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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
July’s TED Talk Friday featured two hugely inspirational speakers in two very different arenas.
First up: Shea Hembry’s 2011 TED Talk ““How I Became 100 Artists” – this incredibly creative artist shared his journey to create and stage an international art show with work from 100 different artists… the only catch? he invented all of the artists [...]
For Friday’s TED Talk screening, we began with a great talk suggested by one of our designers. In his 2012 talk at TEDGlobal, color blind artist Neil Harbisson introduced the audience to an amazing device that allows him to HEAR color!
In his talk, “I listen to color,” Harbisson encouraged us all to be more like cyborgs, and we [...]