As the world is on the brink of a global financial crisis, this timely documentary explores how we are all implicated in the political and economic machinations of the international finance market by simply putting our money in a bank. A shocking and invaluable film that should be required viewing for all. In this current economic climate its importance cannot be underestimated.



Conference in Toronto with students for search for meaning.

In this rare clip from 1972, legendary psychiatrist and Holocaust-survivor Viktor Frankl delivers a powerful message about the human search for meaning -- and the most important gift we can give others.

Viktor E. Frankl was Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the University of Vienna Medical School. He spent three years during World War II in concentration camps, including Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, and Dachau, where he formulated many of his key ideas. Logotherapy, his psychotherapeutic school, is founded on the belief that striving to find meaning in life is the most powerful motivation for human beings.

Frankl wrote 39 books, which were published in 38 languages. His best-known, Man's Search for Meaning, gives a firsthand account of his experiences during the Holocaust, and describes the psychotherapeutic method he pioneered. The Library of Congress called it one of "the ten most influential books in America." Frankl lectured on five continents.
"Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human. "
Viktor Frankl



Emirati media students share their views on the challenges of embracing democracy in the Arab world at a Gulf News live debate.



Kaplan talks about the five critical skills that entrepreneurs need:
1) Leadership: ability to build consensus in the face of uncertainty
2) Communication: ability to keep a clear and consistent message
3) Decision-making: knowing when to make a decision
4) Being a good team player: knowing when to trust and when to delegate
5) Ability to telescope: to focus in on the details and then move back to the bigger picture. Podcast is currently not available for this material.

Jerry Kaplan
Jerry Kaplan is widely known in the computer industry as a serial entrepreneur, executive, technical innovator, and author. Most recently, he was co-chairman of Egghead.com, Inc. Previously, Mr. Kaplan served as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of online auction company Onsale, Inc., which he co-founded in 1994

Prior to Onsale, he was co-founder and chairman of GO Corporation, which developed PenPoint, a pen-based operating system. Mr. Kaplan wrote a best-selling book about his experiences at GO Corporation entitled "Startup--A Silicon Valley Adventure", published in May 1995 by Houghton-Mifflin.

Before founding GO, Mr. Kaplan was the principal technologist at Lotus Development Corporation, where he co-authored Lotus Agenda, the first personal information management software. In 1981, he co-founded Teknowledge, a public company specializing in artificial intelligence.

Mr. Kaplan received a Bachelor's degree in history and philosophy of science from the University of Chicago (1972), a Doctorate degree in computer and information science from the University of Pennsylvania (1979), and was a research associate in Computer Science at Stanford from 1979 to 1981.

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Raikes talks about how many palm devises failed before Palm because hugely successful. Microsoft is still working on a tablet PC, though efforts in the past have failed. Microsoft's entrepreneurial success is characterized by persistence: keep investing and keep trying, says Raikes. Persistence is a part of agility. You learn to respond and then you keep trying, he adds.

Group vice president of Productivity and Business Services (PBS) at Microsoft Corp., Jeff Raikes is responsible for Microsoft's Information Worker Business Group (IWBG). He also oversees products and sales for small and midmarket customers and partners, and the company's licensing programs for organizations. In addition, Raikes manages the Business Solutions Group and the Small and Midmarket Solutions and Partners group.

Previously, Raikes was group vice president of the Worldwide Sales and Support Group, responsible for providing strategic leadership for Microsoft's sales, marketing and service initiatives. Before that, he served as senior vice president of Microsoft North America, a position he had held since 1993.

Raikes joined Microsoft in 1981 as a product manager and was instrumental in driving Microsoft's applications marketing strategy. Promoted to director of Applications Marketing in 1984, he was the chief strategist behind Microsoft's success in graphical applications for the Apple Macintosh and the Microsoft Windows operating system. In this role, he drove the product strategy and design of Microsoft Office, the leading business productivity suite. Raikes was promoted to vice president of Office Systems, where he was responsible for development and marketing of word processing, workgroup applications and pen computing. Before joining Microsoft, he was a software development manager at Apple Computer Inc.

