The Speakers of 2020 TEDxSiouxFalls

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The (R)Evolution of Indigenous Foods

Chef Sean Sherman, Oglala Lakota from the Pine Ridge reservation, is the founder of The Sioux Chef. Through his research and culinary experience of thirty years he has uncovered and mapped out the foundations of the indigenous food systems and where its revitalization belongs in the future. 

A two time James Beard award winner, Chef Sean, has become renowned nationally and internationally in the culinary movement of indigenous foods. With an ever growing team of decolonized-minded peers, he is leading a movement to completely redefine North American cuisine through the understanding and utilization of indigenous food knowledge. This talk gives the case for an evolution of Native American Foods, taking important education of the past and applying them to the now.

Was Suffrage Worth the Fight or is Voting Obsolete?

100 years ago this year, women all over the country gathered to celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote nationwide. For women and so many others who fought to be counted, to be heard, to vote – have their hard-fought wars been for naught? Is voting obsolete? And more important – was suffrage worth the struggle?

Getting What You Paid For

Healthcare spending continues to increase and is seemingly unsustainable. Yet at the same time, we get much less for what we spend. Can we do better? Let’s explore the concept of value in healthcare and how this may both improve healthcare outcomes and decrease healthcare costs.

When Love Isn't Enough

When your child is sick and you don’t know what’s wrong, you find help to make them better. But what if the very help you seek makes you feel like you’re failing them? What if getting the help they need is the most painful choice you’ve ever had to make? Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) is a little understood mental health disorder. This talk explores what RAD is, how it looks and feels inside the walls of a nurturing home, and the difficult decisions a family makes when love just isn’t enough. Inspiring but (sometimes painfully) real, this talk will engage, educate, and inspire.

Exploring Human Connection In The Digital Age

How do our online interactions affect our relationships offline? Are our online interactions less meaningful than our interactions in the real world? Can we change the way we approach our interactions online and in turn create deeper connections in real life? How can we be proactive in curating our online experience to be one of joy, education, inspiration?

Survivor of Suicide Loss: A Title I Never Wanted

Talking about suicide is hard and learning how to survive suicide loss is even harder. But how often is the hard thing to do, the right thing to do? Wendy’s talk will demonstrate the crossroads of love and loss and the importance of acknowledging what you feel.

Wendy believes deeply that in order to move forward, we must first end the stigma that is holding us back.

Climbing the Highest Peaks: The Plan and The Journey

Climbing the world’s tallest mountains is a feat that will push the body and mind to its limits.  It takes discipline, mental resilience and a passion to push further.  But why do people push themselves to take on such a challenge?  What can be learned about one’s self and humanity while treading on ancient slopes?  Journey with a climber that is taking on the world’s highest peaks and the lessons learn along the way.

Creating Waiting Rooms Worthy of the Kids They Serve

Going to the doctor’s office with children brings up all kinds of emotions. Children commonly report feeling afraid or anxious in the medical waiting rooms. Imagine a world where your pediatrician and dentist’s offices spark joy and even encourage noise and activity! Imagine a place that eases children’s anxiety while reassuring them they are safe and free to play. What if as soon as a child entered a waiting room—they found a place made just for them?

To the Stratosphere!

This is a story about how a technology you didn't know existed, based on an idea that sounds ridiculous on paper, might just save you from a global catastrophe you probably didn't know you needed to be worried about. Interested? Good. Let's talk about balloons...

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