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Orphans vs. Empires: Andrew Slack at TEDxYouth@SanDiego

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Published on Jan 17, 2013

Andrew Slack shares how the universal story of the orphan versus the evil empire (think Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, Superman, Luke Skywalker and, of course, Harry Potter) has the power to be a game changer in the story of humanity and how we see ourselves as human beings. Slack's "novel" approach to activism inspires us all to join forces, to use our powers for good and to know that every wall has a secret door just waiting to be found. Fantasy is not an escape from our world -- but an invitation to go deeper into our world. Slack passionately reveals that banding together, reaching out and reveling in our interconnectedness makes us not orphans, but siblings -- who sleep together as a family of heroes under one sky -- where we are home.

Andrew Slack is the co-founder and executive director of the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA). HPA fights the dark arts in the real world by using parallels from Harry Potter to do good - such as sending cargo planes to Haiti, building libraries across the world, and advocating for human rights, media reform and equality on LGBTQ, immigration and class.


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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