I am a Ted Talks junkie. I have the app on my phone and I am continually waiting for updates. Each speaker is given a small period of time, generally 15 minutes to share something meaningful to them. Some influence, some change and most educate. I love Ted Talks!
Last week I was privilaged to hear Bryan Stevenson speak on his topic… I also work in the criminal justice system so, for me I found his talk even more interesting.
Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of EJI, has won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color in the criminal justice system. Since graduating from Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, he has assisted in securing relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, advocated for poor people and developed community-based reform litigation aimed at improving the administration of criminal justice. He also is on the law faculty at New York University School of Law.
Bryan talked about injustice, but even in his talk about injustice I found things to help me in my life and in my Photography business. I wanted to share them with you.
Bryan talked about the importance of Identity. He shared how even Ted has an identity, and with Ted’s identity it has allowed hundreds, probably thousands to share their part of the world with millions of others.
Identity is important and he made some special points by saying “If you’re a teacher your words can be meaningful, but if you’re a compassionate teacher they can be especially meaningful. If you’re a doctor you can do some things good, but if you are a caring doctor you can do some other things.”
I ask you… what do you do? If you were more compassionate or caring what could you do better? Fill in the blank: I’m a _______ but if I’m a _________ ________ I can be even better at what I do!
It’s all about the power or Identity. I dendity it’s about who you are, what you are and your power of caring and compassion that will push you over the edge and climb above those that are around you.
Here’s Bryan’s Ted Talk… enjoy and remember to leave my some feedback love!