My Tedx lecture: How to talk about race across racial lines
One of the coolest speaking events around is the TED series; an international effort featuring compelling storytellers and interesting thinkers given a maximum 18 minutes to deliver a lecture on their most potent ideas.
Organized as huge events in a couple of cities, the non-profit TED organizers allowed local organizations to do their own versions of TED talks four years ago, dubbed TEDx. I participated in the first one organized by the Poynter Institute in 2011 around journalism ideas -- there's a new one scheduled for June 7 -- and when folks in Bloomington, Ind. pulled one together earlier this year, an old friend from high school suggested I take part.
The resulting lecture was pulled from material in my book Race-Baiter, which offers suggestions on how to talk about difficult race and cultural issues across race and cultural lines. Though the book is centered on media, there's a lot of advice on how to discuss these issues in general -- bolstered by my experiences on a mini speaking tour this year, visiting college campuses and community groups across the country.
The Tedx Bloomington organizers just put the speeches online, so here's a look at what I did back then.
As always, feel free to take on the ideas and concepts in the comments area, and feel free to check out the book (less than $13 on Kindle and other e-book versions!) to explore the notions further.