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Music as a Language: Victor Wooten at TEDxGabriolaIsland - YouTube
Treat people the way you treat babies --- without judgement, with patience, and with open arms to play the game, whether that game is speaking or playing music or whatever.
music  self-improvement  victor-wooten  ted-talk 
18 days ago by gideonite
Is the world getting better or worse? A look at the numbers | Steven Pinker - YouTube
Was 2017 really the "worst year ever," as some would have us believe? In his analysis of recent data on homicide, war, poverty, pollution and more, psychologist Steven Pinker finds that we're doing better now in every one of them when compared with 30 years ago. But progress isn't inevitable, and it doesn't mean everything gets better for everyone all the time, Pinker says. Instead, progress is problem-solving, and we should look at things like climate change and nuclear war as problems to be solved, not apocalypses in waiting. "We will never have a perfect world, and it would be dangerous to seek one," he says. "But there's no limit to the betterments we can attain if we continue to apply knowledge to enhance human flourishing."
ted-talk  video  optimism 
may 2018 by johanl
Dave Snowden at TedX: A succinct overview of his groundbreaking work | More Beyond
In less than 18 minutes, Dave manages to introduce complex systems theory; tell the children’s party story (3 mins 30 secs) and introduce a new theory of change based on the power of micro-narrative and vector measures enabled by Sensemaker (7 mins).
cynefin  TED-talk  emergent-design  engineering-philosophy  public-policy  hey-I-know-this-guy 
february 2018 by Vaguery
Tim Ferriss Says You Need This Superpower to Achieve Mental Toughness (In Fact, It Saved His Life) | Inc.com
In this TED Talk, Ferriss speaks of what he calls the superpower that saved his life: stoicism. The philosophy of stoicism, founded in Athens by Zeno of Citium in the early 3rd century BC, asserts that virtues (such as wisdom) should be based on behavior, rather than words. And that we don't control and cannot rely on external events, only ourselves and our responses.
tim-ferriss  ted-talk  stoicism  mindset  inc  maria-tabaka  suicide 
january 2018 by yolandaenoch
We need to talk about an injustice
Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives.
society  ted-talk  culture 
may 2017 by kilovolt42

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