Impact University: Featured Talks

Criminal Justice

Alice Goffman: How We’re Priming Some Kids for College – and Others for Prison >

Alice Goffman's fieldwork in a struggling Philadelphia neighborhood sheds harsh light on a justice system that creates suspects rather than citizens.

Education

Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud >

Sugata Mitra makes his bold TED Prize wish: help design the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can explore and learn from each other — using resources and mentoring from the cloud. Hear his inspiring vision for Self Organized Learning Environments.

Education

Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America >

Geoffrey Canada has spent decades as head of the Harlem Children's Zone, which supports kids from birth through college in order to break the cycle of poverty.

Education

Stephen Black: The Transformative Potential of Campus-Community Collaborations >

In recent decades, we've witnessed a fundamental shift in how we "sort" ourselves into like-minded groups, neighborhoods, and online communities. Stephen Black argues that the future of moral progress is incumbent upon developing empathy and compassion for those unlike ourselves.

Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell: The Unheard Story of David and Goliath >

We traditionally think of the story of David and Goliath as the victory of a sly underdog over the might of a brutish champion. It turns out the tale has another piece of wisdom to offer on the nature of ‘giants,' strength, and weakness.

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