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Kermit the Frog Gives a TED Talk About Creativity & the Power of “Ridiculous Optimism”

In 2015, 3.8 billion years after “creativity emerged” out of “sheerest emptiness,” Kermit the Frog was tapped to give a talk on creativity at TEDxJackson. How did a local, one-day event manage to snag such a global icon? Roots. The famed frog’s creator, Jim Henson, spent his first decade in Mississippi (though Kermit was born of a ping pong ball and Henson’s mother’s old coat after the family relocated to Maryland.) The conference took place 15 years after Henson’s untimely death, ...
Tags: Facebook, Television, Mississippi, Maryland, College, Creativity, Peter Pan, Sam, TED Talks, Tinker Bell, Kermit, Blondie, Ken Robinson, Alfred North Whitehead, Jim Henson, Henson

The Mathematics Behind Origami, the Ancient Japanese Art of Paper Folding

The two characters at the core of origami (???), one of the best-known Japanese words around the world, mean “folding” and “paper.” You might well have guessed that, but given the variety and elaborateness of the constructions produced by origami masters over the past few centuries, the simplicity of the practice’s basic nature bears repeating. Those masters must develop no slight degree of manual dexterity, it goes without saying, but also a formidable mathematical understanding of thei...
Tags: Google, Art, Math, Technology, College, Seoul, TED Talks, Facebook Twitter, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Evan Zodl, Zodl, Charlotte Arene Origami

The Color That May Have Killed Napoleon: Scheele’s Green

“Either the wallpaper goes, or I do.” —Oscar Wilde Looking to repel bed bugs and rats? Decorate your bedroom à la Napoleon’s final home on the damp island of Saint Helena. Those in a position to know suggest that vermin shy away from yellowish-greens such as that favored by the Emperor because they “resemble areas of intense lighting.” We’d like to offer an alternate theory. Could it be that the critters’ ancestors passed down a cellular memory of the perils of arsenic? Napoleon, like th...
Tags: Google, Europe, Fashion, Science, College, France, Russia, New York City, History, Green, Chemistry, New York Times, Denis, TED Talks, Jones, Napoleon

Discover Scheele’s Green, the Arsenic-Laden Color That May Have Contributed to Napoleon’s Death

“Either the wallpaper goes, or I do.” —Oscar Wilde Looking to repel bed bugs and rats? Decorate your bedroom à la Napoleon’s final home on the damp island of Saint Helena. Those in a position to know suggest that vermin shy away from yellowish-greens such as that favored by the Emperor because they “resemble areas of intense lighting.” We’d like to offer an alternate theory. Could it be that the critters’ ancestors passed down a cellular memory of the perils of arsenic? Napoleon, like th...
Tags: Google, Europe, Fashion, Science, College, France, Russia, New York City, History, Green, Chemistry, New York Times, Denis, TED Talks, Jones, Napoleon

I'm Karen Walrond, Speaker, Author and Hurricane Harvey Survivor, and This Is How I Parent

Karen Walrond has been many things in her life—a lawyer, speaker, photographer, author, leadership consultant, and a mother. She was born and raised in the Caribbean, met her husband-to-be in London, and they are now raising their teenage daughter, who they adopted at birth, in Texas. Walrond and her family are also…Read more...
Tags: London, Adoption, Lifehacks, Caribbean, TED Talks, Hurricane Harvey, Karen Walrond, Pandemic Parenting, Texas Walrond

Dear Facebook, This is How You’re Breaking Democracy: A Former Facebook Insider Explains How the Platform’s Algorithms Polarize Our Society

Is this what we want? A post-truth world where toxicity and tribalism trump bridge building and consensus seeking? —Yaël Eisenstat It’s an increasingly familiar occurrence. A friend you’ve enjoyed reconnecting with in the digital realm makes a dramatic announcement on their social media page. They’re deleting their Facebook account within the next 24 hours, so shoot them a PM with your email if you’d like to stay in touch. Such decisions used to be spurred by the desire to get more done ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Technology, Youtube, College, Life, Current Affairs, Cia, TED Talks, Facebook Twitter, MoveOn, Eli Pariser, Ayun Halliday, Ian Tucker, Yael Eisenstat, Eisenstat

An Animated Introduction to Albert Camus’ Existentialism, a Philosophy Making a Comeback in Our Dysfunctional Times

