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Shawn Achor

(The Northern Light) – On Saturday afternoon, people were lined out the door waiting to see TEDx Anchorage 2015 at the Z. J. Loussac Library. This day-long event’s goal was spreading the knowledge of energizing Alaska. Whether it is through industrialism, power, or personal stories, many strong speakers depicted their knowledge to a full audience.

Former TNL employee and member in Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Cory Hester spoke about successful Geotourism in Alaska. Hester discussed how this international trend has transformed Alaska’s tourism industry with his speech, Alaska Geotourism, What the Traveler Wants.

“There are three main components of geotourism. Ecotourism is primarily focused on the protecting and enhancing the environment. Cultural tourism is based on educating the visitors and the travelers. Adventure tourism has a component of environmental aspects of ecotourism, but it also involves some sort of physical activity,” said Hester.

Besides live presentations, there were several videos from past Ted Talks displayed for the audience. Shawn Achor’s comical “Happy Secret for Better Work,” Amy Cuddy’s depiction of “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are,” Suheir Hammad’s “Poems of War, Peace, Women, Power,” Jamil Jivani’s “How Racial Profiling Hurts Everyone, Including the Police,” and Susan Cain’s “The Power Of Introverts” can all be found on TED’s YouTube channel.

Shawn Achor’s video opened up the show and set an intellectual vibe for the rest of the speakers. “What we are finding is, it’s not necessarily the reality that shapes us, but the lens in which your brain views the world that shapes your reality. If we can change the lens, not only can we change your happiness, we can change every single educational business outcome at the same time.”

Robyn Hautala Pieper, employee at Infinity Rehab, opened up about her story and the challenges she faces on a daily basis.

“We are the voice of the child who does not yet have one. We are future builders. When planning on moving to Alaska, I never imagined the diversity of the children in my cases. There are 90 languages spoken within the Anchorage School District. Mountain View neighborhood, as of the 2010 censes, was listed the most diverse neighborhood in the entire United States. There are 45% of homes in the Mountain View neighborhood that do not have English as their first language. There is a different language spoken within their rooms. What does this mean for me and the other 43 individuals that work with me? It means that no home visit goes without surprise, it means that we never quite know what to expect, and it always provides its own unique joys and challenges,” said Hautala Pieper.

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