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Amy Bishop | Hallelujah – Live Musical Performance

Amy Bishop | Hallelujah – Live Musical Performance

Amy Bishop performs her famous cover of Hallelujah at a live drive-in TEDxYYC event in Calgary. Amy Bishop’s voice is a combination of the smooth of the pavement and the gravel of the road, with the ability to charm listeners with her sweet tones; yet stun audiences with the ability to hit any high note.

Adora Nwofor | Centering Blackness: It’s The Glow Up You Need

Adora Nwofor | Centering Blackness: It’s The Glow Up You Need

https://youtu.be/Wldu8k_SGtI A professional actress, comedian, host and model, Adora Nwofor  has worked with audiences from all walks of life. She’s acted as board director for both the Nigerian Association, youth division and Femme Wave: Calgary’s Feminist Music and...

Dan Balaban | From Molecules to Electrons: Moving Past Polarization in Energy

Dan Balaban | From Molecules to Electrons: Moving Past Polarization in Energy

The energy discussion has become increasingly polarized. Global demand for energy is continuing to grow at phenomenal rate, but the threat of human-caused climate change is forcing us to explore new ways of producing the energy our modern world needs. The resulting narrative from this tension pits renewables against fossil fuels, demanding that we choose a side. Dan Balaban believes that this narrative is false, unproductive, and unnecessarily polarized.

Richard Harrison | How I Live With My Mother’s Choice of Medical Assistance in Dying

Richard Harrison | How I Live With My Mother’s Choice of Medical Assistance in Dying

How poet Richard Harrison found peace with his mother’s choice of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD), by seeing himself in a story 2000 years old. In July 2017, Richard Harrison attended his mother’s medically-assisted death. His experience led him to reflect on the lack of stories around such moments. Now, what he has to share about the experience of medically-assisted death can help spark a conversation around our disconnect with death.

Dr. Sweta Chakraborty | Do Not Trust Your Brain: Innate Biases are the Bane of our Existence

Dr. Sweta Chakraborty | Do Not Trust Your Brain: Innate Biases are the Bane of our Existence

There are looming global challenges ahead that we can only overcome if we make decisions informed by data and science. Unfortunately, there are a host of unrelated triggers that influence our risk perceptions, which then fuel our decisions and ultimately our behavioural outcomes. We CAN overcome the cognitive limitations of our brains, and it starts with understanding, admitting to, and gaining control of our innate biases.

Byanca Nimijean | Transforming Trauma Into Resilience and Strength

Byanca Nimijean | Transforming Trauma Into Resilience and Strength

Over the last nine years my life has been consumed by the justice system. Police, investigators, meetings with a crown prosecutor, and testimonies. My journey was hard, it was scary and unpredictable, however with the guidance of an incredible support worker, I fought with everything in me and everything I didn’t even know I had to conquer what I felt to be, the impossible. I am here to share with you what it took for me to take back my voice, my power and what sparked the passion in me to fight for social justice.

Salima Stanley-Bhanji | Anti-Racism Needs You to Give Up

Salima Stanley-Bhanji | Anti-Racism Needs You to Give Up

What are you willing to give up for love? Born in Surfers Paradise shortly after the White Australia Policy was abolished, Salima reflects on a lifetime of lessons learned in pursuit of her dreams – professionally, to create a more fair and equal world, and personally, to find love and become a mother. Skillfully weaving together these two narratives, Salima shares five key steps to end racism and other systems of oppression, compelling us to consider the things we have to sacrifice – and all we stand to gain, for the sake of justice and ultimately love.

Keeta Gladue | Decolonizing Disney Princesses

Keeta Gladue | Decolonizing Disney Princesses

A proud IndigiNerd, TEDxYYC speaker Keeta Gladue brings together three Indigenous Disney princesses, Tiger Lily, Pocahontas and Moana in her talk about the power of stories. Examining pop culture is an accessible, funny and curiosity-driven way of decolonizing stories. This decolonization is focused on addressing the impacts and allegories of the stories we have been told. Colonization, patriarchy, and racism are the big systems that affect our every day lives. We have to talk about it, we have to address and change these systems. Obviously, the best way to do that is by talking about the Disney stories we love. Buckle up; it’s about to get nerdy!