RL Post: Never mind power, knowledge is fun!

I may have disliked school, but I’ve always loved learning. I’m a learner for learning sake and in a recent post, Young(1) opened my eyes and mind to a great resource for learning on the web – the TED Talks. In her (wonderfully eloquant) post Young not only discussed about the democrotisation of education, but also set myself, Enjah & Osprey a task – watch a selected TED Talk and discuss. I’m not much of a discusser, really – talker yes, discusser no – so my views will no doubt be largely positive & supportive. I can’t help it – I was never cut out to be a critic 🙂

Young asked me to look over this TED Talk: Majora Carter: Greening the ghetto. In RL I work in the regen field, specifically in sustainable community development, so Madam Geoffrion quite rightly suspected this would tickle my fancy. From the engaging speaker to the joyful message she brought, I LOVED it! Majora’s personal, emotional style suited me down to the ground. And her message! How a country as rich and powerful as the US can allow such inequity in the basic quality of its people’s lives is a source of shame that will astound future generations. But the energy, drive, determination and potential of humans the world over displayed by Marjora is simply amazing. We waste so much. So much and it’s so wrong. But stories like these (and I can point to similar ones here too) are beacons in the dark. Thank you Young, Thank you for my beacon 🙂

You can watch all the TED Talk videos on YouTube here – I’ve downloaded a lot via RSS from the main TED.com site and I’m going to watch at least one a day (I managed two on the way to work this morning as the fecking bus was late – must have been all that torrential rain I was stood in for half an hour that slowed the driver down :-/ )

p.s. (1) Actually Os had shown me the TED site a couple of months ago to try and help with an assignment I was working on, but I was so focused on that I didn’t pay enough attention. What a waste! Sorry Os, you tried and I was too tied up in that stupid course to listen 😦



  1. I told Young I didn’t want any homework if I ever managed to figure out commenting on her blog ,But curiosity got the better and I took a look at the TED Talks and picked one at random It was Evelyn Glennie the virtuoso percusionist who is deaf. She was showing how to listen not just with our ears but with our whole body. It certainly made me think about listening and even looking at things from a different perspective . She’s an amazing Lady . So thankyou Young well worth a half hour or so of anyones time . :)))

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