The Beauty of Data Visualization: a TED talk from David McCandless

This is the man behind one of my favorite blogs in the world, Information is Beautiful, who spends his time visualizing data which transforms the way you perceive the world. No, really. I dare you not to see this and have your worldview altered. The man’s name is David McCandless, a London-based author, writer, and […]

Creativity and how its definition has changed to me

Venetian sunset and the Vaporetto

I have a few brainstorming sessions slated for today at work on directions for a project I am working on and it made me pause for a second on what it means to be creative. I also just walked through James Geary’s TED Prezi Presentation on Mixing Mind and Metaphor and was inspired (hence me […]

Crowdsourced filters and African MLearning

This is perhaps the shortest TED talk on record. For those of you who follow African threads, you might already know Ushahidi. Basically, Ushahidi is a way to crowdsource crisis information using the common¬†denominator¬†of technology. Namely the technology that is most readily available in Africa: the phone. [youtube=] Ushahidi basically started in response to the […]

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the teaching revolution!

[ted id=865] Once again, Sir Ken Robinson brings a lot of wit and poignancy to the discussion involving education reform. “We don’t need an evolution of education, rather a revolution. ” This is especially true if we view education as a broken model, one that is essentially geared towards producing citizens of a different sort. […]

Sir Ken Robinson and TED: Creativity in Education and Drawing God

Sir Ken Robinson in this video is speaking about education and how it squanders creativity. The most convincing sequence, in my opinion, is when he speaks about the future and what exactly we are preparing our children for. A children born this minute will have their careers span from about 2030 to about 2070 or […]

TED talk from Hans Rosling: Debunking Developing World Myths with Data

[youtube=] This is an absolutely brilliant talk about data and its use in the developing world by Hans Rosling. Rosling, at least according to Wikipedia, is “Professor of International Health at Karolinska Institutet and Director of the Gapminder Foundation, which developed the Trendalyzer software system. From 1967 to 1974 he studied statistics and medicine at […]