nairobi. But with time, I found my creative rhythm. Gathering all manner of pictures and knick knacks, some sentimental others unfamiliar, collecting, discarded objects, old pictures, even letters. I cut and assembled them. And as I glued them together, I put myself together. Slicing out pictures from magazines and books found on the streets of the city I transformed them into large paintings with figures that were disjointed, but whole distorted but strangely beautiful. I stuck these fragments into imagine me environments that seem frightening and violent, but always alluring and otherworldly. It was my way of creating order and grace away to remember who and where I'd come from. Mending and healing in order to triumph. After harvesting so much paper and producing so, so many collages. I felt it was time to step back and let go time to purge and shred this excess paper and these materials that I had collected for years. And I did. Turning it all into a dark, thick paper clay, which I used to create my first large sculpture. A reclining woman with open arms and her eyes facing forward, a figure who could see a new beginning on its way, titled she's got the whole world in her. As I visited and returned from my childhood home, I came back with all types of rocks and branches, pots, and beads, and each shell, each bone, each feather I found, I used in the work weaving back that deep connection to my home soil. I sculpted these giant earth queens. And placed the small mementos inside of them. Archiving my memories and experiences with family and friends.
Nonprofits Are Messy: Lessons in Leadership | Fundraising | Board Development | Communications
A highlight from Ep 181: How Hybrid Meetings Can Be Remarkably Effective (with Priya Parker)
"Today I've got some good news and some bad news. I'm an optimist by nature, so I'll start with the good news. You can create really productive and valuable hybrid gatherings. Three folks in the office and a bunch of your team on Zoom. You've not had that experience, have you? A productive and valuable hybrid gathering. Truth, me neither. I have a team of about 16 and we had this meeting with 5 of us here in the office. And everyone else in their little tiny zoom square. I had almost wished we'd all been on Zoom because it felt so weird. Like really awkward. Not to mention that we were engaged in what was a difficult conversation about diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. So I have been there too. And when I learned from my guest today that hybrid gatherings can actually work, she had me at hello. Here's the bad news. Am I being a bit facetious? The way to get one hybrid meeting right is to plan for three meetings. Okay? I know, I know. You barely have time to plan for one. I see your head in your hands. Please don't hit pause. Stay with me. We all need to get this right. And Priya Parker, who is the author of one of my favorite books, the art of gathering, has as she always does. Very wise insights and practical advice. Join us for a terrific conversation. Greetings and welcome to nonprofits are messy. I have your host, Joan Gary, founder of the nonprofit leadership lab, where we help smaller nonprofits thrive. I'm also a strategic adviser for executive directors and boards of larger nonprofits. I'm a frequent keynote speaker, a blogger, and an author on all things leadership and management. You can learn more at Joan Gary dot com. I think of myself as a woman with a mission to fuel the leadership of the nonprofit sector. My goal with each episode is to dig deep into an issue I know that nonprofit leaders are grappling with by finding just the right person to offer you advice and insights. Today is no exception. Priya Parker is a facilitator, strategic adviser, acclaimed author of the art of gathering how we meet and why it matters and the executive producer and host of The New York Times podcast together apart. Trained in the field of conflict resolution, Priya has spent 20 years guiding leaders and groups through complicated conversations about community, identity, and vision at moments of transition. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two kids, Priya, it is fabulous to see you again and I'm so glad you could join us. It is fabulous to be with you, Joan. It's always such a pleasure for me. So let's have some fun and talk about hybrid gatherings. Everyone hits pause. So in 2018, oh, so many years ago. In the before times. In the tackled times, you tackled what is always a gnarly topic. Meetings. How we meet. Why meetings matter? I have referred dozens of clients to your book and its core tenets. It's been so helpful to so many people, but who knew who knew how valuable your voice would be as we move through a global pandemic when we simply could not meet in person. And now we have landed in the alien world called the hybrid universe. But before we get to hybrid, let me ask my favorite gathering guru, a few questions about the depths of the pandemic. How did the pandemic shape your understanding of gatherings? What did you learn? It made me realize that whether we are in person meeting or online meeting, that the core infrastructure and the core need was kind of the same. And when I remember back to everything shutting down, I remember the face off between south by Southwest conference organizers and the town of Austin. It was sort of at least in my mind and my world. That was like the biggest gathering that was debating whether to be canceled or not when it was sort of all falling down. Mine was my eldest daughter's wedding. So I may have been more focused on the fact that her wedding was canceled than on south by Southwest. But do carry on. Yes. And I remember watching the standoff and this kind of amazing conversation happening and reckoning and so I was also very traumatic conversation happening on Twitter, which was at some level debating the infrastructure of this gathering, right? Who's the host? Is it the city of Boston? Is it the organizers? Who is responsible for canceling this thing? What is the purpose of this thing? Couldn't all of the independent films just launch online and we could live stream it and view it. Could we crowd source to pull together for the artists that had spent their entire budget? Assume for the year before, assuming that they'd make it all back by playing itself by. All of these kind of core questions were being litigated on tweet by tweet and as I was watching this kind of all come tumbling down. I realized that the core questions that facilitators and team leaders and sociologists ask about gathering. All of a sudden are kind of being democratized. Oh. Everyone was starting to ask these questions. What is the purpose? Where should this happen? How many people should be part of it? Why are we doing this?
TED Talks Daily
A highlight from The incredible creativity of deepfakes -- and the worrying future of AI | Tom Graham
"My podcast on the science of what makes us tick. I'm an organizational psychologist, and I'm taking you inside the minds of fascinating people to explore how they think and what we should all rethink. This season, we're exploring how AI chat bots are changing work and life. So I post on social media every single day and starting about December 5th. I would say every single post I have written, someone will comment to chat to PT right this. Whether I can detect it or not, I have an audience of million plus that is saying, I don't trust that. I don't trust that. I don't trust that. And so it's this battle of proving to the world that you can be trustworthy. It's a very strange situation to be in in and out of the classroom. Find and follow rethinking with Adam grant, wherever you're listening. So Tom, your company became prominent on the Internet with the release of a fake Tom Cruise video, deep Tom Cruise that I think attracted like a billion views on TikTok and Instagram.
