Day 147: The beat of my own bucket drum

One of my favourite playlists on Spotify contains nothing but drum solos.  It's my get-up-and-go music. (I know , I know that was pretty corny)  I find drum solos  so powerful and commanding that it stops you in your tracks and makes you take notice, as did this drum  solo  by Choclattjared "The beat of my own bucket drum." What I love most about this performance is that there is not a "drum set" in sight.  I usually only listen to drum solos and not actually watch them, however watching Choclattjared play drums is something pretty special. It engulfs him. It's as if he and the drum beats become one. It's a beautiful thing to watch. Talking is limited to one line in this performance that comes right at the end of the piece, " Hello my name is Choclattjared and thank-you for that great conversation" What did you think of   "The beat of my own bucket drum."  I'd love to hear about it in the comment box below … [Read more...]

Day 146: Meet the mom who started the Ice Bucket Challenge

Have you heard of the ALS Ice-Bucket challenge? Chances are that unless you have been living under a rock your answer would have been yes. In 2014 the ALS Ice-bucket challenge exploded all over social media. Nancy Frates is the mom who started the ice bucket challenge and in her Ted talk she delivers a heartwarming and inspiring story about her son Pete What is the ice bucket challenge? The ice-bucket challenge involves participants pouring cold icy-water over them to give them an idea what ALS sufferers go through. What exactly is ALS? ALS stands for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. In Nancy's Ted talk she shares with us that  when her son hurt his wrist playing baseball it turned out to be ASL. Nancy takes us through the days and month following his diagnosis and it's heartbreaking to hear that her once athletic son's body is … [Read more...]

Day 145: Do you have the same values that you had 10 years ago?

Can Iask you a question? It might be a little personal.  Do you have the same values that you had ten years ago?  Have you changed? I'm guessing, for better or worse  the answer is yes. Who you are right now in this very moment is most probably not the same person you were ten years ago and is very likely not who you will be in ten years time. This was the topic of Dan Gilbert’s Ted talk “The psychology of your future self." The rate of change   Kids seem to change by the minute where as parents seem to change by the year. It is well known and understood that the youth will change quite a lot in ten years. A lot can happen between being eighteen and twenty-eight.   I remember when I was ten I wrote a letter to my eighteen year old-self. I read the letter when I was about nineteen and it was quite clear that my thirteen year old self thought being eighteen was more like being twenty-eight! The thing is that people assume that as we … [Read more...]

Day 144: Doodlers Unite. Mr Squiggle was onto something

I am a doodler. I have been one since as long as I can remember. The pages of my school books were lined with doodles that perhaps made no sense to anyone but myself. To be honest, I have never really put much thought into doodles but Ted speaker Sunni Brown has. In her Ted talk Doodlers, Unite Sunni wants to break down the myths that doodling is bad thing. The negativity around doodling is something that we can thank history for as the word was used to define fools or to ridicule someone. These days doodling is associated with wasting time, acting thoughtlessly and making meaningless marks. Doodling is a powerful tool Sunni want everyone to recognise  the doodling  is not mindless scribbling but it can actually be pretty powerful stuff. According to Sunni  "it is a preemptive measure to stop you from losing focus. Additionally, it has a profound effect on creative problem-solving and deep information processing." and "People who … [Read more...]

Day 143: A song about “ceaseless yearning and never-ending want”

Ted speaker and muso Nora York brings to the Ted stage a musical number about "ceaseless yearning and never-ending want." Let's face it's something that we have all gone through at some stage. "I want what I can't have, need what I can't want " These were the core lyrics being repeated, so simple, yet so easy to resonate with. "Sick and tired of the "Later, maybe" What I took from this number is that we are never going to be satisfied if we get stuck in this loop of always wanting more. There is a flipside to this. I think that we need to strike a healthy balance between want and appreciation. I think that we should always thrive for growth and never stand still, but I think that we do need to learn to appreciate the things that we already have. Maybe what we have is enough. "I gotta just claim it I gotta just seize" I guess it comes down to the motive behind our "want." If it's just to out-do our neighbours and keep up with … [Read more...]

Day 142: Frugality Innovation – Problem-solving inside the box

Are limitations really limiting? Navi Radjou doesn’t believe so and in his Ted talk Creative problem-solving in the face of extreme limits, Navi talks about a concept called Frugal Innovation. What is Frugal Innovation? Frugal Innovation basically means “doing more with less.” it’s about creating solutions within limited resources. Why this matters it’s quite easy to fall into this mindset trap of needing more or requiring that missing link before we can come up with an innovative solution, but perhaps we could find that innovation within our constraints. This is a concept I have discussed before after watching ……. Ted talk. On a personal level I am staring to see the benefits of frugal innovation on small scale stuff. Choices can be so darn overwhelming and with a large supply of choices comes a large supply of solutions that often we end up over-engineering the small stuff that shouldn’t really consume a whole lot of our … [Read more...]

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...]