Experience the new TED Books App

After more than a year of planning and development, we’re excited to today unveil the new TED Books App. Since launching TED Books in early 2010, we’ve been dreaming of how to meld the experience of book reading with the game-changing potential of the tablet.

The TED Books platform provides the surprises you’d expect in the age of the tablet: glorious images, video, audio, links to maps, online resources, search, commenting, sharing, automatically updated editions, and much more. But, crucially, the delight of reading is retained, combining new media wizardry with the lure of the written word.

Download the free iOS app from the App Store here!

And did we mention that our authors rock? Most of them have given TED Talks, but the books can dig much deeper into their subject matter. From the future of humanity to the secrets of happiness, these books offer transformational thinking at the touch of a finger. Finally, founding subscribers get all the TED Books in our back catalog free.


WikiLeaks wins case against Visa

We completely support WikiLeaks and encourage you to make donations to Julian Assange legal fund here like we have done.

A court in Iceland has ruled that Visa and MasterCard’s local partner broke the law in the country by blocking WikiLeaks from receiving money. The court ordered the company to resume processing donations to the website within two weeks – or face daily fines of over 6 thousand dollars. For more RT talks to human rights activist Peter Tatchell.


Update on John Taylor Gatto

Author, John Taylor Gatto New York TeacherThis update was sent to us from Tragedy and Hope community newsletter on July 1, 2012:

As many of you are aware, John suffered multiple strokes in the weeks after visiting us in Connecticut and filming the Ultimate History Lesson interview. Since that time, he has been in and out of hospitals and rehabilitation centers, and has struggled to regain his health. I’ve spoken with his wife Janet over the last several months, and she assures me that John’s mind is as sharp as ever, although his body is still very weak, as the result of poor care at the various hospitals and rehabs that he’s been subjected to. She was visiting him daily and bringing him healthy food to balance out his diabetes, which the food the hospital’s had been giving him had exacerbated. She had to be his advocate, as the doctors who were caring for him were not adequately taking care of John. The last rehab center he was in lost his dentures, and they have yet to be replaced.

John is back at home now with Janet recovering. Their economic resources have been depleted, and they are in need of funds for medical needs and personal rehab that John’s insurance no longer covers.

Rich and I teamed up with Jerry Mintz (Founder of AERO) to help John and Janet, and organized a fundraiser through AERO (using the UHL as a premium gift for donors) to raise funds for their immediate needs, and Jerry sent out a special AERO newsletter announcing the fundraiser last Sunday.

We’re delighted to tell you that the response was overwhelming, and Jerry delivered a check to John and Janet yesterday for $7,500.00. T&H will continue to roll out fundraisers for John over the next several weeks, through our media partners and other independent media outlets. Our goal is to provide a consistent stream of revitalizing revenue to John and Janet through our outreach efforts. More details will be announced, as we catch up with the work that needs to be done for each of these efforts. Love & gratitude, Lisa

source: Tragedy and Hope Online Community


5 Ways To Keep Training Fresh

Alvin Toffler futuristRecently a freelance journalist working for Destiny Magazine asked me to answer questions on keeping training fresh. All my training workshops I’ve developed under NETucation have been designed for skills not qualifications. Here is my experience:
We live in a complex world filled with confusion and conflict. Training for qualifications received a major backlash in 2010 when Peter Thiel, a Paypal founder and early investor in Facebook, created the Thiel Fellowship. He awarded $100,000 each to 20 people under 20-years-old in order to spur them to quit college and create their own ventures.
  1. When dealing with the complexity of your business or industry, seek training courses that will help you understand the big picture and how to avoid the paradox of choice. Clarity helps you to simplify problems and break them down into more manageable parts to solve.
  2. Bypass confusion by selecting the oldest and more established universities or colleges. There is a tremendous problem with confidence in most government-subsidised training from compulsory schooling through FET colleges. Leadership in an industry takes discipline, hard work and focus.
  3. Sidestep conflicting information by modelling your career on the top international experts in your field. Magazines like Forbes and Fortune often publish ranking of top companies to work for, top professionals under 40 and powerful women in business lists. Use these as a barometer of your path to success. Collaboration on social networks like LinkedIn is a 100 times more valuable than Facebook or Twitter because it allows you to go deep into the training topics you need on a daily basis.
  4. Tap into the TED.com video library to gain first-hand knowledge from the world’s leading experts. This invite-only conference in Long Beach, California has published over 1,000 videos from 5-18 minutes in length from scientists, economists, authors, technologists, inventors, educators, artists and more. This is freely available.
  5. Strategic Coach is the world’s leading private coaching program for entrepreneurs. Their models revolutionised how entrepreneurs increase their free time and will help break through ceilings of complexity in your personal and professional life. One of their biggest lessons is to measure your progress looking backwards. Take time to consider your achievements in the last 3 years, the last 3 months. You may be surprised how much you have achieved instead of feeling depressed about the future before you’ve experienced it.