A Circle Of Caring – A Ted Video

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Cartoonist Jok Church is the creator of You Can with Beakman & Jax  and he created the CBS television series Beakman’s World based on the comic strip.

Jok gave a short talk at Ted in 2007 about a circle of caring between him and his teacher, Mrs. Posten. The circle started in Ohio when he was, as he calls himself, “the class queer” who was beaten each week in the boys room. For three years, Mrs. Posten would secretly let Jok use the  bathroom in the teachers’ lounge. The circle ended when, shortly before she died of pancreatic cancer, Mrs. Posten asked him to come back to Ohio so that they could have the chance to get to know each other as adults. Something that didn’t happen because Jok left Ohio as soon as he could.

His talk is about 3 minutes long but it is a moving and powerful example of what happens when we care.

ABCs of Disability – The Letter A

A is for adversity.  Normally, adversity is viewed as a negative.  However, there are people who are amazingly proving this wrong.

I recently watched a video from TEDMED which is part of TED.  If you haven’t heard about TED, TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design and started out as a conference in 1984.   Now…

Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and Open TV Project, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.

Their about page explains:

On TED.com, we make the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free. More than 700 TEDTalks are now available, with more added each week. All of the talks are subtitled in English, and many are subtitled in various languages. These videos are released under a Creative Commons license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.

This list of tags shows how diversified the talks have become.

The speaker in the video I watched is Aimee Mullins and was filmed in 2009.  Aimee is an amputee who was a record-breaker at the Paralympic Games in 1996, and she talks about adversity and how adversity can be used positively in life.

It is 22 minutes long but goes by really quickly.   I found her quite engaging and inspiring as she talks about her life, her disability and how words and language label us and affect our thinking.

Here’s the link to the video. There is also a link to a transcript on the right-hand side of the page.

Enjoy and be inspired!