Topic: Social Issues

Nikkita Oliver

Nikkita Oliver

Through spoken word and images, Nikkita Oliver urges a reexamination of both history and the stories we tell. From the 1968 Summer Olympics to Colin Kaepernick, from Timothy McVeigh to the Blank Panther movement, she reveals fragments of truth often hidden within the bigger story. Holding a light to these distinctions, Oliver urges us to […]

Tim Dawes

Empathy is Power

When we think of power, we think of force. But is force always the best option? Negotiator and trainer Tim Dawes demonstrates the power of compassion to influence, lead, and create better outcomes in business and everyday life. Using three remarkable and true stories, Tim shows how re-imagining compassion as a practical set of skills […]

Judge Wesley Saint Clair

This judge wants to stop sending kids to jail: how we can help

As a Chief Justice in the juvenile court system, Wesley has come to believe the system is better at sentencing people than reducing crime. He asks that we rely less on the power of the justice system, and more on human connection.

David Schmader 12:22

Stoners coming out – beyond the marijuana monster myths

Making the case for thinking more broadly about what a marijuana user is and could possibly be.

G. Willow Wilson 12:50

A Superhero for Generation Why

Using a new superhero, Ms Marvel, as a parallel for the challenges of a misunderstood generation – the millennials.

Jesse Hagopian 22:02

More than a Score: giving students a solid chance

Calling for meaningful education and the greatest obstacles to students of the testocracy.

Maura O'Neill 15:34

Narrow-mindedness – It’s not Them, It’s Us

There’s incredible potential of our united global society, if we open our minds, recognize and challenge narrow-minded thinking.

Tom Skerritt 14:03

Post Traumatic Stress and the power of story

The intimate and therapeutic powers of storytelling for vets with post traumatic stress.

Neel Baxi 10:57

Teens must learn to craft a life they love

Preconceived notions of success are hurting individuality and growth in teens.

Xolie Morra

Autism and the language of music

A unique and refreshing view of what it’s like to be a performer with Aspergers syndrome.

Jim McDermott

Don’t take death lying down

Stories encouraging people to think and act on our own convictions while we can.