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 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 102: Don’t wait to be a hero

Mark Bezos is a volunteer firefighter. In his town volunteer firefighters are called to supplement the highly skilled career staff when a fire breaks out. In this Ted talk"A life lesson from a volunteer firefighter" Mark shares a humbling lesson he learned on his second day as a volunteer on the scene of a house fire. Picture this. It's Mark's second day as a volunteer firefighter and as a volunteer he races down to the location of the fire so that he can get delegated his task. As volunteers you need to get in early to get a good job. Mark finds the fire captain who is deep in conversation with the homeowner. The homeowner is quote a sight. She's in her pyjamas,   barefoot and fighting for shelter under an umbrella. She's having the worst day of her life.   Another volunteer, Mark affectionally calls Lex Luther , arrives at the scene first and is given the job of rescuing the homeowners cat. Mark is jealous. He wants to rescue the … [Read more...]

Day 97: 3 things Ric Elias learned while his plane crashed into the Hudson River

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Imagine being on a plane headed straight into the Hudson River. For Rick Elias he didn’t need to imagine this. In January 2009 this was his reality.   Ric uses his ted talk to share three things that he learned in those moments. The Hudson River plane crash of 2009 was a miracle story - a commercial plane lands into a river with not a single fatality. In his Ted talk “3 things I learned while my place crashed” Ric talks the audience through what it was like in those final minutes, including the moment that the pilot switched off the engine and said “the most unemotional” words Ric had ever heard “Brace for impact.”  Ric also shares the three things he learned about himself that day. 1. “I collect bad wines” Ric thought about his bucket-list, all the things that we put off doing and store into this bucket until the time is right. He also started a new saying “I collect bad wines” because he doesn’t want to postpone life anymore, … [Read more...]

Day 89: This Ted speaker packed nothing for TedActive but 7 pairs of undies

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Don’t you hate packing for holidays and conferences? I certainly do. Regular readers might remember that  I have posted about my clothes packing dilemmas before. That’s why I think designer Jessi Arrington is one brave woman. She packed nothing in her suitcase for TedActive except for 7 pairs of undies! Jessi Arrington never buys new clothing, but she is “outfit-obsessed”. She buys all her clothing from second-hand stores. She arrived in Palm Springs for her TedActive talk with nothing in her suitcase but undies as she trusted once she arrived she would be able to buy some second hand clothes and create some unique outfits. She uses her Ted talk “Wearing nothing new” to share images of her newly found 7 outfits and also shares some life lessons that she has stumbled upon whilst wearing nothing new. 7 Life lessons learned from wearing nothing new according to Jessie Arringto 1. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to look … [Read more...]

Day 76: Using spoken word to figure stuff out

Day 76- Using spoken word to figure stuff out

Continuing on with my 365 Days of Ted theme week on poetry slam is a post about spoken word artist Sarah Kay who uses her Ted talk to talk about the power of self-expression. Sarah Kay kicks off her Ted talk with a spoken word piece, “If I should have a daughter”  It’s a heartfelt piece that shows both the beauty and painful moments that make up life as a whole.  It’s rawness and truths brought the audience to the first standing ovation of the Ted talk. Finding your vehicle for self-expression This wasn't a Ted talk just about a spoken-word piece from a mother to daughter. It was  a Ted talk about using poetry as a way self-expression and  empowerment.  Sometimes we struggle to make sense of things and when this happens to Sarah she puts pen to paper to find the answers. Sarah says that spoken word poetry is not necessarily the ideal art form, but it is the art form that is accessible to everyone.  Expression through film … [Read more...]

Day 72: Do you know that you are affected by online “filter bubbles” by Website Confetti

Day 72 Do you know that you are affected by online -filter bubbles- by Website Confetti

Did you know that if you and I searched for the exact same thing on Google right now we would probably get different results? We could be googling literally side by side and still get significantly different websites appear on our search results page. Why is that? Ted speaker Eli Pariser says that this has to do with online “filter bubbles" and it is affecting each and everyone of us whether we agree with it or not. What are online filter bubbles? Online filter bubbles are caused by algorithms. Okay that was no help, so what's an algorithm? An algorithm is a set of rules, a formula, used to determine the answer to a question.  Whenever you search for something on a search engine such as Google, it takes into consideration a whole bunch of things about your situation and then tailors your search results for you.  That tailored personalised search result is your online “filter bubble.”  Doesn’t sound so bad so far. What's the … [Read more...]

Day 26: Marketing fail: Selling condoms in the congo

Amy Lockwood, a self confirmed "Reformed marketer" is the deputy director of Stanfords's Centre for Innovation in Global Health. In 2011 she gave a talk at TedGlobal about the marketing lessons, or rather marketing fail, that donor agencies were using in getting the people of Congo to use condoms. Marketing a solution to a health crisis Amy uses her Ted talk to tell us a story about her visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo. It's a pretty dangerous place to live. Amy says that five million people have died due to the war in the past ten years. War isn't the only danger in the DRC. 930,000 out of the 750 million people living in the Congo are infected with HIV. The country's inadequate health system infrastructure means that only 25% of people living with HIV are being treated with medication. Know your audience With such alarming figures, you can see why donor agencies provide condoms at low, or no cost. Trouble is, only 3% of … [Read more...]

Day 55: 3 things I learnt about Twitter after watching a Ted talk by one of its co-founders

Unless you have been living under a fairly large rock with no reception, you would have probably have heard of a little social media tool called Twitter. I have a confession to make - I was living under that rock. Oblivious and unaware. I had heard of Twitter, but I was baffled by it, so I ignored it. I didn’t understand the point of using 160 character to write status updates. It seemed pointless. All that changed about two months ago when I was about to attend my first Problogger training event. In the lead up to the day everyone was exchanging Twitter handles on social media. I was not one of those people. In fact I didn't open up my Twitter account until the day before the event and I am still getting my head around how it works. Evan Williams’s Ted talk has helped me get a broader picture of how Twitter works and has given me a broad overview of how I can use it as more of a marketing tool. Three topics he touched upon in … [Read more...]

Day 54: Four foolproof ways to making your video go viral

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Imagine being paid to professionally watch YouTube videos all day.   Sounds like fun right?  I’m sure quite a few of us rack up countless hours each week glued to YouTube anyway, so how amazing would it be to actually get paid for it? Turns out if you are Kevin Allocca  you can. Kevin has the enviable job of being a YouTube trends manager.  I know what might be thinking. The only reason Kevin put his hand up to do a Ted talk was to make us all a little bit jealous about what he does for a living. Possibly. No, the real purpose behind his Ted talk is to share  “Why videos go viral.”   Two days worth of video uploaded every minute At the time of this Ted talk, 2011, 48 hours of video was being uploaded to YouTube every single minute. That’s almost 70,000 hours of new video uploads a day! Only a few minutes from that 70000 hours will ever go viral.note: As of October 2014 100 hours of video  are uploaded to YouTuber per minute.  You … [Read more...]