Posts Tagged ‘TED’

James Geary On Metaphor – TED Talk

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

I love metaphor. Whenever I meet someone who does not understand metaphor I am always astonished, dismayed and incredulous. To have a mind incapable of grasping metaphor is to be a lump of brute existence. Empathy derives from metaphor. Being human is itself a metaphor. I’ll shut up now and let you listen to James Geary.


Rebecca MacKinnon – Consent Of The Networked – TED Talk

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Rebecca MacKinnon is the author of “Consent Of The Networked – The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom” and this is her TED Talk which summarizes the vast panoply of issues surrounding, embedded within and erupting from the linking of the world via the internet. Even if you don’t read the book – watch this and share it.

You can watch a longer, more in-depth interview, in this BoingBoing post by Cory Doctorow.

And there’s her interview with Nora Young on CBC’s Spark.

Or – you could just read the book.


Clay Shirky – Why SOPA Is A Bad Idea – TED Talk

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

As per the description on the TED site:

What does a bill like PIPA/SOPA mean to our shareable world? At the TED offices, Clay Shirky delivers a proper manifesto — a call to defend our freedom to create, discuss, link and share, rather than passively consume.

Take it away, Clay:

Joe Sabia – The Technology Of Storytelling – TED

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

A fun and informative TED Talk by Joe Sabia, described thusly:

iPad storyteller Joe Sabia introduces us to Lothar Meggendorfer, who created a bold technology for storytelling: the pop-up book. Sabia shows how new technology has always helped us tell our own stories, from the walls of caves to his own onstage iPad.

Gratitude – Louie Schwartzberg TEDxSF

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

The Hidden Beauty Of Pollination – Louie Schwartzberg TED Talk

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

I’m not working today – I’m sitting in my backyard and enjoying the flowers and the birds and the bugs. You should do something like that too. If you’re not or can’t – watch this – and then go do it anyway.


Ze Frank – TED Talk

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

I miss Ze Frank’s daily web show – it was a continually awesome and inspirational journey shared by so many. Here he gives a recent TED Talk and recounts those key moments that revolved around using the net to share experiences.

Always a joy to revisit all things Ze.

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Where Good Ideas Come From

Friday, September 24th, 2010

I found this over at BoingBoing – It looks like one of those extraordinary RSA Animate works that visually distill a talk and embed it securely into the depths of your brain – but since it’s not on the RSA site proper I suspect it’s actually just a promo for Steven Johnson’s book done in the same style.

Regardless – it’s pretty good and worth 4 minutes of your time just for the nifty drawings:

Or – you can just watch his great TED Talk and get 13 minutes more of Johnson’s good ideas.


RSAnimate – Drive: Talk by Daniel Pink

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

The RSA (the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) has a massive collection of thought provoking talks online, more in-depth stuff than found on TED.

Sometimes these talks are distilled by the folks at CognitiveMedia into abridged animated versions – RSAnimate – that cut to the core of the subject by adding entertaining images and text and ignoring the boring old talking head babbling at the podium from the original discourse. Good stuff. Very good stuff. Case in point: Daniel Pink‘s talk on what it is that drives us to do anything.


Check out the other talks too – especially the one by Jeremy Rifkin on Empathic Civilization.


Thanks, Fred!

Temple Grandin – TED Talk

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Temple Grandin talks at the recent TED conference about how the world needs all kinds of minds. Fascinating stuff.

We inevitably seek to shape, categorize, reform and alter the way our kids (and ourselves) think, behave and interact with the world. We do this because we want our kids (and ourselves) to be perceived as normal, to fit in, to be a part of the world instead of being apart from it.

I am all too aware of the role bipolar behaviour influences the arts. Autism, in all its many forms, has often been regarded as a strange dysfunction or aberration of the brain instead of as a possible evolutionary step for our species. Doubtless if the grand scientific minds of the 1800′s were to see how most of behave today we’d all be locked up in Bedlam.

While some forms of brain difference are manifestly disabling there are many many traits of the human mind that allow some of us to become an Einstein, Newton, Gould, Rainman, or even Temple Grandin.

I’m no flippin’ expert – I only have my own experience to bring to bear upon this – and I don’t want to go all Jerry Mander and Neil Postman on you but I suspect the rise in autistic symptoms within our younger population may indeed be in response to the overwhelming deluge of unmediated information. Unlike Postman and Mander, I don’t see this as a bad thing – it just is – and, as in times past, the brain will find a way to survive, to protect itself and ultimately thrive.

I don’t know. I just think she gave a really cool talk. Lemme go think about it.


P. S. Although Postman and Mander can come across as intensely pessimistic luddites they do have some good thoughts on the media cesspool we are drowning in. I remember reading Mander’s The Four Arguments For The Elimination Of Television when I was working for Henson on Fraggle Rock. During a break in shooting I was half-in / half-out of this round foam blob creature that ate Doozers and poring through the pages when Jim asked me: “What are you reading?”. I gleefully held up the book and he snorted: “That’s a bit inflammatory, don’t you think?” to which I replied: “Not if you keep paying my salary!”

Anyway – there’s a really good piece by Mander that is more recent over at the Lapis Magazine site. It’s called The Homogenization Of Global Consciousness: Media, Telecommunications & Culture. Give it a read and then let me know how easy you sleep at night.

I’d really love to see him and Kevin Kelly go at it.