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TEDxTriangleNC - Catherine Cadden - Direct Action in Love

Catherine Cadden believes that children who have the opportunity to practice peace in the classroom will effect the change we need to create a peaceful society. As an educator since 1987, she worked in U.S. public schools, Montessori, and Waldorf classrooms, witnessing firsthand the devastating effects of the educational system, both mainstream and 'alternative': racism, materialism, class-ism, apathy, alienation, and violence. In 1997, Catherine walked out of the known systems of education. Inspired by the work of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., she opened the doors of TEMBA, a K--8 academic school founded on empathy, self-responsibility, and the tenets of nonviolence. To address everyday challenges, she sought advice directly from expert peacemakers: H.H. the Dalai Lama, Jack Kornfield, Marshall Rosenberg, and others. Catherine's "peaceable revolution" didn't stop at the classroom. In 2007, she led a grassroots project to bring Nonviolent Communication training and gifts from TEMBA students to sixty-four men, women, and children in Afghanistan. Deeply affected by the grief she witnessed while in Afghanistan and the power of empathy to offer healing, Catherine co-organized the first International Day for Empathic Action on October 2nd, 2009, sparking hundreds of events in eleven countries across six continents, including a twenty-four-hour global empathy hotline in four languages. Today, Catherine is putting the inspiration and practical knowledge for creating a safer, more joyful, and peaceful society into the hands of people worldwide through speaking engagements; workshops; her book, Peaceable Revolution Through Education; and taking people on wilderness initiations into nonviolence through her organization Play in the Wild!?. About TEDx, x = independently organized 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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