04 May 2011

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Ai Weiwei

Michael Bloomberg Speaks Out For Detained Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei, Unafraid Of Business Repercussions, The Huffington Post, May 4, 2011

“Mayor Michael Bloomberg appeared with a dozen prominent cultural figures in front of New York City’s Plaza Hotel Wednesday to open a piece of public art by Ai Weiwei, who was detained last month by the Chinese government. Calling the unveiling a ‘bittersweet honor,’ the mayor took a couple of shots at Chinese authorities, who he suggested ‘do not value and protect free speech.’”

China breaks silence on Ai Weiwei’s detention, The Telegraph, May 3, 2011

“No one has heard from Mr. Ai, 53, since he was stopped from boarding a flight at Beijing airport last Sunday and escorted away by police, together with his friend Wan Tao.”

China Baffled by Support for Imprisoned Activist Ai Weiwei, Voice of America News, April 12, 2011

“The Chinese government says it is unhappy with international support for detained artist and activist Ai Weiwei.”

Chinese Authorities Raze an Artist’s Studio, New York Times, January 12, 2011

“…An order to raze the studio — designed by Ai Weiwei, a protean artist who is one of the most outspoken critics of the Chinese Communist Party — was issued last July. Mr. Ai took the move to be retribution for rankling the authorities.”

A Year After Sichuan Quake, Citizens Press for Answers, Time, May 12, 2009

“With his bushy salt-and-pepper hair, scraggly goatee and bohemian airs, Ai Weiwei doesn’t fit the mold of earnest human-rights campaigner. But the 52-year-old Chinese artist has made the cause of documenting every child killed in last May’s massive earthquake in Sichuan his own. Leveraging his position as one of the country’s best-known artists — he had a hand in designing the Olympic Bird’s Nest stadium and is the son of China’s most prominent modern poet — Ai has managed to help keep the issue of why so many schools collapsed, killing thousands of students, alive.”

Censorship in China

The Great Firewall: China’s Web Users Battle Censorship, Time, April 13, 2010

“After he was listed on this year’s TIME 100 poll to determine the world’s most influential people, Chinese author Han Han wrote a blog post announcing, ‘Other Chinese nominees include sensitive word, sensitive word and sensitive word.’ It was something of an inside joke, but one that Han’s huge fan base would immediately get. ‘Sensitive word’ was a jab at China’s Web censors’ habit of sometimes blocking even commonplace names from display in blog posts and Web searches. Within days, his post had generated more than 20,000 comments, most in support of the writer, a few in opposition and many grumbling about the state of online freedom in China.”

Internet Censorship in China, New York Times

“Internet censorship in China is among the most stringent in the world. The government blocks Web sites that discuss the Dalai Lama, the 1989 crackdown on Tiananmen Square protesters, Falun Gong, the banned spiritual movement, and other Internet sites.”

Censorship in China, Amnesty International

“… In China, Amnesty International is concerned that in their pursuit of new and lucrative markets, foreign corporations may be directly or indirectly contributing to human rights violations or at the very least failing to give adequate consideration to the human rights implications of their investments. Of particular concern are abuses of the right to freedom of expression and information. More recently concerns tied to privacy issues have also arisen.”

Human Rights and Politics

Fears in China as another human rights lawyer disappears, The Guardian, May 1, 2011

“Campaigners have warned that Chinese human rights lawyers remain under intense pressure, following the disappearance of another high-profile legal figure.”

U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue: Soft Power Gone Hard? The Wall Street Journal, April 27, 2011

“…Spooked by anonymous online calls for a ‘Jasmine Revolution’ in February, Beijing is in the midst of a crackdown on dissent that has seen dozens of writers, lawyers, artists, religious leaders and other and political activists arrested, detained or, in some cases, simply disappeared. Confronted with criticism over the sometimes extralegal measures taken to silence critics of the regime, China’s Foreign Ministry has been defiant, insisting foreign journalists and foreign countries should mind their own business.”

China accuses US of human rights double standards, The Guardian, April 11, 2011

“The Chinese government has attacked the US for targeting WikiLeaks while campaigning for internet freedom overseas. Beijing has a doctrine of non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs, but the State Council Information Office releases an annual report on the US human rights record as a riposte to Washington’s criticisms. The document says it underlines the hypocrisy of the US and ‘its malicious design to pursue hegemony under the pretext of human rights.’”

Going Long Liberty in China, Thomas Friedman, New York Times, October 16, 2010

“China has thrived since Deng Xiaoping by offering its people economic freedom without political freedom. And surely one of the most intriguing political science questions in the world today is: Can China continue to prosper, while censoring the Internet, controlling its news media and insisting on a monopoly of political power by the Chinese Communist Party?”

Our One-Party Democracy, Thomas Friedman, New York Times, September 8, 2009

“One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages. That one party can just impose the politically difficult but critically important policies needed to move a society forward in the 21st century. It is not an accident that China is committed to overtaking us in electric cars, solar power, energy efficiency, batteries, nuclear power and wind power.”

English Mania

Across cultures, English is the word, New York Times, April 9, 2007

“Riding the crest of globalization and technology, English dominates the world as no language ever has, and some linguists are now saying it may never be dethroned as the king of languages.”

English ‘world language’ forecast, BBC News, December 9, 2004

“…Researcher David Graddol says two billion people will be learning English as it becomes a truly ‘world language…’ But the UK Education Secretary, Charles Clarke, has warned against the ‘arrogance’ of English speakers who fail to learn other languages.”

Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English, by John McWhorter

Covering such turning points as the little-known Celtic and Welsh influences on English, the impact of the Viking raids and the Norman Conquest, and the Germanic invasions that started it all during the fifth century ad, John McWhorter narrates this colorful evolution with vigor. Drawing on revolutionary genetic and linguistic research as well as a cache of remarkable trivia about the origins of English words and syntax patterns, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue ultimately demonstrates the arbitrary, maddening nature of English— and its ironic simplicity due to its role as a streamlined lingua franca during the early formation of Britain. This is the book that language aficionados worldwide have been waiting for (and no, it’s not a sin to end a sentence with a preposition).

Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World, by Nicholas Ostler

Ostler’s ambitious and accessible book is not a technical linguistic study-i.e., it’s not concerned with language structure-but about the “growth, development and collapse of language communities” and their cultures… The rise of English to global status, Ostler argues, owes much to the economic prestige of the Industrial Revolution, but its future as a lingua franca may falter on demographic trends, such as booming birth rates in China. This stimulating book is a history of the world as seen through the spread and demise of languages.

Related TED Talks

Joseph Nye on global power shifts, TEDGlobal 2010

Historian and diplomat Joseph Nye gives us the 30,000-foot view of the shifts in power between China and the US, and the global implications as economic, political and “soft” power shifts and moves around the globe.

Martin Jacques: Understanding the rise of China, TEDSalon London 2010

Speaking at a TED Salon in London, economist Martin Jacques asks: How do we in the West make sense of China and its phenomenal rise? The author of “When China Rules the World,” he examines why the West often puzzles over the growing power of the Chinese economy, and offers three building blocks for understanding what China is and will become.

Hans Rosling: Asia’s rise — how and when, TEDIndia 2009

Hans Rosling was a young guest student in India when he first realized that Asia had all the capacities to reclaim its place as the world’s dominant economic force. At TEDIndia, he graphs global economic growth since 1858 and predicts the exact date that India and China will outstrip the US.

Sergey Brin on Google’s China decision, TED Blog 2010

Onstage at TED2010, TED curator Chris Anderson interviews Google’s Sergey Brin about the company’s recent statement on China

Patricia Ryan: Don’t insist on English! TEDxDubai

At TEDxDubai, longtime English teacher Patricia Ryan asks a provocative question: Is the world’s focus on English preventing the spread of great ideas in other languages? (For instance: what if Einstein had to pass the TOEFL?) It’s a passionate defense of translating and sharing ideas.

Jody Williams: A realistic vision for world peace, TEDWomen

Nobel Peace laureate Jody Williams brings tough love to the dream of world peace, with her razor-sharp take on what “peace” really means, and a set of profound stories that zero in on the creative struggle — and sacrifice — of those who work for it.

26 Apr 2011

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Amory Lovins on winning the oil endgame, TED 2005

In this energizing talk, Amory Lovins lays out his simple plan for weaning the US off oil and revitalizing the economy.

Winning the Oil Endgame, by Amory Lovins

Enough about the oil problem. Here’s the solution. Over a few decades, starting now, a vibrant US economy (then others) can completely phase out oil. This will save a net $70 billion a year, revitalize key industries and rural America, create a million jobs, and enhance security. Here’s the roadmap – independent, peer-reviewed, co-sponsored by the Pentagon – for the transition beyond oil, led by business and profit.

Amory Lovins: Solving the Energy Crisis (and Bringing Wal-Mart), Popular Mechanics, October 1, 2007

“Amory Lovins showers with solar-heated water and dries his clothes using a ladder-shaped system he rigged from galvanized pipe and nylon rope inside a specially built light shaft. He raises and lowers the clothes using a boat winch. Tinkering with such contraptions is relaxing for a guy with the weight of a poorly designed world on his shoulders, and he’s all about reining in errant kilowatt-hours. But what Amory Lovins really finds satisfying is problem-solving on a bigger scale.”

With Nuclear Power, “No Acts of God Can Be Permitted,” Amory Lovins, The Huffington Post, March 18, 2011

“As heroic workers and soldiers strive to save stricken Japan from a new horror–radioactive fallout–some truths known for 40 years bear repeating. An earthquake-and-tsunami zone crowded with 127 million people is an un-wise place for 54 reactors. The 1960s design of five Fukushima-I reactors has the smallest safety margin and probably can’t contain 90% of melt-downs. The U.S. has 6 identical and 17 very similar plants.”

Energy Innovation and News

Boeing 787 Dreamliner completes its first flight, BBC News, December 15, 2009

“…Its popularity is partly thanks to its lightweight design. Made of carbon and titanium, it should reduce fuel consumption as well as save on maintenance costs.”

Case Study: Walmart’s Efficiency Goals, Truckinginfo.com, June 29, 2010

“In 2005, Walmart set a goal of doubling the fuel efficiency of its truck fleet to 13 mpg by 2015, according to widely published reports. By 2008, Walmart got its mpg up to 7.1 from 5.9 in 2005.”

Here comes the everyday carbon fiber car, CNET News, September 11, 2006

“Five times stronger than steel and a heck of a lot lighter, carbon fiber is making its way into more cars than ever before. Carbon fiber has been used to make car bodies but in limited ways: McLaren annually makes a few hundred sports cars from it and hobbyists make shells to transform Volkswagens into something resembling a Hot Wheels toys.”

