Juan Enriquez: Your online life, permanent as a tattoo

This is an excellent short lecture on the true value of privacy. Even if you had no profiles online, you’re still being recorded on every camera in offices buildings, malls and airports by CCTV.

What if Andy Warhol had it wrong, and instead of being famous for 15 minutes, we’re only anonymous for that long? In this short talk, Juan Enriquez looks at the surprisingly permanent effects of digital sharing on our personal privacy. He shares insight from the ancient Greeks to help us deal with our new “digital tattoos.”

 

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.

 

John Wooden on true success

With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father’s wisdom. He first came to my attention via the monthly Toastmasters International magazine. In this talk poetically about true success, hard work and also basic principles for leadership.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes and “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Watch the Top 10 TEDTalks on TED.com,

Here’s some excellent motivational qoutes by coach Jon Wooden:

Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.

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I’d rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent.

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Material possessions, winning scores, and great reputations are meaningless in the eyes of the Lord, because He knows what we really are and that is all that matters.

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Never mistake activity for achievement.

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Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.

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If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.

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Be more concerned with your character than your reputation
because your character is what you really are, while your
reputation is merely what others think you are.

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Be prepared and be honest.

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Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.

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Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.

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Don’t let what u cannot do interfere with what you can do.

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Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man given Be grateful. Conceit is self given. Be careful.

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Ability may get u to the top, but it takes character to keep u there.

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If u don’t have time to do it right, when will u have time to do it over?

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It’s what u learn after u know it all that counts.

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A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.

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It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.

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Ability iz a poor man’s wealth.

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A man may make mistakes, but he isn’t a failure until he starts blaming someone else.

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Be prepared & be honest.

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It’s amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.

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Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

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You cannot live a perfect day without doing something 4 someone who will never be able to repay you.

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Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.

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Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.

 

Jill Bolte Taylor's powerful stroke of insight

This must be one of the most amazing stories someone has lived to tell. The experience described by Dr Jill Bolte Taylor is doing the rounds on the Web because of how powerfully she delivered her story at the TED 2008 Conference. For me it was a fascinating talk because it is east meets west or in her words left brain meets right brain talk. Continue reading “Jill Bolte Taylor's powerful stroke of insight”

 

TEDGlobal Talks premier online with George Ayittey

Earlier this month I received an email from Chris Anderson, the curator of the TED following up on the conference in Tanzania. Several videos from the TEDGlobal conference I attended in Arusha a few months ago premièred online. My favourite is George Ayittey who roused the audience, alternating from lacerating criticism of Africa’s “hippo generation” to an inspiring appeal for the “cheetah generation” i.e. the youth who are taking things into their own hands to effect change. You can read my own review of his talk here.

So if you like what you’ve just seen buy George Ayittey’s book Africa Unchained. And if you’re a fellow blogger join the African Bloggers group and become part of the community to take Africa back from the Hippo generation.

 

Bob Thurman on Happiness and becoming a Buddha

In our hyper linked world, we can know anything, any time. And this mass enlightenment, says Buddhist scholar Bob Thurman, is our first step toward becoming Buddha. When we can know everything, we can see how everything is interconnected — and we can begin to feel compassion for every living being.

This is one of many excellent talks on the TED website. As you may know I attended the TEDGlobal conference in Tanzania recently. So I have a close affinity to all things TED. This is one of my favourites of the more recent talks posted. And I highly recommend the Bob Thurman podcast as well.

You may also be interested in
Robert Thurman’s book Infinite Life
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