Zuckerman on Xenophilia and bridging

[Ethan Zuckerman](http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2010/07/14/a-wider-world-a-wider-web-my-tedglobal-2010-talk/) [spoke](http://www.slideshare.net/ethanz/a-wider-world-a-wider-web) at TED Global. Stephen Downes [wrote about it earlier](http://www.downes.ca/post/52886), and the [BBC just posted an article about it](http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-10642697). Here's the video from TED: Ethan [posted the text of his talk](http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2010/07/14/a-wider-world-a-wider-web-my-tedglobal-2010-talk/). Here are some choice quotes: >It's data like this that's leading me to conclude that the internet isn't flattening the world the way Nicholas Negroponte thought it would. Instead, my fear is that it's making us "imaginary cosmopolitans"...

July 15, 2010 · 3 min


It looks like the University of Calgary is planning a series of TEDx events: TEDxUofC - the first one being next week, just days after the TEDxYYC event. After previously saying I wouldn't go to a TEDx event because of the way they're set up, I'm happy to post that they don't have to be that way. Registration for TEDxUofC is open, and cheap. Students get in for $5. Everyone else gets in for $10....

February 24, 2010 · 1 min

climate change as a "world war" level crisis

Take 30 minutes and watch Al Gore's presentation at TED 2008. It's an update to his first one, and is simultaneously more depressing because of the sheer scale of new data, and much more uplifting when framing the response as a call for higher consciousness to break out of our current democratic crises that are allowing the climate crisis to take place.

April 8, 2008 · 1 min

Paradox of Choice

In yet another episode of TedTalks synchronicity, immediately after writing the post on Digital Natives and the spaghetti sauce varieties, the next session I watched was Barry Schwartz on The Paradox of Choice. While Malcom Gladwell (and Howard Moscowitz) were describing the need for different varieties addressing different preferences, Barry Schwartz warns about the far side of that slippery slope. Having too much choice is paradoxically not a freedom-inspiring situation....

January 23, 2007 · 4 min

Digital Natives and Spaghetti Sauce

Brian wrote about about the EDUCAUSE ELI web seminar on net gen learners , and after reading that post and the great comments, I got to thinking about the overgeneralization of the mythical "Digital Native". Fast forward to this morning's bus ride, where I'm watching Malcom Gladwell's presentation at TED2004. Now, Malcom is the author of The Tipping Point , so I was expecting some discussion of how small changes build up to affect large, even transformative effects....

January 19, 2007 · 3 min

Jeff Han on Tactile Interfaces

Jeff Han gave a presentation at last year's TED conference, showing his tactile interface system. Forget mice and keyboards. This is a less-creepy version of Minority Report. Or Star Trek's LCARS interface. I've watched it 3 times today. I want my next computer to work like this. How about a 30" Cinema Display that tilts backward to become a tabletop surface with tactile interface... It's just synchronicity that this video happened to be next in the queue on my iPod this morning, less than 48 hours after the iPhone was demonstrated with its own mini version of this UI....

January 11, 2007 · 1 min

TED Talks are changing how I think

I've been slowly working through the TED Talks video podcasts - making time to watch several sessions each week. I can't even begin to describe what an impact they're having on me. I'm starting to think differently about many issues - some I hadn't even considered before, others I thought were outside of my reach. I watched Majora Carter's presentation this morning. She is the founder of Sustainable South Bronx - a grassroots movement she started in her community to try to bring it back from the brink of ecological (and social and economic) devastation....

December 12, 2006 · 2 min