Ted gives a TED (Talk) and Better Angels discuss Depolarization, MLK, Jr. and more

Posted by on May 10, 2019 at 3:50 PM

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TED Talks are a fascinating cultural phenomenon. The nonprofit (TED) was founded in 1984 as a conference under the slogan “ideas worth spreading,” and has been held annually since 1990. It wasn’t until 2006, though, that TED Talks were free to view online -- i.e. accessible by the general public. By June 2011, TED Talks earned over 500 million views, and that figure doubled by November 2012. TED Talks are now a ubiquitous part of modern culture and serve as a signal that the individual giving the 18-minute talk has “arrived.”

That’s why we were so excited when Joan Blades of Living Room Conversations and John Gable of AllSides gave a joint TED Talk in 2017. And it’s why we are proud to support Citizen University and celebrate Eric Liu’s third(!?) TED Talk titled “How to revive your belief in democracy.” You can check out that video as well as Eric’s new book titled “Become America: Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility, and Democracy.”

Speaking of ubiquitous parts of modern culture, Ciaran O’Connor and John Wood, Jr. of Better Angels just released a new episode of the Better Angels Podcast where they “talk about their roads to Better Angels, the Depolarization Movement, Martin Luther King, Jr., the need for community and how to apply love in politics.” If you’re a fan of podcasts, give it a listen. And if you aren’t, listen to it anyway!

Finally, a quick note that Jackie Salit of IndependentVoting.org will be answering pre-selected audience questions about politics on a conference call on May 13th at 8 PM EDT. Jackie is incredibly smart and really understands the issues, so make sure to sign up and submit your question!

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