Valerie Kaur: Three Lessons of Revolutionary Love in a Time of Rage

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Valerie Kaur: Three Lessons of Revolutionary Love in a Time of Rage

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Revolutionary love is the call of our times. 

“If you cringe when people say love is the answer — I do too. I’m a lawyer.”

Valarie Kaur closes the TEDWomen conference with a blockbuster talk about the revolutionary power of love, the “sweet labor” of actively working to make the world better, to hear each others’ stories, to help us see no one as a stranger. This struggle became personal to her when she gave birth to a son “in a time white nationalists call their great awakening, when far right-wing movements are on the rise around the globe, when hate crimes against Muslims and Sikhs are the highest they have been since 9/11. My son is growing up a little brown boy in a nation more dangerous for him than the one I was given. I will not be able to protect him when others see his body as a terrorist.

How can we begin to live in this world, how can we find the strength to make change? Do like the midwife says: Breathe. Then … push.


Is this darkness the darkness of the tomb
— or of the womb?

The question went viral and 30 million people joined us to watch and wonder about a nation waiting to be born.

One year later, the question still burns bright. In the last year, we have lost so much — in hate crimes and mass shootings, detentions and deportations, bans and border walls, assaults on the free press and the courts, and policies that provoke violence abroad and at home. 

In the darkest moments of the year, I have tasted ash in my mouth.

Yet at the same time, we have seen millions of people rising up in the streets and online to march, protest, and organize on a scale we’ve never before seen. Together we are laboring with communities in the fire, creating pockets of revolutionary love in our cities, classrooms, homes, and in the small venues of our lives.

There are times it feels like we are birthing a new future. Labor requires pain – and love.


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Monica Lewinsky: The Price of Shame

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Monica Lewinsky: The Price of Shame

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Absolutely one of the bravest and strongest Ted Talks to date. 

Lewinsky courageously uses her own case study of public shaming to outline the human toll internet trolling can take. 

"Public shaming as a blood sport has to stop," says Monica Lewinsky. In 1998, she says, “I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.”

Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has become constant -- and can turn deadly. In a brave talk, she takes a hard look at our online culture of humiliation, and asks for a different way.

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Kelly Mcgonigal: How to Make Stress Your Friend

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Kelly Mcgonigal: How to Make Stress Your Friend

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat.

But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

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Brené Brown: Power of Vulnerability

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Brené Brown: Power of Vulnerability

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. 

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Brené Brown: Listening to Shame

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Brené Brown: Listening to Shame

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Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.

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