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A highlight from What makes a "good college" -- and why it matters | Cecilia M. Orphan
"Hey everyone, it's Adam grant. Welcome to rethinking. My podcast on the science of what makes us tick. I'm an organizational psychologist, and I'm taking you inside the minds of fascinating people to explore how they think and what we should all rethink. This season we're exploring how to stop beating ourselves up with cognitive scientists and incoming Dartmouth president. I think oftentimes what happens when we feel really nervous or anxious about our performance and we're not always confident in our ability to succeed is that we often try and control what we're doing. We try and control the outcome. And this can actually really derail what would otherwise happen more on autopilot. Find and follow rethinking with Adam grant, wherever you're listening. Because someone college for professor, I'm going to start with a pop quiz. I want you to think of the best college in the country. One that you would absolutely love to get into. One that would change your life completely. Okay, do you have it? I'm guessing if I went to the audience right now and asked a hundred different people, which college they chose, I'd hear the same names over and over and over again. And that's because we have a huge problem in higher education. We say we want colleges to be more equitable, more transformational, more accessible. But we tend to obsess over a tiny group of colleges, most of us could never get into. And it's not because we aren't smart enough. It's because there isn't enough space for all of us. These schools intentionally kept the number of students that they accept. It's why a keel bellow, an advocate for fairness and college admissions, calls them something else. They're not prestigious universities. They're highly rejected colleges. Places like Harvard stand for Yale, Princeton, MIT. And I'm not saying these schools are bad, they're obviously major research institutions. But our cultural obsession with a limited group of highly rejected colleges has major consequences. I'm the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college. And Portland state university, a regional public university in Portland, Oregon, truly changed my life. But for a long time, when someone at a networking event asked me where I went to college, I worried that they judged my intellect and my aspirations when I answered. Now I research higher education to understand how our perceptions of which colleges are good, shape important decisions we make about which schools to fund, donate to a ten and send our children to. Regional public universities for short are the exact opposite of highly rejective colleges. You can spot them because they're name tells you which communities they serve. Western Colorado university. Northern Kentucky university, eastern Washington university. In New York, they're the Sunni and the cuny schools. In California, they're the 23 CSU campuses. They're called normal schools in China, Faust shulin and Germany and provincial colleges in Canada and Italy. These are the universities that train the nurses who take care of you when you go to the hospital.
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A highlight from Lessons from losing my mind | Andy Dunn
"When I was 20, I was the messiah. For about a week, and for those of you who haven't had the privilege of being the messiah, I have to tell you something. It is awesome. Imagine, you are the person that's going to save the world. Bring peace on earth and no one knows it yet, but you. I arrived as the second coming, my senior year of college. New Year's Eve, 1999. After a night of partying, I came to a stunning conclusion. I was Jesus two. For the next hundred hours, I couldn't eat, I couldn't sleep, but I did spend a fair amount of time preaching my gospel at the Burger King and Evanston. Turns out, though, and this may be a disappointment to my supporters that I was in fact not the messiah. I was just a 20 year old Midwestern kid having a manic episode. Later diagnosed as a symptom of bipolar disorder type one. And it was very much not awesome for my family and my Friends. And so what exactly is a manic episode? Typical symptoms include a lack of sleep, grandiosity, relentless optimism, high risk behaviors, racing speech, and ideas that are seen as delusional. Does that remind you of anyone? Because it sounds to me like an entrepreneur having a good day. And in fact, it is estimated that 3% of all of us have bipolar, a staggering number in its own right, for entrepreneurs, that number is 11%. And at the intersection, hi mom, that's me. The best of both worlds. And it's not just bipolar. According to a study from the University of California at San Francisco. Entrepreneurs also over index in ADHD in depression and in substance use. And maybe this correlation between neurodiversity and innovation shouldn't surprise us. After all, to be an entrepreneur, is to conjure things that aren't really yet. That sort of invention. That sort of vision requires more than a little bit of magical thinking. A vision that might seem fantastical to others at first is later deemed to be obvious, like, say, flying through the air and a huge metallic capsule, a 30,000 feet and 575 miles an hour. For me, that vision get ready for it was pants. It's always been pants. Okay, well, not exactly. My vision was one for a world where brands would be built Internet first. And so in 2007, I cofounded a menswear ecommerce company called bonobos. Now I know what you might be thinking. Selling pants online is not that remarkable of a vision. But in 2007, it was improbable. Think about it. Amazon was barely focused on fashion. Apple had only just launched the iPhone, mobile commerce, and the App Store were just a twinkle in the eye. Facebook didn't have an ad platform. That's by the way where you acquire customers for a digital brand. And essential tools for digital storytelling, like Instagram and TikTok, it didn't even exist. Instagram was three years away from being created and TikTok was 9 years away. Maybe that was a good thing at the time. Every venture capitalist we pitched said the same thing. You guys are crazy. Which is an interesting word choice if you think about it in this context. Against these odds over the next decade, we went on to raise a 100 million in venture capital. To sell over a million pairs of pants to invent an inventory free retail store in open 60 of those, creating ultimately over 500 jobs, the company was acquired