TEDxRRU gathers changemakers for inspiring evening

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TEDxRRU will take place on May 3, 2024 at Royal Roads University from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The independently organized event, licensed by TED, will feature local voices and TED Talks videos under the theme of Changemaking.  

Launched in 2009, TEDx is program of locally organized events that bring the community together to share a TED-like experience. Some of the best talks from TEDx events have gone on to be featured on TED.com and garnered millions of views from audiences across the globe.

TEDxRRU welcomes changemakers to campus on May 3, 2024 for an evening of insightful talks and innovative ideas that will challenge your perceptions and ignite your passion for change. 

This special single-evening engagement brings together speakers drawn from industry and Royal Roads University’s alumni network – presentations by changemakers for changemakers.

“Don't miss out on this extraordinary gathering. Mark your calendars and get ready to talk about challenges, possibilities, innovations and creative solutions at TEDxRRU, surrounded by fellow changemakers from around the globe.” – Royal Roads University

Speakers at TEDxRRU include:

Dapo Bankole– Drawing on his immigration experience, Bankole critiques Canada's integration process and highlights the mutual benefits to both immigrants and Canada 

Sarah Crawford-Bohl – Crawford-Bohl introduces 'The Moral Compass', a framework guiding us past any hesitation, helping us make the courageous step of initiating these dialogues. 

Carla Cuglietta – Cuglietta conducted an 18-month study spanning fifteen countries. The goal? Help people prepare for the fast-changing future of work. 

April Kuramoto – Kuramoto’s research publication called "A Decolonial Love Story; Matriarchs Living in Kinship with Mother Earth,” a deep dive into storytelling, and how we can shift the narrative to create change rooted in love. 

Dr. Sarah Lea – Lea shares her journey from burnout to resilience, emphasizing the transformative potential of connection in healthcare. 

Dr. Graeme Mitchell – Mitchell introduces a ground-breaking educational approach that bridges the "hope gap," highlighting how integrating fact-based, optimistic content can inspire and mobilize today's youth. 

Anna Mullens – Mullens highlights how early humans leveraged cognitive abilities and storytelling over physical attributes for survival, drawing parallels to modern community, brand-building, and changemaking efforts. 

Marcia Turner – Using a decolonizing approach, Turner draws from her ancestral teachings and experiences to illuminate critical understandings for working with Indigenous Peoples for meaningful and lasting change.

Zab Vilayil –Through vivid storytelling and hard-won insights, Vilayil champions a paradigm shift: to courageously embrace conflict's potential for deeper human connection.


TEDxRRU sponsors include: Royal Roads University Student Association, BMO, and Logan Accounting.

For more information about TEDxRRU, please visit https://tedxrru.com/



About TEDx, x = independently organized events
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