When next you meet an existentialist, ask him what kind of existentialist s/he is. There are at least as many varieties of existentialism as there have been high-profile thinkers propounding it. Several major strains ran through postwar France alone, most famously those championed by Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Albert Camus — who explicitly rejected existentialism, in part due to a philosophical split with Sartre, but who nevertheless gets categorized among the existentiali...
Tags: Google, Facebook, College, France, Germany, Philosophy, Algeria, Albert Camus, Quentin Blake, Seoul, TED Talks, Alain De Botton, Facebook Twitter, Sartre, Jean Paul Sartre, Boston Review

How to Manage Your Time More Effectively: The Science of Applying Computer Algorithms to Our Everyday Lives

Who among us hasn't wished to be as efficient as a computer? While computers seem to do everything at once, we either flit or plod from task to task, often getting sidetracked or even lost. At this point most have relinquished the dream of true "multitasking," which turns out to lie not only beyond the reach of humans but, technically speaking, beyond the reach of computers as well. "Done right, computers move so fluidly between their various responsibilities, they give the illusion of d...
Tags: Google, Productivity, Facebook, College, United States, Computer Science, Seoul, TED Talks, Facebook Twitter, Colin Marshall, Robert Pirsig, Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths, Franz Kafka Haruki Murakami Stephen King, 21st Century Los Angeles

What to Watch Tonight, June 1, 2020

Looking for something to watch tonight? Every afternoon we’re hunting down and highlighting the best streaming options around.Read more...
Tags: History, What To Watch, Lifehacks, Black Lives Matter, TED Talks

TED is Inviting Recent Graduates to Upload Their Own TED Talks

TED, the folks behind the iconic TED Talks, is inviting anyone that recently graduated to upload their own graduation-themed TED Talk to the platform under a new #graduaTEDtalk page.Read more...
Tags: Ted, Graduation, Lifehacks, TED Talks

16 Ways the World Is Getting Remarkably Better: Visuals by Statistician Hans Rosling

It certainly may not feel like things are getting better behind the anxious veils of our COVID lockdowns. But some might say that optimism and pessimism are products of the gut, hidden somewhere in the bacterial stew we call the microbiome. “All prejudices come from the intestines,” proclaimed noted sufferer of indigestion, Friedrich Nietzsche. Maybe we can change our views by changing our diet. But it’s a little harder to change our emotions with facts. We turn up our noses at them, or find th...
Tags: Health, Google, College, Environment, Data, TED Talks, David Byrne, Hans Rosling, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Friedrich Nietzsche, Nietzsche, Rosling, Durham NC Follow, BBC TED, Simon Kuestenmacher

How to Find Emotional Strength & Resilience During COVID-19: Advice from Elizabeth Gilbert, Jack Kornfield, Susan David & Other Experts

There are many roads through the coronavirus crisis. One is denial, which only makes things worse. Another is service and self-sacrifice, a choice we honor in the medical professionals putting their lives at risk every day. For most of us, however, the best course of action is non-action—staying home and isolating ourselves from others. Days bleed into weeks, weeks into months. It can seem like life has come to a complete halt. It hasn’t, of course. All sorts of things are happening insi...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Google, College, Life, Ted, David, Current Affairs, TED Talks, Tim Ferris, Anderson, Chris Anderson, Gilbert, Facebook Twitter, Elizabeth Gilbert, Michel de Montaigne

Facts of Life

Yesterday (4, 21,20), while I was putting the finishing touches on this post, the AmLaw 100 was released. As always upon release there was lots of analysis, conjecture and even some predictions about the future of the legal industry post pandemic. This post as you will read is not a prediction about the economic viability of firms, nor about the business models that will survive, but more about the cultural and human changes that are coming out of current moment and the good that I hope we can s...
Tags: Digital Transformation, Law, Uncategorized, Vulnerability, States, Facetime, Law Firms, TED Talks, Brene Brown, Plato, KPI, Agile, Greg Lambert, COVID-19, Neil Sternthal

March 2020 Media Recommendations

Welp, I am a fair bit late with this post. I’ve thought about finishing it every day for the last week, but I was never at my laptop when the thought struck. I guess I was too busy enjoying this media to write about it. Oops. Without further ado.. Listen Actress Jameela Jamil hosts two episodes of a podcast called The New Age of Consent wherein she discusses the nuances of consent. It’s pretty quick and features some awesome guests. I’ve spent much of the last week binging Watts Your Safeword. I...
Tags: Books, Podcasts, College, Communication, Alan Alda, TED Talks, Mark Rober, Kink, Consent, Sasha, Lindsey, Allen, Welp, Carl, Alda, Samantha Allen

