Category Archives: TED

Can Writing Change the World?

Oh, what’s that? You said you needed some inspiration for this week? To the TED!

Hannah Brencher. Founder of the More Love Letters movement where people write love letters to strangers, for encouragement or just to brighten up their day. She wrote a post for Good Women Project that every young person in a cubicle searching for a dream is bound to find encouraging. The takeaway from it is encapsulated in the quote “Your dream job does not exist; you must create it”.

Hannah is a researcher  and the director of the National Poetry Campaign for She’s the first, founder and head honcho of moreloveletters.com as well as a copywriter and creative consultant. She was also chosen as a finalist for the TED2013 Global Talent Search. She  blogs at hannahkaty.com.

To learn more about how to get involved in the More Love Letters movement, check it out here.

image from  goodwomenproject

TED Talk of the week: Dare to Disagree by Margaret Heffernan

I’m always impressed when someone can persuasively make their point and capture an audience’s attention sans slides. This is one of my favorite TED talks of all time, because it forces me to do something I’m not inclined to do: Disagree. Embrace Conflict. Risk sounding stupid.


One requirement Margaret mentions is right: Seeking people who are different than you and finding ways to work together requires patience and a willingness to be wrong, and beyond that, to change our mind. Most of us find issue with being wrong. However, more important than being potentially wrong is the fact that disagreeing has to do with caring.

It’s easy to go along with the status quo. It takes a high level of caring to disagree, not only for the sake of disagreeing, but  constructively disagreeing to find stronger solutions to problems.