TEDxGramercy | Grit

A Riveting Adventure

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Life takes grit. From the smallest organisms surviving in the void of space to the bravest children growing up in abject poverty... from the boxing ring to the surgical table and back, the tenacity of life is unassailable! TEDxGramercy brings together a group of leading thinkers and doers across fields for a riveting journey to explore grit. What is this resiliency within us all? Does it know limits, or are the possibilities truly unbound?

Grit | Speakers

Nir Barzilai

Nir Barzilai is a Professor of Medicine and Genetics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Deputy Scientific Director at the American Federation for Aging Research. He has pioneered breakthrough research on the biology of aging.

How to Die Young at a Very Old Age

Aging is a common risk factor for many diseases, including cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease. Rather than treating each disease separately, the most practical approach is to delay aging altogether. Learn about our efforts to help everyone die young at a very old age.

Harriet Taub

Harriet is a fearless reuser. She transforms otherwise useless materials into fuel for artistic endeavor at NYC's landmark reuse program: Material for the Arts.

Creative Reuse

In a world that is predisposed to the disposable way of life, can we change attitudes towards waste through the arts and education?

Harvey Rubin

Dr. Harvey Rubin is on the brink of a powerful social innovation. He is a Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Computer Science, and the Director of the Institute for Strategic Threat Analysis and Response at the University of Pennsylvania

Keeping Inoculations Cool

What can you do with a cell phone tower, a refrigerator and a shipment of vaccines? Apparently, save millions of lives!

Caroline Adams Miller

Caroline Adams Miller is an author on a mission! A survivor of her own life-threatening struggle and a scholar of others', Caroline has immersed herself in the world of Positive Psychology and has emerged with a question and an idea...

The Moments that Make Champions

What are three things we can choose to do differently to improve our chances of developing grit? Can we learn how to turn micromoments in each day into the habits of resilient champions?

Michael Crouch

As the co-coordinator of the Fairfield County Trauma Recovery Network in Connecticut, Michael has worked with a number of first responders including local and State Police, Firefighters and EMTs. He is inspired by these men and women, who do their jobs with amazing courage and commitment but also with caring and compassion.

The Cost of Courage: We Need to Pay Attention

When we take the risk to acknowledge and embrace our vulnerabilities we find true grit... our purpose.

Amikaeyla Gaston

Amikaeyla Gaston is an international award-winning singer, activist, and executive director/founder of the International Cultural Arts & Healing Sciences Institute

Dare to be Dauntless!

Surviving a hate crime and near death experience, Amikaeyla discovered the power to overcome fear, become dauntless, and heal through music. Taking this gift to political refugees, war survivors, and at-risk people worldwide, she co-creates musical miracles. Amikaeyla ignites the belief in all who meet her that even the deepest wounds and the most devastating losses can be healed.

David Grinspoon

A Sagan medalist, NASA-funded astrobiologist and currently a visiting scholar at the Library of Congress, David is at the forefront of understanding life in the universe.

Terra Sapiens: Planetary Changes of the Fourth Kind

The more we study the history and nature of Earth’s biosphere, the more we see that life has become an integral aspect of Earth, not something that has happened on an otherwise lifeless planet. The arrival of the “Anthropocene Epoch”, where humans have become a major geological force, suggests the possibility that intelligence, too, may become a planetary property on Earth and, perhaps, elsewhere.

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