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Neil Harbisson: I listen to color And The Renaissance of our Species

Earlier this month I attended Reasons to: in Brighton. It's been a fantastic 3 days full of information, insights and inspiration, in addition to getting to know a lot of nice and interesting people. The talk that stood it in particular was Neil Harbisson's The Renaissance of our Species. Right after that talk I tweeted: Mind blown. By designing new senses cyborg Neil Harbisson is pushing the envelope of pushing the envelope Neil was born with achromatopsia or total colour blindness. In 2003 he ... Read more

TED Talk – Peter Singer: The Why And How of Effective Altruism

In 2013 philosopher Peter Singer held a TED talk on the intriguing idea of effective altruism. The simple premise of this idea is that with altruism both the heart and the head need to be involved in order to truly make a difference and make the world a better place. While empathy and compassion for other people's suffering is a prerequisite for altruism, if altruistic action isn't undertaken in a purposeful, effective manner it does little more than placate your conscience, in other ... Read more

Cameron Herold: Let’s raise kids to be entrepreneurs

In this fast-paced TED talk entrepreneur Cameron Herold talks about why kids should be raised to be entrepreneurs instead of being lawyers or accountants. By and large, society and our educational system predominantly prepares children for corporate jobs. This is a huge missed opportunity because many children have entrepreneurial traits and skills like creativity, storytelling, tenacity, networking, problem-solving and negotiating skills. However, we don't nurture those but teach kids to get and hold down a 'proper' job. Even the seemingly innocent concept of ... Read more

Let’s adore and endure each other

Earlier this year I walked along Great Eastern Street in Shoreditch and saw this - by now pretty much iconic - mural / piece of street art painted on the walls of Village Underground (right underneath a decommissioned Tube car that's sitting right on top of the roof ...): "Let's adore and endure each other", that sure is a wonderful motto to live by, not only if you're living in a bustling multicultural metropolis such as London. Read more

Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA

Ron Finley is a self-proclaimed guerilla gardener from Los Angeles who took the initiative and went about making his neighborhood a better, healthier place to live by converting vacant lots in the "food desert" of South Los Angeles (formerly known as South Central Los Angeles) into vegetable gardens. Ron truly is an epitome of "Be the change that you wish to see in the world." taking steps as tiny as planting a tomato plant in order to gradually and steadily ... Read more

Expanding Human Sensory Perception

In this mind-blowing TED talk neuroscientist David Eagleman talks about his exciting work to extend and substitute human senses and even add completely new channels to the gamut of human sensory perception that will allow us to make more sense of an increasingly complex world more quickly and more readily: Can we create new senses for humans? Read more

Le Petit Prince

A few days ago I once more read Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I read that book more than 15 years ago in French class and it made some impression on me back then. Turns out it still does. While technically a children's book it holds a lot of wisdom. In taking a child's perspective towards life the book's quite telling as for many aspects of everyday life we usually put up with without questioning their sometimes utter laughableness ... Read more