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TED talks strand

October 28th, 2009

Facilitator: Hugh McCracken

In this Day 2 strand of the Shifting Thinking Conference we will screen a selection of inspiring TED talks, “riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world”.  A facilitator will guide the group in a discussion of the ideas explored in each TED talk, and how these relate to education in the 21st century.

Part of the inspiration for this strand comes from ChangeMakers: “fostering active citizenship and generosity in New Zealand”.  Changemaker’s learning community approach includes group dialogue catalysed by TED talks.

Session 1: Clay Shirky on institutions versus collaboration

In this prescient 2005 talk, Clay Shirky shows how closed groups and companies will give way to looser networks where small contributors have big roles and fluid cooperation replaces rigid planning.

Clay Shirky wrote Here Comes Everybody, and his consulting focuses on the rising usefulness of decentralized technologies such as peer-to-peer, wireless networks, social software and open-source development.

Session 2: Dave Eggers’ wish: Once Upon a School

Accepting his 2008 TED Prize, author Dave Eggers asks the TED community to engage with their local school. With spellbinding eagerness, he talks about how his 826 Valencia tutoring centre inspired others around the world to open their own volunteer-driven, wildly creative writing labs. But you don’t need to go that far, he reminds us – it’s as simple as asking a teacher “How can I help?”

Writing is only his day job: Dave Eggers moonlights as a publisher, philanthropist and advocate for students and teachers.  His first book, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

Session 3: Charles Leadbeater on innovation

In this deceptively casual talk, Charles Leadbeater weaves a tight argument that innovation isn’t just for professionals anymore. Passionate amateurs, using new tools, are creating products and paradigms that companies can’t.

Charles Leadbeater’s theories on innovation have compelled some of the world’s largest organizations to rethink their strategies. A financial journalist turned innovation consultant…Leadbeater noticed the rise of “pro-ams” — passionate amateurs who act like professionals, making breakthrough discoveries in many fields, from software to astronomy to kite-surfing.

Session 4: Benjamin Zander on music and passion

Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it – and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.

A leading interpreter of Mahler and Beethoven, Benjamin Zander is known for his charisma and unyielding energy — and for his brilliant pre-concert talks.

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  1. Diana-Grace
    | #1

    would love love love to see this strand in action .. however… I will be warming up ourspace for all you lovelies! *dg

  2. Diana-Grace
    | #2

    Woop woop! This is the stuff that make magic in the classrioom.

    This is the stuff that will make magic front of house at Te Papa.

    Another example of educational goodness bubbling over!!!!!!!!!!

    Loving it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You folk complelty rock!!!!!!!!!


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