3 smart talks to get you through the US government shutdown

Heyyy Congress,

TEDx here. We noticed you’re having a wee bit of trouble working out this government shutdown snafu, so we thought, hey, since you’ve got extra time on your hands and we’re taking a lunch break, we should totally hang. Want to come watch talks with us? We picked some just for you! Nice talks about getting along and talking it out and being super awesome standup citizens. Because we all get by with a little help from our friends. Hearts, guys.

—The TEDx staff

The walk from “no” to “yes”: William Ury at TEDxMidwest
Decisions are hard, right? Well, this talk is all about how to make them. When you’re staring at the options with no idea what you should do, this guy’s got you covered.

The multiplicity of truth: Julian Baggini at TEDxKingsCollegeLondon
Okay, so, everything isn’t black and white, and no one is always right. Not exactly a politician’s M.O., but take it from a philosopher — it is totally possible to get through all those gray areas.

Take “the Other” to lunch: Elizabeth Lesser at TEDWomen
Our girl Liz has some good news: it’s A-OK to take your lunch break. The catch? You have to eat with someone you don’t agree with. Yeah, it’s kinda awkward, but in order to get the other side, you’ve gotta actually talk.

This December, TEDWomen and TEDxWomen events explore the stakes for women today

imageWhat does it mean to be a woman in 2013? This winter, more than 100 TEDxWomen events around the world will explore just that — joining TED and the Paley Center for Media in a celebration of the female inventors and designers, thinkers and makers, local problem-solvers and global leaders who are changing the world today.

In San Francisco, TED, partnered with the Paley Center for Media, will present TEDWomen 2013: Invented Here on December 5, bringing a host of speakers to California to explore topics like technology, art, solutions to poverty, approaches to peacemaking, investigations of science, education, and innovation.

In countries and cities worldwide, the conversation sparked at TEDWomen will expand, as TEDxWomen events in places like Belfast, Barcelona, and Belgrade share the TEDWomen livestream and invite local speakers to bring their own ideas to the theme, “Invented Here.” The result? A truly global conversation — from San Francisco to London to Beijing — celebrating strong, enterprising, change-making women everywhere.

Women are so often the creative powerhouses driving progress, and the active force crystallizing change in communities worldwide, and TEDWomen and TEDxWomen events are sure to provide groundbreaking ideas from such innovators. From small, local solutions to global movements, the power of women’s invention is visible in every region, in every field.

The full lineup of TEDWomen speakers is yet to be announced, but follow the TEDWomen Facebook and website for all updates.

To take part in this global conversation yourself, sign up to host a TEDxWomen livestreaming event, or find a TEDxWomen event near you to attend. 

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