Ideas Worth Spreading, Connecting

July 24, 2008

Got about an hour? How’s this for inspiration:

If you haven’t heard of it, check out TED and all it has to offer. Started in 1984, TED was a closed conference (for those who could afford it) presenting the most forward-thinking, edgy, globally-aware, and advanced personalities, brilliant or witty. They spoke on Technology, Entertainment, and Design but it has since then expanded to a far-reaching scope of fields, perspectives, and cultures.

In 2007, they launched their website to make these talks available. Given about 20 minutes to speak their mind and share what they will, the videos give you a glimpse into a packed field of nuggets, sweet, sweet nuggets from these presenters.

I started exploring and began tagging in my mind the connectivity that is spurred on my these speakers. They all found that connectivity. Connectivity that associates all the disciplines in our world together. There’s a peculiar link between the three talks I watched, see if you find anything.

  1. Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity? With remarkable wit and humor, he gives his social mandate in response to the backwards society-induced need to squeeze creativity out of priority in most education systems today.
  2. Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight This one ends up a bit ‘out-there’. But listen and observe what she observed as she experienced a stroke with full consciousness. Again, she reveals quite a different worldview as she gets into her talk. But take a listen.
  3. Finally, Benjamin Zander: Classical music with shining eyes a charming speaker and musician gives us a final push into the personal side, whether classical musician/listener or not.

These three talks are a great revelation into the multitudinous fascets of how our minds were made to work. What a brilliant Creator.