Ending World Hunger, One Grilled Cheese at a a Time

FeelGood is a volunteer youth movement of changemakers committed to ending global hunger in our lifetime. Around the country, people are raising money for the end of hunger by running FeelGood Grilled Cheese Delis on college campuses. Every penny raised is invested in hunger-ending organizations with a proven track record of success.

Start a chapter: http://www.feelgood.org/start/

Kristin Walter and Talis Apud-Hendricks are passionate about ending world hunger in our lifetimes. After meeting in college in 2004, they co-founded FeelGood as a student organization with the belief that even something as small as a grilled cheese can make a difference. Kristin has been FeelGood’s Executive Director since graduating in 2005 with a Finance Degree. Under her leadership, FeelGood has grown from a single-campus initiative into a vibrant national movement with over 29 chapters and 17 more currently seeded. FeelGood partners with over 1200 student volunteers, impacting the lives of thousands and raising over $1.4 million for the end of hunger. Talis manages the inovation for FeelGood’s education and technology programs. With an M.S. in Innovation from the Monterrey Institute of Technology, she has pioneered an online platform for meaningfully connecting FeelGood’s many student communities and developing their educational and entrepreneurial goals. Before coming to FeelGood, Talis was a professional athlete, qualifying for the Mexican Olympic team in 2008. She has over seven years experience as a consultant in intercultural management.

Beth Huggins Meets a Streamstress

Beth Huggins asked a question that many students do while in college: “What can I do to tell the world I exist?” In this short TEDxOU Talk, Beth, a current OU student, walks through her involvement with Global Brigades and tells how through meeting one woman and listening to her story, her question got flipped on its head.

Beth is a senior in chemical, biomedical engineering at OU. She plans to attend medical school to obtain an M.D. so that she can travel to developing countries and solve health issues in a holistic manner. The principle of the interconnectedness between health, wealth, and education is something she plans to shed light to the rest of the world and help begin to improve the success of NGO programs abroad.

Christina Warinner Debunks the Paleo Diet

TED Fellow Christina Warinner is an expert on ancient diets. So how much of the diet phad the “Paleo Diet” is based on an actual Paleolithic diet? The answer is not really any of it.

Dr. Christina Warinner has excavated around the world, from the Maya jungles of Belize to the Himalayan mountains of Nepal, and she is pioneering the biomolecular investigation of archaeological dental calculus (tartar) to study long-term trends in human health and diet. She is a 2012 TED Fellow, and her work has been featured in Wired UK, the Observer, CNN.com, Der Freitag, and Sveriges TV. She obtained her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2010, specializing in ancient DNA analysis and paleodietary reconstruction.

Nathan Mellor Begs Corporate America for Less Rules and More Character

Nathan Mellor has some advice for corporate America and how they treat their employees: less rules, more character. In this Talk, Nathan looks at companies whose people show up to work and know that their work is a part of who they are.

Nathan Mellor is the president of Strata Leadership, LLC (Strata) based in Oklahoma City. Resources and programs offered through Strata are used in all 50 States and in over 25 Countries. Strata serves an audience of over 400,000 individuals each month. Nathan holds the B.A. and the M.S.E. degrees from Harding University. He earned the M.D.R degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law and the Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University.Nathan and his wife Christie were married in 1997 and have two daughters. You can read articles from Dr. Mellor each month in Character First the Magazine. He serves on the Board of Directors of Wishing Well and the 111 Project.

Tom Boyd Dreams of a Cosmic Connection

When Dr. Tom Boyd was only seven years old, he came to the realization that we are all somehow connected. Like Protagorus, Plato, and Einstein, Boyd has spent much of his life searching for the answers on how things fit together and where he fits. But is it a mystery that leaves you dreaming for life?

Tom W. Boyd is the David Ross Boyd Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma. Tom Boyd specializes is in philosophical theology, theories of religion, religion and culture, and ethics. His current concentration is on the relation among world religions and the relation between religion and culture. He is particularly devoted to issues related to interfaith dialogue. He also studies the impact of religion on ethics. He seeks through his studies and teaching to understand and appreciate religion in its contemporary setting and in light of an emerging planetary culture. His current class is a “nothing is off-limits” dream course called “Mind-Bending: Religion, Law and Science.”