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TED@StateStreet 2014

A playlist featuring State Street employees from our own TED@StateStreet event

November 2014

In November 2014, we hosted the second TED@StateStreet, where State Street employees gave the talk of their lives. They shared their fresh perspectives, stories of transformation and bold visions for the way ahead.

We’ve selected three talks from the event that we hope will stimulate conversation, ideas and new approaches for the opportunities and challenges your organization faces every day.

Morgana Bailey: The danger of hiding who you are

Morgana Bailey has been hiding her true self for 16 years. In a brave talk, she utters four words that might not seem like a big deal to some, but to her have been paralyzing. Why speak up? Because she’s realized that her silence has personal, professional and societal consequences. In front of an audience of her co-workers, she reflects on what it means to fear the judgment of others, and how it makes us judge ourselves.


Thea Knight: Lost in translation: The joy of a jargon-free world

When was the last time you optimized something? Perhaps you’ve been engaging proactively? Are you strategically evolving a market in real-time? Any idea what any of that means? Thea Knight is on a crusade to kill the jargon that is strangling our conversations. She explains how we can be more "intentional” about our words — so what we’re saying can actually start to mean something.


Paul O'Connell: Investments in the future: A new approach to foreign aid

James Glattfelder studies complexity: how an interconnected system — say, a swarm of birds — is more than the sum of its parts. And complexity theory, it turns out, can reveal a lot about how the economy works. Glattfelder shares a groundbreaking study of how control flows through the global economy, and how concentration of power in the hands of a shockingly small number leaves us all vulnerable.


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