What does a “normal” way of looking at the world look like? What if, instead of striving for normal, we celebrated the many types of minds out there?

The way we interpret our surroundings shapes the way we walk in the world. Each of us processes our surroundings in a different way, and that diversity of perspective is one of our greatest assets for the future.

Today, I want to share with you a classic TED Talk that I find rattling around in my mind on an almost daily basis. In 2010, Temple Grandin, autism advocate and animal scientist, took the TED stage to give a talk that has become an iconic part of the broader conversation about autism and the way we talk about learning.

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So, here is Temple Grandin on why the world needs all kinds of minds…

Via: TED 1

How much more fruitful would our conversations about education and engagement be if we looked at kids learning “differences” not as obstacles but as unique traits that give each individual a specific set of talents? The world needs ALL kinds of brains. We need to listen to others, hear about how they see the world and celebrate our great diversity.

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Problem-Solving Through Reinventing “Normal”

Dominic Wilcox is an inventor and creative genius whose work is an inspiring reminder of why creativity will almost always save the day! Here is his incredible story, and some of the amazingly fun work he has inspired!

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I could watch this talk over and over again. It hits so many points that are critical to our shared future.

Unlike so many TED Talks, she doesn’t shy away from giving concrete answers to big questions. Usually, we try to wrap up our articles by asking a better question. This time, though, I want to end with a challenge. If you know a teacher, a parent, one of those “geeky kids” share this talk with them.

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4th Graders Can Solve World Peace! Can We?

What if we all have the innate skills to solve some of the world's most intractable problems, when we are in the 4th grade? Take a look at this bit of wonder!

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There are so many bright minds out there that are searching for meaning, wanting to find more, do more, be more, and we are forgetting how important it is to nurture those “different” minds. We need every one of those minds in the future, and we need to remember that celebrating the diversity of our perspectives will be critical to the road ahead.

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!

-Liesl

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Notes:

  1. Grandin, Temple. “The World Needs All Kinds of Minds.” TED.com. TED, Feb. 2010. Web. 16 Nov. 2016 <http://www.ted.com/talks/temple_grandin_the_world_needs_all_kinds_of_minds>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

COO of Ever Widening Circles, Founder of EWCed

Liesl is a camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often floundering—outdoor enthusiast. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV