TED conferences are described as the free distribution of “Ideas worth spreading.” TED talks consist of monologues or speeches in which the speaker contributes their experiences within the social, cultural, or academic spheres. As young politicos and intellectuals, it’s important that we continue to learn about different lifestyles, absorb information, and adapt that knowledge to either introduce new views or empower those that already exist. Whether you are looking for the opposite point of view, or a new take on an issue you’re already passionate about, here are five TED Talks you need to watch.
In her Ted Talk given at the 2017 TED conference, Morgan Phelps-Roper spoke about her journey as a member of the inflammatory, hateful, and self-proclaimed ‘baptist’ church, Westboro Church. She speaks on her experiences of picketing and protesting American military funerals, along with many other events. She shares her decision to leave the church and exiling herself from her family and life as a whole. How did she come to this decision, you may ask? Through the peaceful discourse and conversations on social media with those not of the church. Morgan Phelps-Roper shares her opinions on the extreme polarization within the world, and the necessity of having tough conversations.
As the Opioid epidemic becomes a public health crisis, this TED talk is going to become more and more eye-opening. Austin Eubanks is a surviving student of the Columbine massacre. Following receiving medical treatment for his physical wounds, Eubanks found himself addicted to the pain medication in an attempt to heal his mental wounds. In his TED talk given in Colorado, he analyzes the use of big pharma companies and their ability to heal, but also destroy lives through his experiences in a decade long fight against opioids and many other drugs.