a decade after founding by the world's largest retailer by revenues. Itself in its own process of digital transformation for over 300 million. Building any brand now in Internet first is commonplace. It's table stakes. It's obvious. Maybe it wasn't so crazy after all. But there was a dark side to this success. Friends and mentors and other business leaders warned me that the entrepreneurial journey was filled with dramatic mood swings, highs and lows. They even call startups what? A roller coaster. In so my bipolar disorder was cloaked, not as symptoms of an illness or a condition, but symptoms of a job. I cycled through a couple of mood states. Dizzyingly productive periods of hypomania, a misunderstood moon state that is a diluted form of mania without the telltale psychosis that leads to a diagnosis of bipolar one. But all of the increased energy and creativity and ideation in joie de vivre in earning the candle at both ends. You can get a lot done when you're hypomanic. Alternating with, devastating periods of depression. For me, both mild and severe, often 50 or a hundred days at a time, catatonic can't get out of bed, disappearing on the team, unable to go to work. Sometimes undesirable of living. In all of it was amplified by what was happening at work, a gutting cofounder divorce, a rotating door of executive turnover, maddening an expensive flights into shiny new objects and distracting ideas, often driven by hypomania in a whopping cash flow burn rate that at times reached $5 million a month. It's hard to do actually. But we did it. In all of it boiled over in 2016. I was leading a team of 400 people when the mania that I hadn't experienced since I was preaching the gospel at Burger King when I was 20. Kim raging back. In a manic episode at my New York apartment, I rose from my bed, literally howling at the moon. Convinced I was the president and Batman, which is actually a high potential combination if you think about it. And then the darkness really set in. I smashed my fist into a glass window pane. And worst of all, I struck my now wife, manuela. And pushed and kicked her mother Lenny to the ground. As they tried to protect me, to prevent me from running naked into the streets of Greenwich Village. When I saw Lenny two weeks later, I thought it would be for the last time. And instead, she put her hand on my hand, and she said something I'll never forget. In something I hope all of you never forget. She said, Andy, this is just like any chronic physical illness. All you have to do is see your doctor and take your medication. And if you do, and if manuela wants to stay with you, then you have my blessing. And I started crying as you might imagine. And
After The Fact
A highlight from Event Rebroadcast: Reflections on America Then and Now
"Welcome to after the fact for the pew charitable trusts I'm Dan le duc. We're continuing our coverage of a special event to commemorate pew's 75th anniversary that's focused on strengthening democracy in America. It's a conversation between filmmaker Ken burns, the president of the Pew Research Center, Michael dimmock, and Beverly Kirk, who directs Washington programs for Syracuse university, and serves as a professor at the SI newhouse school of public communications. We begin with professor Kirk. Good morning, everyone. And welcome back to today's event commemorating Pugh 75th anniversary. And we are continuing our discussion this morning about strengthening democracy with a look at trust and institutions, trust in each other, and what the latest data have to say about all of this. To put it into perspective, I am joined by filmmaker Ken burns, and Pew Research Center, president Mike dimmock. Thanks so much for being here. And let's jump right in with the first question. So what is the overall state of American confidence in democracy? I understand you have some new numbers to share with us. Yeah, thank you Beverly. We don't want to get too gloomy, but we do care about the facts. And the facts are right now that America isn't a kind of gloomy place. I think in a way, almost surprisingly, if you had told me two years ago, we'd be worried about an economy that was too hot, which wasn't really even a phrasing we were talking about, that we'd be where we are with our COVID rates, not necessarily done, but feeling a little bit better that we would have passed major pieces of legislation, addressing climate, addressing all sorts of issues, global competitiveness, that we would have had a midterm election that went pretty smoothly and wasn't really contested. And I might have told you then, wow, we'd be feeling really good as a country, right? We have some rough patches, and we're feeling all right. But we're not, really. The poll we put out this morning shows America in a pretty gloomy spot. satisfied with the state of the nation. That's pretty low. But we were asking too about people's outlook and people's looking back. And the outlook is very gloomy. We have fewer people confident in the future of our country than we've seen in previous polling over the last decade or so even during the pandemic and before. And we asked some really specific questions about what if think about America in 2050, what do you think the country will be like? And really across the board, the outlook was pretty gloomy. We asked about, do you think our economy will be stronger or weaker by about two to one week or do you think the U.S. will be more or less important in the world by almost three to one less important in the world? We asked about whether we'll be more politically divided, 77% think that what we're feeling today is only going to intensify over the next 25 years or so. So across a lot of fronts, this kind of really sense of a dour outlook. And then putting it in a historical context, we said, well, thinking back 50 years ago, do you think we're better today or worse than we were 50 years ago and today we're seeing Americans say about two to one worse. And we haven't seen that before in our polling. Usually there's a split. There are people who pine and have a nostalgic view of the past, but to see it really tip in that direction is quite striking. Ken, let me bring you in to ask, why do you think we're feeling this way? You know, it's a combination of factors Beverly, even when we don't have ones and zeros around as we seem to think of the world in a kind of binary construct and nothing is binary. And so interesting that 50 years ago would put us in 1973, Michael, right? When we were still trying to disentangle from Vietnam, there was a lot of things going on.