CEO Alan Mulally: Ford Still in Black but Also Green, Partners With Microsoft Hohm, Fast Company, March 31, 2010

“At his keynote address at New York’s International Auto Show today, Alan Mulally rallied the nation’s car manufacturers with a call to arms–and just a hint of boasting. If the industry doesn’t wake up to the need for greener vehicles, such as hybrids and EVs, he warned, America will be hit hard. ‘We are, literally, fighting for the soul of manufacturing in the United States right now.’”

A gym powered by sweat and tears, BBC News, January 2, 2009

A US gym has installed specially-adapted exercise bikes that recycle energy generated by people as they work out. The Green Microgym in Portland, Oregon, aims to be a carbon neutral exercise facility through the use of solar power and human-generated energy from clients as they pedal and run.

China Tops U.S. in Energy Use, Wall Street Journal, July 18, 2010

China has passed the U.S. to become the world’s biggest energy consumer, according to new data from the International Energy Agency, a milestone that reflects both China’s decades-long burst of economic growth and its rapidly expanding clout as an industrial giant.

Related Media

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution – and How It Can Renew America, by Thomas L. Friedman

“’Green is the new red, white, and blue,’ Friedman declares, and proposes that an ambitious national strategy–which he calls geo-greenism–is not only what we need to save the planet from overheating, it is what we need to make America healthier, richer, more innovative, more productive, and more secure in the coming E.C.E.–the Energy-Climate Era.”

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Related TED Talks

Lisa Margonelli: The political chemistry of oil, TEDxOilSpill

In the Gulf oil spill’s aftermath, Lisa Margonelli says drilling moratoriums and executive ousters make for good theater, but distract from the issue at its heart: our unrestrained oil consumption. She shares her bold plan to wean America off of oil — by confronting consumers with its real cost.

Debate: Does the world need nuclear energy? TED 2010

Nuclear power: the energy crisis has even die-hard environmentalists reconsidering it. In this first-ever TED debate, Stewart Brand and Mark Z. Jacobson square off over the pros and cons. A discussion that’ll make you think — and might even change your mind.

Bill Gates on energy: Innovating to zero! TED 2010

At TED2010, Bill Gates unveils his vision for the world’s energy future, describing the need for “miracles” to avoid planetary catastrophe and explaining why he’s backing a dramatically different type of nuclear reactor. The necessary goal? Zero carbon emissions globally by 2050.

Juan Enriquez wants to grow energy, TEDSalon 2007 Hot Science

Juan Enriquez challenges our definition of bioenergy. Oil, coal, gas and other hydrocarbons are not chemical but biological products, based on plant matter — and thus, growable. Our whole approach to fuel, he argues, needs to change.

Shai Agassi’s bold plan for electric cars, TED 2009

Forget about the hybrid auto — Shai Agassi says it’s electric cars or bust if we want to impact emissions. His company, Better Place, has a radical plan to take entire countries oil-free by 2020.

21 Apr 2011

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Food in the News

GOP budget proposes $30B in cuts to farm subsidies, April 11, 2011, USA Today

“The Republican head of the House Budget Committee has proposed cutting agriculture subsidies by $30 billion over 10 years as part of a broad effort to slash federal spending, but his ideas may not make it into the bill that sets funding for agriculture programs.”

Obama’s budget would deeply cut farm subsidies, February 14, 2011, LA Times

“The White House wants to cap direct payments to farmers — which go mainly to producers of core commodities, regardless of market prices — and limit who is eligible to receive the subsidies.”

DuPont urges U.S. to curb Monsanto seed monopoly, January 8, 2010, Reuters

“DuPont (DD.N) on Friday asked U.S. regulators to rein in practices by seed industry leader Monsanto Co, claiming its rival is hindering competition and limiting innovation needed to feed a growing world population.”

Rising obesity will cost U.S. health care $344 billion a year, November 17, 2009, USA Today

“If Americans continue to pack on pounds, obesity will cost the USA about $344 billion in medical-related expenses by 2018, eating up about 21% of health-care spending, says the first analysis to estimate the future medical costs of excess weight.”

Five Days in the (Food) Desert, June 2, 2010, PBS

“…the Southern Rural Development Center and researchers at Mississippi State University found that 256 of those same 873 southern counties were food deserts. Texas, Alabama, Arkansas and Oklahoma had the highest percentage of counties classified as food deserts. But the Mississippi Delta — birthplace of the blues and home to some of the country’s poorest people — despite its rich farmland had significant clusters of food deserts as well.”

Study: Half Of Supermarket Meat May Have Staph Bug, April 15, 2011, NPR

“Half the meat and poultry sold in the supermarket may be tainted with the staph germ, a new report suggests. The new estimate is based on just 136 samples of beef, chicken, pork and turkey purchased from grocery stores in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Flagstaff, Ariz. and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Proper cooking kills the germs, and federal health officials estimate staph accounts for less than 3 percent of foodborne illnesses, far less than more common bugs like salmonella and E. coli.”

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Farmers’ Market Finder iPhone App Keeps You Rolling in Fresh Food, Treehugger.com

Jamie Oliver’s TED Prize wish: Teach every child about food, TED 2010

Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, W. Va., TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.

Dan Barber: How I fell in love with a fish, TED 2010

Chef Dan Barber squares off with a dilemma facing many chefs today: how to keep fish on the menu. With impeccable research and deadpan humor, he chronicles his pursuit of a sustainable fish he could love, and the foodie’s honeymoon he’s enjoyed since discovering an outrageously delicious fish raised using a revolutionary farming method in Spain.

