Videos

Video archive of past Inventing Our Future plenary sessions.

Shawn Ginwright
Plenary Session at Inventing Our Future 2015

"The best curriculum, the best strategies, the best systems mean nothing if our hearts, our humanity is somehow blocked our capacity to give love and to support to our young people.

The questions is not so much how do we prepare our youth to take care of themselves. The question really is how do we prepare ourselves to take care of ourselves? How do we work and thrive in systems and in schools and in environments that don't love us?

How do we navigate in toxic environments that make it very difficult to be fully human in the presence of young people?

The most significant thing we can do in young peoples lives: it's not the strategy, it's not the curriculum. It's our capacity to love them beyond our normal constraints."

Julia Marshall
Plenary Session at Inventing Our Future 2015

Gethsemane Patton
Plenary Spoken Word at Inventing Our Future 2015

Todd Elkin
Plenary Session at Inventing Our Future 2014

Jeffery Duncan Andrade
Plenary session at Inventing Our Future 2014

Shakti Butler, PhD
Plenary session at Inventing Our Future 2014

Alane P. Castro, Gaia Pine & Brett Cook
Plenary session at Inventing Our Future 2013

Sarah Crowell
Plenary Session at Inventing Our Future 2015

"When asked what is the greatest ill in the world, a great teacher answered: self hatred. A bell rang in my body, Yes, that's what it is. Oh, that's what I've been doing. I'm teaching young people to love themselves. Yes. And then what I realized quickly was that actually I could't teach them that. I had to learn it. I had to do it. I had to be it. I had to love myself. Dang, that's a longer journey! That's like a lifetime journey for me.

What does that actually mean really to love ourselves in the presence of other people and how does that affect the young people, the teachers, the educators, anybody that we run into? So what I decided was that my life journey was to deeply, truly, authentically, love myself and be around people and do what I do... teach."
 

Joanna Macy
Plenary Session at Inventing Our Future 2015

Oakland Tech Rep
Plenary Performance at Inventing Our Future 2015

Julia Marshall
Plenary Session at Inventing Our Future 2014

Kenneth Wesson & Shirley Brice Heath
Plenary session at Inventing Our Future 2014

L. Karen Monroe & Charles Chip McNeal
Plenary session at Inventing Our Future 2014

Plenary Session
Inventing Our Future 2012