A forest is much more than what you see,” says ecologist Suzanne Simard. Her 30 years of research in Canadian forests have led to an astounding discovery — trees talk, often and over vast distances. Learn more about the harmonious yet complicated social lives of trees and prepare to see the natural world with new eyes. Continue reading TED Talk of the Day #16: How Trees Talk to Each Other
“So there can be a miracle ONLY WHEN YOU ARE WILLING TO RECEIVE THAT MIRACLE, and I assure you that a miracle can take place, when you are willing to receive it, when YOU ARE WILLING TO LOOK AT THINGS REALLY AS THEY ARE.” Continue reading Book Giveaway #71: On Self-Knowledge
Many of us are talking about ills of modern society, current economic paradigms like capitalism and even some of the contemporary technologies and industries. To tackle a problem as large as climate change, we need both science and Indigenous wisdom, says environmental activist Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim. In this engaging talk, she shares how her nomadic community in Chad is working closely with scientists to restore endangered ecosystems — and offers lessons on how to create more resilient communities. Continue reading TED Talk of the Day #015: Indigenous wisdom should be at the heart of climate activism
Some people fear technology. Some are technology-blind. It is a pity that more people are not taking advantage of so many free software tools that are quite easy to master. Now, due to COVID-19, many are to forced to try tech-tools. Video chatting app Zoom has been around for years – but, now, due to COVID-19, it has got a huge surge in downloads and its stock has zoomed 200%. To state a self-evident truth – all tech is not high-tech. There are many free tools (or at least with good enough free versions) available. Let us get on a mission to help more people learn and use free and easy-to-use software tools / apps. Continue reading TED Talk of the Day #014: Simple, effective tech to connect communities in crisis
‘KNOWLEDGE will not attract money, unless it is organized, and intelligently directed, through practical PLANS OF ACTION, to the DEFINITE END of accumulation of money. Lack of understanding of this fact has been the source of confusion to millions of people who falsely believe that “knowledge is power.” Continue reading Book Giveaway #70: Think & Grow Rich
Where to get GOOD ideas? HOW to get good ideas? First, let us define what is an IDEA. An idea can be seen as a connection of dots – as a network. So, the first step would be to expose yourself to lot of dots – thought patterns from a variety of backgrounds.
People often credit their ideas to individual “Eureka!” moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. Continue reading TED Talk of the Day #013: Where good ideas come from
The author’s claim to fame is that he sold his startup in 1998 for $265 million to Microsoft. Next year, he joined Zappos (online shoe retailing) as an adviser / investor before becoming the CEO. After a decade, Zappos was acquired by Amazon at around $1.2 billion valuation. Continue reading Book Giveaway #69: Delivering Happiness
Some people say that before loudly telling the world that your PASSION is more important than MONEY, you must have amassed huge amounts of wealth. Though, the irony is that it might be too late.
What’s your passion? Social entrepreneur Noeline Kirabo reflects on her work helping out-of-school young people in Uganda turn their passions into profitable businesses — and shares the two questions you can ask yourself to begin doing the same. Continue reading TED Talk of the Day #012: TWO questions to uncover your passion — and turn it into a career
Alvin Toffler started explaining about the “PROCESS” of change in his first book “Future Shock” (1970). He followed by detailing the “DIRECTIONS” of change in his next book “The Third Wave” (1980). Finally, he completed the trilogy with this book “Powershift” (1990) talking about “CONTROL” – about control structures and who will control what, Continue reading Book Giveaway #68: Powershift
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