Humanizing the refugee crisis – Brian Sokol at TEDxSanDiego 2017

There are more that 65 million people in the world today who are displaced from their homes due to conflict and persecution – more than at any time in human history. As a photographer who spent time in refugee camps and met the people who were forced from their homes Brian Sokol underwent a personal transformation in understanding their stories, their dreams, and their humanity. It’s time we challenged our beliefs and preconceptions about the refugee crisis.

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Mary Walshok at TEDxSanDiego 2017

Associate vice chancellor for public programs, Dean of Extension at UCSD
It’s time we added some HEART to STEM

Brandon Steppe at TEDxSanDiego 2017

Founder of The David’s Harp Foundation
Integrating transparency into mentorship

Todd Hylton at TEDxSanDiego 2017

Executive Director of the Contextual Robotics Institute at UC San Diego
What will robots teach us about our humanity?

Manal Omar at TEDxSanDiego 2017

CEO and Founder of AcrossRedLines
The power of women in peacebuilding

Cedrice at TEDxSanDiego 2017

Actress, Vocalist, Poet
The illusive mystery of our identity

Bennett Peji at TEDxSanDiego 2017

Senior Director at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
The wisdom within community-centered design

Brian Mullins at TEDxSanDiego 2017

How will augmented reality change our future?

Vicki Grassian at TEDxSanDiego 2017

Associate Dean in the Division of Physical Sciences at UC San Diego
Do you know what’s in the air you’re breathing?

Paulina Lis at TEDxSanDiego 2017

Executive Director of the San Diego Green Building Council
Using the built environment to create happier lives

Benjamin Migliori at TEDxSanDiego 2017

Physicist, neuroscientist and principal investigator at SPAWAR
Machine learning meets biologically inspired systems

Brian Sokol at TEDxSanDiego 2017

Artist, Photographer, Author
Understanding the true nature of the refugee crisis

Sara Leonard at TEDxSanDiego 2017

Educator and change agent for students
Big Picture Learning changes lives, and future(s)

Ines Irawati at TEDxSanDiego 2017

Collaborative piano faculty at Point Loma Nazarene University

Danny Green at TEDxSanDiego 2017

Pianist, Composer, Educator

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