Graham Hill: Why I’m a weekday vegetarian, TED 2010

We all know the arguments that being vegetarian is better for the environment and for the animals — but in a carnivorous culture, it can be hard to make the change. Graham Hill has a powerful, pragmatic suggestion: Be a weekday veg.

Click here for more TED talks on all things food.

13 Apr 2011

TEDxSMU Tuesday 4.12.11

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Seth Godin

Poke the Box, by Seth Godin, 2011

Our economy is not static, but we act as if it is. Your position in the world is defined by what you instigate, how you provoke, and what you learn from the events you cause. In a world filled with change, that’s what matters — your ability to create and learn from change. Poke the Box is a manifesto about producing something that’s scarce, and thus valuable. It demands that you stop waiting for a road map and start drawing one instead. You know how to do this, you’ve done it before, but along the way, someone talked you out of it.

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin, 2010

Linchpins are the essential building blocks of great organizations. Like the small piece of hardware that keeps a wheel from falling off its axle, they may not be famous but they’re indispensable. And in today’s world, they get the best jobs and the most freedom. Have you ever found a shortcut that others missed? Seen a new way to resolve a conflict? Made a connection with someone others couldn’t reach? Even once? Then you have what it takes to become indispensable, by overcoming the resistance that holds people back.

Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable, by Seth Godin, 2009

In Purple Cow, Seth Godin urges you to put a Purple Cow into everything you build, and everything you do, to create something truly noticeable. It’s a manifesto for marketers who want to help create products that are worth marketing in the first place.

Tribes : We Need You to Lead Us, by Seth Godin, 2008

“A tribe is any group of people, large or small, who are connected to one another, a leader, and an idea. For millions of years, humans have been seeking out tribes, be they religious, ethnic, economic, political, or even musical (think of the Deadheads). It’s our nature. Now the Internet has eliminated the barriers of geography, cost, and time. All those blogs and social networking sites are helping existing tribes get bigger. But more important, they’re enabling countless new tribes to be born—groups of ten or ten thousand or ten million who care about their iPhones, or a political campaign, or a new way to fight global warming. And so the key question: Who is going to lead us?”

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Leadership: Tribes, Storytelling, Social Capital

Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization, by Dave Logan, John King, Halee Fischer-Wright, 2008

“Every company, indeed every organization, is a tribe, or if it’s large enough, a network of tribes-groups of 20 to 150 people in which everyone knows everyone else, or at least knows of everyone else. Tribes are more powerful than teams, companies, or even CEOs, and yet their key leverage points have not been mapped-until now.”

Forms of Rhetoric: The Narrative Paradigm, Living Rhetorically in the Real World, July 2, 2009

“Communication theorist Walter Fisher created the Narrative Paradigm in direct contrast to the Rational World Paradigm. The Rational World Paradigm, rooted in the sciences, states that humans are essentially rational beings and goes on to explain the reasoning behind this assumption; the Narrative Paradigm presents the alternative humanistic view which takes a step further and states that humans are essentially storytellers.”

Social capital of twenty-first-century leaders, by Daniel Brass and David Krackhardt, Connectedness, February 1, 2006

“In contrast to human capital (traits and behaviors), social capital refers to relationships with other actors, and the accompanying access to information, resources, opportunities, and control. Because organizational leadership involves accomplishing work through others, it is critical that we assess the social capital of leaders.”

Related Talks

Seth Godin on standing out, TED 2003

In a world of too many options and too little time, our obvious choice is to just ignore the ordinary stuff. Marketing guru Seth Godin spells out why, when it comes to getting our attention, bad or bizarre ideas are more successful than boring ones.

Seth Godin: This is broken, Gel Conference 2006

Why are so many things broken? In a hilarious talk from the 2006 Gel conference, Seth Godin gives a tour of things poorly designed, the 7 reasons why they are that way, and how to fix them.

David Logan on tribal leadership, TEDxUSC 2009

At TEDxUSC, David Logan talks about the five kinds of tribes that humans naturally form — in schools, workplaces, even the driver’s license bureau. By understanding our shared tribal tendencies, we can help lead each other to become better individuals.

Derek Sivers: How to start a movement, TED 2010

With help from some surprising footage, Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started. (Hint: it takes two.)

07 Apr 2011

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Welcome to the Decade of Games, Seth Priebatsch, Harvard Business Review, September 10, 2010

“…When you hear games, you probably immediately think about things like World of WarCraft, the Nintendo Wii and Farmville. And while those are huge (and will get even bigger) I’m talking about the underlying game dynamics that are the core building blocks of those games. And in this decade of games, these game dynamics will move far beyond your computer screen and into decidedly non-game like environments, like the way we court customers, engage with others at work, discover where to hang out on Saturday nights and what, when and how we choose to purchase.”

SCVNGR’s Secret Game Mechanics Playdeck, TechCrunch, August 25, 2010

“SCVNGR, which makes a mobile game with real-world challenges, has a playdeck. It is a deck of cards listing nearly 50 different game mechanics that can be mixed and matched to create the foundation for different types of games.”

Video game addiction gets attention from MTV, Kent State University, GamePro, January 27, 2010

Two pieces of media released this week highlight dimensions of video game addiction not commonly talked about. The first, MTV’s True Life episode “I’m addicted to videogames” looks at the problem from the perspective of an African-American woman. The second is a Kent State University student-written article emphasizes the social interaction angle.

Video Game ‘Addiction’ Tied to Depression, Anxiety in Kids, US News & World Report, January 17, 2011

“The new study found that children who are more likely to become addicted to video games (which the researchers call “pathological” video gaming) are those who spend a lot of hours playing these games, have trouble fitting in with other kids and are more impulsive than children who aren’t addicted.”

Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world, TED 2010

Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how.

Jesse Schell: When games invade real life, DICE Summit 2010

Games are invading the real world — and the runaway popularity of Farmville and Guitar Hero is just the beginning, says Jesse Schell. At the DICE Summit, he makes a startling prediction: a future where 1-ups and experience points break “out of the box” and into every part of our daily lives.

Motivation and Choice

UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging, by Scott Stratten, 2010

With a smart take on using social media as a new toolset rather than just a fad, UnMarketing features numerous bite-size chapters you can consult and apply according to your unique business requirements. These chapters are all bursting with practical tips and real-world examples, giving you a sense not just of what works (and what doesn’t) but of how and for whom.

Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less, by Barry Schwartz, 2005

In The Paradox of Choice, Barry Schwartz explains at what point choice—the hallmark of individual freedom and self-determination that we so cherish—becomes detrimental to our psychological and emotional well-being. In accessible, engaging, and anecdotal prose, Schwartz shows how the dramatic explosion in choice—from the mundane to the profound challenges of balancing career, family, and individual needs—has paradoxically become a problem instead of a solution.

Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation, TEDGlobal 2009

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.

Dan Ariely asks, Are we in control of our own decisions? EG 2008

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, uses classic visual illusions and his own counterintuitive (and sometimes shocking) research findings to show how we’re not as rational as we think when we make decisions.

His Holiness the Karmapa: The technology of the heart, TEDIndia 2009

His Holiness the Karmapa talks about how he was discovered to be the reincarnation of a revered figure in Tibetan Buddhism. In telling his story, he urges us to work on not just technology and design, but the technology and design of the heart. He is translated onstage by Tyler Dewar.

29 Mar 2011

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Books by John Wooden

The Wisdom of Wooden: My Century On and Off the Court, by John Wooden, Steve Jamison, 2010

The Wisdom of Wooden is John Wooden’s final book, completed just weeks before his passing in June 2010. In it he shares his most treasured memories and never-before-seen photographs as he looks back on an extraordinary life on and off the court.

Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success: Building Blocks for a Better Life, by John Wooden and Jay Carty, 2009

Legendary college basketball coach John Wooden and Jay Carty know that success is an equal opportunity player—anyone can achieve it. Based on JohnWooden’s own method to victory, Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success reveals that achievement is built block by block, with each block being a crucial principle contributing to lifelong success in every area of life.

Wooden on Leadership, by John Wooden, Steve Jamison, 2005

John Wooden’s goal in 41 years of coaching never changed; namely, to get maximum effort and peak performance from each of his players in the manner that best served the team. Wooden on Leadership explains step-by-step how he pursued and accomplished this goal.

They Call Me Coach, by John Wooden, Jack Tobin, 2003

For 27 years, John Wooden led the UCLA basketball team to unsurpassed victories and records. His dedication and inspiration made him America’s “winningest” coach. In this classic bestselling autobiography—updated with a new foreword by Hall-of-Famer Bill Walton—the college basketball legend reflects on his record-breaking career, his life behind the scenes, and how his top players went on to shape and change the NBA.

Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court, by John Wooden, Steve Jamison, 1997

In honest and telling passages about virtually every aspect of life, Wooden shares his personal philosophy on family, achievement, success, and excellence. Raised on a small farm in south-central Indiana, Wooden learned a great deal from his parents—lessons that stayed with him not only throughout his unparalleled career at UCLA, but also as dedicated husband, father, and teacher.

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Books by Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski

Beyond Basketball : Coach K’s Keywords for Success, by Mike Krzyzewski, Jamie K. Spatola, 2007

For Mike Krzyzewski, head coach of the Duke University men’s basketball team, certain words have special importance and force. Coach K uses them every day to energize, motivate, and teach his players how to be winners on the court and in every aspect of their lives.

Leading with the Heart : Coach K’s Successful Strategies for Basketball, Business, and Life, by Mike Krzyzewski, Donald T. Phillips, Grant Hill, 2001

Leading with the Heart chronicles Coach K’s background in a Polish Chicago neighborhood, where he was guided by parents who demanded honesty and integrity. From his days at the U.S. Military Academy playing under Coach Bobby Knight, Krzyzewski first learned that coaching meant more than showing players what to do and how to do it.


Related Media

Coach Bob Hurley: The Sage of St. Anthony: Steve Kroft profiles the man regarded as America’s best high school coach, CBS 60 Minutes, March 24, 2011

High school basketball is one of the most popular sports in the country, and those who follow it on the national level – particularly college scouts and coaches – are familiar with St. Anthony of Jersey City, N.J. and its coach, Bob Hurley. Going into this season, St. Anthony had won 23 state championships and three national titles under Hurley, who is one of only three high school coaches ever inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

High School Basketball Coach On 50 Years Of Winning, NPR, March 15, 2011

She’s been hailed the nation’s “winning-est” high school basketball coach. Leta Andrews, the 73-year-old coach of the Lady Pirates at Granbury High School in Granbury, Texas, was honored with the title by the National Federation of State High School Associations. And, after nearly five decades of coaching, she has no plans to retire just yet. As part of Tell Me More’s focus on Women’s History Month, host Martin speaks with Leta Andrews about her career and “tough love” approach to coaching.

Baseball Umpire George Moriarty’s Poem The Road Ahead


Related TED Talks

Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success, TEDGlobal 2009

Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure — and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.

