Showing posts with label TED. Show all posts
Showing posts with label TED. Show all posts

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sara Lewis: The loves and lies of fireflies

When I spent some time in Central Pennsylvania this summer, the fireflies amazed me as they do every summer. Fortunately, this TED Talk provides some wonderful insights about fireflies, their life and how they create the light we have come to love.

"It's amazing to think that the luminous displays we admire here and in fact everywhere around the world are actually the silent love songs of male fireflies. They're flying and flashing their hearts out. I still find it very romantic."

screen capture of Sara Lewis's TED Talk
screen capture of Sara Lewis's TED Talk

The link to the TED Talk page where you can find the author bio, the interactive transcript and more

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Talithia Williams: Own your body's data

I'll admit I am also a 'data geek' although I did not get my degree in statistics. Talithia Williams gets into how she captures her data and how she uses it. I learned how the body temperature can vary and with good reason.
The new breed of high-tech self-monitors (measuring heartrate, sleep, steps per day) might seem targeted at competitive athletes. But Talithia Williams, a statistician, makes a compelling case that all of us should be measuring and recording simple data about our bodies every day — because our own data can reveal much more than even our doctors may know.

You can find more info about Talithia on the TED site

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Megan Washington - overcoming her stutter

There are all kinds of disabilities, some are more visible than others. Megan Washington candidly talks bout her stuttering in this recent TED Talk
Megan Washington is one of Australia's premier singer/songwriters. And, since childhood, she has had a stutter. In this bold and personal talk, she reveals how she copes with this speech impediment—from avoiding the letter combination “st” to tricking her brain by changing her words at the last minute to, yes, singing the things she has to say rather than speaking them.

You can find more about her music on her website

on wikipedia

or on YouTube

Megan Washington's webpage
Megan Washington's webpage

Saturday, April 26, 2014

For Franklin parents (video)

In this TED Talk, Jennifer Senior says:
"We are now so anxious to protect our kids from the world's ugliness that we now shield them from "Sesame Street." I wish I could say I was kidding about this, but if you go out and you buy the first few episodes of "Sesame Street" on DVD, as I did out of nostalgia, you will find a warning at the beginning saying that the content is not suitable for children. (Laughter) Can I just repeat that? The content of the original "Sesame Street" is not suitable for children."

For the full transcript of Jennifer's talk

All Joy and No Fun
All Joy and No Fun

Who is Jennifer? 
Maybe you have read her articles in New York Magazine or perhaps her new book "All Joy and No Fun"

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The High Line - park in the city (video)

As mentioned during the TED Talk shared earlier where Amanda Burden talked of her work in NYC, Robert Hammond gets into more detail on the development effort for "the high line"

One of the interesting side effects of the High Line was the evolution of the Renegade Cabaret. In 2009, it was quite the attraction to have singing performances from a building's fire escape as the people walked along the High Line. The Renegade Cabaret no longer performs there as the landlord is concerned about the fire escape. They do still perform at other locations in the City.

Here is a snapshot in 2009 of what the Renegade Cabaret was like:

Additional info on the High Line can be found here

or here  and follow the High Line blog here

What could be done with the Emmons St site? What could spring up around it?

150 Emmons St
150 Emmons St

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Lawrence Lessig's wish

Lawrence Lessig's wish appeals to all citizens

Here's my wish. May one. May the ideals of one boy unite one nation behind one critical idea that we are one people, we are the people who were promised a government, a government that was promised to be dependent upon the people alone, the people, who, as Madison told us, meant not the rich more than the poor. May one. And then may you, may you join this movement, not because you're a politician, not because you're an expert, not because this is your field, but because if you are, you are a citizen. Aaron asked me that. Now I've asked you.

Find out more about the wish here

Monday, February 17, 2014

Paper or Plastic? (video)

With the holiday and three day weekend, I'll do the food shopping today. The choice of paper or plastic is actually the wrong question according to Leyla especially since we have so many options for re-usable bags to bring home the groceries with. While she doesn't get into re-usable bags, she does get into the real problem:
"... at the end of the day, everything we design and produce in the economy or buy as consumers is done so for function. We want something, therefore we buy it. So breaking things back down and delivering smartly, elegantly, sophisticated solutions that take into consideration the entire system and the entire life of the thing, everything, all the way back to the extraction through to the end of life, we can start to actually find really innovative solutions."

Find a comfy spot, have your morning or favorite beverage at hand and watch this 18 minute video. It is time to "rethink environmental folklore"

For more about Leyla and the design work she does, visit her page on the TED site here

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The second TV (video)

How many Franklin households have a second TV?

Does yours? Yves says:
"Look, at home I have two TVs. Why? Precisely not to have to cooperate with my wife."
There are probably quite a few Franklin homes with more than one TV.

What does this have to do with Franklin? The business of Franklin is providing services to the people who live and work here. How we provide these services is very important. When we are successful, others will recognize Franklin as "The safest city" and the "best place to raise a family." When we are not successful... well let's not go there. You can come up with your own horror story.

