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Creating universities of life: Travis Tennessen at TEDxPSU

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Published on May 2, 2014

What kinds of technologies do we need to build the lives, the communities, and the world that we want? Dr. Travis Tennessen makes the case that new gadgets are not the answer, and that instead we should turn toward simple, elegant, and sustainable social technologies like "universities of life". A university of life is a place where people voluntarily come together to share their time, labor, resources and knowledge for the collective good. Using examples from Alaska, Costa Rica, and Sri Lanka, Tennessen reveals how universities of life can help us learn, grow, adapt, and thrive in an ever-changing world. To learn more, visit www.hearthtreks.org and www.sarvodayausa.org.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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