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A highlight from 3 ways your money can fight climate change | Veronica Chau
"We need at least $4 trillion per year by 2030 to avert a climate crisis. And right now, that money simply isn't flowing at the rate we need to keep this planet habitable. Now I work with a lot of banks and investors, and everyone who I talk to, and I work with some of the leading ones around the world. They get what needs to be done. They're aware of the climate risks. And they're actually really excited about the unprecedented opportunities to finance the green economy of the future. And here's the good news. Over 450 financial institutions around the world have committed to aligning their financing to net zero by 2050. And collectively, these financial institutions manage over a $130 trillion. Okay, so we need trillions. We've got trillions. Problem solved, right? Shortest TED Talk ever. I wish that were the case. But now as we're working to deliver on those commitments, it's actually proving to be really hard. Like really hard to deploy real money into real technologies that will actually really decarbonize the world. And as a result, too much of that money, it's sitting on the sidelines. Waiting to be put to work. But I think we can change that. And it's not even what I think I know we can. Because it's based on what banks and investors tell me about what they need to go fast and go far. And what they need is help from people like you and me. So to bring this idea to life, let's zoom in on one part of the economy. One that we can all relate to, it's close to home. Let's talk about housing. Because believe it or not, the challenges we're facing with housing and the challenges we're facing with climate are inextricably linked. So as we solve for one, we can solve for the other. You see, we're facing two concurrent challenges right now with housing. On one hand, there's an affordability challenge. There's just a scarcity of homes that are affordable right now. Here in there's a scarcity
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A highlight from What the world can learn from China's innovation playbook | Keyu Jin
"People in AI make good business partners about our future self-driving robo taxi. What the next generation of Siri Alexa, Google looks like, and a lot more. Find tech tech on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen. So when I was born in China in the early 1980s, my country was still a place of scarcity. We lived on ration food, cooked from communal kitchens, and even in Beijing had three nights of blackouts every week. I remember reading poems with my father by candlelight, special memory from times when Chinese people had little. And fast forward three decades, China has turned into a country of abundance, especially when it comes to technological power. From high-tech, the business tech to everyday tech, there's an anything you can't find, only things you can't imagine. I can buy a can of Coke by scanning my face. A few years ago, I called for toothpaste from my hotel room and it was deliberate to me by a robot. I've seen people live in remote Tibetan mountains, blast off cool music with walkmans, powered by solar cells. And Chinese solar technology light up homes for African kids who used to study by candlelight just like me when I was growing up. So this striking swell of innovation happened even though China remains a developing country. With just a little more than $10,000 of per CAPiTA GDP. So today I want to offer you a different lens to look through. One that shows a unique model that has fostered innovation and technological growth. Now, the system is far from perfect. And like you, I worry about the rising tensions of the tech race and beyond. But I also believe that as in any relationship. A better understanding of each other is going to help us more likely to find common goals to work on. Rather than a downward spiral that harms all. So I'm an economist, straddling multiple worlds as it turns out, one foot in London, where I do my research, and one foot in China, where I spend time my family, and also do a bit of work, and if I had a third foot, it would be in the U.S. where I was educated. So I can totally see why there's so much misunderstanding and incomprehension about this mega country that has defied conventional wisdom. So let's start out with how China's innovating. Now, innovation isn't just about inventing the next new thing, like the iPhone or 3D printing or sending people to Mars, technologies that go from zero to one. It could be new applications.
Ashley Peterson: An NFL Wife, Model, & Entrepreneur PT2 - burst 01
"Yes. So actually, so he proposed on the fourth and we were going to be there for like a few days because my dad's birthday is actually almost 6 of July. So we were there and I don't remember how long we stayed, but he proposed on the 4th of July. We did our whole family thing on the 4th of July. We were there for probably a few days. And then we went back to Houston where we were living and the season was about to start. And so I was like, okay, well, I'm not going into another football season unmarried, so we're choosing a date before training camp starts. This is not your typical sports show. It's real, it's wrong. There's a positive pop. You are now Robin with the ball phase. I was definitely more of a print model because I'm only like, I'm right at 5 8. So I wasn't super tall to do a lot of runway. I did do the wrong way. I love runway, but I was no Chanel mon. You know? So I did a lot of print work, though. I did like a lot of commercial work. I
A highlight from Rewilding Earth Podcast Episode 78: Iowa Rewilding and Big River Connectivity With Mark Edwards
"I'm still Just in the throes realizing how wild it is where i live and yet where i live is the most biologically altered state north america. We've converted roughly ninety eight percent of the state for ume needs farming mostly roads highways and cultural kind of things like that. And so. I feel like i've been really lucky. I have a numerous france that i still maintain visiting one. Those main couvert island and so for example. And so i get to go to these places still. But i really like teasing him in particular like wait. You left i with this front on it. We don't figure out here where we're gonna figure it out. I mean he wanted to go over. There was something left a lot of friends in that but it became clear to me. I go visit those places like going to wilderness areas. But really the wildness is about more my relationship to my place wherever i am and so i've really come to love. I will bear very deeply and lake. I love it a lot. Because of what's been done to in a very short amount of time and yet i see potential there that i don see other places and i think that's really how i got into the reviled and so here. I am with the re wilding nut connecting with the people. I know and so i met roger. Ross give for this process and we kind of formed a partnership and Ross is extremely important in my life at that time because he's very challenged to me. We both agreed on. We were following rewinding We at read most all the same odd. We read most all the same books in southern deep understanding the language of each other but we came from past history a whole different way as was a local agricultural a business And here's mine trying to work with all the different environmental organizations trying to learn every plant species all that kind of level and between the two of us. I challenge each other tremendously and that's I think would really Catchers be wild Wild ethic that we're trying to do. We're both trying to learn how to be wilder and what rewinding me. And it's changed me tremendously. I just keep reading and reading a read most of this stuff before. How do i apply that to my own thing about. I don't have to wilderness anymore. I used to go a lot and well supposed to grow up. I still love places. I still find that interesting. But i have never been a wilder place in one sense of the word than i am where i live now on. I and i'm surrounded by corn beans. Two thirds of the statements covered into animal species. It's absolutely frightening how that green curtain and what's frightening is how people look at it and see that as a agreeing healthy thing on the national level what was being addressed was wilderness series or what we have stuff that's left. Where can we
Influential Educators: Abolitionist Prudence Crandall
