TED Talk leads to discussion about values

Emily Bradley, coordinator of leadership and learning at Tech, led students through a self-examination of their values last week using a TED talk.

TED.com describes the talks as videos that present a great idea in 18 minutes or less.

The TED talk featured a man who survived a plane crash, an experience that he said narrowed down his values to what were most important.

Ric Elias, CEO of Red Ventures, survived a plane crash when the plane he was riding in crash-landed in the Hudson River after the engines failed in January 2009.

During the experience, Elias reflected on what he regrets. “I regretted the time I wasted in things that did not matter with people that matter,” Elias said in a TED talk video.

After the experience, Elias recognized what mattered to him most in life. “Above all, the only goal I have in life is to be a good dad,” Elias said in a TED talk video.

After the video, students were given cards that had different kinds of values on the front of them.

The values were placed into categories of: very important, important and not important.

After categorizing all of the values, students were told to narrow down what they valued to 10 items. After that, they narrowed it down to five items.

The event attempted to promote value-based leadership through values clarification.

Emily Bradley, campus life coordinator of leadership and service, said, “We really try to stress the importance of value-based leadership.”

Bradley has done this activity in the past during presentations and for student organizations.

A student said he was impacted by the values clarification activity and the TED talk given by Ric Elias.

KJ Thompson, sophomore hospitality and administration major from Ferndale, said, “Participating in this activity showed me how life is so precious and how we sometimes take things for granted.”