Titillating TED Talks for Development Folks II

Too many TED talks. Too little time. Here’s seven interesting ones I’ve come across over the last few months worth sharing with how-matters.org readers. (You can check out my first set of recommended TED talks here.)

Kathryn Schulz: On being wrong
Engineers Without Borders Canada encourages the development community to admit our failures. Writer Kathryn Schulz argues why we should not only admit our fallibility but embrace it.

Julia Bacha: Pay attention to nonviolence
Where the international community chooses to direct its attention matters. Brazilian filmmaker Julia Bacha argues that it’s the nonviolent Palestinian and Israeli grassroots leaders who may one day bring peace and why it’s time to raise the profile of these local efforts.

Eli Pariser: Beware online “filter bubbles”
A squirrel dying in front of your house may be more relevant to your interests right now than people dying in Africa.” ~Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook
This is why online organizer and author Eli Pariser wants to make sure we do not only have access information, perspectives, and opinions that already resonate with us.

Leslie Dodson – Don’t Misrepresent Africa
Researcher/reporter Leslie Dodson calls those of us in industries that portray the poor to revise our “ethics of seeing” and to leave room for stories outside simplistic narratives.

Sam Richards – A Radical Experiment in Empathy
Sociologist Sam Richards demonstrates how “othering” works and how we can counter it.

Joan Halifax: Compassion and the true meaning of empathy
Aid workers, how are you engaged in activities that transform suffering? And are you attached to the outcome? Buddhist and activist Joan Halifax wants to know.

Chip Conley: Measuring what makes life worthwhile
There are many thing we do and that we don’t measure in the “misplaced metric” of GDP. Hotelier Chip Conley tells us why the things that are most intangible are actually the most valuable things to measure.


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