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Vital Mental Medicine: Solan Jensen at TEDxAntarcticPeninsula

In 1915, as the ship Endurance was sinking through the Antarctic pack-ice, explorer Ernest Shackleton risked drowning to rescue a musical instrument, saying, "We must have that banjo. It's vital mental medicine." When Shackleton left his men to find help, he left behind Leonard Hussey, a meteorologist and banjo player, who was one of the 22 men on Elephant Island awaiting an uncertain rescue. Those left behind maintained morale with a weekly concert where Leonard would compose songs and play the banjo, while the men sang. Nearly 100 years later, Antarctic kayak guide, Solan Jensen, performed for TEDxAntarcticPeninsula in a performance symbolic of what the men left behind experienced as they awaited their fate. Solan performed at TEDxAntarcticPeninsula, a solar powered event. 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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