Day 145: We all see the world differently

Perception. It's the darnedest thing. You and I could both be witnessing the very same event but walk away from it with completely different experiences. Emily Balcetis's Ted talk "Why some people find exercise harder than others" is a pretty insightful look into human behaviour. Perception is unique to each and everyone of us and is shaped by our past history and our values and core beliefs. Have you ever had one of those days where everyone just seems to be in a bad mood including yourself? Perhaps you got caught in traffic delays on your already long commute to work and when you arrive at work everyone seemed to be in a bad mood. Later that evening when you arrive home your partner is upset with you for not wanting to go out that evening. Emily suggests that maybe the situation is being viewed through the wrong perception. Perhaps, your co-workers are concerned for you and you partner is worried that you are not feeling … [Read more...]

Day 119: Coming to a future near you – mini robots powered by your phone

Today's Ted talk both excites me and worries me. Keller Rinaudo talks about the future of robotics, robotics powered by mobile phones. Is technology moving too fast? Are we actually ready to embrace a world where robotics make up the everyday landscape? Personally, Im not too sure. Personal connections are already being eroded by the huge consumption of mobile phone usage. Will robotic technology free us up to mend those tattered relationships or will it further diminish human connection? What do you think? … [Read more...]

Day 117: Forget geographical maps! There’s a new kind of map out there

Ted speaker Dave Troy wants us to think about maps. Not the geographical maps that help us get from A to B but a new kind of map, a map for a modern social world, map based on data. What do you think of Dave's Ted talk? Due you think that data driven maps are the way of the future? Let me know in the comment box below. … [Read more...]

Day 116: Please don’t take my Air Jordans!

Continuing on with my "Poetry Slam" theme for my 365 Days of TED challenge is a TED performance by spoken-word artist Lemon Anderson. After I watched Lemon's TED talk all I kind think of was wow, just wow. He performed the piece "Please don't take my Air Jordans" by Reg E. Gaines with such emotion that it brought the story to life. … [Read more...]

Day 115: A skateboard with a boost

In 2013¬†Sanjay Dastoor, founder of Boosted Boards, used his time at TED to talk about electric transportation, more specifically electric skateboards. I'm not really a skateboarding type of girl. I lie. I did have a classic TMNT skateboard as a kid which I loooved - it had flashing lights and everything! Sanjay's skateboard is a little more progressed than my retro skateboard. It's lighter than a bicycle, it's electric and can be plugged into a wall socket for 15 minutes to charge it up to give it enough power to travel at 30 kms per her (20 milers per hour) It's a definite step up from my ninja turtles skateboard!   … [Read more...]

Day 113: Emotional Correctness

Emotional correctness. What the heck is that? I have heard of political correctness but emotional correctness? Do we need another form of correctness? Sally Kohn thinks so and her TED talk "Let's talk emotional correctness" she explains why. Sally kicks off her TED talk by sharing a rather poignant truth for her, the better she does her job the more people hate her. What's her occupation? Sally says her role as "a gay talking head on Fox News" has made her the target for hate mail. Really vile hate mail. One would understand if this made Sally bitter and twisted but she has actually got a pretty profound lesson from it. "We spend so much time talking past each other and not enough time talking through our disagreements, and if we can start to find compassion for one another, then we have a shot at building common ground." How true is that! Sally uses the example that when a person might say they hate immigrants she tries to … [Read more...]

Day 111: Change your life by eating better

I am writing today's instalment of 365 Days of Ted on the first day of a new year. Today is a day when typically new years resolutions will be made with good intentions, promise and hope. One of those resolutions might be to take better care of yourself and eat better. It's probably one of the better promises which you can make for yourself but one that can be the hardest, which is why I chose this particular Ted talk by Dean Ornish 'The killer American diet that's sweeping the planet' a 3 minute clip sharing the benefits of a healthier diet. What did you think of Dean's TED talk? Is eating healthier a part of your New Year's resolution. Share your thoughts in the comment box below. … [Read more...]