2016 Videos

TEDxSaltLakeCity took place on September 17, 2016, at Kingsbury Hall with the theme, "Meraki."

This is Your Brain on God | Michael Ferguson | TEDxSaltLakeCity

07.10.2016
Can science give us insights into age-old questions about religion? In this talk, Dr. Michael Ferguson describes the study he and his team conducted on believing Mormons when they reported to "feel the Spirit," a central event in Mormon worship. What they found might surprise both believers and skeptics. Michael Ferguson is inspired by questions about human brains and the gods they adore. His research program examines the intersections of culture and brain through the lenses of cutting-edge fMRI methods and cognitive neuroscience. Most recently, he is conducting interdisciplinary work with philosophy of mind to analytically describe intelligence. As a graduate student at the University of Utah’s department of bioengineering, he, his committee chair, and co-investigators designed and executed a first-of- its-kind fMRI study, looking at the brain activity of returned missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while the research participants were involved in acts of religious worship and devotion. Michael and his husband were the first same-sex couple legally married in the state of Utah, and they retain a major portion of their heart and love in Salt Lake City. They currently live in upstate New York, the spiritual cradle of their native faith. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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What is your Polygamy? | Lance Allred | TEDxSaltLakeCity

07.10.2016
Lance Allred, the first deaf player in NBA history, challenges his audience to identify their self-limiting beliefs by sharing how his experience of growing up in a polygamist culture created his own constricting psychological boundaries and how he eventually was able to break free. Born and raised in a polygamist commune in rural Montana, Lance Allred escaped at the age of 13. He was the first legally deaf player in NBA hHistory, with 80% hearing loss, when he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2008. A conversation with Lance will challenge your perceptions and invite you to look deeper at the psychological boundaries that shape your reality. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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Reformed Criminals Reforming Criminals | Dave Durocher | TEDxSaltLakeCity

07.10.2016
Dave Durocher was arrested for the first time at the age of 13. By the time he was 38, he had been to prison four times for a total of 15 years. In this TEDx talk he shares the story of when he was given the chance to change his life, and how he could never have imagined what the future had in store for him. When Dave was given the option to go to Delancey Street in Los Angeles, he was facing 29 years in prison. Dave was at Delancey Street for 8 years and became the Managing Director of their 250 person Los Angeles facility for the last 5 of those years. He is now devoting his life to creating a place where the most lost among us can come to learn about integrity, honesty, hard work and self-respect. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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Tell a Story, Protect the Planet | Piper Christian | TEDxSaltLakeCity

07.10.2016
Piper Christian is a 16 year old environmental advocate. While at the Paris Climate Summit, she discovered the power of stories by interviewing people from 6 continents about how environmental threats affect their lives. Upon returning home, she used storytelling to legislate environmental change both locally and nationally. She describes how you too can use storytelling to move people to action. Piper Christian is full of life and loves the outdoors. She grew up canoeing the lakes and marshes near her hometown of Logan, Utah, camping in Utah’s Southern Deserts, and hiking the canyons of the Wasatch and Uinta Ranges. Piper’s family instilled in her a deep love of nature. As a 16 year old, she has become a passionate advocate for youth environmental stewardship. She has discovered the power of storytelling to move people to action. As the president of the Logan Environmental Action Force, she helped pass a Clean Air and Sustainability Resolution through the Logan City Council, and is working to pass similar resolutions across Utah. She co-founded the Student Coalition for Institutional and Environmental Integrity, which fosters youth environmental awareness and activism throughout Utah. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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What's Your Fandom? | Carrie Rogers-Whitehead | TEDxSaltLakeCity

07.10.2016
Graphic novels and the fantasy and superhero fandoms they bring to life, aren’t just entertainment, they are tools for learning. Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, an instructor, writer and self-proclaimed “geek” explores the ways characters, stories and fandoms increase student engagement and encourages us to find what we identify with-- “What is your fandom?” Carrie Rogers-Whitehead is a "geek" and an advocate for youth;. She has worked and collaborated across sectors in government, academia, nonprofit and business. She is also a geek, a big one. She has led an anime convention for teens for years. She’s a frequent panelist at Salt Lake Comic CON and presenter and writer on graphic novels and geek culture. Carrie is passionate about providing equitable access: whether that be through her role as CEO of Digital Respons-Ability, her work in the autism community or her community volunteer work and outreach. One way she has increased access with diverse populations is through the medium of graphic novels. She has used graphic novels with the refugee population, individuals with disabilities and youth in care. Carrie believes in educating and engaging youth through unconventional means. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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The Genome Revolution Begins with You | Reid Robison | TEDxSaltLakeCity

07.10.2016
Everything you are started with your DNA, yet most people have no idea what their genetic code even says. In this this genomic journey of self-knowledge, physician and data scientist, Reid Robison, shows us where genomics is heading, what reading your DNA means for your health, and how the genome revolution begins with you. Dr. Reid is a physician and data scientist turned social entrepreneur. He is adjunct faculty at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University, and is CEO and co-founder at Tute Genomics, a venture-backed startup for precision medicine (with funding from Intermountain, Tencent, and others). Reid believes that knowledge is empowering, and that everyone should have access to their genetic information to live fuller and healthier lives. Reid has previously built and sold a number of companies focused on health and social good, including Anolinx, Boli and Clinical Methods. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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Can Serendipity be Designed? | Jamie Littlefield | TEDxSaltLakeCity

