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A broken body isn’t a broken person | Janine Shepherd

https://download.ted.com/talks/JanineShepherd_2012X-480p.mp4?apikey=172BB350-0008Cross-country skier Janine Shepherd hoped for an Olympic medal — until she was hit by a truck during a training bike ride. She shares a powerful story about the human potential for recovery. Her message: you are not your body, and giving up old dreams can allow new ones to soar.

How to “sketch” with electronics | Leah Buechley

https://download.ted.com/talks/LeahBuechley_2011Y-480p.mp4?apikey=172BB350-0008Designing electronics is generally cumbersome and expensive — or was, until Leah Buechley and her team at MIT developed tools to treat electronics just like paper and pen. In this talk from TEDYouth 2011, Buechley shows some of her charming designs, like a paper piano you can sketch and then play.

Love letters to strangers | Hannah Brencher

https://download.ted.com/talks/HannahBrencher_2012S-480p.mp4?apikey=172BB350-0008Hannah Brencher’s mother always wrote her letters. So when she felt herself bottom into depression after college, she did what felt natural — she wrote love letters and left them for strangers to find. The act has become a global initiative, The World Needs More Love Letters, which rushes handwritten letters to those in need of a boost.