Seeing is Believing

FEBRUARY 7, 2020

Since time immemorial, we've wondered how to make sense of the world and the great philosophers have pondered the questions: what do we know, what can we know, and does what we know actually exist? At this TEDxPineCrestSchool event, our speakers delve into these very questions in a time when belief and knowledge are confused and the truth is becoming more untenable. "Seeing is believing" examines knowledge and all its complexities as we aim to understand the past, present and future.


Zach Goldstein

The need for more citizen journalists

Jack Coon

Why it's important to listen to the cynics

Natalie Berman

The gift that keeps on giving

Avi Patel

What the West can learn from the East

Owen Medrano

Redefining what it means to win

Mahdere Yared

The long-term impact of racism

Jeremy Berkun

Hate is hate, and hate affects us all

Noel Campbell | guest speaker

What it means to live in the shadows

Carlton Noel Campbell knows exactly what it means to “live in the shadows”. He migrated from Jamaica West Indies at the age of nine, following his parents Leadora Campbell and Carlton Noel Campbell Sr., who came to the states in search of a better life and in pursuit of the Jamaican “American Dream”. Carlton has one daughter Celeste Noelle Campbell who is currently nine years of age. For the past 15 years he has created and supported multiple businesses ranging from industries such as finance, technology and facility services. Carlton’s passion revolves around teaching on topics such as, entrepreneurship & generational wealth.


Brence Platner

The magic of storytelling

Ariella Bernick

Give your words a second thiought

John Hight

The relevance of the renaissance man

Yuvraj Tuli

A republic, if you can keep it

Taylor Metz

How to see the other side

Bailey Watson

How to see the other side

Ben Alboucrek

A change in attitude can change outcomes

Dani Tejada

Why I became a social entrepreneur

Ankit Shah | guest speaker

Being alone isn't being lonely

Ankit Shah is a person that cares deeply about our collective thoughtfulness and the things that bring us together. In various lives, he's been recognized as a community builder, a storyteller, an amateur photographer, a designer and a strategist. He founded Tea With Strangers, a global community organization of hundreds of hosts who have brought over 50,000 people together in real life for small, meaningful group conversations. He also currently works at Facebook on their Community Partnerships Team, where he represents community builders on product teams that build tools to enable them. In past lives, he built programs at Airbnb to enable and connect their host community with refugees and other people in need of free temporary housing and started a nonprofit in India to support the educational and health needs of dalit children in the rural areas outside of Varanasi. Ankit was raised in New York, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and is currently based in San Francisco, where he spends most of his free time walking, running, or hiking, bringing people together, and generally trying to stay aware of his environment.


Sabrina Kreiss

When a problem starts to affect your passion

Eden Williams

Leave a token behind

Connor Bloch

Why we should all learn to cook

Jake Malis

Seeing the future now with deep learning

Nellie Johnson

Seeing poverty in a different light

Ari Burns

The reality of climate change in South Florida

Jacob Oletsky

Why it's good to go it alone

Brittany Sinitch | guest speaker

Seeing the good in the aftermath of tragedy

Brittany Sinitch is an educator and the founder and CEO of the Unbreakable Organization, which aims to help individuals and communities heal while finding what makes them unbreakable. On February 14, 2018, Brittany survived a school shooting that devastated the small town of Parkland, Florida. When recalling the traumatic moments of that day, her therapist asked her how she felt while with her students in that moment. Brittany looked at her therapist and said “unbreakable,” without thinking twice. Since then, she has found power through the word unbreakable, and uses this word as a mantra to help in her own healing. Brittany has since vowed to help others who feel broken, hurt, or lost find what makes them unbreakable. Brittany is now running the Unbreakable Organization full time in hopes of giving back to schools, communities, and individuals. Brittany is also an advisor for a Dance Marathon program that she started at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, as well as a speaker, writer, and YouTuber.