TED Talks Thursdays – Carl Honore Praises Slowness

I thought since I am doing a series of Mandala Mondays, it might be nice to do some TED Talks Thursdays. For those of you not familiar with TED Talks here is a brief summery of them from www.ted.com:

TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and Open TV Project, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.

In today’s post; “Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world’s emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. But there’s a backlash brewing, as everyday people start putting the brakes on their all-too-modern lives. Honore’s bestselling book In Praise of Slowness plots the lineage of our speed-obsessed society; while it recognizes the difficulty of slowing down, it also highlights the successes of everyday people around the world who have found ways of doing it. Honoré traces his “Aha” moment to his son’s bedtime, when Honore would race through storybooks — skipping pages, reading portions of paragraphs — to move things along. (He’s since reformed.)” -TED Talks

I hope you enjoy this. If you have a favorite TED Talk, let me know. I’d love to have  your input.


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  1. Atmara: Thank you so much for posting comments about TED. May I recommend a beautiful talk given by Maggie Doyne from her appearance at Do Lectures . . . a site similar to TED. Her talk is at http://www.thedolectures.com/speakers/speakers-2010/maggie-doyne. It really, really touched my heart. On the subject of TED, may I point out that my passion for TED lead me to create videotalks.org. If people like TED, they will find more than 50 links to sites similar to TED — many of which I didn’t know about until I started my search for good talks and lectures sites. Like you, I see tremendous value in video talks. My hope is that in the not-too-distant future I’ll be with a group of people and more than just a couple will know about TED and similar sites. Please keep up the good work of sharing TED with your readers. Jim Melfi, videotalks.org


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