Richard St. John: “Success is a continuous journey,” TED 2009

In his typically candid style, Richard St. John reminds us that success is not a one-way street, but a constant journey. He uses the story of his business’ rise and fall to illustrate a valuable lesson — when we stop trying, we fail.

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action, TEDxPuget Sound

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers — and as a counterpoint Tivo, which (until a recent court victory that tripled its stock price) appeared to be struggling.

22 Mar 2011

TEDxSMU Tuesday 3.22.11

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What Good are Mosquitoes? About.com

There isn’t much love lost between people and mosquitoes. At the very least, these bloodthirsty insects are major annoyances, biting us with a persistence that can be maddening. If insects can be credited with evil intent, mosquitoes seem determined to wipe the human race out. As carriers of deadly diseases, mosquitoes are the deadliest insect on Earth.

Intellectual Ventures

“In 2007, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation asked Intellectual Ventures to create new technologies that will not only fight malaria but will eventually eliminate this scourge of humanity altogether. Already our team of entomologists, epidemiologists, physicists, and other scientists have come up with innovative approaches that attack the parasite that causes the disease from several angles. Some make it easier to diagnose the disease quickly and accurately. Others destroy the parasites directly. Still others target the mosquitoes that serve as hosts to the parasites and spread malaria from person to person.”

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Malaria causes nearly 1 million deaths per year, and 85 percent of those who die are children under 5 years of age. Ninety percent of malaria deaths occur in Africa, where the financial cost of malaria is crippling economic development due to the high cost of medicines and reduced productivity.

Nothing but Nets

Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to raise awareness and funding to combat malaria, one of the largest killers of children in Africa.

GM mosquitoes deployed to control Asia’s dengue fever, The Independent, January 27, 2011

A genetically modified mosquito carrying an artificial fragment of DNA designed to curb the insect’s fertility has been released for the first time in south-east Asia as part of an ambitious attempt to combat deadly dengue fever that affects up to 100 million people worldwide.

Education & Makers

SMU Lyle School of Engineering Innovation Programs

Big Thought

Founded in 1987, Dallas-based Big Thought is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits focused on building partnerships that allow all children access to quality learning opportunities. Driven by our mission — to make imagination a part of everyday learning — we do our work so that children have opportunities to become imaginative, adaptable and productive adults, resulting in stronger communities and a more capable future workforce.

MAKE Magazine

MAKE Magazine brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the technology in your life. MAKE is loaded with exciting projects that help you make the most of your technology at home and away from home. We celebrate your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your own will.

Dallas Makerspace

Dallas Makerspace is a membership based, not-for-profit, shared community workshop and laboratory, similar to a hackerspace. We are an organized group of local artists, engineers, makers, creators, and thinkers that work together to collect tools and resources for our membership, who could not otherwise afford, store, or use them individually. We use these resources to collaborate on individual and community projects in order to promote science and technology, while working and experimenting on innovative ideas to encourage learning within our community.


CoHabitat is the awesomest startup community around – located conveniently (for many) in Uptown Dallas. Since its inception in December 2008, it’s become a hub for developers, creatives and entrepreneurs building the next break-out startups.

The Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park

Thomas Edison was an unknown young inventor when he moved his experimental facilities to the tiny village of Menlo Park, New Jersey, in 1876. Then, in a six-year burst of astonishing creativity, he patented approximately 400 inventions, including the phonograph and devices for electric light and power generation, and he revolutionized the process of invention itself. Known around the world as the Wizard of Menlo Park, Edison made himself and Menlo Park famous, and to this day, both names are synonymous with the spirit of invention.

Nathan Myhrvold

The Game-Changing Cookbook, Wall Street Journal, February 12, 2011

Here’s the recipe for the most astonishing cookbook of our time: Take one multimillionaire computer genius, a team of 36 researchers, chefs and editors and a laboratory specially built for cooking experiments. After nearly four years of obsessive research, assemble 2,400 pages of results into a 47-pound, six-volume collection that costs $625 and requires four pounds of ink to print.

Nathan Myhrvold: A restless prodigy lives many lives after Microsoft, ForbesLife Magazine, February 25, 2011

“Life has not been boring for me,” Nathan Myhrvold says. An overachiever’s overachiever, Myhrvold, 51, graduated from high school at 14, had two master’s degrees and a Princeton Ph.D. in theoretical and mathematical physics by 23, worked alongside Stephen Hawking at Cambridge, and went on to earn hundreds of millions for Microsoft (and himself) as chief technology officer. Cashing out in 1999, he began pursuing his true passions by the armful: skydiving, car racing, scuba diving, volcanology, and UFOlogy, not to mention whole alternate careers as a wildlife photographer, dinosaur hunter, inventor (his name is on nearly 250 patents and counting), and author of the extraordinary new cookbook Modernist Cuisine.

Related TED Talks

Nathan Myhrvold on archeology, animal photography, BBQ …, TED 2007

Nathan Myhrvold talks about a few of his latest fascinations — animal photography, archeology, BBQ and generally being an eccentric genius multimillionaire. Listen for wild stories from the (somewhat raunchy) edge of the animal world.

Bill Gates on mosquitos, malaria and education, TED 2009

Bill Gates hopes to solve some of the world’s biggest problems using a new kind of philanthropy. In a passionate and, yes, funny 18 minutes, he asks us to consider two big questions and how we might answer them.

Nathan Wolfe’s jungle search for viruses, TED 2009

Virus hunter Nathan Wolfe is outwitting the next pandemic by staying two steps ahead: discovering deadly new viruses where they first emerge — passing from animals to humans among poor subsistence hunters in Africa — before they claim millions of lives.