As reported this week, the Town Council decided to remove the fire fighters from Civil Service. This was the last group to be removed from a system that is over 100 years old. There will still be a negotiation with the fire fighters union to implement new hiring process and procedures. But it is about time that this restriction, put in place for a different world is put aside. The world today is not what it was when Civil Service was introduced.

In this TED TalkYves Morieux tackles the complexity of work and comes up with 6 rules to simplify.  With that much said, here is what Yves says:
The way we organize is based on two pillars. The hard -- structure, processes, systems. The soft -- feelings, sentiments, interpersonal relationships, traits, personality. And whenever a company reorganizes, restructures, reengineers, goes through a cultural transformation program, it chooses these two pillars. Now, we try to refine them, we try to combine them. The real issue is -- and this is the answer to the two enigmas -- these pillars are obsolete. Everything you read in business books is based either on one or the other or their combination. They are obsolete. 

Yves makes this point as he closes this 12 minute talk:
You need to reward those who cooperate and blame those who don't cooperate. The CEO of The Lego Group, Jorgen Vig Knudstorp, has a great way to use it. He says, blame is not for failure, it is for failing to help or ask for help. It changes everything. Suddenly it becomes in my interest to be transparent on my real weaknesses, my real forecast, because I know I will not be blamed if I fail, but if I fail to help or ask for help. When you do this, it has a lot of implications on organizational design. You stop drawing boxes, dotted lines, full lines; you look at their interplay. It has a lot of implications on financial policies that we use. On human resource management practices. When you do that, you can manage complexity, the new complexity of business, without getting complicated. You create more value with lower cost. You simultaneously improve performance and satisfaction at work because you have removed the common root cause that hinders both complicatedness. This is your battle, business leaders. The real battle is not against competitors. This is rubbish, very abstract. When do we meet competitors to fight them? The real battle is against ourselves, against our bureaucracy, our complicatedness. Only you can fight, can do it.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Why privacy matters? (video)

After walking around Portland, ME this weekend, this TED Talk is quite relevant. It is amazing how much information we choose to share and what can be done with it.

Alessandro Acquisti explores the topic and provides some insights on the research being done in this arena. 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Ramsey Musallam: "3 rules to spark learning"

It took a life-threatening condition to jolt chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam out of ten years of “pseudo-teaching” to understand the true role of the educator: to cultivate curiosity. In a fun and personal talk, Musallam gives 3 rules to spark imagination and learning, and get students excited about how the world works.

For more about Ramsey, you can visit his TED bio page

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sir Ken Robinson: "How to escape education's Death Valley"

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational "death valley" we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.

For additional info on Sir Ken Robinson including links to additional TED Talks you can visit

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Angela Lee Duckworth: "The Key to Success? Grit"

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.

For more about Angela, you can visit her TED page

Friday, July 19, 2013

Geoffrey Canada: "Our Failing Schools.Enough is Enough!"

Why, why, why does our education system look so similar to the way it did 50 years ago? Millions of students were failing then, as they are now -- and it’s because we’re clinging to a business model that clearly doesn’t work. Education advocate Geoffrey Canada dares the system to look at the data, think about the customers and make systematic shifts in order to help greater numbers of kids excel.

You can find out more about the Harlem Children's Zone

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Malcom London: High School Training Ground" (video)

From TED Education earlier this year:
Young poet, educator and activist Malcom London performs his stirring poem about life on the front lines of high school. He tells of the “oceans of adolescence” who come to school “but never learn to swim,” of “masculinity mimicked by men who grew up with no fathers.” Beautiful, lyrical, chilling.
3 minutes

For additional TED Talks you can visit their website:

Sunday, April 21, 2013

from 'cringe mode' to happiness (video)

Let's start the new week by stepping out of 'cringe mode' and open the gate to happiness.

Spend a little over a dozen minutes as Matt Smith tells us about the 'failure bow' and how we can celebrate failure in order to achieve happiness!

Do I see you standing with arms raised and "that dumb ass grin"?

Do I see you applauding someone who has done this?

Not yet... okay. Take it slow but take it!

Thanks to +John Haydon for sharing this

Saturday, March 16, 2013

TED 2013: Bono on poverty (video)

Spend 14 minutes to get some impressive facts on poverty.
"We're going to win if we work together as one, because the power of the people is so much stronger than the people in power." Bono

Take action. Become a factivist with

Or focus your activities on the Franklin community and help with the Franklin Food Pantry

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

TED: Kids need structure (video)

"Always be looking for that which you do well and that which you love doing, and when you find those two things together — man, you got it.” (Colin Powell)

"So, I tell young people everywhere, it ain't where you start in life, it's what you do with life that determines where you end up in life, and you are blessed to be living in a country that, no matter where you start, you have opportunities so long as you believe in yourself, you believe in the society and the country, and you believe that you can self-improve and educate yourself as you go along. And that's the key to success." Colin Powell

Friday, January 18, 2013

Andy Puddicombe: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes (video)

"Most people assume that meditation is all about stopping thoughts, getting rid of emotions, somehow controlling the mind. But actually it's … about stepping back, seeing the thought clearly, witnessing it coming and going.” (Andy Puddicombe)

Hear this quote in the context of this 10 minute video

Then reward yourself with 10 minutes of nothing.

You can do it!