TED Talk

When We Gather, We Matter

We all want to matter. In the very core of our being, we are seeking the reason for our existence, we are searching for our place in the world.

Perhaps the instructions on HOW TO MATTER are so simple we’ve looked right past them. Perhaps if we chose to follow those instructions, not only would we find fulfillment and purpose, but also our society would start to heal its ever-widening wounds. And perhaps even a seven-year-old could create a beautifully simple 10 step process to change the world if asked. These lessons apply to individuals who, like the speaker, “want to matter,” and to organizations, associations, congregations, and other groups that want to increase their impact on the world.

Matt Mattson is a co-creator of The Social Excellence Project and co-author of the book “Social Excellence: We Dare You.” He and some great friends have spent more than a decade building four successful companies. All of Matt’s entrepreneurial efforts are focused on spreading human connection and helping cause-based groups grow. He grew up in Michigan, attended Grand Valley State University as an undergraduate, and has found his way to beautiful Colorado, where he lives with his wife and two adorable/brilliant daughters (who are featured in this talk). Matt has a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s in advertising and public relations.

This talk was given at a TEDx event (TEDxValparaisoUniversity 2016) using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx