Thank you from TEDxChapmanU!

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Thank you from TEDxChapmanU!

Over the last four years, Chapman University has been proud and honored to host TEDxChapmanU. We've welcomed extraordinary game-changers and thought leaders to the stage at historic Memorial Hall and seen audiences become inspired. Regretfully, the University has decided not to host TEDxChapmanU this year. We want to thank everyone for your support and hope to see you at other Chapman University events.

Be sure to view your favorite talks from the past four years:

2015 TEDxChapmanU Videos

2014 TEDxChapmanU Videos

2013 TEDxChapmanU Videos

2012 TEDxChapmanU Videos

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Leadership Can Make or Break a Business

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Leadership Can Make or Break a Business

An important aspect of life is leadership, and intrinsically, leadership can make or break a business. Life and business are connected by leadership, and for our community, TEDxChapmanU speakers will be that connection, too. 

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Medicine Teams with Technology

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Medicine Teams with Technology

Two of our most esteemed guests at TEDxChapmanU will be Dr. Anthony Chang and Dr. Brenda K. Wiederhold. Dr. Chang is an internationally-recognized expert in the field of pediatric cardiology, and one of the founding members of the Asia-Pacific Pediatric Cardiac Society. Dr. Wiederhold’s focus is on the psychology of virtual reality, and she is the CEO of the Virtual Reality Medical Institute in Belgium. 

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Reality vs. Virtual Reality

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Reality vs. Virtual Reality

“Beam me up, Scotty!” Captain Kirk never actually said that, but the image of him being transported back to the Starship Enterprise has become famous in the world of popular science fiction. But are images like this the only sci-fi available in today’s technology? This year, TEDxChapmanU will explore the ever-expanding frontier of virtual reality, with options for home use coming soon.

Virtual reality is one of those scientific endeavors that looks great on television, but not so much in practice. The failed attempts at completely harnessing the science of virtual reality in the 80’s and 90’s showed the world that some realities are better replicated in video games. Recently, the researchers in Silicon Valley have made headway but progress is progress.

Like any equation, what makes this era different from the past are the numerous diverse variables. Cheaper building materials are more available because of the popularity in similarly built devices like cell phones and computers. There’s also the matter of funding, which is where big companies like Microsoft, Google, and Facebook come in to play. Their support is a win-win for them and scientists like Dr. Jonathon Waldern, who has been working to make virtual reality his reality for over 30 years

Theories, ideas, and opportunities await those engaged with the future of virtual reality, but only if you have your ticket! There’s still time to make Chapman’s TEDx Talks part of your future reality, get your tickets now

Image originally shared by Nan Palmero on March 15, 2015

 

 

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TedX Tickets Now On Sale!

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TedX Tickets Now On Sale!

TEDxChapmanU is back to take 2015 by storm!

Last year, Icons, Geniuses and Mavericks generated hundreds of conversations. From the profound stories of sacrifice, to the determined dreams of authorship come true, 2014’s speaker lineup did not disappoint. Now the TEDx ChapmanU Talks that inspire our campus are back and ready for another mind-blowing event!

The event date is set for Thursday, August 20, 2015 from 1-5:30 pm in historic Memorial Hall at Chapman University. Each talk will last approximately 15-20 minutes, with two breaks between groups of speakers. These breaks will leave time for further brain stimulation, in the form of delicious conversation, snacks, and beverages.

Tickets are on sale now!  Reserve your seat for this must see event. Ticket prices are $20 general admission or $10 for students, alumni, faculty and staff members with a valid Chapman ID. Guests who buy 10 tickets or more will receive 50% off their total purchase, so bring your friends!

Buy your tickets now at www.tedxchapmanu.com/attend 

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How is happiness determined?

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How is happiness determined?

The topic of excess is something that plagues our society. It is often thought that wealth is something to be frowned upon or even worthy of envy.  Many people strive to attain fortune because they truly believe that it will improve their level of happiness.  A better approach to the problem of finding happiness would be to ask the question, what actually makes us happy? As for most questions, the answer can be found in a TED Talk or two.

In his talk, “Less stuff, more happiness”, Graham Hill discusses the common concept that living a simple life will lead to an improved outlook.  He models how he “edited” his life so he could “live little.”  He describes the specific changes he made, which allowed him to experience simplicity. With these changes, he was able to minimize the physical clutter in his life and make room for the other aspects he considered to be more important. The final thought he leaves with the audience is, “Less might equal more, so lets make room for the good stuff.” This statement highlights the idea that we don’t need to buy material items to be happy but Michael Norton would disagree.

It is constantly said that money cannot buy happiness. However, Michael Norton presents a counter to this statement. He says that if we spend money on the right things, we can, in fact, buy happiness. However, he is not referring to spending extra money during a shopping spree but instead he encourages us to spend money on someone other than ourselves. In a study he conducted with undergraduate students in Canada as well as individuals from Uganda, he found that no matter the amount spent, the act of giving to others made those who participated happier.

