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Learning From Failure

posted Dec 20, 2011, 6:18 PM by Jeremy Lambeth

International aid groups make the same mistakes over and over again. At TEDxYYC David Damberger uses his own engineering failure in India to call for the development sector to publicly admit, analyze, and learn from their missteps.


posted Oct 1, 2011, 9:51 PM by Jeremy Lambeth   [ updated Oct 1, 2011, 9:55 PM ]

Have you played with Google Labs' Ngram Viewer? It's an addicting tool that lets you search for words and ideas in a database of 5 million books from across centuries. Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel show us how it works, and a few of the surprising things we can learn from 500 billion words.

One Laptop per Child

posted Sep 3, 2011, 12:56 PM by Jeremy Lambeth

Nicholas Negroponte of MIT discusses how communities all over the world are finding the benefits of the One Laptop Per Child project, and learning to adjust to the presence of the net.

The Hyperpublic symposium brings together computer scientists, ethnographers, architects, historians, artists and legal scholars to discuss how design influences privacy and public space, how it shapes and is shaped by human behavior and experience, and how it can cultivate norms such as tolerance and diversity.

This symposium was held on June 10, 2011 at Harvard University. Find out more here: http://www.hyperpublic.org/


posted Aug 28, 2011, 8:12 AM by Jeremy Lambeth   [ updated Aug 28, 2011, 8:17 AM ]

Cities were once constructed by the efforts of individuals, until the grand plans of master architects, and then city planning departments took over, making sense of the "chaos." The city of the future will be both globally connected and highly local and customized -- once again shaped primarily by the individuals living within it. This new power will include sustainable local economies and be thanks to the miracle of the Internet combined with fast, easy access to it through ubiquitous mobile devices and sensors throughout our environment.


posted Aug 3, 2011, 5:52 PM by Jeremy Lambeth

What if every light bulb in the world could also transmit data? At TEDGlobal, Harald Haas demonstrates, for the first time, a device that could do exactly that. By flickering the light from a single LED, a change too quick for the human eye to detect, he can transmit far more data than a cellular tower -- and do it in a way that's more efficient, secure and widespread.


posted Aug 2, 2011, 7:23 PM by Jeremy Lambeth   [ updated Aug 2, 2011, 7:27 PM ]

This Craft Kalimantan film highlights indigenous weaving traditions used in the production of high quality art products. The products are the work of artisan groups, made up of 90 per cent women, who live in and around the forests in Kalimantan, Indonesia. These groups continue to struggle in defense of their culture and tradition through the art of weaving crafts.

Produced by: Ghekko Studio


posted Aug 1, 2011, 3:03 PM by Jeremy Lambeth   [ updated Aug 1, 2011, 3:14 PM ]

Mateo Paneitz went to Comalapa, Guatemala, in 2003 as a Peace Corps volunteer. Peneitz's desire to help this impoverished, predominantly Mayan community didn't end with his tour though. He sold his car in the USA to raise funds to found the non-profit Long Way Home to create better employment and education opportunities in Comalapa. A popular park has already been created, but the goal now is to create a mixed academic and vocational school.

The construction of the school is part of the solution - it's built from recycled waste such as car tires and bottles. With mountains of waste available for re-use, the project is already providing training and employment.


posted Jul 30, 2011, 8:29 AM by Jeremy Lambeth   [ updated Jul 30, 2011, 9:45 AM ]

May 21, 2011 - Jennifer Aaker and Nathan Waterhouse present a gripping story of how social technology and online collaboration can save lives. Aaker is the General Atlantic professor of marketing at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; Waterhouse is co-founder of OpenIDEO.

STAN: Society, Technology, Art and Nature, was Stanford University's prototype conference for TEDxStanford, and showcased some of the university's top faculty, students, alumni and performers in an intense four-hour event laced with surprising appearances and memorable experiences.

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