June 16th, 2011

gonna be a fireman when the floods roll

feeling more alive (enlivened)

At faith sharing this week, we didn't so much talk about creativity as we DID creativity.

Hilary led, and afterward she emailed the list some TED talks.

The one I just watched is: Sarah Kay: "If I should have a daughter..."

I love that TED has both subtitles and an "interactive transcript" option. For additional accessibility, though, someone transcribed the spoken word poem that opened the talk.

Addendum: She sent 3 TED talks, and I wasn't impressed by the first one, but the 3rd one was Brené Brown ("Maybe stories are just data with a soul.") "The power of vulnerability" which I just now watched and which I also really like.

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There's also a piece near the end that made me think of an Atlantic article that's been going around -- "How to Land Your Kid in Therapy: Why the obsession with our kids’ happiness may be dooming them to unhappy adulthoods."

Brown says:
And we perfect, most dangerously, our children. Let me tell you what we think about children. They're hardwired for struggle when they get here. And when you hold those perfect little babies in your hand, our job is not so say, "Look at her, she's perfect. My job is just to keep her perfect -- make sure she makes the tennis team by fifth grade and Yale by seventh grade." That's not our job. Our job is to look and say, "You know what? You're imperfect, and you're wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging." That's our job. Show me a generation of kids raised like that, and we'll end the problems I think that we see today. We pretend that what we do doesn't have an effect on people. We do that in our personal lives. We do that corporate -- whether it's a bailout, an oil spill, a recall -- we pretend like what we're doing doesn't have a huge impact on other people. I would say to companies, this is not our first rodeo people. We just need you to be authentic and real and say, "We're sorry. We'll fix it."