Cuba: The Accidental Eden


Cuba: The Accidental Eden is a PBS documentary that begins by following the migration of a green turtle from Florida to Cayo Largo. The narration is quite repetitive but the footage stunning and documents Cuba’s heroic efforts to safeguard endangered species.
http://www-tc.pbs.org/video/media/swf/PBSPlayer.swf

Watch the full episode. See more Nature.

Ted Nelson: Book Reading at The Tech


Ted Nelson is a visionary.

Every time I talk with him or read his work, I either learn something new or come up with my own innovation inspired by Ted’s genius.

So, I am greatly honored to host an event at The Tech Museum where Ted Nelson will read passages from his autobiography, (he is quite an entertainer too) show video clips, and answer questions from the audience.

Register for this free event — it will be a virtual who’s who of Silicon Valley thinkers.

http://possiplex-techmuseum.eventbrite.com/

October 6, 6pm, 2010
The Tech Museum in San Jose
Refreshments will be served.

Hearing


“Ears are made not for hearing, but for listening.” Julian Treasure says in his TED Talk

Notes from Julian Treasure’s TED talk:

  • Reductive listening for: listening for—-Reduces everything relevant, and discards everything else
    This is what men do most of the time–he suggests that men practice expansive listening to transform their relationships
  • Expansive listening, its’ listening with not listening for—Just enjoying the journey
    This is what women often do

One definition of health can be “your body is vibrating in perfect harmony.

The cost of compressed music and bad headphones is exhaustion, because your mind has to fill in the missing songs.

Buy the best headphones you can afford. 60% of College Freshmen tested in one study have hearing loss due to headphone abuse.

Sound design is the future.

Sound is healing:

  • Sound such as ultrasound
  • sound therapy
  • listening to music–made with good intention and made with love.
  • listen to nature
  • enjoy silence
  • make your own music

Avoid “scitsophonia” = a disconnect between what you see and what you hear.

From Julian Treasure book

Sound can change people’s behavior in almost any commercial environment, including offices, shops, showrooms, advertising, the internet, hotels, bars and restaurants. Research shows that appropriate sound can increase retail sales by over 30 per cent and triple productivity for some workers.

Stratigic Planning, Community and Nueroscience


If you want to create effective long-term plan it must have two aspects:

  • strategic
  • tactile

Features of an effective plan include:

Clarity and lack of ambiguity
Vivid and clear picture
Description of a bright future
Memorable and engaging wording
Realistic aspirations
Alignment with organizational values and culture

According to Nueroscientist David Rock,  to augment our planning abilities make sure that people participating in the planning:
-feel confident about their status
-feel like they have a strong degree of autonomy
-feel connected or related to the people or the mission
-percieve the process and out comes to be fair or based on fairness

Projects that make a difference to the group or to larger group trigger ideal planning and ideation conditions.

DIY (Do it yourself) projects


If you are crafty and have some time to spare:
these look fun:

Off the grid Laundry
http://makeprojects.com/Project/Off-Grid-Laundry-Machine/268/1

Projects on how to make your own batteries

Make your own phone charger
http://householdhacker.com/content.php/164-Make-a-Solar-Powered-Charger

Make your own battery
http://lifehacker.com/5584392/make-your-own-water-battery