TED Talk of the Day #011: Comedy is translation

Every act of communication is, in some way, an act of translation. Writer Chris Bliss explores the inherent challenge of communication, and how comedy opens paths to new perspectives and how great comedy can translate deep truths for a mass audience. Continue reading TED Talk of the Day #011: Comedy is translation

TED Talk of the Day #010: Using Nature’s Genius in Architecture

How can architects build a new world of sustainable beauty? By learning from nature. Michael Pawlyn describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun. Continue reading TED Talk of the Day #010: Using Nature’s Genius in Architecture

TED Talk of the Day #009: Massive-scale online collaboration

If you are on Internet, then you are likely to be familiar with CAPTCHA – that irritating question you have to answer to prove that you are human and not a bot.
Well, your irritation is being channelled to solve problems. If you have ever filled the new reCAPTCHA form, then you have UNKNOWINGLY contributed to digitization of a book. Continue reading TED Talk of the Day #009: Massive-scale online collaboration

TED Talk of the Day #008: A monkey economy as irrational as ours

Laurie Santos looks for the roots of human irrationality by watching the way our primate relatives make decisions. A clever series of experiments in “monkeynomics” shows that some of the silly choices we make, monkeys make too.
OK, this is embarrassing. The speaker REVEALS how we THINK that we are supersmart (and vain about it) but, in reality, using her words, “we can also be incredibly, incredibly dumb when it comes to some aspects of our decision making.” Continue reading TED Talk of the Day #008: A monkey economy as irrational as ours

TED Talk of the Day #007: Drawing on humor for change

New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly shares a portfolio of her wise and funny cartoons about modern life — and talks about how humor can empower women to change the rules.

The COVID-19 pandemic is getting more and more chaotic. What can we do with the extra time we are getting?

Well, when the speaker had chaos in her life, she discovered Cartooning. Continue reading TED Talk of the Day #007: Drawing on humor for change

TED Talk of the Day #006: 3 ways to plan for the (very) long term

We spend most of our time, thinking about our goals and chasing them. There is a recent trend among some leaders (certainly most entrepreneurs – listen to the talk) to shun long-term thinking. After all, who has seen the future? People argue that your long-term goals would be meaningless in a totally different tomorrow. This “short-termism” is a disease of our current times (though these “quick-fixes” – as the speaker calls them – may have some merit – for some projects and ventures). Continue reading TED Talk of the Day #006: 3 ways to plan for the (very) long term

TED Talk of the Day #005: Lets get honest about our money problems

With COVID-19 distress, most of us are bound to face financial stress. Interestingly, it is usually about over-obsession with a lifestyle than real cash-crunch. For example, when the speaker’s brother asked for a loan (for the nth time), she told him to cut expenses. He was enraged. He kept increasing his Credit Card exposure to maintain his lifestyle. One day he killed himself. She talks about such people: “They drive a Mercedes, but their budget really only can afford a Honda.”
Why do we do it? She calls it “Money Shame” Continue reading TED Talk of the Day #005: Lets get honest about our money problems

TED Talk of the Day #004: The secrets of learning a new language

We know that people who speak more than one language fluently have better memories and are more cognitively creative and mentally flexible than monolinguals. Canadian studies suggest that Alzheimer’s disease and the onset of dementia are diagnosed later for bilinguals than for monolinguals, meaning that knowing a second language can help us to stay cognitively healthy well into our later years. Continue reading TED Talk of the Day #004: The secrets of learning a new language

TED Talk of the Day #002: Turning Trash into Toys

One of Martin Luther King Jr.’s most famous quotes is:
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

If you agree, have you found out for yourself? Need clues on what you should be REALLY DOING WITH YOUR LIFE? One set of clues is in how deeply and clearly are you able to read the contemporary world around you. Continue reading TED Talk of the Day #002: Turning Trash into Toys