How to recover from activism burnout | Yana Buhrer Tavanier

When you’re feeling burned out as an activist, what’s the best way to bounce back? TED Senior Fellow Yana Buhrer Tavanier explores the power of “playtivism” — the incorporation of play and creativity into movements for social change. See how this versatile approach can spark new ideas, propel action and melt fear.

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20 comments

  1. Social media has created the ability to monetize activism, people are now incentivized to lie, mislead and omit for the clicks. This lady probably doesn’t deserve the hate, but professional activism shouldn’t be a thing.

  2. The most important step would be to teach people to build most mental and physical resistance , so they can actually work their problems out, instead of falling for them.

    All the domestic violence is a symptom of people that are incapable to work their issues out, fail to communicate and just give up.

    Nobody has to depend on others to solve their problems.
    It starts with yourself.

  3. Stop being angry at everything and let people who have different opinions than you be.

  4. Stop being an activist for problems that have already been solved or don’t exist and you’ll Profit by being happier as a person

  5. Activism has become about trying to control other people’s actions or views

  6. OMG more wining. What about men that are killed by their wives? Kids killed by parents? Hunger?
    News flash, sadly that sheet is common.

  7. So the question now is did the women deserve it? Contrary to popular opinion, women are not perfect little angels and a good percentage have a beat down waiting for them after they decide to poke the bear.

  8. Honestly, I didn’t even start watching it. I’m just confused with the name of the topic. Is activism a sot of profession, a full time job, that you can burnout from and need to get back on track?

  9. Last few weeks exposed too TED lectures and material her on you tube.
    I must say that ted is one of the worst channels out there , barfing pc main stream anti men propaganda.
    My advice to the makers: look for the first exit sign you can find, go too the rooftop, and jump.

  10. TED use to about new Ideas and science. Noting new in activism. every millennial is a activist.

  11. I have “activism depression” myself, and I enjoy my life currently with video games. So this is interesting: how can I join gaming with acting on the world. Worthy food for thought. It is not easy to create games, fun, playful activities or to create participatory actions, as we are not use to it and we are often angry at the violence within our societies and policies, but having a critical mass of people burnt-out and depressed does not give much…

  12. I am from Sofia, please don’t believe in what this communists are saying, they are known to spread left-wing lies everywhere. This whole organisation will keep to turn good into bad while also normalise morally bad things to be right and legitime. We Bulgarians are mostly against the spread of communism it destroyed our homeland for 50 years, even today we still suffer from what it did to us as well other eastern block countries.

  13. Wtf happened to TED? It went from self-driving cars, and 3D printing human organs for medicine, to blacks, women and lesbians talking about activism, how Facebook can help Democrats win elections, and Peruvian flute making.