Speaker picks is an ongoing series where past TEDxMH speakers share what they’re up to, wax poetic, and divulge their TED Talk of choice with the community. This week: Evan Walden.

What (or who) has been inspiring you lately? 

Lately, I’ve been inspired by my community. I live with a group of amazing social entrepreneurs in Boulder, in a house called The Village. I’ve seen first hand how deeply community affects my personal development, and I’m looking forward to seeing what comes out of this group in 2013.

What are three words you’d use to describe Colorado? 

Open, nurturing, and creative.

What’s one of your big goals in 2013? 

To learn how to be a servant leader. I want to be the best in the world at empowering confidence in the people around me. The best leaders make the people around them better.

What’s your favorite TED talk?

Brene Brown – The Power of Vulnerability
This talk is one of my favorites because I think vulnerability is what separates good from great. We face such a degree of pressure to act like we have it all together, yet we all know that perfection is a myth. Whether you’re leading a team, strengthening a friendship, or building a romantic partnership, showing vulnerability can be a game changer.

From TED.com:

“Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.”



Did you miss Evan and Nathaniel’s talk at TEDxMileHigh: Risk and Reward? Find it here

Want to learn more about what Evan is up to?  Follow him on twitter @itsevanwalden, @reworkjobs or check out their website and idea here.