"Was born on september third. Eighteen three in rhode island booth of her parents. Pardon and esther were farmers. Imprudence was young. Her family relocated to canterbury connecticut. There prudence studied arithmetic. Latin and science topics not normally taught to girls at the time. But prudence is family was quaker. Quakers believe in equal opportunity for education in eighteen. Thirty one. prudence opened her own private school for girls. The canterbury female boarding school. The school served the wealthiest canterbury families and was a source of great pride in the community. It was ranked as one of the best schools in connecticut with the curriculum that rivaled even the most elite all boys schools but prudence is school was not entirely equal. All of her students were white to encourage prudence to take a more aggressive stance. Prudence is black housekeeper. Marsha davis began strategically leaving copies of the abolitionist newspaper. The liberator in places where she knew prudence would find them. The liberator promoted the need for immediate abolition as opposed to a gradual abolition. That was more commonly supported by the new england. Delete sarah harris who came from a prominent black family in the area was the first to actively approach prudence about integrating school. Sara was eager to continue her own education so that she could become a teacher for other black children and in eighteen thirty. Two prudence enrolled sarah in the canterbury boarding school. The decision was met with outrage white. Parents demanded that prudence expel sarah when she refused. They withdrew their daughters from the school realizing that she'd need to find new sources of tuition. Prudence went to speak with william lloyd garrison. The outspoken white abolitionist publisher of the liberator prudence and william discussed the possibility of converting the canterbury school into a school entirely for black girls. William connected prudence with money of the most prominent black families in new england and in eighteen thirty three the school reopened with a new mission to educate quote young ladies and little misses of color. The class consisted of twenty four students and the curriculum remained identical to that of the original. Can't school
Museum Activists Say Real Change Is Needed to Combat Racial Injustice
"Last year after george floyd. We saw a lot of racial recommends happen across multiple fields. We saw happened in hollywood. We saw it happened in the food industry. Surprising we saw it happened in very many unexpected places did any fallout happen with these racial reckonings. End museum industry. You know there was call for greater racial equity racial justice within the museum fields as well there was a whole survey done by museum next which is an international organization. Asking people do they feel like museums are relevant and a lot of people said he thought museums was important but not necessarily relevant because they didn't feel like museums. We're talking about issues within our society and wasn't standing up for for anything and so that's incredibly important to know that our society wants to see museums become more involved. There were a lot of people asking for changes made within the leadership And within policies of museums as well. And so what i did was i created the very first map and directory of museums created by black indigenous and other people of color. The map now has over a hundred and fifty museums throughout the country. The list is still growing but it shows these community museums or also known as culturally specific museums. Their pedagogy is one that puts community before collections. These community museums or doing incredible work across the country by work right now. Looks like Supporting those institutions and in the meantime challenging the racial infrastructure of those larger Museums that we know by
The Breakdown with Shaun King
Do Police Make Us Safe?
"Across the country particularly in some of america's largest cities. Some crime is up. I say some. Because i've studied these numbers in some cities. Some violent crimes are up in some cities. Violent crime has actually down during the pandemic in other cities Car break ins and carjackings are up but home break ins are down and so a lot of times people will say. Crime is up but they don't actually mean all crime they mean a particular type of crime. What i see is a ton ton of fear going on about how crime is out of control. And here's the thing. listen. I care about that. I want all of us my own family and your family and your friends in your hometown and all over the country. I want all of us to actually feel safe. What i see is a lot of. Americans defaulting back to the thing that they've been taught not just for a few months not just for a few years but defaulting back to something. They've been taught for generations that police more policing better-funded policing more police officers. That all things policing is what's going to make us more safe. That is not the answer. And i don't care what anybody says. Listen to me. Clearly this is the main idea. What i'm about to say. Listen the police department in your city and in your county do not absolutely do not need an increase to their budget period point blank. Dot com budgets are being slashed all over the country for education for public health for mental health for homelessness for housing for jobs. All types of budgets are being slashed and in most american cities. The only budget that has not been cut is the budget of the local police departments who've insisted that they and they alone have the power to keep us safe. But listen to me. If funding policing kept us safe today would be the safest day in american history.
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How to Design the Life You Want
"Help you design your life. We're gonna use the technique of design thinking innovation methodology works on products works on services. But i think the most interesting design problem is your life. So that's what we're going to talk about. I want to just make sure. Everybody knows my buddy dave evans dave and i are the co authors of the book and he's the guy who helped me co find the life design lab at stanford. So what are we doing. The life design lab while we teach the class. That helps you figure out what you wanna be when you grow up. There's a meta narrative in the culture in my when when i was growing up. Twenty five. you're supposed to have you know. Maybe a relationship maybe have gotten married starting to get the family together in the in the book or in the class. We don't believe in. Should we just think all right you wherever you are. Let's start from where you are. You're not late for anything. So i'm gonna give you three ideas from design thinking the first one is this notion of connecting the dots so we looked in in the positive psychology literature and the design literature and it turns out that those who you are. There's what you believe. And that's what you do in the world if you can make a connection between b-street things if you can make that a coherent story you will expe- experience your life as meaningful the increase in meaning making comes from connecting the dots. So we do two things. We asked people write a work view. What's your theory of work. Not the job you want. Why do you work. what's it for. What's working service of what you have that. Two hundred fifty words then. This one's a little harder to get short. What's the meaning of life. What's the big picture by you. Here what is your faith or your your view of the world when you can connect your life you and your work together a coherent way you start to experience your life as meaningful
Seminole Activist Worries About Threat of Rising Seas to Her Native Land
"The eighteen. Hundreds the us army forcibly moved the majority of florida's seminal indians to oklahoma but a few hundred avoided capture and remained deep in the wetlands and wilderness of south florida. Today their descendants are federally recognized as the seminole tribe of florida. We're still known as the uncomforter- tribe because we never signed treaty with the us back then but eighteen year old. Val holly frank where he's climate change could finally push them out. She's concerned about increasingly dangerous. Storms and how sea level rise will affect big cypress reservation where she lived as a young child she's has salt water creeping inland from the ocean threatens wildlife and water supplies there. She says maintaining their communities and ceremonial grounds is very important to the tribe because historically atlanta is where simos originally survived. Frank is one of eight news plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the state of florida. The suit aims to hold the government accountable for its contribution to climate change and force the state to take action to limit future warming. She says it's time for the government to take steps to preserve her communities past and ensure its
Nonprofits Are Messy: Lessons in Leadership | Fundraising | Board Development | Communications
How to Attract, Develop, and Retain Top Nonprofit Talent
