Register for the City’s summer TED Talk series

Register now for a new lunch-hour series of TED Talks. The Community Planning and Economic Development Department invites employees to bring lunch to the Innovation Center and join your colleagues to watch and discuss different TED Talk videos on topics ranging from diversity in the workplace to using humor at work.

TED Talks spread ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). The nonprofit organization TED began in in 1984. TED stands for technology, entertainment and design, although TED Talks now cover almost all topics.  

All sessions will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Innovation Center on the first floor of the Crown Roller Mill building, 105 Fifth Ave. S. Light refreshments will be served.

There are 25 seats available for each session, and registration is open now. Sign up to attend these sessions:

Shawn Achor is a psychologist who challenges the notion that if we work hard we will be happy. Through his many studies conducted on different groups of people around the United States, he argues that if we work to be happier we in turn will become more productive. Register now.

In this talk, Mellody Hobson explores her personal experiences in her rise as a powerful finance executive, among many other things, and asks us whether we are being color blind or color brave. Hobson urges us to seek diversity in all aspects of our lives arguing that with diversity we can achieve both better business and a better society. Register now.

Patrice Thompson is a millennial who talks about her recent entrance to the workforce. Although there are always going to be differences in the ways different generations work, Thompson argues that a mutual understanding of these different viewpoints will help create a happy multigenerational space. Register now.

Andrew Tarvin is an author, speaker and comedian whose business career started at Procter and Gamble. He uses his personal experiences and other research to explain how he believes that using humor in work can make you both happier and more productive. Register now.

Published Jul 13, 2016

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