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TEDxYouth@LAS Part 2

Posted by Marta Krause on 30/03/16 14:38



Last month LAS hosted an extraordinary event - the TEDxYouth@LAS conference. With a license from the TED organization a group of students have worked since April 2015 to put together this special conference. Below, you will 3 more of the 9 videos. Click here to see the first 2 clips. Enjoy! 

The Lie of Linear Progression | Chris Stakich | TEDxYouth@LAS

Chris Stakich serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Rustic Pathways. He has worked at the intersection of education, community service and student travel his entire career. With operations in more than 20 countries around the world, and recruiting students from 60 plus countries, Rustic Pathways is widely viewed as the global leader in community service and education-based travel for students.

Chris Stakich is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Thinking Beyond Borders, an educational organization that takes graduating high school seniors around the world for eight months to study global development issues from social, political and economic perspectives.
Stakich is a 2001 graduate of Harvard University. He now lives in San Francisco with his wife and three young sons, and is committed to developing future leaders who embody compassion and global understanding. 


Eat More Dirt | Stephan K. Thieringer | TEDxYouth@LAS

Stephan Thieringer invites us to reflect on what we want to be in life by following our passions, and like children who try everything, maybe we too should ... eat more dirt.

Stephan K. Thieringer is a serial entrepreneur that has founded over the past decade a number of successful companies and organizations. He focuses mainly on The Human Innovation Garage, particularly on executive, entrepreneurs’ and teams’ Radical Self-Awareness Transformation. He was also co-founder of AcrossWorld Education, a company dedicated to making education available to all online, where he worked as the President, CEO and Director. In 2012 he won the prestigious World Education Award for “Visionary Leadership in Impacting Economic Development”. Stephan is a strong and public voice for innovative thinking about the nexus of business, strategy and education. Stephan has also been featured in business and education publications such as EduTech, Business week, the Financial Express, the Hindu Times, NYT, Boston Globe, Times of India, the WSJ and the BBJ.


Everyday Yellow Circles: Conformism and Influences | Sara Alavi | TEDxYouth@LAS

We are a social species and conformism sometimes allows us to survive as a group and to function as modern society. But, by sharing her story and her artistic project Yellow Circles, Sara offers advice on how to avoid some of the worst pitfalls of conformism while choosing when and where to follow and when to go our own way.

Sara Alavi (b.1979, Tehran) is an Iranian artist based in Milan. She studied painting at the Art Department of Alzahra University in Tehran, concluding her studies in 2002. She moved to Rome in 2006 to continue her studies in multimedia projects at La Sapienza University, which she completed in 2010.  Since 2011 she lives and works in Milan where she received her second level Degree in Painting at Accademia Di Belle Arti di Brera. She has participated in group exhibitions and she had several solo exhibitions. She won Terna prize in 2015 in Italy.

In most of her works she tries to face the status of precariousness as a possible value.





How Humor Writing Can Alter a Community | Theodore Lasry | TEDxYouth@LAS

In this short talk Teddy Lasry tells us of his exploration of the humorous –through improv on stage and satire in a school journal – and how humor allows a community to cope with its daily challenges.

Theo will talk about how his experiences with humor writing have shown its ability to alter the nature of a community, specifically a school community.

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