Archive for the 'TED' Category

TEDxCambridge: Wylie Dufresne – The Egg

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

As another talk from the TEDxCambridge event I co-organized last year:
“Chef Wylie Dufresne of WD-50 talks about his favorite food – the humble egg – and the amazing things he has been able to transform it into, aided by a little curiosity and hunger.”

Mark Bezos: A life lesson from a volunteer firefighter

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

“Volunteer firefighter Mark Bezos tells a story of an act of heroism that didn’t go quite as expected — but that taught him a big lesson: Don’t wait to be a hero.”

Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter …

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

“If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she’s gonna call me Point B … ” began spoken word poet Sarah Kay, in a talk that inspired two standing ovations at TED2011. She tells the story of her metamorphosis — from a wide-eyed teenager soaking in verse at New York’s Bowery Poetry Club to a teacher connecting kids with the power of self-expression through Project V.O.I.C.E. — and gives two breathtaking performances of “B” and “Hiroshima.”

Deb Roy: The birth of a word

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

MIT researcher Deb Roy wanted to understand how his infant son learned language — so he wired up his house with videocameras to catch every moment (with exceptions) of his son’s life, then parsed 90,000 hours of home video to watch “gaaaa” slowly turn into “water.” Astonishing, data-rich research with deep implications for how we learn.

Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering complete curricula in math and, now, other subjects. He shows the power of interactive exercises, and calls for teachers to consider flipping the traditional classroom script — give students video lectures to watch at home, and do “homework” in the classroom with the teacher available to help.

JR’s TED Prize wish: Use art to turn the world inside out

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

“JR, a semi-anonymous French street artist, uses his camera to show the world its true face, by pasting photos of the human face across massive canvases. At TED2011, he makes his audacious TED Prize wish: to use art to turn the world inside out. Learn more about his work and learn how you can join in at”

TED2011: The Rediscovery of Wonder

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

I’m off to the TED2011 conference, which will be my 10th TED conference. I’ll be stopping by LA this weekend to meet up with some TEDsters, then in Palm Springs all of Sunday to meet with TEDx organizers, then Long Beach for a backstage peek, then back to Palm Springs the rest of the week. Let me know if your going, in LA, or follow me on twitter for updates. And yes, that is me on the back of a shared bike last year cruising around the resort during one of the session breaks with my friend Ash from Australia. Also follow the Facebook Fanpage for occasional quick updates.

TED: Ads Worth Spreading Challenge

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Ads on the web are horrible. Marketing needs to change, and more importantly, the meaning needs to change and relate back to a user desire, versus a forced upon undesirable interrupting ad.

TED is launching a short project to solve this issue, or at least to understand it more. They got million of people to watch 18 minute ads about ideas worth spreading, so why not take on the challenge in making ads worth spreading… or bette yet, what is an ad in the web world… what should it be, a broadcast, an idea, a problem, a challenge, a solution, or something else.

Watch the video above and learn more about this project which you can participate in here.

VitroLife XVIVO: Organ Transplant Preserver

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

While attending TEDmed2010 I had the amazing opportunity to touch and feel a living breathing lung! Watch the video above and wait for it to breath in! The machine (Vitrolife) keeping this lung alive has been used to save 30+ human lives in keeping organs alive while patients prepare allowing a much longer timespan from donation to transplantation. It’s quite amazing to touch and a life changing experience to realize how precious our bodies are. These lungs are incredibly soft, almost like a soft, warm, living gel… actually very much like a piece of fat.

This lung in particular is a pigs lung, but I’ll include a video of a human lung after the jump. Also I’ll share a picture of Martha Stewart taking a picture of this very lung I touched and the picture she tweeted out in her experience.

Human lung video after the jump, and matha stewart images:



Monday, October 25th, 2010

I’m off to San Diego for this years sold out TEDMED conference which I’ve never been to but I’ve heard so much about. If your are going, let me know, or let me know what else to look out for in San Diego. The line-up of speakers is quite amazing and several of their previous talks can be seen in their video archives which I’d highly recommend watching.

Follow me on twitter for some live updates during the conference.

Chris Anderson: How web video powers global innovation

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

“TED’s Chris Anderson says the rise of web video is driving a worldwide phenomenon he calls Crowd Accelerated Innovation — a self-fueling cycle of learning that could be as significant as the invention of print. But to tap into its power, organizations will need to embrace radical openness. And for TED, it means the dawn of a whole new chapter …”

David Byrne: How architecture helped music evolve

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

David Byrne (RISD drop out alumn) talks about how architecture helped music evolve. I relate this a lot to how your deskspace both digital and physical affect your creative work.