For contributions to the software industry in the development of Microsoft Office, and in developing opportunities through the Solution Provider program and other innovative efforts, Raikes was inducted into Computer Reseller News Magazine's Computer Industry Hall of Fame in November 2003.

Raikes holds a bachelor's degree in engineering and economic systems from Stanford University. He served on the board of directors of the Software Publishers Association from 1987 to 1993 and twice served as the chairman of the board. Raikes also served on the board of the Washington Technology Center.

A native of Nebraska, Raikes is a trustee of the University of Nebraska Foundation. He is involved with numerous community activities, focusing on education and children's issues. As part of a community effort to preserve major-league baseball in the Pacific Northwest, he joined with other Seattle business leaders in 1992 to purchase the Seattle Mariners baseball club.



Experts are of the opinion that the main reasons for the steady increase in the cost of raising children is due to parents and children falling prey to marketing techniques and peer pressure.


........ WHEREVER YOU ARE......

They say friends are always there, and it is true......


Dr. Laura Trice is a therapist and coach, devoted to practices that help people find fulfillment. She's created a therapeutic program called Writing in Recovery that uses creative skills such as journaling and music to help people develop better self-awareness and set goals. She's taught this program at such well-known clinics as Betty Ford and Promises. She's the author of the book How to Work Any 12-Step Program.

In her other life, she is the head of Laura's Wholesome Junk Food, making healthy cookies and brownies.
"Doing little things will help doing the big things in the future."
a Writing in Recovery client



Diamonds and gold — vast natural resources that could enrich a nation — are a curse in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the Congolese people have suffered the largest death toll since the second world war.

The conflict between warlords and armed rebels for control of these resources have plunged the citizens into a life of poverty, sexual violence, and war. Some 45,000 people die each month as a result.

The actual miners who extract the sought-out treasures have no access to a living wage, societal safety, or simple medical care, while their leaders enrich themselves and allow the misery to continue.

Marcus Bleasdale traces how the west's consumer appetite for these resources have led to such sub-human conditions for the Congolese, and poses that we might make a difference — at the jewelry counter — simply by asking: where does that ring come from?

The Democratic Republic of Congo sits atop one of the world's most vast deposits of diamonds and gold; yet it is also home to the world's most deadly war. In Rape of a Nation, photojournalist Marcus Bleasdale explores the connection. See the project at http://mediastorm.com/publication/rape-of-a-nation



India is a diverse country, separated by class and ethnicity. But all women confront the cultural pressure to bear a son. This preference cuts through every social divide, from geography to economy.

This preference originates from the belief that men make money while women, because of their expensive dowry costs, are a financial burden. As a result, there is a near constant disregard for the lives of women and girls. From birth until old age, women face a constant threat of violence and too frequently, death.

The numbers are staggering. Since 1980, an estimated 40 million women are 'missing,' by way of abortion, neglect or murder. 7,000 female fetuses are aborted every day according to the U.N., aborted solely because they are girls. One dowry death is reported every 77 minutes. Countless others are never known.

The government has tried to intervene. Dowry and sex selective abortions are illegal. Yet both practices still thrive, in large part because of deep-rooted cultural prejudices.

Today, eighty percent of Indian states are now facing a shortage of women. To compensate for this differential, young, unknowing women are bought from surrounding countries like Bangladesh and sold to young bachelors. Not knowing a word of the language, these trafficked women now face the same kinds of violence as other Indian women.

In India, all women must confront the cultural pressure to bear a son. The consequences of this preference is a disregard for the lives of women and girls. From birth until death they face a constant threat of violence. See the project at http://mediastorm.com/publication/undesired



The Legatum Prosperity Index is the world's only global assessment of wealth and wellbeing; unlike other studies that rank countries by actual levels of wealth, life satisfaction or development, the Prosperity Index produces rankings based upon the very foundations of prosperity those factors that will help drive economic growth and produce happy citizens over the long term.

