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 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 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 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 118: All animals are the same

Frans Lanting shares a profound story about the connection between humans and animals. Through his stunning photographs he teaches us that we need to shed the genetic makeup and appreciate the common connection that we share with all living beings. Life can be pretty chaotic that sometimes I think we loose sight of just how amazing the animal kingdom is.  TED talks like Fran's one reminds us of this face.   … [Read more...]

Day 101: The simple power of hand-washing

6.6 million under five years old succumb to childhood disease each year. 600,00 of those kids can be saved by a bar of soap. Today's instalment in my 365 Days of ted challenge is a post about Myriam Sidibe's ted talk "The simple power of handwashing." Myriam kicks off her Ted talk with a pretty grim analogy.  She asks her audience to imagine that a plane is about to crash. On that plane are 250 kids and babies. Would you stop that plane crash if you knew how, she asks?  Going even deeper into this morbid analogy, Myriam asks us to image that sixty of these planes filled of kids under five years old crash every single day. What’s the point behind this awful analogy? Well Myriam informs us that 6.6 million children don’t make it to their fifth birthday and most of their deaths are attributed to diarrhoea and pneumonia - preventable diseases.  So what’s the preventable measures that can significantly reduce the death count of kids … [Read more...]

Day 92: “Should you donate differently?” asks Ted speaker Joy Sun?

Day 92- -Should you donate differently-- asks Ted speaker Joy Sun

Ted speaker and veteran aid worker Joy Sun thinks that we should rethink the way we donate money. In her Ted talk “Should you donate differently?” she shares alternative ways to help the poor. Joy Sun, had an epiphany ten years into her work as a veteran aid worker. Rather than help the poor by putting money into projects such as training and school, why not redistribute that money as cold hard cash into the hands of the poor themselves? Until that moment, Joy held two assumptions Poor people are poor in part due to lack of education and make bad choices. The poor need people such as veteran aid workers to help make decisions for them and get them what they need. Condescending? Well yes, but if you think about it, and I hadn’t before just now,  I think that western society is actually really guilty of thinking that we need to be the decision makers for the less fortunate countries. Unconditional Giving Joy now supports … [Read more...]

Day 90: Why lunch ladies are heroes

Day 90- Why lunch ladies are heroes. A post inspired by Ted speaker Jarrett J. Krosoczka

When Jarrett Krosoczka's  first children’s books was published he went to his old elementary school to give a talk to the kids about being an author and illustrator.  On that visit he spotted his old lunch lady, Jeannie and that meeting sparked the evolution  of his comic series Lunch Lady graphic novel series. Jarrett uses his Ted talk “Why lunch ladies are heroes” to share with us why that encounter with his former lunch lady inspired him. When Jarrett bumped into his lunch lady she didn’t recognize him. She thought that he was his uncle. Jarrett was amazed that she could recognize his family. Jeannie filled Jarrett in on her life, she had grandkids and kids. Grandkids? Kids? Jarrett had never thought before of lunch ladies having a life outside of the school grounds. His imagination went into overdrive; what if their was a lunch lady who used fish sticks nunchucks to fight off evil cyborgs? And so the Lunch Lady comic book series … [Read more...]