Starting with ideas presented in TED Talk videos, let’s have a discussion about issues that ultimately affect all of us. We can take on big issues, share insights, make friends, and grow together.

TED Talks are compelling presentations in 20 minutes or less. Join us for a different topic each month, and bring your lunch. Hosted by the Sylvania Franciscan Village and Lifelong Learning. FREE AND OPEN TO ALL!

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Tuesdays, Noon – 1 PM
Franciscan Center Board Room


Social Justice – Is It Still Relevant in the 21st Century?

January 16
Charles Robbins

Pervasive injustice has society at a turning point. Every individual has a choice to make – you can either stand and fight for social justice, or you can stay on the sidelines silently supporting the systems that perpetuate the inequality, violence, and poverty that plague our world. This talk highlights some of the most critical social justice issues of our time and calls on everyone to stand up and play a part in changing the world.


The Refugee Crisis is a Test of Our Character

February 13
David Miliband

Sixty-five million people were displaced from their homes by conflict and disaster in 2016. It’s not just a crisis; it’s a test of who we are and what we stand for, says David Miliband – and each of us has a personal responsibility to help solve it. Miliband gives us specific, tangible ways to help refugees and turn empathy and altruism into action.


A Practical Way to Help the Homeless Find Work and Safety

March 20
Richard Berry

When the mayor of Albuquerque saw a man on a street corner holding a cardboard sign that read “Want a job,” he decided to take him (and others in his situation) up on it. Berry and his staff started a citywide initiative to help the homeless by giving them day jobs and a place to sleep – and the results were incredible. Find out how your city can replicate Albuquerque’s model with this frank and optimistic talk.


Ten Ways to Have a Better Conversation

April 10
Celeste Headlee

When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations – and you also learn that most of us don’t converse very well. Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening. In this insightful talk, she shares ten useful rules for having better conversations. “Go out, talk to people, listen to people,” she says. “And, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed.”


How Great Leaders Inspire Action

May 8
Simon Sinek

Leadership expert Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership — starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers.