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Tim Bernes-Lee: A Magna Carta for the Web – TED TALK

In this enlightening TED talk, Mr. Tim Bernes-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, talks about how far we have gone since the Web was first invented and released to the world in the late eighties.

Since its launch in 1989, 40% of the world is now using the World Wide Web, allowing us to enjoy unlimited access to lots of freely available open data and connectivity. It is a conduit for free speech and connectivity, opening new possibilities for personal and professional gain.

“We love the fact that the Web is open, it allows us to talk, anybody can talk to anybody. It doesn’t matter who we are.”
-Tim Bernes-Lee

He also made sure to remind us about surveillance and security, that there may be people out there that might use and abuse these data.

“We can’t just use the Web; we have to worry about the underlying infrastructure of the whole thing. Is it in fact of a quality that we need?”
-Tim Bernes-Lee

Now with Web in it’s 25th year, Mr. Bernes-Lee invites us to think about what type of Web we want.

Go to www.webat25.org to find out more.

Yours in the Power of Web,
Brio Team

What has happened to our Communication?

Wow, I’ve just watched a fascinating TED Talk with the Brio Group Team this morning that really makes you think about what has happened with the backward evolution of our human interaction, communication and lack of personal contact.

Sherry Turkle, author of ‘Alone Together’, explains how todays generation of teenagers have been brought up competing with mobile phones from an early age. She gives examples of that feeling when you get picked up at school and you have that connection with your parent with instant eye contact at first sight and you feel like you’re everything in the world to them. Now all too often kids are greeted by their parents on their mobiles.

Parents have taken multi-tasking to an extreme which is affecting the kids of today. Another example Sherry shares is how a mum is reading a bedtime book in one hand and in the other hand checking her mobile. So multi-tasking has lead to multi-lifing.

We’ve all become so accustomed to instant gratification that we’ve dumbed down our communication online to get quicker responses and in turn less thought is required from all parties.

Even I admit that I prefer emails to phone calls as I’ve become so quick with them at work and I find it effective to keep the paper trail if I need to refer back to it. But not using the phone is almost impossible for me as a Studio Manager / Design Account Manager, not only is that bad customer service but that strong relationship gets lost and watered down.

I have overtime worked out a method that best suits my heavy workload and that is batching my work in zones; so I can be my bubbly happy self on the phone and on the other end of the scale I can zone out and do the serious stuff that also keeps my clients happy like quoting, research and invoicing.

I found Sherry’s talk pretty deep but also very true! Watch this TED Talk and let me know your thoughts and share what you’ve taken from it.

Are you going to become aware of your behaviour and possible change it for the next generation?

Yours in Communication,
Amber van Sloten

Monday TED-spiration: Nurturing Creativity

I have a confession. I’ve never read Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat,Pray, Love. I’ve never had any urge to read her story of finding herself following the breakdown of her marriage. I will confess, I begrudgingly sat through the movie adaptation of the book and it didn’t rate for me. While I can’t explain why I’m yet to be drawn to read Gilbert’s best seller, her TED talk on nurturing creativity is one of my favourite TED talks.

[briotube]http://www.youtube.com/v/86x-u-tz0MA?[/briotube]

What is your fail-safe activity for nurturing your creativity? How do you stay fresh and driven by your ideas?

Yours in creative nurturing,

Justine.

The Orangutan Saviour

Willie Smits, a conservationist who has devoted his life to the orangutan, gave a powerful TED Talk where he describes his work restoring the rainforest and saves the lives of countless orangutans.

He expresses the horrific ecological barbarity resulting from the palm oil and timber industries as a result of greed. It’s saddening to hear of the human race brutally killing or selling orangutans – sentient beings who share approximately 97.8% of our DNA.

It’s great there are still people out there fighting to save orangutans from near extinction.

You too can make a difference – yes you can adopt an orangutan! :) There are other ways to help by choosing not to buy products with palm oil as an ingredient and choosing recycled papers when you print.

