Breaking down risk: Steve Fisher at TEDxAthens
Sometimes a man and a mode of transport are simply made for each other. Such is the case with Steve Fisher and the kayak. Since he started paddling at the age of six, the fearless South African native has paddled rapids in countries around the globe, conquering dozens of first descents. He’s won major competitions, starred in and produced his own documentary films, and fought environment-damaging dam-building on the Nile River in Uganda.
With his adventurous first descent expeditions including the Irrawaddy in Burma, the Salween in China, the Yarlung TsangPo in Tibet, and the Inga Rapids in the Democratic Republic of Congo, it’s no wonder top pro kayakers have three times voted Steve the world’s best all-arounder. In this Ted Talk Steve breaks down risk in a way that gives insight to better managing risk.
Risk literacy: Gerd Gigerenzer at TEDxZurich
In this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes. We learn to read and write but not how to deal with uncertainty: we are risk illiterates. Why do we fear what's unlikely to kill us? Is it true that people are basically hopeless when it comes to managing health and wealth? Some experts have concluded that Homo Sapiens ("man the wise") is a misnomer, and that John and Jane Q. Public need continuous guidance, as a child needs a parent.
Against this pessimistic view, Gerd Gigerenzer argues that everyone can learn to deal with risk and uncertainty, and that experts can be part of the problem rather than the solution. A democracy needs risk-savvy citizens who cannot be easily frightened into surrendering their money, their welfare, and their liberty. We should begin to teach risk literacy to everyone.
Risk Management: Chris Davenport at TEDxMileHigh
Is there a method to the madness of skiing all of Colorado's fifty-four 14,000ft peaks? Is there a real way to mitigate the inherent dangers of climbing and skiing Mt. Everest? As one of the world's foremost and celebrated ski-mountaineers, Chris Davenport understands risk better than most.
In this powerful talk, Chris goes into detail about his strategy in the hills, what makes him tick, and how climbing peaks relates to overcoming challenges.
About TED and TEDx
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In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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