1 Norway
2 Denmark
3 Finland
4 Australia
5 New Zealand
6 Sweden
7 Canada
8 Switzerland
9 Netherlands
10 United States
11 Ireland
12 Iceland
13 United Kingdom
14 Austria
15 Germany
16 Belgium
17 Singapore
18 Japan
19 France
20 Hong Kong
21 Slovenia
22 Taiwan
23 Spain
24 Czech Republic
25 Italy
26 Portugal
27 South Korea
28 Uruguay
29 Poland
30 United Arab Emirates
31 Kuwait
32 Chile
33 Costa Rica
34 Hungary
35 Estonia
36 Israel
37 Slovakia
38 Croatia
39 Greece
40 Panama
41 Argentina
42 Lithuania
43 Malaysia
44 Trinidad and Tobago
45 Brazil
46 Bulgaria
47 Latvia
48 Tunisia
49 Saudi Arabia
50 Kazakhstan
51 Romania
52 Thailand
53 Mexico
54 Belarus
55 Jamaica
56 Belize
57 Botswana
58 China
59 Sri Lanka
60 Mongolia
61 Vietnam
62 Morocco
63 Russia
64 Philippines
65 Colombia
66 South Africa
67 Paraguay
68 Dominican Republic
69 Ukraine
70 Indonesia
71 Namibia
72 Macedonia
73 Peru
74 Jordan
75 Venezuela
76 Uzbekistan
77 Ecuador
78 El Salvador
79 Algeria
80 Turkey
81 Guatemala
82 Bolivia
83 Syria
84 Lebanon
85 Honduras
86 Moldova
87 Nicaragua
88 India
89 Egypt
90 Ghana
91 Nepal
92 Iran
93 Mali
94 Senegal
95 Cambodia
96 Bangladesh
97 Tanzania
98 Rwanda
99 Uganda
100 Sudan
101 Zambia
102 Cameroon
103 Mozambique
104 Kenya
105 Yemen
106 Nigeria
107 Ethiopia
108 Central African Republic
109 Pakistan
110 Zimbabwe



Accepting his 2007 TED Prize, war photographer James Nachtwey shows his life’s work and asks TED to help him continue telling the story with innovative, exciting uses of news photography in the digital era.

For the past three decades, James Nachtwey has devoted himself to documenting wars, conflicts and critical social issues, working in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza, Israel, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, the Philippines, South Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Rwanda, South Africa, Russia, Bosnia, Chechnya, Kosovo, Romania, Brazil and the United States.

Nachtwey has been a contract photographer with Time since 1984. However, when certain stories he wanted to cover -- such as Romanian orphanages and famine in Somalia -- garnered no interest from magazines, he self-financed trips there. He is known for getting up close to his subjects, or as he says, "in the same intimate space that the subjects inhabit," and he passes that sense of closeness on to the viewer.

In putting himself in the middle of conflict, his intention is to record the truth, to document the struggles of humanity, and with this, to wake people up and stir them to action.
"Reticent about discussing his own life beyond the basic facts, he's clearly one of those rare characters who focus singularly on their work with a missionary-like sense of purpose."


Listening to stories widens the imagination; telling them lets us leap over cultural walls, embrace different experiences, feel what others feel. Elif Shafak builds on this simple idea to argue that fiction can overcome identity politics.

Why you should listen to her: .Elif Shafak is the most-read female author in Turkey, where she is as well known for her descriptions of backstreets Istanbul as she is for her global and multicultural perspective. Her writing is at once rooted in her politically feminist education and her deep respect for and knowledge of Sufism and Ottoman culture.

Using these paradoxes, she creates a third way to understand Turkey's intricate history. Shafak's international sensibilities have been shaped by a life spent in a very diverse range of cities, including Ankara, Cologne, Madrid, Amman and Boston. She has written novels in Turkish -- such as her first work, Pinhan ("The Sufi") -- as well as English, including her most recent novel, The Forty Rules of Love, in which two powerful parallel narratives take the reader from contemporary Boston to thirteenth-century Konya, where the Sufi poet Rumi encountered his spiritual mentor, the whirling dervish known as Shams.

Her uncommon political stances have not gone without controversy. At the publication of her novel The Bastard of Istanbul, which crosses two family histories, one Turkish, the other Armenian, she faced charges for "insulting Turkishness." The case was later dismissed, and Shafak's role in the rare combination of radical and sentimental writer remains uninterrupted. Shafak also writes song lyrics for well-known rock musicians in her country.

"Her characters spend their time popping out of categories."

