Berkeley Pi Kapp gives TEDx Talk

Faced with “standardized” benchmarks, and therapists who doubted his ability to succeed without meeting them, UC Berkeley sophomore Joshua Toch, dove headfirst into the areas of failure he feared most. In this raw, honest, and comical talk, he confronts the philosophy of expectations and recounts carving his path for success without them.

At the age of 15, Toch started to take a stance against bullying in his own community by speaking up about his personal experiences of getting bullied because of his disability–cerebral palsy. Through witnessing the impact of his activism, Toch along with a team of other young entrepreneurial innovators, founded Mind Before Mouth, which equips students to better deal with the social aspects of life.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Watch Joshua’s TEDx Talk