Day 72: TED

Throughout the day at GB camp, my activity was to watch one hour of TED Talks. If you haven’t heard of TED, it is ‘a platform for ideas worth spreading’. The idea began in 1984 where conferences were held to provide talks about Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED). Now, thirty years later, you can download the TED talks app and listen to a huge spectrum of themed presentations, ranging from art to sport to online dating to global issues…literally anything! I really recommend you check TED out, if you haven’t already.

So my TED talks I watched today varied in how I rated their enjoyment factor. Ranked from BEST to WORST here are the talks I watched today with their descriptions as described by TED (numbers in bracket show length of talk in minutes):

  • (19:43) Willard Wigan:Hold your breath for micro-sculpture
    • “Willard Wigan tells the story of how a difficult and lonely childhood drove him to discover his unique ability — to create art so tiny that it cant be seen with the naked eye. His slideshow of figures, as seen through a microscope, can only be described as mind-boggling.”
  • (4:52) Hannah Brencher: Love letters to strangers
    • “Hannah Brencher’s mother always wrote her letters. So when she felt herself bottom into depression after college, she did what felt natural — she wrote love letters and left them for strangers to find. The act has become a global initiative, The World Needs More Love Letters, which rushes handwritten letters to those in need of a boost.”
  • (2:42) Derek Sivers: Weird, or just different?
    • “”There’s a flip side to everything,” the saying goes, and in 2 minutes, Derek Sivers shows this is true in a few ways you might not expect.”
  • (7:53) Samuel Cohen: Alzheimer’s is not normal aging – and we can cure it.
    • “More than 40 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to increase drastically in the coming years. But no real progress has been made in the fight against the disease since its classification more than 100 years ago. Scientist Samuel Cohen shares a new breakthrough in Alzheimer’s research from his lab as well as a message of hope. “Alzheimer’s is a disease, ” Cohen says, “and we can cure it.”
  • (13:12) Beeban Kidron: The shared wonder of film
    • “Movies have the power to create a shared narrative experience and to shape memories and worldviews. British film director Beeban Kidron invokes iconic film scenes — from Miracle in Milan to Boyz n the Hood — as she shows how her group FILMCLUB shares great films with kids.”
  • (14:10) James B. Glattfelder: Who controls the world?
    • James Glattfelder studies complexity: how an interconnected system — say, a swarm of birds — is more that the sum of its parts. And complexity theory, it turns out, can reveal a lot about how the economy works. Glattfelder shares a groundbreaking study of how control flows through the global economy, and how concentration of power in the hands of a shockingly small number leaves us all vulnerable. (Filmed at TEDxZurich.)”

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