Mary Kingston Roche, MPP
TEDx Speaker & Founder, Live Curious
Mary Kingston Roche is an educator, advocate, and entrepreneur. She began her career as a teacher in Oakland, CA, where she discovered her love for working with youth. She later served on her local school board and volunteered with youth to ensure they had access to and opportunity for a great education. After receiving her Master of Public Policy from Duke University, she has served for the last twelve years as an advocate for children, securing policies and funding from the federal to local levels that improve children's and families’ well-being and quality of education.
Reflecting on her work, she identified curiosity as a powerful quality for children and adults to recognize and nurture. So, in 2022 she founded Live Curious, an initiative to help people re-discover and share the joy of curiosity to build community, bridge differences, and live joyously. She currently works as Senior Director of Policy for the Institute for Educational Leadership, a national nonprofit that aims to give everyone equal access to a great education and career.
- Title: Creating Curious Communities and Nurturing Courageous Curiosity
- Description: In this session, participants learn about Curious Communities and Courageous Curiosity, and how they can approach and implement this for their communities to build community, bridge differences, and foster learning and joy. The 4-step process (awaken, explore, strengthen, and enrich) for individuals to further deepen their curiosity as an important part of this work is examined as well as guidance, principles, and ideas to design an environment for this kind of work. Resources to help further develop and refine plans are shared.