It was so exciting to attend TED this year (keyword - attend). Last year I spent the week in "speaker panic mode" which looks like lots of little anxiety attacks and a few tearful moments locked in the hotel room watching Law & Order reruns. This year I got to relax and receive. I was blown away.
As we head into the weekend I thought I'd share a few daring talks with you.
"Growing your own food is like printing your own money."
"Drive-thrus are killing more people than drive-bys."
"When kids grow kale, kids eat kale."
"And my eyes would say, 'Thank you. I see you.' And their eyes would say, 'Nobody ever sees me. Thank you.'"
"And this hurt in a really familiar way. And people saying, "You're not allowed anymore to ask for that kind of help," really reminded me of the people in their cars yelling, "Get a job." Because they weren't with us on the sidewalk, and they couldn't see the exchange that was happening between me and my crowd, an exchange that was very fair to us but alien to them."
"But the perfect tools aren't going to help us if we can't face each other and give and receive fearlessly, but, more important, to ask without shame."
Onstage at TED2013, Sugata Mitra made his bold TED Prize wish: Help me design the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can explore and learn from each other -- using resources and mentoring from the cloud. Hear his inspiring vision for Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLE), and learn more at tedprize.org.
I love this quote. I know this to be true from not only from the new neuroscience research, but my own research on shame. It took my breath away:
"The reptilian part of our brain, which sits in the center of our brain, when it's threatened, it shuts down everything else, it shuts down the prefrontal cortex, the parts which learn, it shuts all of that down.
Punishment and examinations are seen as threats. We take our children, we make them shut their brains down, and then we say, "Perform."
Why did they create a system like that? Because it was needed. There was an age in the Age of Empires when you needed those people who can survive under threat. When you're standing in a trench all alone, if you could have survived, you're okay, you've passed. If you didn't, you failed.
But the Age of Empires is gone. What happens to creativity in our age? We need to shift that balance back from threat to pleasure."
Congrats to Sugata!
I'd love to know what you think about these ideas. I'm sure we won't all agree with every point, but what makes them daring is their conversation-starting power! There are a couple of talks that haven't posted yet. I'll share them with you when they do. Have a great weekend.