Esther Duflo: Social experiments to fight poverty, TED 2010

Alleviating poverty is more guesswork than science, and lack of data on aid’s impact raises questions about how to provide it. But Clark Medal-winner Esther Duflo says it’s possible to know which development efforts help and which hurt — by testing solutions with randomized trials.

Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity, TED 2009

Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.

08 Mar 2011

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Media and the Middle East

Report: Egypt Shut Down Net With Big Switch, Not Phone Calls, Wired, February 10, 2011

The Egyptian government shut down most of its country’s internet not by phoning ISPs one at a time, but by simply throwing a switch in a crucial data center in Cairo.

Middle East Uprising: Facebook’s Secret Role in Egypt, The Daily Beast

As unlikely protests swept across Egypt on January 25, an administrator from the Facebook page that was helping to drive the uprisings emailed a top official of the social network, asking for help.

Andy Carvin: The Middle East revolutions one tweet at a time, The Washington Post blog, March 7, 2011

The Middle East uprisings have seen a flood of information like never before spill out over the networks of the world. Wading through all of that information has been Andy Carvin, the head of social media at NPR who has attempted to tell the story through Twitter.

Libyan Internet service cut again: monitors, Yahoo!News, March 4, 2011

Internet service has been completely severed in violence-torn Libya for the second time in two weeks, US online traffic monitoring firms said Friday.

American Media

Is Jon Stewart the Most Trusted Man in America? The New York Times, August 15, 2008

… a study this year from the [Pew Research Center for the People and the Press]’s Project for Excellence in Journalism concluded that “ ‘The Daily Show’ is clearly impacting American dialogue” and “getting people to think critically about the public square.

Anderson Cooper, The Daily Show, February 22, 2011

Anderson Cooper finds it weird that he caused drama in the world of journalism by calling Hosni Mubarak a liar.


WatchingAmerica reflects global opinion about the United States, helping Americans and non-Americans alike understand what the world thinks of current issues that involve the U.S. This is done by providing news and views about the United States published in other countries.

Internet/Cyber Safety

How Do You Shut Down the Internet in a Whole Country? TechNews Daily, January 28, 2011

According to David Clark, an MIT computer scientist whose research focuses on Internet architecture and development, a government’s ability to control the Internet depends on its control of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), the private sector companies that grant Internet access to customers.

Pentagon says “aware” of China Internet rerouting, Reuters, November 19, 2010

The Defense Department is aware that Internet traffic was rerouted briefly through China earlier this year, a Pentagon spokesman said on Friday, referring to what a congressionally appointed panel has described as a hijack.

Israel launches covert war against Iran, The Telegraph, February 16, 2009

Israel has launched a covert war against Iran as an alternative to direct military strikes against Tehran’s nuclear programme, US intelligence sources have revealed.

David Albright, Institute for Science and International Security, explains why no one will take credit for setting back the Iranian nuclear program with Stuxnet.

Related TED Talks

Wael Ghonim: Inside the Egyptian revolution, TED 2011

Wael Ghonim is the Google executive who helped jumpstart Egypt’s democratic revolution … with a Facebook page memorializing a victim of the regime’s violence. Speaking at TEDxCairo, he tells the inside story of the past two months, when everyday Egyptians showed that “the power of the people is stronger than the people in power.”

Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story, TEDGlobal 2009

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

Ethan Zuckerman: Listening to global voices, TEDGlobal 2010

Sure, the web connects the globe, but most of us end up hearing mainly from people just like ourselves. Blogger and technologist Ethan Zuckerman wants to help share the stories of the whole wide world. He talks about clever strategies to open up your Twitter world and read the news in languages you don’t even know.

Erik Hersman on reporting crisis via texting, TED 2009

At TEDU 2009, Erik Hersman presents the remarkable story of Ushahidi, a GoogleMap mashup that allowed Kenyans to report and track violence via cell phone texts following the 2008 elections, and has evolved to continue saving lives in other countries.

Sasa Vucinic invests in free press, TEDGlobal 2005

A free press — papers, magazines, radio, TV, blogs — is the backbone of any true democracy (and a vital watchdog on business). Sasa Vucinic, a journalist from Belgrade, talks about his new fund, which supports media by selling “free press bonds.”

Alisa Miller shares the news about the news, TED 2009

Alisa Miller, head of Public Radio International, talks about why — though we want to know more about the world than ever — the US media is actually showing less. Eye-opening stats and graphs.

More talks from TED 2011 will be added weekly. Stay tuned to TED.com for more uploads. You can also view a list of TEDster Jack Myers’ favorite talks from TED 2011 here.

08 Mar 2011

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Disgraced Korean Cloning Scientist Indicted, The New York Times, May 12, 2006

“…Dr. Hwang was hailed as a global stem cell pioneer and treated as a national hero until investigations late last year showed that he had fabricated key data in two papers published in the journal Science. He was later fired from his post as a professor at Seoul National University, where he did his research.”

New Stem Cell Breakthroughs: Dr. Jon LaPook Looks At Advances In Stem Cell Research, CBSNews.com, March 18, 2010

Camouflaged in the politics, controversy, and hype surrounding stem cells have been two stunning and unexpected dividends: the ability to study diseases in a petrie dish and a new way to think about cancer. This is separate from the most well-publicized stem cell story: the potential of embryonic stem cells to morph into any cell in the body and replace injured or defective cells – for example in diabetes, Parkinson’s, and spinal cord injury.

