A positive change we can make in our lives, and the world, is how we eat. Amongst a number of chefs Jamie Oliver is transforming the way we feed ourselves, and our children. We love his Ted talk.
It’s Word Nerd Day!
Ever wondered who actually decides which words make it into the dictionary? Language historian Anne Curzan gives a charming look at the humans behind dictionaries, and the choices they make.
Technology is an amazing thing. We can use it to navigate the world without using the sense of vision. Inventor and IBM Fellow Chieko Asakawa, who’s been blind since the age of fourteen, has been working on just this. In a charming demonstration, she shows off some new technology that’s helping blind people explore the world ever more independently … because, she suggests, when we design for greater accessibility, everyone benefits.
Producer, Franklin Leonard saw too many great screenplays never get made because they didn’t fit the traditional Hollywood mould. So he started the Black List, an anonymous email that shared his favourite screenplays and asked: Why aren’t we making these movies? Learn the origin story of some of your favourite films with this fascinating insider view of the movie business.
Can happiness be bought? To find out, Benjamin Wallace sampled the world’s most expensive products including a bottle of 1947 Chateau Cheval Blanc, 8 ounces of Kobe beef and the notorious Kopi Luwak coffee.
In an eye-opening talk, Aparna Mehta reveals the unseen world of “free” online returns — which, instead of ending up back on the shelf, are sent to landfills by the billions of pounds each year — and shares her plan to help put an end to this growing environmental catastrophe.
This is a must watch for all of those looking for creative inspiration. Janet Echelman found her true voice as an artist when her paints went missing — which forced her to look to an unorthodox new art material. Now she makes billowing, flowing, building-sized sculpture with a surprisingly geeky edge. A transporting 10 minutes of pure creativity.
Writer Pico Iyer discusses the meaning of home, the joy of traveling and the serenity of standing still in a time when more and more people worldwide are living in countries not considered their own.
Chip Kidd doesn’t judge books by their cover, he creates covers that embody the book and does so with a wicked sense of humor. In this hilarious talk, he shares the art and the philosophy behind his cover designs.
It’s a spookily good #tedtalk and well worth the watch.
Happy Halloween everyone!