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These are more TED talk which fueled the passion in me to look beyond my own personal problems with MCS. They gave me nuggets of inspiration to take the step to raise the community spirit in my small town. I hope they create a spark in you to do something you hadn’t considered before.

Love,

Colleen

Michael Green: What the Social Progress Index can reveal about your country. (14:56)

How should the well-being of a country or city even — be measured? Presently I believe most would agree it would be by the GDP. Kuznets who came up with the GDP warned, “The welfare of a nation can, therefore, scarcely be inferred from a measurement of national income as defined above.” This talk offers a more comprehensive way to determine if all of the basic needs of a community are being met. I can say in my community some but not all are.

Ron Finley: A Guerrilla Gardner in South Central (10:42)

How to make sure everyone has fresh food.

How to put people back to work.

How to get kids involved and motivated.

How to eliminate food deserts.

How to grow a community.

These are things our community needs.

Dan Pink: The Puzzle of Motivation (18:36)

This talk touched me from a few perspectives in my town. I taught for close to twenty years and more and more kids every year are extrinsically motivated — what’s my grade? is there extra-credit or bonuses? is it on the test? my parents don’t like my grade so I need to raise it. I often hear this translated in the adult population as well — what’s in it for me? There are some very interesting facts in this talk as to how to motivate people and how we often do the opposite of what would be productive.

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