South Korea’s Pet Clone Wars, Time, February 10, 2009

“…Since Dolly the sheep was cloned in 1996 by Ian Wilmut at the Roslin Institute in Scotland, scientists around the world have cloned everything from cats, monkeys and fruit flies to horses, rabbits, cows and wolves — mostly for non-commercial uses. Dogs are notoriously complex to clone, and Korea is the only country where researchers have successfully done the deed.”

Prosthetics use in Olympics should be forbidden, says sports engineer, The Times, June 10, 2010

Elite Paralympic athletes should be barred from Olympic track events because advances in prosthetic technology will soon enable sprinters with artificial legs to run the 100 metres in eight seconds, an expert says.

Bulletproof Feathers : How Science Uses Nature’s Secrets to Design Cutting-Edge Technology, by Robert Allen

With Bulletproof Feathers, Robert Allen brings together some of the greatest minds in the field of biomimetics to provide a fascinating—at times even jaw-dropping—overview of cutting-edge research in the field.

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, by Steven Johnson

Beginning with Charles Darwin’s first encounter with the teeming ecosystem of the coral reef and drawing connections to the intellectual hyperproductivity of modern megacities and to the instant success of YouTube, Johnson shows us that the question we need to ask is, What kind of environment fosters the development of good ideas? His answers are never less than revelatory, convincing, and inspiring as Johnson identifies the seven key principles to the genesis of such ideas, and traces them across time and disciplines.

Related TED Talks

Anthony Atala: Printing a human kidney, TED 2011

Surgeon Anthony Atala demonstrates an early-stage experiment that could someday solve the organ-donor problem: a 3D printer that uses living cells to output a transplantable kidney. Using similar technology, Dr. Atala’s young patient Luke Massella received an engineered bladder 10 years ago; we meet him onstage.

Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from, TEDGlobal 2010

People often credit their ideas to individual “Eureka!” moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the “liquid networks” of London’s coffee houses to Charles Darwin’s long, slow hunch to today’s high-velocity web

Juan Enriquez wants to grow energy, TEDSalon 2007 Hot Science

Juan Enriquez challenges our definition of bioenergy. Oil, coal, gas and other hydrocarbons are not chemical but biological products, based on plant matter — and thus, growable. Our whole approach to fuel, he argues, needs to change.

Juan Enriquez on genomics and our future, TED 2003

Scientific discoveries, futurist Juan Enriquez notes, demand a shift in code, and our ability to thrive depends on our mastery of that code. Here, he applies this notion to the field of genomics.

Alan Russell on regenerating our bodies, TED 2006

Alan Russell studies regenerative medicine — a breakthrough way of thinking about disease and injury, using a process that can signal the body to rebuild itself.

Ray Kurzweil on how technology will transform us, TED 2005

Inventor, entrepreneur and visionary Ray Kurzweil explains in abundant, grounded detail why, by the 2020s, we will have reverse-engineered the human brain and nanobots will be operating your consciousness.

22 Feb 2011

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Then and Now: The Industrial Model of Education, TechTicker, April 24, 2009

“…the fact the same classroom dynamic remains largely intact to this day is a travesty for learning and is a clear indication of how firmly rooted the industrial model has become in education.”

Report Urges Changes in Teaching Math, New York Times, March 14, 2008

“…The report tries to put to rest the long, heated debate over math teaching methods. Parents and teachers have fought passionately in school districts around the country over the relative merits of traditional, or teacher-directed, instruction, in which students are told how to do problems and then drilled on them, versus reform or child-centered instruction, emphasizing student exploration and conceptual understanding. It said both methods had a role.”

Culture, Not Biology, Underpins Math Gender Gap, Science Daily, June 2, 2009

“…the Wisconsin researchers document a pattern of performance that strongly suggests that the root of gender disparity in math can be pegged to changeable sociocultural factors. Such factors either discourage or encourage girls and young women in the pursuit of the skills required to master the mathematical sciences.”

A Mathematician’s Lament, Paul Lockhart, 2002 [original essay]

A Mathematician’s Lament: How School Cheats Us Out of Our Most Fascinating and Imaginative Art Form, Paul Lockhart, 2009

Paul Lockhart became interested in mathematics when he was 14 (outside the classroom, he points out). He dropped out of college after one semester to devote himself exclusively to math. Based on his own research he was admitted to Columbia, received a PhD, and has taught at major universities. Since 2000 he has dedicated himself to “subversively” teaching grade-school math.

Related TED Talks

Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education, TED2011

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.

Arthur Benjamin’s formula for changing math education, TED2009

Someone always asks the math teacher, “Am I going to use calculus in real life?” And for most of us, says Arthur Benjamin, the answer is no. He offers a bold proposal on how to make math education relevant in the digital age.

Arthur Benjamin does “Mathemagic”, TED2005

In a lively show, mathemagician Arthur Benjamin races a team of calculators to figure out 3-digit squares, solves another massive mental equation and guesses a few birthdays. How does he do it? He’ll tell you.

Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity, TED2006

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover, TEDxNYED

Today’s math curriculum is teaching students to expect — and excel at — paint-by-numbers classwork, robbing kids of a skill more important than solving problems: formulating them. At TEDxNYED, Dan Meyer shows classroom-tested math exercises that prompt students to stop and think.

Ron Eglash on African fractals, TEDGlobal 2007

‘I am a mathematician, and I would like to stand on your roof.’ That is how Ron Eglash greeted many African families he met while researching the fractal patterns he’d noticed in villages across the continent.