Andrew Finkel, Turkish Culture


King Arthur Flour has endured for over 200 years

Sarah McGinley-Smith, Director of Corporate Communications for Vermont-based King Arthur Flour Company, explains how employee engagement works at this two-century-old ESOP firm.

A brand familiar to generations of Americans, King Arthur Flour Company represents the nation's oldest flour company and the single largest educator of home bakers in the world. Founded in Boston in 1790, impressive growth has accompanied the company's transformation from a small, fifth generation operation to the 100 percent employee-owned business seen today.

Most recently, as a founding member of the "B Corporation" certification project, King Arthur has again embraced transformation as a means to remain competitive, finding great success through their longstanding commitment to a quality product and the triple bottom line.

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"King Arthur Flour's commitment to quality and ideals probably hasn't changed much since the 18th century," argues employee-owner Beth Latchis, Senior Programmer/Analyst in the firm's IT Department. Having only been with the company nine months, she explains that such principles, though not new to King Arthur, are still a thrill for her.

"It is very refreshing to work for an organization that's actively committed to the environment, its employees and the community," she says.

Indeed, King Arthur's history is rich with stories that speak to its distinct character.

"Frank Sands' grandfather would hire Irish workers in Boston 100 years ago," explains CEO Steve Voigt, "when a lot of other shop keepers were hanging out signs that said 'No Irish need apply.' It always was in the company's DNA and we're just making it more and more explicit for all of us, internally and for our customers."

In 1891 the company demanded that its product remain unbleached and sold to all dealers at the same fair price. Inspired by the mythical King Arthur and his insistence on sitting alongside his knights as peers at the Round Table, the ideals of strength, purity and honesty continue to permeate the business and strengthen their brand.

"King Arthur Flour has always been known for creating the best flour available," explains Travis Oman, Team Leader in the Customer Service department. "Now we're helping to blaze a trail for other socially responsible companies to follow."

For decades the company operated small scale and independently, actually shrinking to the point of having only three employees in 1990 (with revenues of $3.5 million). But a pivotal switch to push items through catalog offerings meant huge growth, eventually leading to 160 employees in 2009 and 1,500 product offerings. Roughly two-thirds of the business involves flour production, but one-third has become direct-to-consumer services through their physical store, mail catalog, and an award-winning online presence that includes Facebook and Twitter pages in addition to the King Arthur website.

"As more and more small companies were subsumed by large companies, KAF was flexible and courageous enough to create an organization that is multifaceted and able to stay competitive," adds Latchis.

In 1996 legacy owner Frank Sands felt like the company needed to make another big change. In a move to avoid the classic model of union-management relations in which a union must protect the workers against a management drive solely to maximize value to the owners, papers were drawn up to sell the 200-year-old company to its staff. Revenues at the time were $14.5 million.

"The classical model," explains Voigt, "does not include the workers. So when you have a model that is 100 percent owned by an ESOP, it isn't an 'us-them' situation."

It took until 2004 for the company to become completely bought up by its associates, but it's a move that has cemented success for the organization: Revenues jumped 124 percent from the start of the sale, to $32.5 million. After being named a Winning Workplaces/Wall Street Journal Top Small Workplace in 2008, King Arthur made this year's list of America's fastest-growing private companies in Inc. magazine, and has remained one of the fastest-growing companies in Vermont since going ESOP.

Accolades and sales growth have naturally translated to employee recognition – something the company takes pride in and does in a way that fits their culture. "Knighting" ceremonies honor long-term employees and "Vesting" ceremonies mark an employee's vested stake in the ESOP account. Even the stationery awarded for a job well done has the image of a knight on horseback and the stamp, "A message from an owner."

Travis Oman calls the Knighting ceremonies a "truly unique and terrific experience," and P.J. Hamel, a Senior Editor with 19 years tenure at the company, says such activities, though whimsical, are worthwhile.

"I love to see a colleague celebrated. The ceremonies themselves are touching, funny, and memorable," Hamel says. "Bottom line, they're an opportunity for us all to say thanks to one another."

Giving back is a theme that plays out at a high level at King Arthur as well. It was one of the first companies to distinguish itself as a "B (Beneficial) Corporation" and the first to utilize the B Corp logo on product packaging.

