He is a part of you. Whether you are close or not, whether he was a constant part of your life or not, he impacted who you are today. You love him – except maybe when you can’t stand him. For better or worse, he is your dad. Celebrate this Father’s Day with these nine TED Talks about the importance of dads. From what Steve Addis did to maintain his relationship with his daughter to what Adam Garone grew to help dads everywhere, these talks inspire, comfort and remind us just how important a father’s love can be.
|Adam Garone: Healthier men, one moustache at a time Adam Garone: Healthier Men, One Moustache At a Time
In his TEDxToronto talk, Adam Garone speaks about how a dare in a bar lead to $126 million for prostate cancer research.
|Tony Porter: A call to menTony Porter: A call to men
In Tony Porter’s emotional and personal talk from TEDWomen, he entreats men to teach their sons how to escape the “man box” to end the violence against and victimization of women.
|Angela Patton: A father-daughter dance ... in prisonAngela Patton: A father–daughter dance … in prison
Camp Diva works to unite young girls with their fathers, but, as Angela Patton’s funny and engaging TEDxWomen talk shows, when fathers are under extenuating circumstances everyone must help that relationship prosper.
|Jackson Katz: Violence against women—it's a men's issue Jackson Katz: Violence against women, it’s a men’s issue
In his bold TEDxFiDiWomen talk, Jackson Katz explains why violence is tied to the definition of manhood and why it is up to everyone, men and women, to call out intolerable behavior and redefine what it means to be a man.
|Colin Stokes: How movies teach manhood Colin Stokes: How movies teach manhood
Fatherhood exposed Colin Stokes to the diverging moralities of movies marketed to girls and boys. Movies for his daughter stressed cooperation; movies for his son had undertones of violence. In his TEDxBeaconStreet talk, Stokes calls for movies with positive messages of teamwork for boys.
|Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids
Child prodigy, Adora Svitak is tired of being called “childish.” In her TED2010 talk, she explains why being childish is just the thing adults need to be.
|Bruce Feiler: The council of dads Bruce Feiler: The council of dads
When Bruce Feiler was diagnosed with cancer, he worried about who would father his girls if he should die. In this inspiring TEDMED talk, Feiler talks about his “Council of Dads” and how friends helped him capture the essence of fatherhood.
|Lemn Sissay: A child of the state Lemn Sissay: A Child of the State
In his TEDxHouseofParliament talk, Lemn Sissay struggles to unite literature idealization of orphaned children with his own life as a foster child.
|Steven Addis: A father-daughter bond, one photo at a time Steve Addis: A father–daughter bond, one photo at a time
Photographer Steve Addis’ most treasured photos are ones strangers took. In his TED2012 talk, Addis explains how one father–daughter tradition helped bond him and his daughter forever.