Ryan Dangerfield | Staff Writer | @ryandanger23
The third session of TedXUVU consisted of Jeanette Bennett, founder and editor-in-chief of Bennett Communications, Craig Thulin, chemistry professor, Kyle Reyes, special assistant to UVU president, Native American dancer Carl Moore, stuntman Robert Bennett, and The People Code author Taylor Hartman.
Jeanette Bennett spoke about how the happiest people in life love to talk, especially about their passions, personal stories, lessons learned from setbacks, and the ways they take care of themselves. Bennett drew from the people she had interviewed in her writing career ranging from a burn victim blogger to Becky Lockhart, the first female Utah speaker of the House.
“72 percent of our laughs come spontaneous from social interaction. We get our happy from each other,” said Jeanette Bennett. ”We must talk so we can smile and laugh. Happiness is worth talking about.”
Thulin said everything that exists can be toxic, and also that there is no specific difference between what is considered a drug and what is not.
Robert Bennett informed viewers about Parkour and what it means to have Parkour vision.
“Sadly it seems as though many people have learned about Parkour from Dwight Schrute and Michael Scott from the TV show, The Office,” said Robert Bennett. “Parkour is the art of movement, or finding the most efficient and fastest route from point A to point B.”
Hartman spoke of the different personality types in The People Code and why motive matters.
“It does not matter what you wear or what you do,” said Hartman. “Who you are underneath makes you who you are. Motive is the thing that enhances or destroys all aspect of a relationship.”
Mallory Wallin, Vice President of Academic Senate and chief organizer of TedX, said she did not sleep the night before the event, but that all the hard work she had put into making this event happen had made this one of the happiest moments of her life.
“We need to recognize that students need to be invited to share their stories in the learning process,” said Kyle Reyes, special assistant to the UVU president. “We need to create situations and an environment where students can flourish because of who they are, not in spite of it.”