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 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 83: Have you stopped and looked at the clouds today?

Day 83- Have you stopped and looked at the clouds today-

Can I ask you something? When was the last time that you looked up at the clouds?  I am not talking about a quick glance upwards to check the rain status.  No, I mean the last time that you really just looked up to appreciate the beauty of the clouds. Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the  Cloud Appreciation Society, thinks that clouds are unfairly  used for a doom and gloom metaphor and has decided to uses his Ted talk to show us some pictures to change the perception. Are clouds really used as a metaphor for doom? When someone is depressed “they’re under a cloud” when bad news is approaching “there’s a cloud on the horizon.”  Until I watched Gavin’s Ted talk I had never really thought about clouds as being seen as a bad thing. Then again until I watched Rives talk a few days ago I never thought that 4 a.m. was such a historical shorthand for bad things. A cloudy night at 4 a.m. must be really bad news then! Gavin says that … [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 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 22: Why I disagree with Derek Siver’s Ted talk “Keep your goals to yourself”

Should your goals be a secret?

When you have a new goal do you share that with your family and friends or keep hush about it? In his Ted talk " Keep your goals to yourself" Derek Sivers  says that  if you share your goals you most probably won't ever see them come to light. That goes against every goal setting advice I have ever heard. Could Derek actually be right? I debated about whether publishing today’s post. So far I have been on board with every Ted speaker, been dancing to the same tune been right up on that wagon with them, but I just can’t do that with today’s Ted talk post. I just don’t agree with Derek Sivers view on goal setting.  The core message of his Ted talk was that when you tell someone your goals your brain is tricked into thinking that you have already achieved that goal or in Derek’s words “telling someone your goals make them less likely to happen" Basically  Derek says once are brain believes that we have achieved the goal we become less … [Read more...]

Day 17: Lessons I learned from watching Barry Schwartz’s Ted talk ” The Paradox of choice”

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For day 17 of my 365 Days of Ted journey I decided to watch a presentation by Barry Schwartz called "The Pardox of Choice." This post is for anyone who has ever felt overwhelmed with all the choices in your life - you are not alone and through his Ted talk Barry will explain why you are feeling the way you do. Choice Paralysis The problem with too many choices is that for fear of making the wrong choice we end up in this state of choice paralysis unable to make a decision, although you could argue that by not actively making a choice you are still making a decision by default. Perhaps you are planning to go away for the Summer holidays. You have booked your plane ticket and are now looking to get your accommodation sorted. You are heading to a tourist hot spot so you literally have hundreds of hotels to choose from which at first seems like a buffet delight of options yet you are unable to make a choice for fear of  making the wrong … [Read more...]