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Stunning! Award-Winning Teenage Science In Action

Posted in conference, ideas, inspiration by aldorf on January 14, 2012

In 2011 three young women swept the top prizes of the first Google Science Fair. At TEDxWomen Lauren Hodge, Shree Bose and Naomi Shah described their extraordinary projects– and their route to a passion for science.

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Astonishing Poetry – Sarah Kay at TED

Posted in art, conference, inspiration, Media by aldorf on December 1, 2011

This TED talk turned her poem into a worldwide sensation. Listen to Sarah Kay’s extraordinary talent.

Sarah Kay’s astonishing poem in hardcover.

“TED for the rest of us” – Creative Mornings

Posted in conference, design, ideas, inspiration, Media by aldorf on August 2, 2011

MEET THE PEOPLE THAT MAKE IT HAPPEN

CreativeMornings is powered by a troupe of über talented folks. Each and every month, hosts, videographers, photographers, and helpers come together, in their respective cities, to make the events happen. Meet the driving forces behind CreativeMornings.

Team Berlin just launched (8/2011)

Just incredible! Robot flies like a bird

Posted in Animation, innovation, pioneers by aldorf on July 27, 2011

 

Absolut energy efficient. Mucho respect for these modern day Da Vinci’s at Festo!

SXSW…Holler Gram…Cool, Clever, Simple and Effective New App

Posted in conference, design, ideas, illustration, innovation, Media, your take on... by aldorf on March 8, 2011

Thanks to Made by Many for this great new App. Very effective and fun to use. Not only at keynotes, not only at SXSW. This is the future of getting peoples opinion, attention and stats.

Holler Gram

You know how sometimes during a keynote or pitch you would really want to say something back to the speaker? So you wait until the speaker is done and put your hand up. Well, unless you are Robert Scoble of course. Or unless you have an iPad with Holler Gram installed. Or pick any of the pre-formatted shoutouts or make your own using your choice of fonts and colors.

You can even tweet your shout right from the app.

Holler Gram was made for SXSW specifically but I can totally imagine it will be popular at all events this year. As the  author explains “You can even rate sessions by holding up a giant number display to become the ultimate armchair critic”. How awesome is that? (via thenextweb.com)

Clay Shirky: How Cognitive Surplus Will Change The World

Posted in conference, internet, Media, web by aldorf on January 10, 2011

Clay Shirky looks at “cognitive surplus” — the shared, online work we do with our spare brain cycles. While we’re busy editing Wikipedia, posting to Ushahidi (and yes, making LOLcats), we’re building a better, more cooperative world.

Clay Shirky believes that new technologies enabling loose collaboration — and taking advantage of “spare” brainpower — will change the way society works.

Do Schools Kill Creativity? An Education by Sir Ken Robinson

Posted in Animation, ideas, your take on... by aldorf on December 24, 2010

Great graphic recording of a talk at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson.

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7 Ways Games Reward The Brain by Tom Chatfield

Posted in ideas, inspiration by aldorf on November 3, 2010

We’re bringing gameplay into more aspects of our lives, spending countless hours — and real money — exploring virtual worlds for imaginary treasures. Why? As Tom Chatfield shows, games are perfectly tuned to dole out rewards that engage the brain and keep us questing for more. Tom Chatfield thinks about games — what we want from them, what we get from them, and how we might use our hard-wired desire for a gamer’s reward to change the way we learn.

“Tom Chatfield’s Fun Inc. is the most elegant and comprehensive defence of the status of computer games in our culture I have read, as well as a helpful compendium of research.” Pat Kane, The Independent

Crowd Accelerated Innovation – How Web Video Powers Global Innovation

Posted in ideas, innovation, inspiration, web by aldorf on October 8, 2010

TED‘s Chris Anderson says the rise of web video is driving a worldwide phenomenon he calls Crowd Accelerated Innovation — a self-fueling cycle of learning that could be as significant as the invention of print. But to tap into its power, organizations will need to embrace radical openness.

“I’m an idealist. I really think people can change the world … ” (Chris Anderson). Don’t get confused, he is not Chris Anderson who edits WIRED magazine and wrote The Long Tail. TED’s Chris Anderson was born in a remote village in Pakistan, and spent his early years in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, where his father worked as a missionary eye surgeon. He graduated from Oxford University with a degree in philosophy, and then trained as a journalist. He became an editor at one of the UK’s early computer magazines, and a year later, in 1985, formed a tiny start-up to launch his own magazine. Its unlikely success led to more launches. Anderson expanded to the United States in 1994, where he built Imagine Media, publisher of Business 2.0 magazine, and creator of the popular games website IGN. The combined companies eventually spawned more than 100 monthly magazines, employing 2,000 people. Anderson created a private nonprofit foundation, the Sapling Foundation, which hoped to find new ways of tackling tough global issues by leveraging media, technology, entrepreneurship, and most of all, ideas. He joined TED in 2001.

Great TED Talk – Steven Johnson: Where Good Ideas Come From

Posted in ideas, innovation, inspiration by aldorf on October 3, 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.

About Steven Johnson

Steven Berlin Johnson is the best-selling author of six books on the intersection of science, technology and personal experience. His forthcoming book examines “Where Good Ideas Come From.” Full bio and more links

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