These TED talks are proof that any topic can be interpreted by differing viewpoints. The more common reaction to a statement is often widely accepted by the public. On the other hand, there is usually another way to view a topic rather than simply accepting the popular belief.  It is through this type of analysis that innovative ideas are created and eventually shared. 

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Top 5 TED Talks on Leadership

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Top 5 TED Talks on Leadership

With TEDxChapmanU 2014 just around the corner, it's time to reinvigorate and inspire you with ideas worth spreading. The following five Ted Talks explore the key components to what makes a leader successful. From famous power figures that changed the world to a crazy dancing man that started a movement, leadership has many forms that we encounter on a daily basis. 

Simon Sinek's talk on How great leaders inspire action is one shown in classrooms and workplaces all over the world. His simple, yet brilliant concept of the "Golden Circle" can be used for anything — from large organizations to individuals. He argues that people do not buy into what others do or say, but why they do it. If a message starts with values and meaning, the "how" and "what" will naturally fall into place. He references models such as Apple and the Wright Brothers who adopted this successful strategy. 


Derek Silvers examines exactly How to start a movement in his Ted Talk — using the example of a lone man's actions turning into a massive dance party. A leader needs the guts to stand out and be ridiculed. While that is the first step to creating a movement, the most critical aspect is the first follower. Silvers argues that this follower is a leader himself - being the first to take the risk in trusting the leader. 


Drew Dudley investigates everyday leadership in this compelling talk. So many times, people celebrate leadership for things that nobody else has done — groundbreaking, life-changing actions.  Unfortunately, this tends to devalue everyday instances of leadership. Dudley encourages listeners to redefine leadership to when they change somebody's understanding of how powerful and important they are. 


Italy Talgam uses successful conductors to illustrate powerful examples of leadership. Each of the seven video clips reveal a critical aspect from showing joy in one's work to treating others as equals. Leadership can take many forms and Talgam pinpoints them perfectly. 


In David Logan's talk on Tribal leadership, he identifies five life stages that tribes (or groups) identify with in our society. From stage one (life sucks) to stage five (life is great), these tribes start as a negative influence but can move up to make a positive impact. The goal of a leader should be to speak to all of these levels and attempt to nudge tribes to the next stage. Logan's model is based off the notion that as people see the world, so they behave. 


Leaders come in all forms, and this year's TEDxChapmanU lineup of speakers is no exception. Make sure you purchase your ticket today to be inspired on June 18.

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Jennifer Sullivan: Chaos is Good Friction, and Good Friction is Good for Innovation

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Jennifer Sullivan: Chaos is Good Friction, and Good Friction is Good for Innovation

Already, we've had a lot of great speakers at TEDxChapmanU. I wanted to highlight one talk in particular, given by Jennifer Sullivan, Marketing and Branding Guru, that involved Apple, Justin Bieber, and chaos. Jennifer's approach to marketing is that friction is good, and if we can break down what causes this 'good' friction (through the use of "frictionology"), we can inspire more growth in the world, both through technological and entertainment means.

The talk was an illuminating mixture of pop culture, market analysis, and content-centric branding. And, to top it all off, Jennifer analyzed innovational trends to assess not only where we have been, but where we are going.


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Required Viewing: 3 TED Talks Everyone Should See In Their Life

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Required Viewing: 3 TED Talks Everyone Should See In Their Life

There are many reasons people connect with TED Talks; some watch to be entertained, some watch because they are invested in the subject matter, and others still watch to sneak a quick break from work. But did you ever think to watch TED Talks to improve your life?

There are a multiplicity of TED Talks on precisely that topic: speakers who present methods for you to make your own life more fulfilling and better. These are kind of “required viewing” for TED, the sort of talks that can change your life, if you let them.

Simon Sinek’s talk on how leaders inspire action, for example, is one of the top-viewed TED Talks of all time. His lesson is very simple, and with the use of one simple mantra, he changed the way many viewed those who lead.

Another seminal Talk was given by the affable and extremely well-spoken Sir Ken Robinson. That’s right, he’s been knighted, so he knows what he’s talking about, and what he’s talking about is the idea that schools kill our creativity from a young age. This talk is the most viewed TED Talk, and combines both humor and constructive innovation.


Finally, we come to a Talk from someone we all know of: the legendary Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Computers. In this Talk, Jobs tells us how to live a quality life, chase dreams, and feel contented with ourselves with our time on Earth.

So there you have it, three of the top-viewed TED Talks that everyone in the world should see at one point or another. Be sure to make time for these wonderful nuggets of information, and also make sure to buy your tickets for TEDxChapmanU, on June 4th!

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