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In this TEDx talk, Josh Leslie summarizes some of the latest scientific research on ants and several of the lessons he believes it holds for those of us looking to improve ourselves and our world. How can ants show us how to tackle some of the world's most daunting problems AND inspire us to take action towards solutions? If you are getting 'antsy' about climate change or any number of social, political, economic or societal problems, but feeling powerless to do anything about them, then you'll find it worth your while to invest the time to watch this talk.
Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Chris Reid (from work completed at the New Jersey Institute of Technology) and Dr. Matthew Lutz (from work completed at Princeton University) for the Eciton army ant living bridge photo and to Prof. Ofer Feinerman (from work completed with his team and colleagues at the Weizmann Institute of Science) for the myrmecological video footage. Josh Leslie worked for over a decade in research ethics administration, a field most people have never heard of, helping oversight bodies most people don't even know about to do important work most people are unaware of, faster and better. He yearned for exponential improvements rather than incremental improvements, which is why after working for over a decade within the research side of the healthcare system in Halifax, Nova Scotia and at SickKids and UHN in Toronto, Ontario, he turned his focus to entrepreneurship in 2013. Today as a social innovator and change catalyst, he invests his time and energy in three very different businesses: the vehicles through which he believes he can bring the most value to the world. Through Stewardly, his social purpose software business, he is working to get better medicine to people who need it sooner, by reducing the time it takes to get new drugs and medical devices to the healthcare system. He serves as Chief Business Strategist for Poutination which he co-founded with Ravi Supaul, and together their joint mission is world peace through poutine: a delicious French Canadian dish turned global phenomenon; the love of which brings people of all different backgrounds and walks of life together. Lastly, through the ALLony™, an incubator for impact-driven entrepreneurs, Josh and his team help coaches, healers, intuitives and other "lightworkers" find and deeply serve the 1000 people in the world that they can each impact the most.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx