Posts tagged TED
Posts tagged TED
Because: I went on a TED talks binge last night (the iPad is helpful like that) and this was my favorite viewing of the session. I think the evolution of Turkle’s take on technological connectivity merits attention, and it is the reason I really paid attention to what she was saying. In the majority of the talk I felt as though she was addressing people who fall at one extreme end of the spectrum, but she brought me back at the end. This concept of “being alone” became a positive, a good thing. Being alone and really being alone, and being together and really being together, I think those are both beautiful concepts.
This talk further bolstered the view I maintain regarding the subject, which is that I do think we have invaluable tools at our fingertips, quite literally, to obtain information and connect. That, however, only takes us so far. It should in no way act as a replacement for anything, just an enhancement.
David Brooks: The social animal
Because: A good friend of mine pointed me toward this talk, one who used to also live in Buenos Aires and after about a total of three years here decided to move back to the U.S. not long ago. We talked a number of times when she was considering what was next for her, and that’s a regular conversation topic in my interactions with friends: What might be next for each of us. I don’t know whether it is the stage I am in currently or my physical surroundings and the culture of this place, but since being in Buenos Aires I’ve learned to feel it all, to feel every decision I make rather than think it all to pieces. What might be next? I have a few thoughts marinating in the back of my mind, just as David Brooks describes as the way to pick out a couch, for example, in the talk. I’m not sure what’s next or when “next” will be, but when I know, I’ll feel it.
Because: Sheryl Sandberg gives a very important, very accessible TED talk that got me thinking about generally female inclinations or characteristics that have us holding ourselves back, as well as how men perceive professional situations, and what we can do about all of it. Her three takeaway points:
1. Sit at the table.
2. Make your partner a real partner.
3. Don’t leave before you leave.
And I love her closing quote:
I want my daughter to have the chance not just to succeed, but to be liked for her accomplishments.
For a deeper look at Sandberg and her work, both in regards to empowering female professionals as well as her career, I recommend this New Yorker profile.