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TED Talk - Ideas Worth Spreading

When

Mon 08 / 02 / 2021
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Where

Zoom or by phone

Who can attend

Open to all

Limited capacity: Registration Closed

Price

FREE

BECKY BLANTON

WRITER, PHOTOGRAPHER, JOURNALIST

"THE YEAR I WAS HOMELESS"

 Becky Blanton is a writer, photographer and former journalist who found herself homeless, but bounced back to tell her story and inspire others.

Why you should listen

"Primarily, Becky Blanton is a writer. She was a journalist for more than 22 years, working as a reporter, photojournalist and editor. Today, she is best known for her independent writing. Tim Russert selected her essay "The Monster," to be included in his last book, Wisdom of Our Fathers. On the heels of this success, Becky won a competition held by Dan Pink to come up with an additional lesson for his bestselling book The Adventures of Johnny Bunko. The prize was admission to TEDGlobal 2009, where she gave a talk on her personal journey through homelessness.

Blanton is now working on her first book, to be titled Staying Hungry, the Official Guide for Never Settling for What Life Puts on Your Plate, as well as a second about how her dog saved her life while she was homeless. The proceeds from the second book will be donated to The Humane Society. Blanton also continues to blog and post photos from her adventures at beckyblanton.com"

 

RICHARD J. BERRY

MAYOR OF ALBUQUERQUE

"A PRACTICAL WAY TO HELP THE HOMELESS FIND WORK AND SAFETY"

 Richard J. Berry is the mayor of Albuquerque — the 32nd largest city in America and the largest city in New Mexico.

 Why you should listen

"Richard J. Berry was elected mayor of Albuquerque in 2009. Prior to serving as mayor, Berry was elected twice as a State Representative to the New Mexico State Legislature, and he owned a successful Albuquerque construction company for decades that conducted business throughout the Southwest United States.

On his watch, Albuquerque was ranked second Best Run City in the nation with a population of over 500,000. Berry has reduced the size of city government and held budget growth to below inflation each year -- all while maintaining a high level of service to taxpayers and city residents. Also under the his leadership, Albuquerque was recently named as the 6th most technologically advanced city in America.

Berry was recently recognized as one of the Most Inspirational People in America by the Washington Post, largely due to the success of a program called "There's a Better Way," which takes a new approach to addressing panhandling by providing the homeless with opportunities to work for the City and connect them to resources and help."

Berry has been married to his wife, Maria, for 26 years and they have one son, Jacob, who serves in the Army Corps of Cadets while studying at Texas A&M University.

If you can't join us on Monday, but would still like to watch the topic discussed, just click on the link below.

THE YEAR I WAS HOMELESS

A PRACTICAL WAY TO HELP THE HOMELESS...