TED Talks We Love

Here are some TED talks that I find inspiring and have helped shape Stomping Ground from day 1. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

I remember the first time I was introduced to the idea of a TED talk. Jack actually sent me a link with the Ken Robinson “changing Education Paradigms” talk. This talk has changed the lives of thousands and continues to inspire and reframe the intention of education for people everyday

This next talk has inspired a conversation around vulnerability and shame. Berne Brown’s own raw vulnerability is inspiring. I recently sat down with my parents and re-watched these videos with them. I was in awe as we sat together and all felt swept up in Berne’s ability to connect us all on a deeply human level.


My good friend and roommate from college Ellie Perendy Introduced me to this video my Jill Bolton called a Stroke of insight. The video’s internal message has stuck with me ever since. Jill Bolton, a brain researcher, has a stroke. She gets a chance to watch her own brain go through this life altering experience. Jill witnesses her left brain and then her right brain control her thinking. What I took away from this video is the profound capacity we have as humans to connect and engage with the world around us in an inclusive and expansive way.

Jack is a huge fan of this TED talk. Another classic, Simon Sinek's “Start with Why” This talk and its core message has guided Jack and I through the process of creating Stomping Ground and is informing how we structure Staff orientation 2016. Simon is fascinated with how leaders can inspire cooperation, trust and change. “Start with why” advocates that people don't buy into what you do they buy into why you do it.

This last talk is by Bryan Stevenson. I think that Bryan is a brilliant story teller. I love how he passionately moves people to consider different perspectives and views on questions concerning race and privilege in the country. I am rejuvenated by his radical empathy and compassion for people. I am inspired by his vision for a more perfect world. 


Laura Kriegel
Camp Director, Chief Heart Officer