The title is reserved only for "purpose-driven corporations that create benefit for all stakeholders, not just shareholders." To become certified, B Corporations must meet comprehensive and transparent social and environmental performance standards, and amend their corporate governing documents to incorporate the interests of employees, community and the environment.

As Hamel puts it simply, "It reinforces our 200-plus-year history of doing the right thing." And doing the right thing has continued to pay handsomely: from 2004, when the sale of the company to its employees was completed, to today, revenues have increased over 100 percent to $67 million.

Company: King Arthur Flour
Web site: www.kingarthurflour.com
Industry: Food manufacturer, catalogue, retail, school
Location: Norwich, VT
Number of Employees: 160
Sales: $67 million


Frank Gehry asks "Then what?"

In a wildly entertaining discussion with Richard Saul Wurman, architect Frank Gehry gives TEDsters his take on the power of failure, his recent buildings, and the all-important “Then what?” factor.

Frank Gehry is one of the world's most influential architects. His designs for the likes of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA are bold statements that have imposed a new aesthetic of architecture on the world at large, enlivening streetscapes and creating new destinations. Gehry has extended his vision beyond brick-and-mortar too, collaborating with artists such as Claes Oldenberg and Richard Serra, and designing watches, teapots and a line of jewelry for Tiffany & Co.
Now in his 80s, Gehry refuses to slow down or compromise his fierce vision: He and his team at Gehry Partners are working on a $4 billion development of the Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn, and a spectacular Guggenheim museum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, which interprets local architecture traditions into a language all his own. Incorporating local architectural motifs without simply paying lip service to Middle Eastern culture, the building bears all the hallmarks of a classic Gehry design.
"He has profoundly reordered the idea of constructed space among people who don't think about buildings for a living but who work in them, live in them -- and pay for them."



Human Planet is an awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping, heart-stopping landmark series that marvels at mankind's incredible relationship with nature in the world today. Uniquely in the animal kingdom, humans have managed to adapt and thrive in every environment on Earth...


Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

The pundits of Silicon Valley have a term for Steve Jobs' charisma: the reality distortion field. But the truth is, most of us like living in Jobs' reality, where exquisite design and sheer utility make for some addictively usable tools.

Jobs' famous persuasive power is equalled by his creativity and business brilliance -- apparent in legendary hardware and software achievements across three decades of work. The Macintosh computer (which brought the mouse-driven, graphical user interface to prominence), Pixar Animation Studios (which produced Toy Story, the first fully-3D-animated feature film), the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad (and who knows what's next?) all owe credit to Jobs' leadership and invention.
In recent years, Jobs has battled with a rare form of pancreatic cancer -- adding to an epic life story that mirrors the story of Apple itself: ever the underdog, ever the spectacular success.
"The past decade in business belongs to Jobs."
Fortune Magazine



KIPP is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. Work hard. Be nice. What a beautiful project!!!!!!!!!!!!




Vinton Gray "Vint" Cerf (born June 23, 1943) is an American computer scientist, who is recognized as one of "the fathers of the Internet", sharing this title with American computer scientist Bob Kahn.His contributions have been acknowledged and lauded, repeatedly, with honorary degrees, and awards that include the National Medal of Technology,the Turing Award,the Presidential Medal of Freedom,and membership in the National Academy of Engineering.

In the early days, Cerf was a program manager for the United States Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) funding various groups to develop TCP/IP technology. When the Internet began to transition to a commercial opportunity during the late 1980s,[citation needed] Cerf moved to MCI where he was instrumental in the development of the first commercial email system (MCI Mail) connected to the Internet.

Vinton Cerf was instrumental in the funding and formation of ICANN from the start. Cerf waited in the wings for a year before he stepped forward to join the ICANN Board. Eventually he became the Chairman of ICANN.

Cerf has worked for Google as its Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist since September 2005.In this function he has become well known for his predictions on how technology will affect future society, encompassing such areas as artificial intelligence, environmentalism, the advent of IPv6 and the transformation of the television industry and its delivery model.

Cerf also went to the same high school as Jon Postel and Steve Crocker; he wrote the former's obituary. Both were also instrumental in the creation of the Internet as we know it (see articles).

Since 2010, Cerf has served as a Commissioner for the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, a UN body which aims to make broadband internet technologies more widely available.



Trust of Followers, Be Genuine, Empathy, Teachers, Explain Why, Curiosity, You do not know everything,Mindful, Clarity for Purpose,



A beautiful contribution to humanity from a young talented person who always hoped one day he could become a professional piano player. A turkish poem binds together 20countries. This is also globalisation.... not only produce in china to sell cheaper.
As the song from Belle and Sebastian, "I did not see it coming" says - "BUT WE DO NOT HAVE THE MONEY, MONEY MAKES THE WHEEL AND THE WORLD GO ROUND"-
My personal and little tribute to an artist I admire. Mr. YOSUN CENGIZ. I wish one day you can make your dream come true..........

I was thinking about this project for long time and dreaming about connecting people in one poem which has universal sense. Finally found a turkish poem written by Orhan Veli. It is adressed to humanity in the very beginning and thought it would be a perfect choice for my video. Project was shot in USA, in Türkiye and on the plane between those two countries. The poem was voiced by 31 people from 20 different country. There was no turkish participant until I recorded my grandma in her home. We commemorate Orhan Veli once again on his 59 th death anniversary (November 14)

Thanks to all participants all around the world -- Yosun Evren Cengiz


To humanity;

For you my fellow humans (Louise- England)
Everything is for you (Linda, Mei - USA)
Nights are for you (Karen- USA)
Days too (Mike- USA)
Daylight and moonlight (Jake- USA)
Leaves in the moonlight (Josh- Belize)
Wonder in the leaves (Insa- Germany)
Wisdom in the leaves (Kyra- Germany)
Myriad greens
in daylight (Ivonne- Puerto Rico, Regina- Bolivia)
Yellow is for you (Akari- Japan)
and pink (Sayaka- Japan)
The feel of the skin
on the palm (Nikolett, Constantin- Hungary)
It' s warmth (Arturas- Lithuania)
It' s softness (Ollar- Estonia)
The comfort of lying down (Lacey- USA)
All the greetings are for you (Adrian- Cuba)
For you the masts winnowing
in the harbor (Irma- Lithuania)
Names of the days (Matthew- USA)
Names of the months (Anna- Estonia)
Fresh paint on the rowboats is for you (Linda- Philippines)
For you, the mailman's feet (Uzeyir- Azerbaijan)
Potter's hand (Marta- Spain)
Sweat on foreheads (William- France)
Bullets fired on battlefronts (Pablo- Argentina)
Graves are for you (Melania- Slovakia)
and tombstones (Krzysztof- Poland)
Jails and handcuffs and
death sentences (Adrian- Romania)
are for you (Adrian- Cuba)
Everything is for you (Fatma- Türkiye)


Hola, Hello, Hi

Video recomendado por el gran comunicador Emilio Duró. Me ha parecido un gran profesional con un mensaje llano y profundo. Debe ser un tío cojonudo, de esos con los que sueñas que te toque de compañero en un vuelo transatlántico!!!!!!!!!, y no es ironía.



Kelley believes that you should not take a conventional approach to hiring people and building teams. He offers up a few suggestions including:

1) Hire individuals or non-confomists to stimulate the organization

2) Hire a diverse range of experts and generalists in different fields

3) Form hotgroups of 8-12 people. He mentions the benefits of having close ties with your local reputable university to source out the best potential staff. To Kelley, an ideal hire interacts well with established IDEO staff, and demonstrates an attitude of wisdom: he/she strikes a good balance between their ability to promote their ideas yet welcome constructive criticism. IDEO has slowly grown from a staff of 2 to 430, he notes.

Watch it on Academic Earth

David, founder and chairman of IDEO, is a California-based entrepreneur, educator, designer, and venture capitalist. He is recognized as one of America’s leading design innovators, in part thanks to his membership in the National Academy of Engineering and his receiving of numerous awards. David serves as the Donald W. Whittier professor in the Product Design program at Stanford University, where he also established the school’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, also known as the d.school. Preparing the design thinkers of tomorrow earned David the Sir Misha Black Medal for his “distinguished contribution to design education.” He has also won the Edison Achievement Award for Innovation, as well as the Chrysler Design Award and National Design Award in Product Design from the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.



