Your TED Talk Challenge: Week 5

Welcome to week 5 of the Strong Women Squad TED Talk Challenge!  I hope you're all enjoying it so far.  I'm definitely feeling more knowledgeable (and with knowledge comes POWER yesssssssss) learning from all these amazing people.  This week we started with a sometimes shocking but sadly familiar talk on online abuse, by Ashley Judd, then we had an interview between the legendary Serena Williams and Gayle King.  Then we moved to Elizabeth Wayne talking about fighting cancer cells using 'sticky balls' and finally we ended on a lighter note on Thursday with comedian James Veitch (who really reminds me of Eddie Redmayne) about how he corresponds with spam emailers.  It's really funny - give it a watch.  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! 


Enough with online hate speech, sexual harassment and threats of violence against women and marginalized groups. It's time to take the global crisis of online abuse seriously. In this searching, powerful talk, Ashley Judd recounts her ongoing experience of being terrorized on social media for her unwavering activism and calls on citizens of the internet, the tech community, law enforcement and legislators to recognize the offline harm of online harassment.


Twenty-three Grand Slam titles later, tennis superstar Serena Williams sits down with journalist Gayle King to share a warm, mischievous conversation about her life, love, wins and losses -- starting with the story of how she accidentally shared her pregnancy news with the world.


After decades of research and billions spent in clinical trials, we still have a problem with cancer drug delivery, says biomedical engineer Elizabeth Wayne. Chemotherapy kills cancer -- but it kills the rest of your body, too. Instead of using human design to fight cancer, why not use nature's? In this quick talk, Wayne explains how her lab is creating nanoparticle treatments that bind to immune cells, your body's first responders, to precisely target cancer cells without damaging healthy ones.


Suspicious emails: unclaimed insurance bonds, diamond-encrusted safe deposit boxes, close friends marooned in a foreign country. They pop up in our inboxes, and standard procedure is to delete on sight. But what happens when you reply? Follow along as writer and comedian James Veitch narrates a hilarious, weeks-long exchange with a spammer who offered to cut him in on a hot deal.