Day 94: The danger of a single story.

Day 94- The danger of a single story

Do you have a single story? That one story, that  one thing about you that really defines who you are, the story that people will construct about you without actually getting to know you? It's their shorthand  for 'you'. Ted speaker and novelist Chimamanda Adichie shares with her Ted audience her experiences of being defined by a single story and why the single story can be a dangerous thing. What is the single story? The single story is the shorthand that we default to when we  have limited information about a person or situation.  We might have a snippet of information such as a person's birthplace and then we subconsciously raid our internal reference bank and construct a story about a person based solely on our preconceived ideas.   The danger in this of-course is that so often we construct the wrong story and this ends up breeding resentment, conflicts and on a global scales even wars. Chimamanda was an early reader, writing … [Read more...]

Day 77: Is it okay to Facebook my friends during work hours?

Day 77- Is it okay to Facebook my friends during work hours by website confetti

Is is acceptable to contact your family and friends during work hours? Should workplaces  create a modern work environment were personal and professional life can coexist.  Ted speaker Stefana Broadbent seems to think that this is where society is headed in her Ted talk “How the internet enables intimacy.” I agree with parts of Stefana’s talk. The internet is great for intimacy. It can break the barriers of location and help strengthen the bonds of family and friends who are separated by oceans. Distance is no longer an issue in maintaining emotional connections. My grandmother died when I was around ten years old. She lived overseas and we only ever met in person when I was three.  I don’t really remember ever actually remember seeing her in flesh.   We used to write aerograms to each other, but it would take weeks for the letters to arrive. If video chatting had existed back them that whole experience would have been … [Read more...]

Day 34: Need inspiration? Take time off

It’s 365 Days of Ted productivity week and my last few talks have been about working less! Yesterday I wrote about how we can find that work-life balance and for day 34 I am blogging about taking time off from regular working duties. Ted talk “The power of time off” is Stefan Sagmeister story about why every seven years he takes a one-year long sabbatical. He shares why he thinks that time off is invaluable to becoming more innovative. How Stefan Sagmeister’s sabbaticals work Stefan runs a design studio in New York. Over time Stefan started to get bored with the projects as it all begun to blend into one and look the same. He was no longer challenged or inspired so he closed shop for a year to experiment on projects that he lacked the time to accomplish during a typical work year.  Stefan says that our lives are typically divided into time periods. The first 25 years of our lives are spent learning, the next 40 years is spent working … [Read more...]

Day 01: Incentives kill creativity. A Ted talk by Dan Pink that changed the way I think.

Free thinking leads to innovation

Today is my first day on  my self-imposed 365 days of Ted talks challenge and to mark the occasion I decided to kick off this journey with a great video  by Dan Pink titled ‘The Puzzle of Motivation.’  As someone who can struggle with motivation at times it seemed like a great video to kickstart this journey and put me into the right headspace.  The core of this video is about motivation, problem solving skills and whether or not reward based incentives are as successful as society would have us believe. Dan uses the candle problem, which was  created by Karl Duncker some 70 years ago, to discuss the pros and cons of reward based incentives. What is the Candle Problem? Challenge: Fix a lit candle onto the wall making sure that no candle wax will be able to drip onto the table below. Items:  One candle One box of thumbtacks One box of matches Experiment #1 Dan talks about an experiment run by Sam Glucksberg from … [Read more...]