New to Entrepreneurship? Watch These 4 TED Talks

If you chose to become an entrepreneur this year, congratulations! You’ve taken a major step, one that many would call a leap, forward towards pursuing your passion. The early stages… Read more » The post New to Entrepreneurship? Watch These 4 TED Talks appeared first on
Tags: Business, Entrepreneur, Personal Development, TED Talks, Business Advice

Tech and business giants mourn the unexpected death of NBA legend turned investor Kobe Bryant, who was known for his 'obsessive' work ethic and used to call leaders like Tim Cook for advice

Tech and business leaders from Apple and Microsoft as well as high-profile investors reacted with shock, sadness, and respect for Kobe Bryant's legacy on Sunday, following the news that the NBA legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash at age 41. Bryant may be best known for his achievements on the court, but he became a savvy investor in his later career. The former NBA star is also said to have sought advice from business leaders like Oprah Winfrey, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and former Nike CE...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, California, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Nike, Tim Cook, Steve Ballmer, Nba, Kobe Bryant, Coca Cola, TED Talks, Los Angeles Clippers, Cnbc, Alex Rodriguez

A Brief Animated History of Alcohol

Almost anything can be preserved in alcohol, except health, happiness and money… Roderick Phillips’ Ted-Ed lesson, a Brief History of Alcohol, above, opens with a bon mot from early 20th-century quote maven Mary Wilson Little, after which, an unwitting chimpanzee quickly discovers the intoxicating effects of overripe plums. His eyes pinwheel, he falls off a branch, and grins, drunk as a monkey’s uncle. And though the subject is alcohol, this primate is the only character in Anton Bogaty’...
Tags: Google, College, Stanford, History, Food & Drink, Animation, South America, TED Talks, Facebook Twitter, Carl Jung, Mary Wilson, Anton Bogaty, Roger Livingston Scaife, Roderick Phillips

Shah Rukh Khan’s TED Talks India to Focus on Unsung Heroes

“TED Talks India: Nayi Soch,” hosted by superstar Shah Rukh Khan, launched in 2017 on the Star Plus channel and earned 96 million viewers. Khan is back to host Season 2, titled “Ted Talks India: Nayi Baat.” The new title reflects a change of direction. “What stands out for us about Shah Rukh is his […]
Tags: Asia, News, India, Global, Khan, TED Talks, Shah Rukh Khan, Shah Rukh, Focus on Unsung Heroes

The Venice Time Machine: 1,000 Years of Venice’s History Gets Digitally Preserved with Artificial Intelligence and Big Data

Along with hundreds of other seaside cities, island towns, and entire islands, historic Venice, the floating city, may soon sink beneath the waves if sea levels continue their rapid rise. The city is slowly tilting to the East and has seen historic floods inundate over 70 percent of its palazzo- and basilica-lined streets. But should such tragic losses come to pass, we’ll still have Venice, or a digital version of it, at least—one that aggregates 1,000 years of art, architecture, and "mu...
Tags: Google, Art, Technology, College, Berlin, History, Rome, Architecture, Paris, Amsterdam, Venice, Archives, TED Talks, Time Machine, Abbott, Facebook Twitter

40,000-Year-Old Symbols Found in Caves Worldwide May Be the Earliest Written Language

We may take it for granted that the earliest writing systems developed with the Sumerians around 3400 B.C.E. The archaeological evidence so far supports the theory. But it may also be possible that the earliest writing systems predate 5000-year-old cuneiform tablets by several thousand years. And what’s more, it may be possible, suggests paleoanthropologist Genevieve von Petzinger, that those prehistoric forms of writing, which include the earliest known hashtag marks, consisted of symbo...
Tags: Google, Europe, College, Africa, History, Portugal, TED Talks, George, Facebook Twitter, Jacobs, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow, Genevieve von Petzinger, Frank Jacobs, Petzinger, Von Petzinger

How to Weather Bias in Communications

In a recent  TEDxUGA talk,  meteorologist J. Marshall Shepherd shares insights on confirmation bias and cognitive dissonance that has powerful applications for professional communicators. Using weather and climate change, Dr. Shepherd delves into bias and how it shapes our perceptions. Dr. Shepherd notes that “we all struggle to perceive something outside of our experience level.” As such, we seek to confirm what we already believe. Understanding cognitive dissonance – the conflict when n...
Tags: Pr, Communications, TED Talks, Shepherd, Living the Life, Solo Pr, Solo Pr Pro, Luke Stackpoole, Bias And Communications

Interview: Antionette Carroll, TED Fellow and Founder of Creative Reaction Lab

"Mistakes will be a part of everything you do, and you’ll be OK with it. Failure will be a part of you, and you’ll be OK with that."
Tags: Gender, Politics, Design, Education, Interviews, Race, Diversity, Ted, Community, TED Talks, Design Thinking, Antionette Carroll, Creative Reaction Lab, Equity Design, TED Fellows

Psilocybin Could Soon Be a Legal Treatment for Depression: Johns Hopkins Professor, Roland Griffiths, Explains How Psilocybin Can Relieve Suffering

Much of the recent scientific research into psychedelics has picked up where researchers left off in the mid-20th century, before LSD, psilocybin, and other psychoactive drugs became countercultural means of consciousness expansion, and then banned, illegal substances the government sought to control. Scientists from several fields studied psychedelics as treatments for addiction, depression, and anxiety, and end-of-life care. These applications were conceived and tested several decades ...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Google, Science, College, Food And Drug Administration, Rolling Stone, Einstein, Johns Hopkins, TED Talks, Griffiths, Facebook Twitter, Michael Pollan, Pollan, Josh Jones, Hartman

What One Speaker Learned While Doing A TED Talk

“Having done the talk I have learned that this is the alchemy of art. Ted Talks are art masquerading as information. I was struggling to express something, not yet a fully formed articulation in my head, but I stuttered it out anyway. Then scientists and other fine humans heard it and spoke it back to me from their experience in a way that has helped me understand my life better.”
Tags: Art, People, TED Talks, 09.29.18

This Is Your Kids’ Brains on Internet Algorithms: A Chilling Case Study Shows What’s Wrong with the Internet Today

Multimedia artist and writer James Bridle has a new book out, and it’s terrifying—appropriately so, I would say—in its analysis of “the dangers of trusting computers to explain (and, increasingly, run) the world,” as Adi Robertson writes at The Verge. Summing up one of his arguments in his New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future, Bridle writes, “We know more and more about the world, while being less and less able to do anything about it.” As Bridle tells Robertson in a short ...
Tags: Google, Technology, College, Software, TED Talks, Facebook Twitter, Robertson, Tim Wu, Josh Jones, Jaron Lanier, Durham NC Follow, Denis Diderot, Adi Robertson, James Bridle

Stranger Things star Aimee Mullins has done a decade of inspiring Ted Talks — her tips will help anyone be a better public speaker

Aimee Mullins is a double-amputee athlete, model and actor known for her role on Stranger Things. She's also known as for her popular Ted Talks. Mullins has spent her life on stage sharing her personal story and inspiring people to believe in themselves.  She says that all of us can be powerful public speakers, by following a few simple tips.  You may know Aimee Mullins as No. 11's mother on Stranger Things. Or maybe you know her as the woman who designs her own legs. Or the double amputee c...
Tags: Okta, Youtube, Trends, Mtv, Las Vegas, Alexander Mcqueen, TED Talks, Business Insider, Don, Mullins, Bob Pittman, Aimee Mullins, Ted Talks Mullins

3 Easy Ways to Give Yourself a Dose of Self-Help This Week

Listen, read and watch your way to inspiration! Summer is the perfect time for self-improvement, but sometimes you need a little push to improve your life and get motivated. At the beginning of a new week, it can be helpful to kick things off with some inspiration and motivation, and that's just what we're here to provide you with.Looking for fun and relaxed ways to get a dose of self-help ideas and a few laughs along the way? We have just the things for you.  1. Listen to... Self-Helpless  Vi...
Tags: College, Advice, Self-help, Confidence, Self-esteem, Taylor, Self Confidence, TED Talks, Feng Shui, Sarah Knight, College Life, Self Image, Spotify Delanie Kelsey

How Does Language Shape the Way We Think? Cognitive Scientist Lera Boroditsky Explains

Imagine a jellyfish waltzing in a library while thinking about quantum mechanics. "If everything has gone relatively well in your life so far," cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky says in the TED Talk above, "you probably haven't had that thought before." But now you have, all thanks to language, the remarkable ability by which "we humans are able to transmit our ideas across vast reaches of space and time" and "knowledge across minds." Though we occasionally hear about startling rates o...
Tags: Google, Europe, Australia, College, Neuroscience, Belarus, Seoul, TED Talks, Steven Pinker, Oaxaca, Facebook Twitter, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Lera Boroditsky, Boroditsky