07.10.2016
Serendipitous design happens when we intentionally create the environment for happy accidents in our yards, neighborhoods, and cities. Instructional designer Jamie Littlefield traveled the world to find out how serendipitously-designed art projects, front yard revolutions, and place-based storytelling are bringing people together in joyful and unexpected ways. Jamie Littlefield is an instructional designer interested in how intentional creation within a defined space (either digital or physical) shapes the ways people learn, think, and connect. For the last three years, she has traveled the world in search of inspiring stories from innovators working to create a sense of place and connection within their communities. Her journey has introduced her to urban gardeners in Detroit, yarn bombers in Buenos Aires, front-yard “playborhood” legends in San Francisco, mall revolutionaries in Thailand, and a woman who sewed a massive 40-foot orange pedestrian crossing flag right here in Utah. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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Feeling Whole Again After Breast Cancer With Prosthetics | Paul Tanner | TEDxSaltLakeCity

07.10.2016
Paul Tanner studied art, science, and business to pursue his dream of making facial prosthetics for those without an ear, eye, or nose from cancer, trauma, or facial anomalies. A few years ago, his career unexpectedly turned to help those with breast cancer when he was asked not to make a prosthesis for a woman that had a mastectomy. The impact it had on that woman changed both of their lives. Paul Tanner is an artist that creates illusions. His canvas is silicone and his work is literally life changing! He makes life-like prosthetics (ears, eyes, noses, nipples, breasts, fingers, hands, & feet) and absolutely loves what he does. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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Is Capitalism Saving or Destroying Us? | Davis Smith | TEDxSaltLakeCity

07.10.2016
Capitalism has lifted billions out of poverty, but has also been the most destructive force on the planet. Serial entrepreneur, Davis Smith, grew up in the developing world and in this TEDx talk discusses the controversial nature of capitalism and how a chance encounter with a young street-boy in Peru put him on a path to use capitalism as a force for good. As a four-year old, Davis ended up on a unique life-path when his family left the United States and moved to the developing world. His father was an adventurer, so Davis grew up climbing into active volcanoes, floating down the Amazon in a self-made raft, and surviving on uninhabited islands. He developed a love for adventure and the outdoors, which extended into adulthood. He has since traveled to over 60 countries and recently led a kayaking expedition from Cuba to Florida. While his life path was shaped by these childhood experiences in the outdoors, it was actually his exposure to those living in extreme poverty that most impacted his life. He believes that it is only through service to others that we can find true happiness. Davis is the CEO of Cotopaxi, an outdoor gear company with a humanitarian mission at its core. He is also a member of the eight-person United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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The Simple Cure for Loneliness | Baya Voce | TEDxSaltLakeCity

07.10.2016
Baya Voce is the host of "The Art of Connection", a web series looking to experts from across the globe on how to the live your most fulfilled life. In this TEDx talk, Baya reveals a simple tool you can start using today to create more happiness, fulfillment, and connection. Baya's business journey started as a cast member on MTV's The Real World where her interest in relationships was nurtured. She transformed her TV exposure into an entrepreneurial adventure, learning early on how the power of one strong connection can transform your life and career. Her inherent belief that the quality of your relationships equals the quality of your life and that your network is your net worth, led her to her interest in connection, community, and relationships. For the past decade she has studied connection in three pillars: connection with yourself, your partner, and your community. She is a Dating and Relationship Coach, founder of Secret SLC, co-founder of Womenpreneurs and hosts a monthly segment on ABC as Utah's Relationship Specialist. Baya is a Certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner, studies Emotional Intelligence, Positive Psychology, and Body Language, and mentors under intimacy and relationship experts. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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Don't Let Online Trolls Steal Your Mojo | Deanie Wimmer | TEDxSaltLakeCity

07.10.2016
How do you keep your confidence, now that everyone is an online critic? We present our ideas, our work, even our social friendships for the world to see online. And that makes us targets of critics, cynics and anonymous trolls who take pleasure in shutting us down. As a news anchor and reporter whose face is on 60-inch TV screens across Utah, Deanie Wimmer experiences this on a daily basis. She's received hundreds of criticisms on everything from her teeth to her intelligence, to the way she breaths. It takes more than thick skin to continue putting yourself out there for the comment crowd. It takes strategy. Deanie Wimmer currently co-anchors KSL News at 5, 6, 6:30 and 10pm. She is also an Emmy award-winning reporter who covers education and leads the station's literacy initiative "Read Today." Wimmer moved up the ranks in the KSL 5 newsroom as weekend anchor, political reporter, general assignment reporter, and producer. She was born and raised in Salt Lake City and began her broadcasting career at KSL Television as a University of Utah intern. Education has always been important to Deannie. She earned her Master's degree in political communication and Bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Utah. She attended a fellows program on education and journalism through the University of Washington. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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Want Gender Equality? Let's Get Creative | Kyl Myers | TEDxSaltLakeCity

13.10.2016
After a decade of studying gender inequality, sociologist, Kyl Myers, decided childhood gender socialization needed a creative overhaul. Kyl shares her idea that if we want adulthood gender equality, we have to change the way we treat kids. Kyl Myers is a sociologist who specializes in gender and sexual & reproductive health. She’s been studying gender inequalities day in and day out for some time the last decade, and has decided to blaze a trail for future generations that will fascinate you. She’s no parenting expert, but she loves helping parents understand gender through a sociological perspective. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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