Day 258: Magical homes built with bamboo

Day 258- magical homes built with bamboo

Imagine being a young child and  being asked by your mum to draw a picture of your dream home.  What would you draw?  Think about it for a moment - let your mind really wander into your childhood’s  imagination. Can you see it? What does it look like?  TED speaker Elora Hardy was asked that very same question by her mother when she was just nine years old. What was her answer?  A fairy mushroom home and guess what? Her mother built her that very home. That's kind of amazing right? Grown up Elora is now building "Magical houses, made of bamboo." In her TED talk Elora shows us some images of homes made out of bamboo.  They are pretty amazing. Before watching this talk, I read the transcript. I do this sometimes when I want a quick overview of the TALK before actually watching it. The images I conjured up in my mind did not compare to the reality of these homes. I was not imagining a six-storey home in Bali that looked so exquisite. All … [Read more...]

Day 254: Meditation can change your brain and make you happy

Day 254- Meditation can change your brain

Do you meditate? I don’t, but I want to. I have tried it before but my mind always ends up wandering off to something that happened that day or worse, my mind mentally checks out  my to-do list. This is around the point I usually stop meditating and bring out my to-do list and get lost in the busyness of my day. I’ve heard a few high profile successful people share stories on how their lives *significantly* changed with meditation, but I never really bought it. Not completely. Sure I thought that it probably made them more calmer in the moment but a part of me thought that the benefits of meditation were being hyped up a bit … maybe even a touch placebo.  Listening to Sarah Lazar's  TED presentation 'How Meditation Can Reshape Our Brains'  made me rethink  how I look at meditation.  Sarah talks about how when she took yoga classes she really enjoyed the sessions, but wasn't really keen when her teacher started making claims … [Read more...]

Day 178: How to become a minimalist

Feeling stuck? Are you looking to simplify your life and live with intent? TED speakers Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus might have the answer for you in their TED talk "A rich life with less stuff" a TED talk about minimalism. The TED talk kicked off by Ryan sharing the backstory on what led him to be on that stage and his reason was one we can all relate to - Ryan had been on a pursuit for happiness, but this pursuit actually caused him misery. In his eyes he would not obtain that happiness unless he became rich but how do you define rich anyway? Is the amount of make you make each year? Is that the amount of stuff you can buy with that money? On the surface it seemed that Ryan was living the American Dream. He had everything that he was meant to want, flashy new cars, a large home, a six-figure income but he wasn't happy. Far from it, he was miserable but he noticed something. His best friend Joshua was happy and he … [Read more...]

Day 169: 70000 students Skype to the bottom of the ocean

Can you imagine spending a night underwater? How about a week? Fabien Cousteau doesn't have to imagine. In 2014 Fabien spent 31 days living in an underwater research lab and in doing so broke a world record and not just any world record Jacques Cousteau (Fabien's grandfather) world record from 1963. Jacques spent thirty days under water. What I love most about Fabien's underwater adventure is that whilst underwater he got to share the experience with 70,000 student! He had WIFI underwater (mind boggling sometimes I cant event get reception in the local grocery store) and would realtime skype with the students. How awesome is that! Sure trumps learning about the ocean from text books! For all the faults that people heap onto the "digital age" and education, there are ten-fold positive reasons why the current age we live in right now is one of the best times to be a student. Sure, some students may not be able to add up … [Read more...]

Day 170: A parable for Kenya

One of the things that I like the most about TEDTalks is that I get to be exposed to parts of the world that I have never visited before. I get to hear stories that that I might not otherwise hear. Jason Lekuton shares one of those stories in his TED talk "A parable for Kenya." One of the things I like most about TEDTalks is that I get to be exposed to different parts of the world. I get to hear stories they may not otherwise here. What do you think of Joseph's TED talk? Let me know in the comment box below. … [Read more...]

