We are thrilled to share with you three more illuminating talks and a notable performance from TEDxToronto 2013 – all talks from the event are now live on our site and can be viewed here.
In the past 40 years, great global migrations have changed the demographic, socioeconomic and cultural landscapes of Canada. The Central and Eastern Canadian influences that once drove the politics of our country have changed. And the many Canadians who are unaware that this has happened are at risk of being left behind if they fail to recognize and respond to the new normal. Watch as Darrell Bricker, CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs, uses research and statistics to help show how Canada is in flux, and how we must alter our perceptions about this shift.
Watch as Aboriginal young professional Gabrielle Scrimshaw discusses her personal journey, moving from the Hatchet Lake First Nation community in Northern Saskatchewan to Toronto, and the resultant challenges she struggled with and the hurdles she overcame. She discusses, at length, the issues that Aboriginal youth currently face, in Canada and elsewhere. She articulates how Aboriginal Canadian youth currently stand on a precipice, and that their fates may lie in either direction contingent on the action or inaction of Canadian citizens and government.
Within seconds of Mark Bowden walking on stage to close out the day’s Talks, he announced to the audience that they had already decided whether he was “friend or foe”. In his Talk, Mark argues that whether we’re aware of it or not, this kind of judgment is a direct result of the instantaneous evaluations of our primitive brains. Every day, our brain weighs the people we meet and places each person into one of four categories: friend, enemy, potential sexual partner, or indifferent. However, he argues one can employ specific behaviours to change another’s perceptions and in fact, challenges us to be “more inauthentic.”
Wes “Maestro” Williams
In course of this combination performance and Talk, Canada’s “Godfather of Hip Hop” gets over 900 hands waving in the air, including those of both teenagers and grandparents alike. Watch as Wes Williams AKA Maestro Fresh Wes discusses his continued journey as a musical artist whose songwriting has been very much inspired and defined by the city in which we live. He speaks to his lyrics as reflections of his values system, sticking to your vision, and music as a component of civic engagement. Moreover, listen to the audience react to the songs that, over the past 25 years, have become part of the soundtrack of our urban landscape.
-The TEDxToronto Organizing Committee