Our speakers are the heart and soul of TEDxURI. Selected through auditions, they exemplify the kind of big thinking synonymous with TED and central to everything we do at the University of Rhode Island. Through their stories and ideas, empowered by diverse backgrounds and inspiring life stories, they will share with us a view to the future and challenge us to think as big as they do.
The new age of ocean exploration
When the Law of the Sea Convention was signed in 1983, it doubled the size of the United States, but it wasn’t until years later that anyone was tasked with exploring that new territory. Robert Ballard reveals what we’ve learned about our oceans and the cutting-edge technology that makes those discoveries possible.
How to live life like you’re dying
Patrick Condon tells us about the life lessons he learned since receiving a diagnosis that came with a very real but uncertain chance of death, and how those lessons can be applied to lead a better life.
The disappearance of relationship banking
Silvia Dorado wants us to learn a three-word term: relationship-based lending. The term describes lending with heavy involvement of loan officers, and it explains why and how microfinance can act as a tool for poverty alleviation.
Job security in the age of artificial intelligence
The job market may not be the same with the advent of AI tools. In this talk, Dan Faggella shares factors that contribute to job security in the future job market, and an outlook of social risks.
ENDrepreneurs and the future of small businesses
Large numbers of small business owners are heading into retirement, most don’t know how. Nancy Forster-Holt tells the story of the former owner of the company that she and her husband acquired.
The power of family stories
Elizabeth Gruebel reveals to us the transformative power of family stories, which connect us to our past, anchor us in the present, and can even shape our future.
Limiting rates of sexual assault
Anna LaCroix talks about eliminating sexual assault through education beginning in middle school.
Social responsibility is a vehicle to creating a stronger community, and Akeem Lloyd discusses why more people should invest in the opportunity to be more involved.
Aria Mia Loberti
The power of solidarity and silence
Aria Mia Loberti’s experiences growing up with a disability and as an advocate for equity have offered her many lessons, and she will share one of her most vital: How can we use our voices to inspire and enact positive change in our world?
The philosophy behind fashion
Andrea Mason explores a personal moment where she criticized someone for what they were wearing, but was able to use philosophical ideas to reason away her own judgement and instill tolerance into her perspective.
Smart textiles for wearable telemedicine
As a child, Kunal Mankodiya helped sell textiles at his family-owned shop in India. Now, he demos his design of a “smart glove” that is a marriage between textile and technology.
Sea levels rising
Global sea level rise will cause significant practical challenges, but also create novel legal issues. Elizabeth Mendenhall discusses the practical and legal choices we are faced with, how they relate to each other, and what we should do.
The myth of the starving artist
Erik Schlicht challenges the conventional wisdom that says that majors in the arts are impractical.
Candice Genine Simmons
Does technology need a time out?
Technological advances: explosion or implosion? Dr. Candice Genine Simmons reveals the transformative nature of new technologies and communication across intellectual, cultural, and social landscapes, locally and globally.
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