Category Archives: Ted Talks

Ted Talks I have enjoyed. More talks can be found at TED.com.

What Adults Can Learn From Kids

Now here is a video that is incredibly impressive! Not only is this 10 yr old girl a child prodigy but an excellent public speaker with some interesting points of view. Don’t watch this or you just might learn something.

Learning between grownups and kids should be reciprocal“. Remember the days when kids should be seen and not heard? That was my generation. I only hope that my generation will understand what this brave young lady is saying. “Progress is when the new generations grow and develop better than the previous ones.

Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids’ big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups’ willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.

Ted Talks

The Thrilling Potential of SixthSense Technology – TED.com

If you follow me and my blog you know I’m a big technology buff. I enjoyed this TED Talk thoroughly:

At TEDIndia, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data — including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper “laptop.” In an onstage Q&A, Mistry says he’ll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all.

Everything in this presentation puts my iPhone to shame and gives us a glimpse of what the future of technology could hold for us. If you like this presentation you can find all the TED Talk presentations on either their website at TED.com or on their YouTube channel. Stuff to make you think…

The Science of Motivation

This is an incredibly interesting presentation. The carrot and stick method of motivating people does more harm than good.  Rewards narrow our focus and restrict our possibilities whereas working completely autonomously increases creativity. If your a manager of people in any field,  watch and learn!

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.

The traditional “Carrot & Stick” method typically shows:

  • Higher rewards as a motivator led to poorer performance
  • Higher incentives as a motivator led to worse performance
  • Financial results as a motivator can result in a negative impact on overall performance

These approaches are outdated, unexamined and rooted more in folklore than in science.

Scientists who study motivation give us a totally new approach. Intrinsic motivation. It’s based around a desire to do something that matters, something with purpose, something we like and something that is important. This motivation strategy has three key components:

  • Autonomy – the urge to direct our own lives
  • Mastery – the desire to get better and better at something that matters
  • Purpose – the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves

Watch the entire presentation. You will get a better understanding of what motivates you.