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How Long Does It Take To Become An American?

Speaker: Jaed Coffin
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Over the past 250 years, the United States has developed rules on who gets to call themselves an American and who doesn’t through laws, legislation and walls. Writer and Thai-American Jaed Coffin is calling on U.S. citizens to spend less time asking who is an American and more time asking how people have become an American.

Why 1st Person Language Can Save A Life

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The language around addiction often acts as label rather than a definition for a disease. Rebecca Throop, a mother, wife, runner, marketing executive, lover of pretzels and also a recovering alcoholic, is changing how people talk about addition by introducing 1st-person language in exchange for labels.

How Our Brains Keep Us From Collaborating

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The human brain has evolved to keep us alive in the savanna by learning to compete and to cooperate. These two states have existed in human brains for as long as humans have existed. The instinct to compete worked well for small, tribe-sized challenges, but in the current day, this instinct works against us and global problem-solving. Steve Wourgiotis explains how to suppress our brain’s natural instinct to compete and learn to collaborate on a global scale.

Is Individualized Education Possible?

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Education is not a one size fits all. Alternative schooling systems allow students that struggle in conventional school systems to work in a self-directed curriculum. Diane Murphy and Madison Peterson share their experiences as teacher and student at the BigFish Learning Community.