"Great to have you and thank you so much for all the work. you do. Thanks so much for having me here. I'm a huge fan of your leadership in this field john. Well thank you The feeling is mutual so galley. Clearly you get the challenge in the sector and this is what your organization is about. Why don't you tell folks a little bit about leading edge and its origin story. And i'm also curious about the thinking about your organization being focused specifically on jewish organizations. Sure let me take this in two parts. The first is genesis origin story. So it was a dark and stormy night noticed. it was Twenty thirteen Toward the end in two thousand thirteen when an informal group of ceo's of foundations and major jewish organizations have been meeting informally for some time and The purpose of these meetings was talking about some of the major issues of major challenges facing the community in thinking about collaborative approach or shared warnings. Those types of almost like informal networking kind of conversations and at that time in sort of building up to that time the conversation was all about the leadership pipeline right. There were a lot of folks in those rooms. A lot of leaders who admitted. I'm not sure he's taking over for me when i retire in. Fill in the blank years and joan. You've talked about this gap and so in two thousand thirteen. Just like in the general nonprofit non see jared say general society jewish nonprofit sector was talking about a turnover in the c. suite of seventy five percents ninety percent by some estimates and fuelled by generational. You know what the demographics and and so this group of of really investors in the jewish ecosystem understood that there was essentially exposure to our organizations because we know that the marker of a great organization starts with a leader that that transition was going to be precarious so they wanted to do something about it and what
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You Can Grow New Brain Cells. Here's How
"Can we as adults grew new nerve. Sounds these still some confusion about that question. As this is a fairly new field of research for example are sticking to one of my colleague robert with an oncologist and he was sitting me cendrine. This is puzzling. Some of my patients. That have been told there are queued. Are cancer still develop symptom of depression. And i responded to him from my point of view that make sense so drug you give to your patients that stops a cells multiplying also stop the newborn neurons being generated in your brain and then robert looked at me like i was crazy and said but sundering visa adult patients either do not grow new nurse and much street surprise. I say well actually we do. And we sees a phenomenon that we call muroo genie's so now roburt is not a neuroscientist and when you went to medical school it was not to what we know. Now that the other brain can generate new nurse airs so roburt being a doctor. He's wanted to come to my lab to understand a little bit better topic. And i took him for two of one of the most exciting parts of the brain when it comes to new jersey's the compass so vis vis gray structure in the center of the brain and what we know seems already very long is that this is important for learning and memory and mood and emotion however what we have learned more recently. Is that this is one of the unique structure of the other brain where new neurons can be generated
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How to Pave a New Career Path
"Today we're gonna be exploring stepping into the unknown head to talk about it. I am joined by debbie. Millman that hosted one of our first podcasts. Ever or one of the first time ever. Hi debbie hang lease. Great ac- air. It's great to see you If you haven't tuned in before debbie's cast is called design matters. And i have been listening while i go on runs and Really enjoy your conversation. Thank you thank you so much. We'll to frame this talk Why don't we start by talking. About how stepping into the unknown applies in your own life in in your own career. Well i was really influenced. Several years ago. I interviewed the great writer danny shapiro and we were talking after the interview. She came into my office at the school of visual arts and saw that i had stacked on my task. Three books had just come out a barrel confidence. I i really had felt at the time. That confidence is by holy grail. But this is what. I was looking for to find my whole life if i could find the confidence to step into any without fear that that would be like my life likely be made and she and i started talking about that and she said oh i think. Confidence is really overrated. What what like ed explodes. And i pressed her for more information. And she said that she felt the confidence overrated that most people that just head oodles oodles of confidence were jerky thought was more important than confidence was actually courage and that courage to step into that unknown was was far more important to being able to reach any kind of call in so it set me on a pass of a research to really find our What confidence actually meant. What does it mean to have. What have you have you get confidence. You're not good with supermarket in like polls confidence shelves
Interview With Model, Actress, Dancer, Activist, Leyna Bloom
"So you're a dancer. A model an actor an activist. You were the cover model on. The sports illustrated swimsuit cover It's a famous pop cultural institution. But it's one that's historically been seen. I think in the mainstream through a straight male gaze and in this year's edition there was like an intentional effort to celebrate an inclusive spectrum of women. And i think i understand you shot it before you learn. You made the cover along with tennis player. Naomi osaka and rapper meghan stallion. But what were your hopes going into the shoot and what did you want to convey images. Well anything that i do sense. Being in these spaces of representation is fairly new to argos system. All around the world. I think for me. It has to be some type of cultural shift. Has the part of something that is not just based around vanity orc gluttony. It has to be something that has a message in yes. I have beaten suit on. Yes i'm in. My muslim informed bites what i stand for. And why i was chosen to be part of the issue and then be on the cover was because of what i wanna do with everything i do in the bible being In the past a lot of the models are beautiful. Yes what is a story what is fighting for. What are they really rooted and makes them who they are. And the reason why. I've gotten up to this. Point is not because meek just being beautiful. It's me fighting the system it's me. I'm being blacklisted. It's me saying no. I don't wanna do. This is saying it's not what you say. Yes you is what you say no to that builds character. So what we doing. And what i do with this issue is to invite people who think differently. And that's why i was session for a moment winning a transient on the cover. Because are every single. Day being brutalized murdered sexualize. Harass already has been thirty three on some of cases of trans women especially of color being murdered in america so when that is happening society is imperative in his responsibilities to have moments like
The Big Story
How Canada and the Western World Failed Afghanistan
"I'm jordan heath rawlings. This is the big story. Stephen save holds the patterson chair and international affairs at carleton university. Among the books he's written is adapting in the dust. Lessons learned from canada's war in afghanistan. And he also co hosts a podcast about canada's national security called the battle rhythm hasty. Hello i'm doing all right like many canadians. I kind of spent the weekend. seeing progressively more and more disturbing images coming out of afghanistan especially kabul and. I'm i'm wondering if you could maybe describe what we're actually seeing and hearing about in afghanistan right now. Well it's the collapse of the government that we've been trying to build for the past twenty years The taliban were kicked out of the country by american forces and then in two thousand and two There developed a un effort that became a nato effort called isaf the international security assistance force along with a variety of other international partners to try to build a self sustaining afghan government. And then two thousand fourteen. Nato largely pulled out three years. After canada pulled out of combat and for the past seven years there was a nato effort to train the afghan army and last year. Donald trump Negotiated deal the taliban that would vote the remaining few americans that were left in afghanistan out before this summer there about two thousand five hundred americans soldiers mostly doing training and doing coordination type stuff and So that was Trump's decision last year and then when it became president there was a question about whether he would live by the deal which had a deadline of may fifth at all. Americans are supposed to be out by may fifth and the by racial thought. That would be too fast. That that we would be able to get our stuff in our people out in his In his mind and so they sent the data september eleventh and over the course of the summer The taliban made a series of deals with a variety of actors within afghanistan that led to the collapse of the afghan national army forces that were guarding a variety of places around the country until the only thing that was left was couple which fell this weekend.
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Walk With Little Amal, a Theatrical Journey Celebrating the Refugee Experience
"Among muniz. Irby i was born in east jerusalem and a tough part of town between between the neighborhood and the shafat refugee camp. I'll mix child that means. My mother is jewish and my father's palestinian so the refugee experience runs very deep in the dna of the family. When my jewish grandparents were fleeing europe because of world war two. They came to palestine and drove the other part of my family into exile. When i was fourteen. I stumbled by accident into a theater show and this rough part of town and i fell in love. I fell in love with a reality that was being created in front of me reality. That was full of possibilities. That was wilder was free. A reality that was an opposite contrast of the harsh reality we were living in and i became a theatre. Practitioner becoming a theatre. Practitioner and palestine is like conjuring water in the desert. We don't have the infrastructure. We don't have the big artistic institutions. What we do have is a need and something to say about the world. We live in taking my shows to communities in refugee camps in palestine. I was always struck by the immediacy of the encounter and that became a very powerful experience for me in two thousand fifteen at the height of the refugee crisis when hundreds of thousands of people were walking across europe with all the pain and the anguish that we saw. I started thinking that maybe we need to create a new model of theater. Maybe we need to take our theater out of the theaters and into the streets. The streets where these people were walking. And i started working with good sean theater company Company that creates theater about the refugee experience together. We created the walk. The walk is a rolling arts festival. That will cross eight thousand kilometers sixty five cities towns and villages in its way and we will create one hundred twenty events of welcome.
Life's Tapestry With Florence Taylor
"Hello y'all lawrence. Taylor is a delight. She does so much in. Continues is so much in the sewing community. She is one of those reliable trustworthy voices that i turned to she works with so many different companies in different capacities supporting so many small business owners so many small black business owners so many small black women business owners through the fabric industry. And i'm so grateful for it. So i welcome in. I want get started with a channel brought umbrella of a question. It you're writing lawrence taylor. The play on broad wish and part of her character description was a sewing philosophy. What would it be. I look at sowing as my love. Language to myself to my family to my friends. So it's wearable of wearable ma. That is so beautiful because sewing. Came from a place of love for me. When i didn't think i I was worthy of it and when he was missing in terms of avoid of my mom. passing away so when anybody that i love where something that i think. They have to know that little whisper into the sewing. That's why so with an old machine. I whisper thoughts. And i say things. Like if i'm making something for my son i in this climate when i make him something a mike i hope this is bright in someone sees him. I hope that this doesn't attract too much attention but yet big him stand out. I hope that when he's walking invest. Someone sees it he. He's somebody that is worthy to still make it home. I'm not even kidding. I literally whispered these incantations for him for my husband and even for my daughter. Sometimes i just want them to be noticed in the sense that they're remembered they don't have to be more.
The Big Story
How the IPCC Report Is About More Than Just Climate Change
"I'm fatma fitting in for jordan heath. rawlings this is the big story. Brick smith is the president of the canadian institute for climate choice. Herrick thanks for being here. It's pleasure so what was your first reaction when you read the report while i mean. Let's let's just acknowledge that this thing is massive minutes thousands of pages. Hundreds of scientists around the world have been working on this thing for the last many months of fourteen. Thousand studies were incorporated and summarized and synthesized in this reports enormous amount of information. This is the most significant update to what we know about climate in in many years over half a decade. There's a lot of stuff now does not surprising me for anybody. That's been keeping track of climate change science and the the notion that warming is getting is happening more quickly than expected. would not be news. I think one of the more significant aspects of the report is the unequivocal linkage. Based on the best available science that recent extreme weather events are being driven by climate change in the idc has never been that explicit before. And of course there's this whole new discipline called attribution science that's That's quite new. This new kind of science is makes it possible for us to say yeah. This particular heatwave is being driven by climate change that is a. That's a very new Development in the climate change debate. And i think very powerful because long story short what this report does is. It brings climate change home for people. Climate change is a health concern.
