In this 4 minute TEDtalk, Sally Kohn, CNN contributor, columnist and pundit, talks about a though provoking topic that concerns everybody – Media – and what we can all do to influence it.
She calls clicking a “public act” that each of us can choose to do or not do to somehow shape what information gets the attention and form the media landscape. She says “Everything we blog, everything we tweet, and everything we click is a public act of making media”, drawing to the point that the Media is no longer controlled by a few powerful elites but by everybody; We are the editors.
In this digital age where everybody gets access to the web, people can choose to be a passive or an assertive contributor. It’s now up to you decide what action you want to take.
With SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) on the tip of everyone’s tongue, Clay Shirky offers a unique point of view on this movement that has the potential to change how we interact, create and view the web.
I know, I know another TED talk. However, this talk which was part of TEDxBrisbane 2011 really is one of those talks you must watch. It was a highlight of my day at TEDxBrisbane and certainly makes you think. Enjoy!
A robot that flies like a bird might leave you asking the question: “But what purpose will this serve?”. Ultimately, Festo (the company behind the SmartBird) says this technology could pave the way for efficiency in resource and energy consumption.
The Brio team started the week with this TED Talk by Cynthia Breazeal on the rise of personal robots. The Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) founded the Media Lab’s Personal Robots Group.
She says in her talk: “Robots touch something deeply human within us. And so whether they’re helping us to become creative and innovative, or whether they’re helping us to feel more deeply connected despite distance, or whether they are our trusted sidekick who’s helping us attain our personal goals in becoming our highest and best selves, for me, robots are all about people.”
What’s that one thing that you’ve always wanted to do but for one reason or the other, never have? That’s the question Matt Cutts asks in this TED Talk I selected to share with the Brio Group team this week called “Try something new for 30 days“.
Matt’s approach to this? Just try it for 30 days!
During the talk, Matt explains how by doing these 30 day challenges, he discovered more about himself and did things that he never thought he could achieve. He also explains how through breaking the cycle of monotony (that we all invariably get ourselves into week in and week out) by including his 30 day challenges into his life, he remembers every moment. He recalls exactly where he was and what he was doing when he looks back on his challenges. An example that he presented was his 30 day photography challenge where he took one photo each day for 30 days. He can still look back on all of those photos today and remember exactly where he was and what he was doing that day.
This approach to all those “I’d love to do that!” things really hit home with me. I am the type of person who is either always too busy or can’t find the time to apply myself to all of those things I always say I’d love to do but never get the chance. Following this idea is a great way to tackle those “Gee, I wish I had the time” things and bite them off in small, manageable chunks that I can apply myself completely to, one at a time, for 30 days.
It’s a short talk, compared to some of the other TED Talk presenters that we watch each week, but the humor and his enthusiasm for trying something new for 30 days really stuck with me.
Check out the TED Talk below and you’ll see what I mean!