This project was created by YOSUN CENGIZ, a turkish piano musician who had the willing to wrap up in a different way how a son can be composed.



Elizabeth Gilbert faced down a ­premidlife crisis by doing what we all secretly dream of – running off for a year. Her travels through Italy, India and Indonesia resulted in the megabestselling and deeply beloved memoir Eat, Pray, Love, about her process of finding herself by leaving home.

She's a longtime magazine writer – covering music and politics for Spin and GQ – as well as a novelist and short-story writer. Her books include the story collection Pilgrims, the novel Stern Men (about lobster fishermen in Maine) and a biography of the woodsman Eustace Conway, called The Last American Man. Her work has been the basis for one movie so far (Coyote Ugly, based on her own memoir, in this magazine article, of working at the famously raunchy bar), and now it looks as if Eat, Pray, Love is on the same track, with the part of Gilbert reportedly to be played by Julia Roberts. Not bad for a year off.

Gilbert also owns and runs the import shop Two Buttons in Frenchtown, New Jersey.
"Gilbert is irreverent, hilarious, zestful, courageous, intelligent, and in masterful command of her sparkling prose."



On a cold December morning, the muppets arrived at our door. Why? To film a promo for the Be! Fund, of course. What is the Be! Fund, you ask? Well, as our two wacky and lovable muppets discovered, Be! Fund is India's first not-for-profit venture fund that will invest in young entrepreneurs, age 18-29, from low-income groups, to define and pioneer businesses that solve the social, economic and environmental problems they face in their lives and communities.

The promo aired on local cable channels in 50 slums across Delhi and is currently on air again, reaching over 1 million people.
And now the muppets are hoping for a viral hit online to be able to come back and film a second, third and maybe even a fourth show.
Shared by Lisa Heydlauff from www.goingtoschool.com



The world's population will grow to 9 billion over the next 50 years -- and only by raising the living standards of the poorest can we check population growth. This is the paradoxical answer that Hans Rosling unveils at TED@Cannes using colorful new data display technology (you'll see).

Even the most worldly and well-traveled among us will have their perspectives shifted by Hans Rosling. A professor of global health at Sweden's Karolinska Institute, his current work focuses on dispelling common myths about the so-called developing world, which (he points out) is no longer worlds away from the West. In fact, most of the Third World is on the same trajectory toward health and prosperity, and many countries are moving twice as fast as the west did.

What sets Rosling apart isn't just his apt observations of broad social and economic trends, but the stunning way he presents them. Guaranteed: You've never seen data presented like this. By any logic, a presentation that tracks global health and poverty trends should be, in a word: boring. But in Rosling's hands, data sings. Trends come to life. And the big picture — usually hazy at best — snaps into sharp focus.

Rosling's presentations are grounded in solid statistics (often drawn from United Nations data), illustrated by the visualization software he developed. The animations transform development statistics into moving bubbles and flowing curves that make global trends clear, intuitive and even playful. During his legendary presentations, Rosling takes this one step farther, narrating the animations with a sportscaster's flair.

Rosling developed the breakthrough software behind his visualizations through his nonprofit Gapminder, founded with his son and daughter-in-law. The free software — which can be loaded with any data — was purchased by Google in March 2007. (Rosling met the Google founders at TED.)

Rosling began his wide-ranging career as a physician, spending many years in rural Africa tracking a rare paralytic disease (which he named konzo) and discovering its cause: hunger and badly processed cassava. He co-founded Médecins sans Frontièrs (Doctors without Borders) Sweden, wrote a textbook on global health, and as a professor at the Karolinska Institut in Stockholm initiated key international research collaborations. He's also personally argued with many heads of state, including Fidel Castro.

As if all this weren't enough, the irrepressible Rosling is also an accomplished sword-swallower — a skill he demonstrated at TED2007.



"The advantage of western countries is declining. Soon Asia will dominate the world economy. Professor of International Health Hans Rosling at Karolina Institutet in Stockholm crushes the misconception that there are two kinds of countries rich and poor."



For over 12 years, Waris Dirie has fought against female genital mutilation (FGM) worldwide. At least 150 million women and girls are affected by this cruel practice, which continues to be performed in Africa, but also in Asia, Europe, America and Australia.

The Desert Flower Foundation seeks to end this crime by raising public awareness, creating networks, organizing events and educational programmes. The foundation also supports victims of FGM.

Waris means Desert Flower, a flower that can bloom even in the roughest climate. Waris Dirie is a nomadic child from Somalia and a mother of two beautiful sons. She is a human rights activist, a supermodel, and a best-selling author who has received numerous prestigious awards for her work and her commitment in the fight against female genital mutilation.




Singapore,Hong kong, USA, Zambia, Rwanda, Kazakhstan, within the easiest places in the world to do business.

In the past year, governments in 117 economies carried out 216 regulatory reforms aimed at making it easier to start and operate a business, strengthening transparency and property rights, and improving the efficiency of commercial dispute resolution and bankruptcy procedures.

This is a finding of Doing Business 2011: Making a Difference for Entrepreneurs, the eighth in a series of annual reports published by IFC and the World Bank. The report ranks 183 economies on key aspects of business regulation for domestic firms.

Globally, doing business remains easiest in the high-income economies of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development and most difficult in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. But developing economies are increasingly active. In the past year, 66 percent reformed business regulation, up from 34 percent six years earlier.



46% of the growth for 2011 will come from developing countriesThe global economy is back on path: It is heading towards a slower but more sustainable phase of growth, says the World Banks "Global Economic Prospects" report for 2011. The global GDP will slow to 3.3 % in 2011 and then increase to 3.6% in 2012



BrightFarm Systems is vying to run commercial greenhouses on New York's rooftops. We tour their first projects, on a boat and a school



A way of working for your own....."this is what I wanna do"
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Arthur Guseni Oliver Mutambara, a Zimbabwean political figure and scholar has served as the President of a faction of the Movement for Democratic Change since February 2006, a position previously held by secretary general Welshman Ncube. The Movement for Democratic Change split in 2005 after a dispute over whether or not to participate in Zimbabwean parliamentary election. Born May 25, 1966, Mutambara was a strong voice in the Zimbabwean student movement in 1988 and 1989, leading anti-government protests at the University of Zimbabwe, which led to his eventual arrest and detention. He continued his education as a Rhodes scholar at Merton College, Oxford in the United Kingdom, obtaining a Ph.D. in Robotics and Mechatronics. In his field he had taught at a number of universities in the United States including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has published three books on engineering including: Design and Analysis of Control Systems, Decentralized Estimation, and Control for Multisensor Systems and Mechatronics and Robotics. Additionally, he has served as a professor of Business Strategy and as a consultant for the management-consulting firm McKinsey & Company. Since September 2003 he has worked as the Managing Director and CEO of Africa Technology and Business Institute.

Just to name a few: Mauritius, South Africa, Ghana and Senegal. Those are good examples. They’re having challenges, but they’re moving. South Africa has done well in terms of institution building. Mandela came and went. Mbeki is leaving in 2009. So at least that’s an achievement. Leaders are coming and going in Africa through democratic systems. Kofuor came to power through a democratic process. ________ economic reforms in Ghana. Things are moving. Mauritius. These are some very interesting examples of economic transformation. Africa has so much potential. Three drivers in Africa. One, natural resources. We have so many natural resources. We are the richest continent on planet earth. The problem is in terms of extracting those resources, refining those resources, and using those resources for the benefit of Africa. Secondly, human capital. There are so many well educated Africans who are in Europe, who are in America, who are in Africa. We have the potential in terms of human capital – excellent human capital. And that human capital can be used to drive African economies. Our infrastructure – not so great in some parts, but potentially it can be fixed. So using our natural resources, using our human capital, and using effective infrastructure and building new infrastructure, Africa can do well. And those examples I’ve indicated are an illustration that it’s possible for African countries to rise up and be players under globalization. Recorded On: 7/5/07



In the Netherlands professional women have been able to work part-time for years. Now many men are doing the same, leaving them with more time for family.



Universities are building mock trading floors, with an eye on teaching students how to use the basic technologies needed for a career as a Wall Street trader.