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Paul Slovic discusses human perception towards mass tragedies and losses at scale.
We as a global society value individual lives greatly and respond strongly to protect a single person in need, but often ignore mass tragedies and fail to take appropriate measures to reduce their losses. As the numbers grow larger, we become insensitive; the data fail to trigger the emotion or feeling necessary to motivate action. In some cases, large numbers convey a false sense of inefficacy, discouraging us from taking valuable actions. Understanding how our minds deceive us in the face of large losses of life is essential to motivating actions needed to reduce the harm from catastrophic consequences such as those associated with poverty, disease, climate disasters, and violence.
Paul Slovic received his B.A. degree from Stanford University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology from the University of Michigan. In 1976, Dr. Slovic founded the research institute Decision Research with Sarah Lichtenstein and Baruch Fischhoff, where he currently serves as President. He has also been a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon since 1986. He and his colleagues worldwide have developed methods to describe risk perceptions and measure their impacts on individuals, industry, and society. His most recent work examines “psychic numbing” and the failure to respond to global threats from genocide and nuclear war. He publishes extensively and serves as a consultant to industry and government.
Dr. Slovic is a past President of the Society for Risk Analysis and in 1991 received its Distinguished Contribution Award. In 1993 he received the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association. In 1995 he received the Outstanding Contribution to Science Award from the Oregon Academy of Science. He has received honorary doctorates from the Stockholm School of Economics (1996) and the University of East Anglia (2005). Dr. Slovic was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015 and the National Academy of Sciences in 2016.
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Join psychologists David Sherman and Leaf Van Boven (CCL's Sept 2018 monthly speakers) as they review the main findings and framework for their recent research. Deepen your understanding of how to utilize the strategies of affirmation, norms, immediacy and legacy in your own climate advocacy and citizen lobbying. Dr. Van Boven is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Dr. Sherman is a professor of psychology and brain sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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Theoretical Background (4:19)
Framework For Overcoming Barriers (27:10)
Data & Findings (42:07)
Implications for Advocacy & Training (52:49)
Lauren Schrero is a disability activist and is the co-founder of The Nora Project, a non-profit organization whose mission is to teach empathy by sparking friendships between students and their peers with disabilities. In her talk, Lauren demonstrates how to use the Ability Inclusive Mindset (AIM) to demystify disability and create more welcoming, inclusive spaces for children of differing abilities. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
Lauren Schrero is the co-founder and Executive Director of The Nora Project, a nonprofit organization providing disability inclusion training and curriculum to teachers. Before becoming a disability activist, Lauren was a litigator and federal law clerk. She received her B.A. from Macalester College and J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
Rob is the embodiment of a life long learner, achieving multiple and multi-faceted degrees. He has actively combined his qualifications and experience to support his life’s calling of being a legal advocate for providing equal access to education and vocational opportunities for people with disabilities. An extraordinary tale of fighting for what you truly believe in. Dr. Rob Silberstein, who despite being born with a severe joint and muscular disability, has become a powerhouse in the world of commercial law. Dr. Silberstein’s life has been marked by uphill battles, but none greater than when he challenged the medical establishment to become the first registered medical doctor in Australia with a substantial physical disability. Dr. Silberstein holds numerous degrees including a Bachelor of Medicine (MB, Bachelor of Surgery (BS), Bachelor of Laws (LLB Hons I), Master of Health Law (MHL), Master of Industrial Property (MIP), Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Grad Dip (Legal Practice). He currently runs his own law firm, Silberstein & Associates, with his wife, Jessica. Through his work at The Northcott Society and Northcott Innovation, he continues his fight to give those with disabilities equal access to a quality education and vocational opportunities. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
Kerri Norris, who worked at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a health scientist, evaluator, and epidemiologist, will be talking about “Addressing Health Equity using the MISTAH model”. Hear her talk! Keri Norris, PhD, JM, MPH, MCHES is The Fulton DeKalb Hospital Authority's Chief of Health Policy and Administration and leads the Community Health Awareness and Prevention Office and other key programs for the organization. Dr. Norris worked at the CDC as a health scientist, evaluator and epidemiologist. She has extensive experience in the areas of eliminating health disparities for vulnerable populations in the United States. She has served as adjunct faculty member at the University of South Carolina, Agnes Scott College, Spelman College, Baylor University and Morehouse School of Medicine. She is a published author of two books, the latest is #KeriOn. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
Demystifying «sustainability» | Danat Tekie | TEDxUiO (New York)
Danat's talk is a captivating discussion about youth being the driving force for sustainability and to us viewers on reflecting on ourselves. If you are unsure of what sustainability really is, then this is a must watch.
Danat Tekie is a young and engaged earthpreneur (the word earthpreneur means making sustainability business as usual). She is the Chief External Relations of the global organization, Young Sustainable Impact. It is a global organisation working to solve the sustainability challenges through entrepreneurship and innovation by gathering the smartest young minds from all over the world to create impact startups from scratch. Prior to YSI, Danat was part of building the organisation Future Leaders Global, which has become the biggest and fastest growing leadership program for youth in the Nordics. She is passionate about leadership and making sustainability business as usual. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
A growing movement is demanding the federal government better regulate pollution from plastic-making plants. People are waking up to the dangers of plastics production and taking action. Read more: https://biodiv.us/33Yx7Jz
This keynote talk was given at the 2019 Bioneers Conference. With Isha Clarke. To build a successful global climate movement, we must prioritize the voices of those most impacted by environmental injustice. We must recognize that our current climate crisis is rooted in racism, white supremacy, and greed. We must also resist efforts to tokenize the term “intersectionality” rather than actually implementing it in our movements and daily lives. What would a movement and a society functioning on a genuine understanding of intersectionality look like? To learn more about Isha Clarke, visit Youth vs. Apocalypse.
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"I dream of a world where geography classes teach about the climate crisis as this one great challenge that was won by people like you and me," says climate activist Luisa Neubauer. With Greta Thunberg, Neubauer helped initiate "Fridays For Future," the momentous international school strike movement that protests the lack of action on the climate crisis. She shares four first steps that anyone, regardless of age, can take to become a climate activist. "This is not a job for a single generation. This is a job for humanity," she says.
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Can new developments in solar technology put the United States on track to produce 50 percent of its energy with renewables by 2030? What global citizen actions need to be undertaken to help reach this goal? Eban Goodstein, director of Bard Center for Environmental Policy, answers these questions and more in this hopeful and informative talk.
For full transcript and audio from this talk, go to: https://www.carnegiecouncil.org/studio/multimedia/20190919-solar-dominance-citizen-action-climate-change-2030-eban-goodstein
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