Willie Smits truly is a hero. Take the time to listen to his TED Talk so you can open your mind to what’s going on out there.

Yours in Conservation,
Amber van Sloten

What adults can learn from children

In this TED talk Adora Svitak, American child prodigy and published author reminds us of what we can learn as adults, from children. She reminds us that when we were children we had crazy ideas of doing and achieving anything we could imagine. Then as adults we look at these ideas as impossible or too hard to achieve, but aren’t some of the best ideas the ones that seem impossible. She reminds us to take the time to really look at some of those far out there, creative ideas and look at the possibility that they are achievable. To take the time to look at the possibilities through a child’s eyes, rather then as an adult. After all a you have to dream it first, before you can make it a reality.

There have been some truly inspiring children out there and Adora is one who inspired me to look at not only my ideas differently, but the ideas from children as well.

You can learn more about Adora and her thoughts by checking out her blog at www.adorasvitak.com/Blog.html

Yours in inspiration,
Dawn

Five ways to listen better

In this concise TED talk, Julian Treasure addresses the concern that we are losing our hearing. He suggests that conscious listening creates understanding, and without understanding we can’t achieve complete communication and peaceful relationships.

He provides us with 5 easy tricks for improving our listening skills. One of these is using the acronym RASA: Receive, Appreciate, Summarise and Ask.

Yours in listening and learning,

Anya

Design considerations

I chose this TED Talk to share with the Brio Group team this morning as I liked how Thomas Heatherwick’s London Architect firm considered their designs in a holistic approach. Not only did they consider the impact their designs have on the existing natural and built environment, but they also considered how it affects the audience which are not persay the people working or residing in the buildings but also the general public and passers by.

Heatherwick Studio conceptualises beautifully creative buildings that invite participation and provoke feelings/moments.

I hope you enjoy this TED Talk as much as we did.

Another TED Talk which I discovered and loved, was by a woman of my own heart… Jessi Arrington buys and wears only second hand clothing to reduce her impact on the environment [high 5 sister!]. She has a fantastic personality and rocks in her colourful outfits! She says, “If you believe you’re a beautiful person inside and out, there is no look you can’t pull off!’ Here is another feel good TED Talk…

Yours in awesome TED Talks!
Amber van Sloten

How to make a splash in social media

Making headway in social media can be quite difficult without the right training, direction and information. Let’s face it, there is nothing worse than being given bad information that you pay some ridiculous sum of money for.

Well… as Alexis explains below, sometimes letting people run their course, you end up with something great that came from a simple idea. Trying to persuade people through social media these days is never going to happen. It is kind of like trying to get the entire world saying the same word at the same time. Never going to happen.

Social media is powerful tool and a lot of businesses these days use it to good effect. It really is one of the most important – and free – tools available for marketing your business. Enough of me, take a look at the video below, this funny, ‘rapid-fire’ four minute video explains a campaign that has the weight of the public behind it.

Yours in social media,
Lee

Where good ideas come from

This TED talk by Steven Johnson into the generation of ideas is sure to get you spending some extra time at your local coffee shop or dawdling a few minutes longer at the water cooler.

Johnson provides a wonderful insight into the benefits of team work and the open discussion of ideas. He dispels the idea of the ‘epiphany’ and credits good ideas to an intricate network formed through the sharing of ideas over time. The idea could have been building for a while, taking many years to form, but is often refined and polished with contributions from other networks and sources.

With the recent release of facebook movie The Social Network, where intellectual property becomes a precious, money generating commodity, it’s no wonder we protect our ideas with laws and contracts. But in the greater scheme of technological and scientific progression, are we hindering our potential to grow and learn by limiting how much of our knowledge we share?

Do you think intellectual property should be made more accessible?

Yours in idea networking,

Tara

Interested in more? Catch the Steven Johnson TED talk: Where good ideas come from