Day 176: Know your five purpose in five questions

Do you know what your life purpose is? Yes? Awesome! No? Don't worry you are not alone. A staggering number of people don't know what their life purpose is.  TED speaker Adam Leipzig uses his time at TED to put a pretty bold statement out there. He claims that you can find out your life purpose in five minutes.  Is he mad or is Adam on to something? For Adam Leizpig, a trip to his college reunion revealed some, well heartbreaking, revelations. Whilst chatting to old classmates it was revealed by many of them that they felt that they had wasted half their life. "I don't know what my life is all about." Okay so it needs to be pointed out that this group of friends according to Adam were privileged, well off and in positions of power. On the surface it probably looked like they had it all, but the problem ran much deeper. Adam says that about 80% of his friends felt this. What about the other 20%? Adam says that the happier 20% … [Read more...]

Day 166: 4 tips for success (working hard is not one of them)

Today’s instalment of 365 Days of TED is about a recent TEDx talk I watched by Zain Asher about how working hard is by no means a guarantee for success. For many of us we have had the mantra of working hard for success drilled into us since school, so it’s refreshing to hear a different take on it. Zain breaks it down into four key points. Trust Your Struggle Zain belies that we need to learn to trust our struggle and have faith that everyhing is going to work out for the greater good. I’ll admit this can be a hard pill to swallow and it would be understandable if people weren’t 100% on board with this point, it’s a hard sell, but really, whats the alternative? Feeling sorry for ourselves when things go pear shape does us no good. You don’t have competitors Zain shared with us her philosophy on competitors. "I don’t believe in competing for what I want, I believe in creating what I want” That was probably my favourite quote … [Read more...]

DAY 167: What do maths and music have in common?

What do maths and music have in common? TED speaker Clayton Cameron uses him time at TEDYouth to demonstrate the answer. I dislike maths but I love drum beats. Ahh the corundum when presented with a TED talk that explains maths behind the rhythm. This TED talk was part of the TEDYouth lineup, hence the emphasis on "A-rhythm-etic” I love how Clayton explains to the audience that maths is the backbone of music.  Okay so Clayton is a drummer and not a maths teacher, but if I would have had a maths teacher that broke it down for me like that, then I might of had a better appreciation for maths. When students in my maths  class in primary school groaned “why do we need to learn maths anyway?” answering “to create music” would have been a whole lot more effective than “because it’s in the curriculum" The truth is when I started to teach myself to read music I learnt the connection between maths and rhythm and this made me made dislike … [Read more...]

DAY 173: I have a confession to make about pickpocketing

For today's instalment of my 365 Days of TED challenge I watched a TED talk by Apollo Robbins on the art of misdirection demonstrated by pickpocketing a member of the audience! I first heard of Apollo Robbins when I was watching the National Geographic show Brain Games which he is a part of as co-producer and appears on as a deception specialist. Can you imagine introducing yourself to people, "Hi I'm a deception specialist" How awkward would that be! I have a confession to make. I am fascinated by pickpocketing. Okay so firstly let me clear one thing up. I am not fascinated by the crime aspect of pick-pocketing, not at all, I think that aspect of it is really low and I have no respect for anyway who thinks that it’s okay to take another person’s belonging just because they decide they want to. What does fascinate me though is that a pickpocketer can remove another person’s watch without them even realising. I mean how is that … [Read more...]

Day 155: Could you ban yourself from the internet for an entire year?

Imagine banning yourself from the internet for a whole year. Could you do it? Paul Miller decided that he needed to learn who he was away from the internet and distractions that are bundled with being online  and decided that  unplugging himself from the web world would be the way to go. This is the second time I have watched Paul Miller’s ted talk, “A year offline, what have I learnt.” The first time I watched it I remember being pretty disappointed.  I was expecting to hear a TED talk littered with profound nuggets of wisdom that could only be learnt from spending a year disconnected from the grasps of  the digital world. I expected to see a changed-man beckoning for us all to join him in this post-digital movement.   A new reality that offers liberation from notification beeps and instant messaging.  I expected him to be giddy with excitement and enthusiasm for his new lifestyle. This was not the reality that Paul … [Read more...]