Day 82: Changing the world one laugh at a time

Ted speaker and comic Liza Donnelly has found a way to get discussions happening about modern life.  In her Ted talk “Drawing on humor for change” Liza shares with us some of her comics about female empowerment.

Day 82- Changing the world one laugh at a time by Website Confetti

Liza is a cartoonist who uses her comics to discuss the gender inequality and stereotypes. Her cartoons are witty, relatable but also have something to say. It’s the kind of topics that perhaps we aren’t talking about, or don’t always know how to articulate to get the message across, but Liza pushes through those barriers with humour.

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For the past few days I have been publishing posts for my 365 Days of Ted challenge around the theme ‘Ted talks to make you giggle.’ Some of the talks have been really just that, designed to make you laugh, but other talks have been bundled with humor and an important message.

Humor doesn’t cheapen the message

To date, I have watched a Ted talk every single day for the past 82 days and I have begun to see some patterns. I have noticed that the Ted talks that go really well and do go viral are those packaged in humour.  It seems that humour is this ice-breaker that just makes people pay attention.  Actually grabbing and maintaining someone’s attention is hard work, but making someone laugh is a good tactic to latching on to someone’s attention span.

Packaging a message in humor, doesn’t take away the value from that message. One of the most popular Ted talks of all time is by Sir Ken Robinson with his Ted talk “Do schools kill creativity?” On the surface, the subject could be bland to some, but it was honestly one of the most entertaining Ted talks that I have watched.

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If you haven’t watched Liza’s Ted talk “Drawing on humor for change” I suggest you do so. It’s filled with samples of her comics and will have you giggling in no time!

What do you think? Is humor a great way to instigate change and share opinions? Let me know in the comment box below.

Vanessa Rose