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Politics and its Discontents: Why So Much Ignorance In This Age Of Technology?

I have always thought it ironic that in this age of interconnectedness, when we have almost unlimited sources of information at our disposal, so many of us are abysmally ignorant of the things that should matter. The level of civic disengagement in North America, for example, has facilitated the devolution of so many of our democratic institutions into mere channels of undue influence for the minority, ensuring that the needs of the many are subjugated to the wants of the few. Inaction on climate change, the ongoing degradation of ecosystems, the ever-widening disparity of incomes and the erosion of social (Read more…)

350 or bust: The Anatomy Of The Earth Brought To Life

What a wonderful world! On TED Talk Tuesday, we get a glimpse of the amazing world that cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg brings to life. He describes his greatest satisfaction as creating works that have a positive effect on the future of Earth: “I hope my films inspire and open people’s hearts … If I can move […]

350 or bust: To Err Is Human

It’s TED Talk Tuesday on 350orbust, and here’s a fascinating talk by “wrongologist” Kathryn Schultz, on the human tendency to be wrong about just about everything. * “This internal sense of rightness that we all experience so often, is not a reliable guide to what is actually going on in the external world.” Kathryn Schultz […]

Politics and its Discontents: On Sporadic Blogging And Willful Ignorance

We are hosting our dear friends from Cuba for about the next week, so depending on our sight-seeing schedule, my blogging may not be quite as regular as usual. But then again, I am an early riser, so perhaps nothing will change. Here is something I prepared the other day to save for this fine Sunday:

If there is information that you could know and you should know but somehow manage not to know, the law deems that you are willfully blind, that you have chosen not to know. – Margaret Heffernan

This video applies to all of us, whether (Read more…)

350 or bust: The Crisis In Our Bodies Is The Crisis In Our World

Poet, writer, and activist Eve Ensler’s passionate TED talk entitled “Suddenly, my body”. Breathtaking. *

350 or bust: Goodbye Fossil Fuels: Rejecting Scarcity & Embracing Abundance

It’s TED Talk Tuesday on 350orbust, and today’s talk, like last week’s, is from TEDx Sydney. Danny Kennedy,Founder and President of Sungevity. Before starting Sungevity Kennedy spent decades campaigning with Greenpeace; in this talk he discusses how profit can save the planet rather than destroying it. * Sungevity: The Life & Times Of Solar People

Politics and its Discontents: Puncturing Right-Wing Mythology

I hope everyone will take five minutes to watch this video, originally considered too controversial for TED Talks. The speaker, entrepreneur Nick Hanauer, very deftly cuts through the mythology perpetuated by the right wing that the super-rich are our job creators and hence must be treated with taxation kid gloves.

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350 or bust: “I Have A Dream”: How Great Leaders Inspire Us

An inspiring TED talk from Simon Sinek, motivational speaker and author of Start With Why about how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” This video should be required viewing for climate activists who want to communicate with others about why climate change is the pivotal issue of our times.

350 or bust: TED Talk Tuesday

In this TED talk, Bryan Stevenson starts a conversation about injustice that we all need to hear. The youtube description says this: In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America’s justice system, starting with a [...]

350 or bust: TED Talk Tuesday

Fascinating! Imagine you’re a shipwrecked sailor adrift in the enormous Pacific. You can choose one of three directions and save yourself and your shipmates — but each choice comes with a fearful consequence too. How do you choose? In telling the story of the whaleship Essex, novelist Karen Thompson Walker shows how fear propels imagination, [...]

