Chris Kluwe: How augmented reality will change sports and build empathy

‘I believe we can use augmented reality as a way to foster more empathy within the human species itself, by literally showing someone what it looks like to walk a mile in another person’s shoes.’

Level Goals Themes
Intermediate Future time clauses Technology & Ethics
Upper-intermediate Technology & business vocab Sports & business
Advanced Equality & empathy

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Derek Sivers: Weird or just different? (Teens)

“There’s a flip side to everything,” the saying goes, and in 2 minutes, Derek Sivers shows this is true in a few ways you might not expect.

Through his new project, MuckWork, Derek Sivers wants to lessen the burdens (and boredom) of creative people.

Level Goals Themes
Pre-intermediate (high) Modals of speculation Cultural difference
Intermediate Modals of deduction Innovation and inspiration
Teens Discussion Creativity

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Alisa Miller and Kirk Citron: Does the way we think about news and media need to change?

“My point is this: In the long run, some news stories are more important than others.” 

“The real question: is this distorted worldview what we want for Americans in our increasingly interconnected world? I know we can do better. And can we afford not to? Thank you.”

Level Goals Themes
 Intermediate News & Journalism vocabulary  News and media
 Upper-intermediate Idioms  Journalism
 Advanced Discussion & debate

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Peter Saul: Let’s talk about dying

This is a quote from Dame Cicely Saunders, whom I met when I was a medical student. She founded the hospice movement. And she said, “You matter because you are, and you matter to the last moment of your life.” And I firmly believe that that’s the message that we have to carry forward.

Level Goals Themes
 Intermediate  Present Perfect Revision  Death and dying
 Upper-intermediate  Contrasting Clauses  Euthanasia
 Advanced  Ethics

Andras Forgacs: Leather and meat without killing animals

“We can design new materials, new products, and new facilities. We need to move past just killing animals as a resource to something more civilized and evolved. Perhaps we are ready for something literally and figuratively more cultured.”

Level Goals Themes
Intermediate Could revision Vegetarianism
Upper-intermediate Vocab Food industry

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Margaret Gould Stewart: How YouTube thinks about copyright

“So, if you’re in the audience today, or maybe you’re watching this talk in some other time or place, you are a participant in the digital rights ecosystem. Whether you’re an artist, a technologist, a lawyer or a fan, the handling of copyright directly impacts your life.” 

Level Goals Themes
Intermediate Reading skills Copyright
Upper-intermediate Critical analysis Ethics
Persuasive language Online business

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Sophal Ear: Escaping the Khmer Rouge

“We live in the age of the refugee, the age of the exile.”

Level Goals Themes
Intermediate Discourse Markers Refugees and Illegal Immigration
Upper-Intermediate Past Perfect Revision War and Genocide
Advanced Vocab International Responsibility

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Taylor Wilson: Yup, I Built a Nuclear Fusion Reactor

“I started out with a dream to make a star in a jar, and I ended up … making things that I think can change the world.”

Level Goals Themes
Intermediate Basic future tenses Renewable energy
Upper-Intermediate Future perfect Nuclear power
Advanced Vocab (Science) Education

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