How being Present can help you Solve Problems

In this thought provoking TED Talk, Joi Ito narrates how a bunch of people were able to innovate by working on a Problem instead of waiting for someone to solve it.

“Remember before the internet?” asks Joi Ito. “Remember when people used to try to predict the future?” In this engaging talk, the head of the MIT Media Lab skips the future predictions and instead shares a new approach to creating in the moment: building quickly and improving constantly, without waiting for permission or for proof that you have the right idea. This kind of bottom-up innovation is seen in the most fascinating, futuristic projects emerging today, and it starts, he says, with being open and alert to what’s going on around you right now. Don’t be a futurist, he suggests: be a now-ist.

I am not a visionary. I’m an engineer – Linus Torvalds

If you are into Computers and haven’t heard of Linus Torvalds then you better do some lookup. To start with he gave us Linux and to add icing to the cake he created Git.

Recently I heard him talk in a TED interview and thought of sharing it. It’s a talk worth listening to. He is not a people’s person and likes to work in his quiet office, all by himself.

The part which sounded really interesting was his take on Visionaries and why he identified more with Edison than with Tesla.

I am not a visionary. I do not have a five-year plan, I don’t have a moon shot. I’m an engineer.

Listen him share his opinions.

The “Real Man” decoded – Why some colleges are waking up to the fact that men may need to be taught to think beyond their own stereotypes?

Why do we continue to limit the emotional lives of males when it serves no one?

A recent New York Times article takes a dig into the Male psychology and why it’s so hard for them to emote there feelings, unlike Females.

Being a “Male” I can relate to the findings. If you consider India for instance, then from a very young age boys are conditioned (by their families and societies) to become “Strong”.

Being strong means that you should avoid public display of your emotions. You are supposed to be the head of the household. If you cry you will be reminded that  you are a Man, and a Man need not cry.

The emotions dry up gradually only to erupt in other forms. And anger becomes normal.

“Boys’ underperformance in school has more to do with society’s norms about masculinity than with anatomy, hormones or brain structure. In fact, boys involved in extracurricular cultural activities such as music, art, drama and foreign languages report higher levels of school engagement and get better grades than other boys. But these cultural activities are often denigrated as un-masculine by preadolescent and adolescent boys.”

“Bro Code” – The survival kit of many middle-class, white male students: online pornography, binge drinking, a brotherhood in which respect is proportional to the disrespect heaped onto young women during hookups, and finally, the most ubiquitous affirmation of their tenuous power, video games.

Surprisingly what studies have found is that from infancy through age 4 or 5, boys are more emotive than girls. But we socialize this vulnerability out of them.

The Article is worth reading and pondering on. We need to reevaluate things that have become normal and question if it’s of any benefit.

News Source : New York Times

You don’t follow your Passion, it follows You

These are the lines spoken by Terri Trespicio at a TED talk where she recommends to stop searching for passion and start doing stuff. Can’t agree with her more.

Our society is plagued with this philosophy and this idea sells quite well. Not to say that its wrong but you loose out opportunities in this process.

Instead its way better to focus your energy on the job at hand.

It’s a very thoughtful and inspiring talk and I will highly recommend it.

Image Courtesy – TED Talk

Why do you want to Learn something ?

“If you can explain the WHY of things then that makes a huge difference to People’s Motivation. They understand Purpose. Process of Learning and how it should be. Make it interesting.” – Elon Musk

As Elon Musk has rightly said answer to the above question can be very useful to build and keep your interest to Learn something.

Elon also mentions the use of Gamification to make learning fun.

Here is a video in which Elon Musk talks about this and more at the Khan Academy.

http://swf.tubechop.com/tubechop.swf?vurl=vDwzmJpI4io&start=2171.64&end=2388.81&cid=7818654

Image and Video Source – Youtube – Khan Academy

I wrote a whole Post on this topic sometime back. You might benefit from reading that.

How Google Lunar XPRIZE makes it possible to Reach the Moon

The Google Lunar XPRIZE is a $30 million competition for the first privately funded team to send a robot to the moon, travel 500 meters and transmit video, images and data back to the Earth.

Deepana Gandhi from India is leading one such team – Team Indus

16 teams are competing for this Prize Money. Here is a a documentary web series about the people competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE