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What could go wrong?

"'I'm not here to defend or condemn a law that I didn't make or a project that I don't know about,' Cruz tells the crowd. 'But we need to be open to investment.'" "In May, the Supreme Court of Honduras ruled in support of a constitutional amendment and attendant statute that allow for the creation of 'zones for economic development and employment'. These are "quasi-sovereign entities built on Honduran soil with backing from foreign investors". [more inside]
posted by TheProudAardvark on Sep 1, 2014 - 23 comments

Philosophy For A Happy Life

Inspirational Sam Berns, who suffered from the premature ageing disease progeria, has passed away at the age of 17.
posted by gman on Jan 14, 2014 - 20 comments

The new technology intellectuals

All debates about ideas are shaped by their material conditions...Technology intellectuals work in an attention economy. They succeed if they attract enough attention to themselves and their message that they can make a living from it. It’s not an easy thing to do.
posted by shivohum on Sep 11, 2013 - 12 comments

What is the biggest rock?

Last week, The Onion revealed it is taking on TED with Onion Talks. The first episode is up: Compost-Fuelled Cars: Wouldn't That Be Great?
posted by yellowbinder on Oct 17, 2012 - 59 comments

"The only thing that limits us is our imagination."

The Impossible Photography of Erik Johansson. [more inside]
posted by quin on May 22, 2012 - 24 comments

"Vulnerability is not weakness.... Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage.”

Brené Brown: Listening to shame. Filmed this month at TED in Long Beach, CA. (YouTube) Also see: The Power of Vulnerability (yt, previously on MeFi), and The Price of Invulnerability. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Mar 16, 2012 - 16 comments

Susan Cain: The power of introverts.

Susan Cain prefers listening to talking, reading to socializing... but she's a good speaker with an interesting message. (SLYT)
posted by sngbk on Mar 13, 2012 - 32 comments

Powerpoint is a scourge on our economy

A modest proposal to replace Powerpoint presentations with dancers. (TED talk) Demonstrated with dancers, naturally.
posted by dry white toast on Dec 3, 2011 - 21 comments

More Talking About Buildings And Music

David Byrne: How architecture helped music evolve. A TED talk.
posted by Joey Michaels on Aug 25, 2011 - 25 comments

Off the top of the dome

Dr. Charles Limb put jazz musicians and freestyle rappers in an fMRI machine and asked them to improvise/freestyle. [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Mar 11, 2011 - 8 comments

I got it wrong about a lot of things, not just the testicles on my chin

Mike Rowe gives a Ted Talk about an epiphany he experienced on Dirty Jobs and what he considers modern American society's war on work. [more inside]
posted by Turtles all the way down on Dec 9, 2009 - 99 comments

Why Your Vote Does Count

John Doerr: Seeking salvation and profit in greentech. This is a grim talk from a man who is well-connected with the tech industries best and brightest. He spent a year talking with scientists, experts, and politicians the world 'round about industry and the atmosphere. And as a result he has put a few hundred million dollars toward disruptive technologies... because he is scared -- scared shitless -- about what lies ahead. He also calls us to action.
posted by five fresh fish on Jun 2, 2007 - 55 comments

Design like you give a damn.

The Open Architecture Network "is an online, open source community dedicated to improving living conditions through innovative and sustainable design." {via Cameron Sinclair's Ted Talk}
posted by dobbs on Apr 14, 2007 - 6 comments

Won't someone think of the animals.

Gregory Colbert's Ashes and Snow has been linked to twice before on Metafilter. However, you can now view 10 minutes of his film as part of his Ted Talk--it's the most stunning nature footage I've ever seen. In the talk he also mentions a new concept he's developing called Animal Copyright, which I think is long overdue.
posted by dobbs on Jan 2, 2007 - 29 comments

Gorgeous means six bars on your cellphone, always.

Gorgeous - a spoken word poem by Rives. {via TED Talks}
posted by dobbs on Dec 24, 2006 - 5 comments

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