December 9

Matthew Winkler Author and Narrator of TED-Ed Lesson "What Makes a Hero?" (over 7 million views)


Matthew P. Winkler has taught and mentored teenagers at middle schools, high schools, and colleges in New York, New England, China, and Japan. His TED-Ed video "What Makes a Hero?" snowballed into his first book Mentoring Teenage Heroes: The Hero's Journey of Adolescence. He currently leads workshops and gives presentations to students and adults all over the world. His work in the public and private sectors led to his podcast and forthcoming book The Cave You Fear.

Mentoring Teenage Heroes is written for parents, teachers, coaches (and other ex-adolescents) who now guide today’s teenagers along the heroic journey from childhood to adulthood — a rite of passage as old as the ancient myths that metaphorically describe it. Those myths echo through contemporary books and movies and the real-world experience of growing up. For most adults, daily life is a routine grind. For teenagers, it’s an epic struggle for identity.

Episode Summary: This episode is a deep dive into the Hero's Journey and how it applies to everyone's life. This is all about understanding the path of life that all of us are on, and how we can navigate this path and begin to impact ourselves and our communities.