This Week's Podcast Recommendations
- Sir Ken Robinson talks about the importance of creativity in schools. He puts a stake in the ground by saying he believes creativity is as important in schools today as literacy. The great thing about his talk, though, is that he weaves a ton of humorous anecdotes; it's a funny talk, but also serious, and I found him a fantastic speaker to listen to.
- Chris Anderson of WIRED Magazine talks about technology's long tail. This talk moved fast but was satisfying to absorb and he made the concepts really easy to understand. He explains a model they have at WIRED about four stages of successful technologies. Made perfect sense once he explained it with some classic technology examples.
- Wow, this one is intense: Thomas Barnett talks about war and peace in the post-Cold War world. Dr. Barnett advises the government on international security strategy; in this talk, he prescribes how the U.S. should wage war and the subsequent peace that comes once we enter a given region and win that conflict. His basic premise is that the U.S. has the power to win any conflict; our problem is that we don't really know what to do afterward. He makes some suggestions.
That's it for this week; I'll post a few more of my favorite TED talks next week. If you've got favorite TED talks, post a comment to this blog entry and share your favorites. Heck, they don't even have to be TED talks; I'm always looking for an interesting podcast to listen to.
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