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TED Talk Friday: Kids detecting cancer and playing dangerously

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This month’s installment in our TED Talk Friday series featured two fantastic talks focused on kids…

First up, 15-year-old Jack Andraka spoke about his innovative new approach to detecting pancreatic cancer in a cheaper, less invasive, and more effective way than previous technology ever imagined… incredible.

Next, we listened to Gever Tulley talk about 5 dangerous things [...]

What is love?

What is love? (I realize it’s impossible to ask that without your head bopping… SNL-style)

But seriously… my wonderful friend Amy who teaches 1st grade asked her students to share their definition of Love. These responses are just perfect.

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Happy Valentine’s [...]

TED Talk Friday: A Virtual Choir

Here at ThinkFun we talk a lot about thinking skills… what they mean, what they do, and why they’re so darn important. While we often think about these in terms of major academic arenas (mental math, spelling skills, etc.), we recognize the multiple types of intelligences that resonate with and support a range of thinkers.

Musical [...]

TED Talk Friday: The Art of Asking... and Doodling

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First up, Amanda Palmer’s 2013 talk The Art of Asking. This was one of my favorites at last year’s conference, and I was thrilled when a colleague suggested it for this week’s gathering. In her moving talk, Palmer explores the relationship between fans and performers, and shares her belief that artists should allow fans to [...]

TED Talk Friday: Gaming can make a better world

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Hard to believe we’ve gone this long without watching this fantastic talk on gaming!

Echoing her book Reality is Broken, Jane McGonigal shares ways that powerful game mechanics can be used to harness – and solve – real world problems.  We talk often about the power of play to improve lives, sharpen thinking skills, and boost [...]

TED Talk Friday: Sleep and Stress

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This month’s TED Talk Friday features fantastic talks on two topics that are always easy to relate to: sleep and stress!

First up, circadian neuroscientist Russell Foster’s 2013 talk “Why Do We Sleep?”  In his talk, Russell introduces theories about why we sleep – and busts up myths about how much sleep we actually need!

Next, we dug into the [...]

TED Talk Friday: What makes us feel good about our work?

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This week’s TED Talk Friday featured Dan Ariely’s talk at TEDx Rio de la Plata – a fantastic deep dive into motivation that explores What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work.

TED Talk Friday: World Peace... and a catchy jingle!

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This month’s TED Talk Friday featured Ariana Huffington’s 2011 TED Talk of the Year.

John Hunter, whose work I shared in this post after the 2011 conference, defines inspirational mentorship in my mind. His approach to teaching children about complex world problems through active engagement, and ceding control, is just amazing to [...]

TED Talk Friday: The Puzzle of Motivation

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August’s TED Talk featured one of my favorite authors – Daniel Pink – in his 2009 TEDGlobal talk The Power of Motivation.

In this powerful talk, Pink challenges traditional notions of what motivates people. Pink shares ways that typical go-to solutions like bonuses and contingent motivators often don’t work or – in some cases – do [...]

Is that a monkey on your desk?!

Josh and his minions!

Last week I shared this photo of Josh, our Product Designer known for his lifelong love of comics and (surprise surprise) TOYS! Josh’s office is fun to visit for many reasons, but his impressive collection of desk toys ranks right up there!

Josh and his desk minions

Fans loved this glimpse behind the scenes, so I [...]