Tell me about your identity crisis – Cedrice at TEDxSanDiego 2017

Cedrice opens the talk by asking the audience, “who are you?” As an identity crisis waiting to happen, Cedrice’s multi-ethnic identity made her feel alone, but also helped her find her voice in music. Through her own journey of finding her place, she came to realize that embracing one’s identity struggle leads to authenticity. She says, “one voice, stripped down to share an honest struggle, can inspire others to share their own story.”

Cedrice, a talented and beloved actress, vocalist, and poet is inspired by the human condition within the world of theatre, music and art. This well-rounded and dynamic woman emanates passion that speaks to the strength of one’s own self- discovery, while engaging her audience with her mesmerizing energy.

Cedrice Website

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True mentorship requires bold transparency – Brandon Steppe at TEDxSanDiego 2017

Brandon Steppe’s heartfelt talk centers on the concept that the truth will indeed set you free. He shares about a time in his life when pain and fear had the potential to devour him, but his wife inspired him to channel those feelings and open up a music studio in his garage where he can work with young and struggling artists, with whom he has things in common.

He recalls the relationship with a 15-year old boy that he mentored, and how the vulnerability between the two of them changed his perception, and ultimately, his reality. Brandon discovered that the key to forming a bond of trust and openness was to be open and share his truth, and by doing so, discovered that therein lies the healing.

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Women at the negotiating table – the missing piece in peacebuilding – Manal Omar at TEDxSanDiego 2017

The eloquent Manal Omar discusses the importance of women in participating in peace talks. She argues that a woman’s sexuality is undervalued in that it is a life energy force that we need in order to resolve conflict. She starts off saying that “peace has become a loaded term” – in essence, peace motives are questioned in the same manner as war motives. And, in this age, the rise of extremism, less than 45% of populations trust their governments. She argues, where are the women at peace talks?

In 2012, the book, Sex and World Peace reveals that more women die from violence than war, and that 4 million women disappear every year. But women are often the caretakers of society, and have their fingers on the pulse, so their input is relevant in repairing, planning and providing for peace. When women are at the negotiating table, peace is sustainable over much longer periods of time.

Manal Omar Website

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