Your TED Talk Challenge: Week 2

Week 2 of the Strong Women Squad TED Talk Challenge was a GOOD ONE - we had talks from women whose names are well-known for very different reasons, in Shonda Rhimes and Monica Lewinsky, Theo Wilson - a black man who went undercover in the online world of the alt-right, Ruby Wax discussed humour and mental illness, and Brené Brown opened our eyes about vulnerability.  Which was your favourite?

Here's a reminder of what this is all about...

What the hell are you challenging me to do?
Dedicate 10-20 mins to YOU time by watching a new TED Talk each day.  I’ll be doing it in my lunch breaks, as a way of stepping back from endless work emails!
Which ones should I watch?
There are thousands of fantastic talks by all types of Strong Women and Men.  We’ll be putting a new recommendation up on the Strong Women Squad Facebook page every single week day, and if you want to share your thoughts on it afterwards that would be ace!
What’s in it for me?
TED Talks are a great way to enrich yourself by listening to new topics, new ideas and new points of view. 
I don’t have any spare time!
Just give it a go, for one week.  You deserve a break, so take it.
Okay, fine.  Where do I go?
Our Facebook page!  We also post lots of other delicious content, so come and give it a ‘like’. (Please)

Here are the talks we watched this week if you want to catch up on any of them.  It's never too late! 


In an unmissable talk about race and politics in America, Theo E.J. Wilson tells the story of becoming Lucius25, white supremacist lurker, and the unexpected compassion and surprising perspective he found from engaging with people he disagrees with. He encourages us to let go of fear, embrace curiosity and have courageous conversations with people who think differently from us. "Conversations stop violence, conversations start countries and build bridges," he says.


Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.


Shonda Rhimes, the titan behind Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder, is responsible for some 70 hours of television per season, and she loves to work. "When I am hard at work, when I am deep in it, there is no other feeling," she says. She has a name for this feeling: The hum. The hum is a drug, the hum is music, the hum is God's whisper in her ear. But what happens when it stops? Is she anything besides the hum? In this moving talk, join Rhimes on a journey through her "year of yes" and find out how she got her hum back.


Diseases of the body garner sympathy, says comedian Ruby Wax -- except those of the brain. Why is that? With dazzling energy and humor, Wax, diagnosed a decade ago with clinical depression, urges us to put an end to the stigma of mental illness.


"Public shaming as a blood sport has to stop," says Monica Lewinsky. In 1998, she says, “I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has become constant -- and can turn deadly. In a brave talk, she takes a hard look at our online culture of humiliation, and asks for a different way.

Also this week...

We ran a competition on Facebook where you could win a bundle of TED books, courtesy of Simon & Schuster.


And the winners are...

Kirsty Greenwood

Laura Bambrey

Tegan Siân Longman

Congratulations, Strong Women!

We have some more books in the series to giveaway soon, so stay tuned and keep going with the challenge.