A Wonderful Saturday Evening with TED

TED stands…  just found their words and knew I couldn’t compete…

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

Have you ever felt like it took an awful long time for a speaker to get to the point?

Well, the beauty of TED is that each speaker has just 18 minutes to get where they’re going.

The Sir Ken Robinson talk is especially thought-provoking for us teachers, but I also enjoyed Tony Robbins, Al Gore, Ze Frank, Richard Baraniuk, Majora Carter, Dan Gilbert and a fellow Canadian guy who I can’t find…

One other blog that is immensely interesting is KnowHRblog .They have a very good

Top 10 Best Presentations Ever

Gotta go to bed. My young kids don’t realize Sunday is sacred yet,



2 thoughts on “A Wonderful Saturday Evening with TED

  1. I was very impressed with Richard Baraniuk’s idea of open source textbooks.

    Open source is getting better and better. I think these ideas will be great for teachers and students.

    If you liked TED you will probably like some of the talks you can find at:


    Be sure to listen to the one with Ricardo Semler to get your ideas of organization and management turned upside down.

  2. Thanks Dave,

    Thanks for your comments. I liked Baraniuk, too. Unfortunately, there are many, many other distractions on TED. It’s a good thing they come in 20 minute bite-sized chunks.

    I just watched the Ricardo Semler video. It was as good as you promised! It struck me that once you’re in a system, it’s almost impossible to make significant change from within – only a 3% success rate. I also loved the parallel parking example.

    He asks many of the right questions about management and organizational structure, doesn’t he! I’ve been thinking about the challenges of innovation at my school for a while. White’s book, The ELT Curriculum, is a good place to start – especially the last chapter, Innovation.

    Keep in touch,


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