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I loved Niall Ferguson’s talk on The Great Divergence, which he titled, “The 6 Killer Apps of Prosperity.”

He posits what has led to Western prosperity and explains why those advantages have or are eroding. “It is our generation that is witnessing the end of Western predominance,” he says, and provides data to back it up.  It is a great, brief look at macro changes through the eyes of a historian.

John Lowe
CEO
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

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Jane Goodall is my hero. I love her compassion and dedication in working with chimpanzees in Tanzania. In this TED Talk, she describes how her team’s community projects for humans are helping the struggling people surrounding the chimpanzee’s habitat with clean water, farming techniques, and unexpectedly, a growing interest in conservation. Her commitment to both people and animals is creating an environment of peaceful coexistence for both.

Kate Storm
COSI
Director of Strategic Initiatives & Artist

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Deciding on which TED speech is my favorite and why is tough because anybody invited to speak at a TED conference is already a great speaker and authority in their specific field. The thing that separates a TED conference is to learn about something you wouldn’t otherwise be taking the time to learn about. It is this gift of human imagination that TED celebrates and why I chose the speech that I did.  Sir Ken Robinson’s 2006 speech on how schools kill creativity, and the most downloaded TED video on YouTube, is at the core of everything I believe in as the son of a retired high school social studies teacher. It is subject matter that affects every single human being living on this planet today and in the very near future, yet most of us take for granted. “Everybody has an interest in education, and it goes deep with people like we do religion, and money. Creativity is important to everything we do. Education is meant to take us into this future that we can’t grasp.”

 

Christian Adams
Principal & Chief Creative Officer
Sigma Creative

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Why do people vote against their own self-interests? Maybe we aren’t taking enough time to understand that other people’s interests are not always what WE think is best for them. Right and left have gotten farther and farther apart and dialog has gotten more and more disingenuous. Jonathan Haidt’s talk probably won’t cause any of us to change sides, but it may allow us to take a step back and begin asking better questions to engage in real debate.

 

 

Dave Ungar
OCLC
Portfolio Operations Manager

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