TED Talks Daily
An Interactive Map to Track (and End) Pollution in China
"Choking smog polluted waters climate change. This has been the environmental cost of the tremendous wells in china of the past forty years at the same time. Hundreds of millions of people have put themselves out of poverty as environmentalists in china. I have witnessed all of this first. Hand the challenge we're phasing is. Can we clean up as fast. And as broadly as the massive development degrading our air water and climate china has one point four billion people a steel fast growing economy and is responsible for the biggest share of the current greenhouse gas emission. china knows it's global responsibility and has pledged to be carbon neutral by twenty sixty. It means more than ten billion metric. Tons of carbon emission must be stopped abi neutralized. How can we possibly do it. The pressing global climate situation requires each of us. Not just to do it but to do it faster. I believe there's a chance for us to succeed. As i know a tool that i've work to help reduce the enormous environmental pollution. It is the power of transparency. Pollution information made public using mobile internet and other. It technologies many empowers millions of citizens to speed. Change by holding corporations and government agencies accountable. I personally got involved in the transparency drive for or pollution control years ago. Besides lake tied the third largest freshwater lake in china. I saw a group of fishermen using loan lados to scoop out the one fisherman said to me when i was young on a holiday like this i would jump into the lake for a bath but now he said the fish are gone. And we're paid to scoop out the algae pointing to those factories not far from the shoreline. He said the lake would not be clean onto. They stop dumping years of research. Made me understand how hard it is to check the dumping
Nonprofits Are Messy: Lessons in Leadership | Fundraising | Board Development | Communications
Interpersonal Skills Are Hard Work (With Carole Robin)
"Carol i am so pleased to have you join me to get all touchy feely today. Well i'm delighted to be here. Thank you so much john. So let's start by getting on the same page about vocabulary stanford calls this transformational class. Interpersonal dynamics i also hear a ton of people use the acronym e q. I mean i even use it. If i'm talking about someone who reads others. Well who seems quite authentic in their relationships. I might say i think this person has really high q. Help us with definition of terms. Are they similar. Different of a cloth. Talk to me. Yeah so the termi emot- e. q. Was coined by daniel goldin and in a in a now Very famous book and Came out actually. We just celebrated the twenty fifth anniversary of his of his seminal work and emotional intelligence or e. q. Is he defines. It is about a set of competencies that essentially Include self awareness. self-regulation Embassy the ability to motivate others and and social skills now one of the reasons that his work was. So seminal was that he legitimized the need for social for what we call the soft skills right in business and in fact what his research showed was that the people who were the best at the soft skills actually were the ones who created the highest performing organizations and were the most successful
TED Talks Daily
Don't Call People out -- Call Them In
"First of all thank you all for listening to me. I come to y'all because most black women don't go the klu klux klan rallies on purpose. I did because it was my job. I've monitored hate groups. But i really wanted to find out how people could hate strangers so much. Mostly i wanted to work for peace and justice but fortunately for me my mentor at the time was the legendary civil rights leader. Reverend ct period. Who'd been an aide to dr martin luther king and see ts to say when you ask people to give up hate the you need to be there for them when they do now the time. Ct set those words. I started muttering under my breath. Because you can't curse out a preacher you know. But if i didn't make any sistemi to me because if the clan hated black folks al's all right with hating them back sounded okay to me but then something happened. It became my job to help people who were leaving hate groups and then once i got the norm i couldn't hate him anymore and then i got confused. I'm a survivor. A racial violence rape and incest. And i needed to find another moral compass for my life's work and the conference had this schiff from hate to love and so that improbable journey is why i'm here to talk to you today. Because i really really want to build a culture and a world that invites people in instead of pushing them out is called a calling in culture
Fathi Terbil, a Champion for Human Rights, Takes on Gaddafi
"February fifteenth two thousand eleven in the middle of a quiet thursday afternoon a succession of 'cause pulls up outside a modest suburban home out kyle twenty agents but the city's general security directorate folks by the name not gentlemen to stand on ceremony. They forced they leeann ransacked. The place smashing things of the who lives here is not exactly surprised by their appearance. He's been arrested seven times before thrown in jail and been tortured at length. Never with regard to a specific charge visitations from gadhafi's goons aren't occupational hazard in his line of work. His name is fatty. to- bill and he's a lawyer rather fields one a champion for human rights in june nineteen ninety-six over twelve hundred prisoners in libya's notorious abu salim jail massacred for years. The relatives of those murdered have been seeking justice. Baby face thirty nine year old always dressed in a baseball cap and checked. Kefalas gov the recognizable. Tabio there's become something of a celebrity lightning rod for those aggrieved. He takes great personal risk in seeking answers from the authorities to be ozone brother. Cousin and brother-in-law all died in selling him so he has a personal stake in uncovering the truth.
Cape Up with Jonathan Capehart
Equity Is About More Than Just Hiring Diverse Employees
"Renee welcome to washington post live. Hi jonathan. I'm so happy to be here with you. Well i'm happy to have you here. You have consulted for some of the biggest companies in the country and every big company is focused on diversity inclusion and equity or at least. They say they are so. How do you measure the inclusion health of company. What are you look for when you look at well. of course. Most people think demographics in the numbers. And certainly that is very important to look at so you can see sort of where the gaps are but what it's harder to measure is the sense of belonging and inclusion and the ability for people to share their perspectives and have opportunity and to move up and to be compensated so the entire kind of employee life cycle has to be evaluated for you to really know. Is their health. One thing at netflix to that we think about is who speaks and who doesn't in who gets descent and who doesn't those are all aspects of health. That's a really interesting that this focus on sense sense of belonging so to that point of as particularly at netflix who speaks. And and who doesn't who was the was it you. Were you the person who said that. It means something and it might mean something more than you think when you're in a meeting and there's that one person or two people who don't speak ashore and i'm sure i'm not the only person who said who said that the voices so much of the work which to do around inclusion is to remember that their voices we have never heard there are perspectives. That have never been really given air. And if any company wants to move into the future and be resilient incompetent incapable in and relevant right and to serve their constituencies in customers. They've got to be on this journey of inclusion because it's where the innovation is is where the creativity is. It's where the excitement is in so for us as a company. Amine it's easy were trying to entertain the world. We dare not try to do that without getting many more voices than both the entertainment and the tech industries have had over since their inception wife. Frankly