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TEDxBEACONSTREET 2014 FIRST TALKS GO LIVE

Hope you all had a great holiday weekend!  70+ speakers took to the TEDxBeaconStreet stage at the Lincoln School and shared thought-provoking, challenging, funny, shocking, heartfelt and brilliant ideas.

THANKS to our amazing Audience for attending, engaging and being just as fascinating as the speakers on stage.

THANKS to our Adventure Catalysts around the globe for being ambassadors and thought leaders in their own communities helping put IDEAS IN ACTION.

THANKS  to our awesome speakers for putting in the serious commitment to give the talk of their lives.

THANKS  to our dedicated in-kind partners and our incredibly generous sponsors for helping us put on an event of such high caliber and offer it free to the public.

THANKS to our wonderful Braintrust and the army of volunteers — without you none of this is possible.

So now leftovers are dwindling, the Cyber Weekend hype is (almost) past, and it’s #GivingTuesday.  We think the best gift is a powerful idea… and brilliant ideas need your help to achieve Escape Velocity.

Please continue to support IDEAS IN ACTION by sharing these wonderful, talks with your family, friends and network, and chat us up on social media to keep the conversations going using #tedxbeaconst.

“Biases are the stories we make up about people before we know who they actually are.  But how are we going to know who they are, when we’ve been told to avoid and be afraid of them.” 

The Department of Justice reports that African Americans are twice as likely as whites to be arrested during a traffic stop, and almost four times as likely to experience the use of force during encounters with the police. And according to the FBI, young black men are 21 times as likely as their white peers to be killed by police. In this talk, cultural innovator Vernā Myers shares some hard truths about racial injustices, (including the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO), and offers us three ways we can uncover our biases, overcome our discomfort and make a difference in the lives of black men and our society as a whole.

“Anything is possible with the information available at our fingertips. Imagine what we can achieve if we decide to use it.” 

Have you learned anything useful on YouTube lately? Performing on guitar, piano, harmonica and finally debuting an orchestral piece, Usman Riaz will share how he used the internet and multimedia to learn from some of the greatest people in the world just by watching them. A self taught composer, visual artist and filmmaker, at 21 years of age Usman Riaz became a TED Fellow and has spoken and performed at the TED Global Conferences in 2012 in Edinburgh and received a scholarship to Berklee School of Music in Boston. At 23, Usman is now the youngest TED Senior Fellow.