“Permission is a scarce commodity in this land of multiple freedoms.
As a teacher and as a mentor I give people permission to be who they want to be, and sometimes I think: How did I get stuck with this job? Isn’t that what our schools are supposed to be doing? The answer, I’ve found, is that most Americans look back on their education as a permission-denying experience–a long trail of don’ts and can’ts and shouldn’ts.” — William Zinsser
Police scanner + Ambient Music
Last month I had the opportunity to attend TEDxManitoba, an independently organized TED event at the Park Theatre. It was a day of inspiration drawn from the various speakers and the conversations with fellow attendees.
During each of the seventeen talks I scribbled down my thoughts in a notepad. During the week that followed, I tried to distill each talk down to one compelling analogy. These seventeen analogies are presented below (in italics), along with links to each video (follow the arrows).
Some of the analogies are direct quotes, others are summaries of what I personally took away from a talk. Out of context these analogies may have little meaning, so watch the videos. I’ve marked my favourite talks with a star (★).
Helping the Swiftest Be Swifter ⇒
Luck as preparation plus opportunity.
Is There Natural Immunity to HIV? ⇒
Sleepy immune systems as HIV immunity.
Poverty, Crime & Greenhouse Gas Emissions ⇒ ★
Employment as transformative opportunity.
Between You, Me and Liberation ⇒
Forgiveness as freedom.
Rick Van Eck
How Video Games May Transform Education ⇒
Engagement as cognitive effort.
Enabling Canada’s Economy Digitally ⇒
Prosperity gap as innovation gap.
Leslee Silverman and Columpa Bobb
The Moving Gallery @ the Edge of the Screen ⇒
Children as empathy glue.
Intelligent Buildings ⇒ ★
The Manitoba Hydro building as camel.
A Cold Walk in Shoes Without a Home ⇒
Change as caring in action.
Terry MacLeod et al.
Finding Life Beyond the Gang ⇒ ★
Gang life as MPR (Money, Power and Respect).
Peer Coaching: 21st Century Teacher Skills ⇒
Colleagues as co-learners.
Social Entrepreneurism for the 21st Century ⇒
Love as seeking the good of others.
DeforestAction: Global Project Based Learning ⇒
Authentic tasks as education.
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The following talks (the first four of the day) are not available due to an internet hiccup.
Robert Sawyer - Creating the Future ★
Consciousness as networked complexity.
Nicole Buckley - Canada Alive in Space
Space research as aging research.
Kerry Stevenson - How 3D Printing Will Change the Way You Think
3D printing as slow motion teleportation.
Karen Letourneau - A Breakthrough in Prenatal Ultrasound ★
Simplicity as the other side of complexity.