Yana Buhrer Tavanier: How to recover from activism burnout
TED Senior Fellow Yana Buhrer Tavanier explores human rights innovation at the intersection of activism, art, tech and science -- and their potential to instigate change. Full bio
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by her partner in Sofia.
that they heard her screams,
and many other societies,
as a private matter.
to any other kind of noise.
the absurdity of this.
just below V's for one night.
we had assembled in the living room
hesitant to press the bell.
the ominous silence
and it became instantly viral.
the voices of survivors
with specific advice,
the body of a woman
for socially engaged creative solutions.
how to make people care and act.
that creative actions can save the world,
and human rights in the same sentence,
that we can't win this.
published by Columbia University,
are widespread amongst activists.
I felt at my final stop.
and play researcher Dr. Stuart Brown
lights up the brain like play,
into what I call today "play-tivism."
is filled with artists,
in radical collaboration.
to empower activism.
the project I talked about earlier,
and a software engineer
two days before they pitched the idea.
in our lab series
to work on human rights issues.
include a pop-up bakery
beautiful but horrible-tasting cupcakes --
in the shoes of a dictator
of tools and tactics of oppression.
just to test the idea,
and if we can make it better.
that we put it all online
of experimentation in activism.
if we are not afraid to lose.
by Stanford University
of what makes people care
been hearing for years:
not from more information
global armed conflict through light bulbs,
one single monument of a woman in Sofia
understanding and direct action.
taking risks and trying and failing
or spark better ideas.
to be able to breathe.
by a communist dictatorship.
all the past will be forgotten
the blood of past mistakes.
of our humanity will crumble,
and beauty of us playing together.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERYana Buhrer Tavanier - Creative activist, social entrepreneur
TED Senior Fellow Yana Buhrer Tavanier explores human rights innovation at the intersection of activism, art, tech and science -- and their potential to instigate change.
Why you should listen
Yana Buhrer Tavanier is the cofounder and executive director of Fine Acts, a global platform for socially engaged creative solutions. As a creative activist and a social entrepreneur with a background in investigative journalism, she explores human rights innovation at the intersection of activism, art, tech and science.
Buhrer Tavanier is also cofounder of TimeHeroes.org, a do-more-good platform building volunteering culture in developing societie. She is a board member of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, the country's leading human rights group, and an expert member of Amnesty International's Europe and Central Asia Regional Oversight Group. She has a BA in communication and MA in political science from Sofia University, along with executive education at Harvard University, Yale University and Oxford University. She is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a fellow of the Royal Society of Art and was named one of 50 people who will change the world in WIRED's Smart List 2012.
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