Do you want to change the world? This year’s TEDxStanleyPark 2016 conference wants to inspire you to action through awareness, education, and social change.
Change the World
Do you want to change the world? This year’s TEDxStanleyPark 2016 conference wants to inspire you to action through awareness, education, and social change. Here are three of the local thought leaders speaking on this topic.
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Gurdeep Parhar—Racism is ubiquitous
Physician and UBC professor Gurdeep Parhar says we all have an unconscious bias when we look at others, most of us just don’t realize it. In his TEDx talk he asks why does this happen? Where does this happen? What can we do to eradicate racism?
Gurdeep says we make cultural assumptions and apply it to personal convictions and opinions. We recognize patterns so we associate new things with old experiences. He says when we see ourselves doing this we need to recognize it and then move to the next stage—personalization.
Jules Ku-Lea—One ingredient in some of our foods is slavery
Mental health worker and clinical counsellor Jules Ku-Lea is on a crusade to reduce slave labour. She says a lot of products we consume are built on the backs of slaves and by bringing awareness to this she hopes we will start researching the companies we purchase products from and ask more questions.
Forced labour is a 150 billion dollar industry. What can we do to set modern-day slaves free? Jules plans to show us ways to notice forced labour and take action to put an end to it in her TEDx talk.
Ryan Phillips—Child sex slavery is a global epidemic
Ex-professional hockey player and drug smuggler Ryan Phillips knows what it’s like to be enslaved, spending two years in maximum security prison for drug-related crimes himself. He since experienced an awakening and wants to use his second chance at life to do good in the world. Realizing what you do leaves an impact on others, Ryan wants to lead by example by drawing awareness to child sex slavery.
Ryan’s TEDx talk will focus on his cycling trip through Cambodia and his face-to-face confrontation with the reality of child sex slavery. He says only through awareness, faith, and action can we begin to get this epidemic under control.