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TED 2011 - Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter...

In a truly ovation-worthy talk at this year’s TED Conference, 22-year old poet Sarah Kay explains her use of spoken word poetry as a problem-solving tool.  Prepare to be blown away!

“I write poems to figure things out.  Sometimes, the only way I know how to work through something is by writing a poem, and sometimes [...]

TED 2011 - The Birth of a Word

My absolute favorite talk from this year’s TED Conference was given by MIT researcher Deb Roy, and I’m thrilled it’s just been posted!

Roy wanted to understand how children learn language in order to build robots than learn in the same way – and what better test subject than his newborn son!? To [...]

TEDActive 2011 Highlights - The World Peace Game

I had the great honor of attending the TEDActive conference last week, and I’m still swirling from the inspiring ideas shared and incredible connections made!  TEDActive brings together global innovators – the doers, makers, and thinkers of the world – to interact and learn from one another while experiencing a live simulcast of TED2011: The [...]

TED 1995

My first TED conference was in 1995, it was so overwhelming that I immediately had to get the experience out of my head and write the story down.  At TED 2011 I found myself describing my essay to several people, and promised that I would post it on my blog.  Here it is… happy reading!

Dear [...]

Design for Change

The following is guest post by Sanjli Gidwaney, an inspired individual dedicated to encouraging creativity through systematic curriculum change in developing countries around the world.  Sanjli has recently taken on the role of Country Coordinator to bring the global Design for Change competition to the United States!

My name is Sanjli Gidwaney from Design for Change, [...]

Enter the Halls of Learning

With this post I want to introduce  an incredible individual, Marvin Hall, whose Halls of Learning organization is dedicated to empowering young learners through education.  A former math teacher and lifelong lover of mind challenging puzzle play, Marvin has dedicated his life to creating innovating new learning opportunities for children in Jamaica.

Photography by Joanna [...]

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Here, ThinkFun founder Andrea Barthello shares the incredible story of William Kamkwamba. This inspired young man from Malawi truly embodies what it means to be a problem solver. Enjoy!

During the spring of 2007 I received a phone call from my son Sam who was at the time a sophomore at Princeton University.  With some urgency [...]

Bring on the Learning Revolution - TED Talk by Sir Ken Robinson

In this poignant, funny follow-up to his famous 2006 TED talk in which he accused schools of killing creativity, Creativity Expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children.  He makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized (child-centered) learning — creating conditions where kids’ natural [...]

If You Give a CEO a Camera...

ThinkFun CEO Bill Ritchie in his Super Solver cape!

This is as good a time as any to introduce ThinkFun CEO and co-founder, Bill Ritchie!

Over the last few weeks, Bill has been jetting all over the country, stopping in Berkeley, CA to visit the folks at the Bunge Lab for Cognitive Control and Development who [...]