The unforeseen consequences of a fast-paced world | Kathryn Bouskill

The unforeseen consequences of a fast-paced world | Kathryn Bouskill

Do you ever wonder why we’re surrounded with things that help us do everything faster and faster and faster? Communicate faster, but also work faster, bank faster, travel faster, find a date faster, cook faster, clean faster and do all of it all at the same time? How do you feel about cramming even more […]

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Embrace the Shake | Phil Hansen | TED Talks

Embrace the Shake | Phil Hansen | TED Talks

Translator: Joseph Geni Reviewer: Morton Bast So, when I was in art school, I developed a shake in my hand, and this was the straightest line I could draw. Now in hindsight, it was actually good for some things, like mixing a can of paint or shaking a Polaroid, but at the time this was […]

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Christopher Emdin: Teach teachers how to create magic

Christopher Emdin: Teach teachers how to create magic

Right now there is an aspiring teacher who is working on a 60-page paper based on some age-old education theory developed by some dead education professor wondering to herself what this task that she’s engaging in has to do with what she wants to do with her life, which is be an educator, change lives, […]

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Ricardo Semler: Radical wisdom for a company, a school, a life

Ricardo Semler: Radical wisdom for a company, a school, a life

On Mondays and Thursdays, I learn how to die. I call them my terminal days. My wife Fernanda doesn’t like the term, but a lot of people in my family died of melanoma cancer and my parents and grandparents had it. And I kept thinking, one day I could be sitting in front of a […]

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Bring on the learning revolution! | Ken Robinson

Bring on the learning revolution! | Ken Robinson

I was here four years ago, and I remember, at the time, that the talks weren’t put online. I think they were given to TEDsters in a box, a box set of DVDs, which they put on their shelves, where they are now. (Laughter) And actually, Chris called me a week after I’d given my […]

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A musical that examines black identity in the 1901 World’s Fair | Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin

A musical that examines black identity in the 1901 World’s Fair | Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin

The archive. One may envision rooms and shelves stocked with boxes and cartons of old stuff. And yet, for those who are patient enough to dig through it, the archive provides the precious opportunity to touch the past, to feel and learn from the experiences of once-living people who now seem dead and buried deeply […]

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Mind-blowing stage sculptures that fuse music and technology | Es Devlin

Mind-blowing stage sculptures that fuse music and technology | Es Devlin

These are sequences from a play called “The Lehman Trilogy,” which traces the origins of Western capitalism in three hours, with three actors and a piano. And my role was to create a stage design to write a visual language for this work. The play describes Atlantic crossings, Alabama cotton fields, New York skylines, and […]

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The magic of Fibonacci numbers | Arthur Benjamin

The magic of Fibonacci numbers | Arthur Benjamin

So why do we learn mathematics? Essentially, for three reasons: calculation, application, and last, and unfortunately least in terms of the time we give it, inspiration. Mathematics is the science of patterns, and we study it to learn how to think logically, critically and creatively, but too much of the mathematics that we learn in […]

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Shimon Schocken: The self-organizing computer course

Shimon Schocken: The self-organizing computer course

Translator: Joseph Geni Reviewer: Morton Bast So, this is my grandfather, Salman Schocken, who was born into a poor and uneducated family with six children to feed, and when he was 14 years old, he was forced to drop out of school in order to help put bread on the table. He never went back […]

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Magical houses, made of bamboo | Elora Hardy

Magical houses, made of bamboo | Elora Hardy

When I was nine years old, my mom asked me what I would want my house to look like, and I drew this fairy mushroom. And then she actually built it. (Laughter) I don’t think I realized this was so unusual at the time, and maybe I still haven’t, because I’m still designing houses. This […]

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