350 or bust: A Revolution in Thinking

It’s TED Talk Tuesday on 350orbust – enjoy this mind-blowing talk on quantum mechanics by Aaron O’Connell:

350 or bust: The Gift Of Gratitude

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350 or bust: How Changing Perspective Could Save Our Environment

It’s TED Talk Tuesday on 350orbust. Here is advertising expert and funny guy Rory Sutherland talking about how it’s possible to change the way people value things can have surprising results: Advertising adds value to a product by changing … . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: How Changing Perspective Could Save Our Environment

350 or bust: Smart, Regional Food Production The Answer To Global Food Crisis

It’s TED Talk Tuesday on 350orbust. Louise Fresco is a former UN director, a contributor to think tanks and an advisor to academies in Europe and the United States. The TED website describes her this way: A powerful thinker and globe-trotting adv… . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Smart, Regional Food Production The Answer To Global Food Crisis

350 or bust: Tales Of Ice-Bound Wonderlands

It’s TED Talk Tuesday on 350orbust: Diving under the Antarctic ice to get close to the much-feared leopard seal, photographer Paul Nicklen found an extraordinary new friend. Share his hilarious, passionate stories of the polar wonderlands, illustrated by glorious images of the animals who live on and under the ice.

350 or bust: Radical Gaming Can Change Your Life – Can It Change Our World?

It’s TED talk Tuesday on 350orbust. Here’s game designer Jane McGonigal sharing her own story of how playing games helped her cope with a difficult health crisis. She shows how games can boost resilience – and promises to add 7.5 minutes to your life. * JaneMcGonigal.com

350 or bust: Climate Change: We Are Stuck Between The Impossible and The Unthinkable

David Roberts is staff writer at Grist.org. In this TEDx talk given at Evergreen State College “Climate Change is Simple”, he describes the causes and effects of climate change in blunt, plain terms. On April 16, 2012, speakers and attendees gathered at TEDxTheEvergreenStateCollege: Hello Climate Change to reflect on the ability — and responsibility — [...]

350 or bust: TED Talk Thursday: There’s A Green Brain Inside Every Climate Skeptic

Journalist and educator Simran Sethi discusses why and how we engage, and how we can listen to, and learn from, other points of view. Everyone concerned about climate change, and working for a better future for our children, should listen to her wisdom. * SimranSethi.com Baltimore Sun: Climate and conservatives

350 or bust: TED Talk Tuesday

Nancy Duarte’s TED Talk about how to give an inspiring speech, and about following your dreams: * Duarte.com

Dead Wild Roses: Why is the “X” unknown?

TED talks enlists Terry Moore to find out why we call our unknown variables “X”. Short, concise and illuminating.

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350 or bust: TED Talk Tuesday: Follow Your Curiosity

In this talk from a 2012 TEDx conference at the University of Florida, Morris Morrison talks about the subjective nature of what it means to be successful, drawing on his life story to show how even in the bleakest circumstances we can count on our instincts and curiosity to guide us to safety. Morrison challenges [...]

350 or bust: TED Talk Thursday: How To Survive Peak Oil & Climate Change

There is an effective response to the climate crisis. In this TED Talk from 2009, Rob Hopkins speaks about a practical and inspiring solution to the challenges of peak oil and climate change, the transition movement. The transition movement helps people prepare for life without oil, and in the process build strong, resilient communities that [...]

350 or bust: TED Talk Thursday: Muhammad Yunus on Social Businesses

I love Professor Yunus’s advice – “Whatever the banks did, I did the opposite. And it worked!” Prof. Muhammad Yunus is a Bangladeshi economist and founder of the Grameen Bank, an institution that provides microcredit to help its clients establish creditworthiness and financial self-sufficiency. In 2006 Yunus and Grameen received the Nobel Peace Prize. Yunus [...]

350 or bust: TED Talk Tuesday

I’ve made a few changes around my blog, trying to get a bit more organized. One of the changes I’ve decided to make is to share one of my favourite things, and make Tuesday into TED Talk Tuesday. Many of you will be familiar with TED Talks, which are found on YouTube as well as [...]

Dead Wild Roses: TED Talks: There are no mistakes on the Bandstand

One way of understanding Jazz.

Filed under: Music Tagged: Jazz, Music, No Mistakes, TED Talks