In a world that gravitates to being the same, Cole Blakeway reminds us that we are all different and that’s awesome. Cole is a messy ten year old from Maple Ridge, British Columbia and he’s turning the world on its ear.

Conversation and Connection Cole Style

He’s an elementary student with a TEDx bio. Do you know how good you have to be in order to give a TEDx talk? Way better than me. Cole’s so far ahead of me as a speaker I can hardly see him for his dust.

If you’ve never heard of TEDx it’s a program designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection. Cole is acing both of those.

His TEDx West Van bio reads: “Friend. Brother. Son. Soccer Player. Math nerd. Overall great guy. Cole Blakeway may be too young for his own Twitter account, but he’s old enough to help us imagine what a perfect friendship looks like.”

In his presentation, Cole talks about his friendship with Steven, a 44 year old man who has autism.


As Cole explains, his mom and Steven went to the same high school. They met inside the cafeteria when she was 13 – back in 1988 – and they’ve remained close friends for decades.

“When I was born, Steven was a special part of our family and I’ve grown up calling him Uncle Steven,” Cole says. “Steven is included in family dinners, he comes to my soccer games, he loves watching movies with us and every couple of weeks he has a sleep over.”

Then Cole drops the hammer – “I don’t think we need a cure for autism just like we don’t need a cure for freckles or brown hair. You don’t need to fix something that is not broken.”


And Cole is just getting started. Imagine him at thirty three.

The four minutes and forty seconds of his talk are so worth watching.

If this doesn’t make your day, try wearing two different shoes and brilliantly colored socks.

And smile.

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Bob Jones

Author Bob Jones

Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 27 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 38 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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