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TEDxCMUQatar - Kody Gerkin - How Multicultural Awareness creates a World with No Boundaries

As the training director for Amigos de las Am?ricas in Denver, Colorado, KODY GERKIN prepared high school students from the United States to live and work in Latin America during their summer vacations. Prior to moving to Denver, Kody spent two and a half years volunteering with the Peace Corps in Guatemala, Central America, working with women's groups on appropriate and sustainable technology projects. As a graduate student, Kody returned to Guatemala on a grant from the University of Denver in the summer of 2010 to study migration and its effects on the environment and to investigate human rights abuses among businesses owners in the capital of Guatemala, Guatemala City. Kody earned a BA in International Relations from Michigan State University ('06) and an MA in International Human Rights from the University of Denver('11).Kody will be discussing cross-cultural understanding as a means to render boundaries less meaningful. He plans on using the importance of ma?z to indigenous Guatemalans as a bridge to understanding the importance of multicultural awareness. This is particularly relevant in a world in which tomorrow's leaders hope to move closer to a world with No Boundaries.TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani,Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.Follow TED on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at facebook.com/TED
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