Talk Years: 2019
Caitlin Thompson grew up as a child of a parent with an opioid addiction. Now as an adult and a parent herself, she shares how having a parent with an addiction affected her in childhood as well as in her adult life.
Writer and performer Susan Poulin is Franco-American. French is her first language but she only spoke it until she was 4. Although proud of her heritage, she didn’t know a lot about it. Since her 40s she’s been trying to find her identity through relearning her lost language.
Technology is inherent and ubiquitous in everything. In order to thrive in the ever changing technological world and workplace, you must adapt. Kartik Sakthivel is helping to shape how generations think and react to changes in technology.
First impressions are the unconscious categorization of people. In order to change the outcome of first impressions, Quita Christison is redefining the “5 Second Rule” with a new 5 Second Rule: STOP, See The Other Person.
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.
Dr. Laura Rubin, a licensed clinical psychologist/neuropsychologist, explains how re-framing memories can create new interpretations of the past which can contribute to our well-being and growth.
After entering parenthood, Jesse and Melissa Lore were worried they would lose their musical identity. However, instead of forgetting their previous lives, the Lore family reclaimed their musical identity by creating their family band, Rock Street.
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.
Snow scientist, Dr. Elizabeth Burakowski, uses climate models, snow measurements, and satellites to understand how winter in the northeastern United States has changed in the past and what we can expect for the future.
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.
It’s common knowledge that gender bias exists in the workplace, but it also exists in the health care system. Dr. Arnold, a Board-certified gynecologist, explains how gender bias affects the capacity of physicians and health care practitioners to hear and believe their female patients.
Mental check ins for children are not required until the age of 12, resulting in only 15-20% of children with mental disorders being treated. Psychotherapist Ben Hillyard explains why mental check ins should be a part of a child’s annual wellness visit.
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.
It is estimated that 40 million people are victims to human trafficking. Bryan Bessette uses his non-profit platform to educate consumers on how to ask supply chains where their products come from in order to shift buying habits and put an end to forced labor.