5 TED Talks on Collaboration and Communities


What do some of the world’s greatest thinkers and doers think about collaboration and communities? We’ve compiled 5 interesting videos, so grab your popcorn, sit back and enjoy.

New babies and work commitments have meant that this blog hasn’t been updated as much in the last couple of weeks. Normal service will resume tomorrow.

We’re testing out apture for this post. Click on the links and you should be able to see either a video, wikipedia entry or photograph. Here’s a brief description of the service from the apture site:

With just one line of code, publishers and bloggers can quickly and easily turn flat pages of text into a compelling multimedia experience. Apture gives content creators the power to find and incorporate relevant multimedia items directly into their pages. Readers can then access these items without ever leaving the page, providing them with a deeper and more meaningful web experience.

Let us know what you think. Do you like additional media being on the page or do you find it distracting?

Robert Wright: How cooperation (eventually) trumps conflict
Author Robert Wright explains “non-zero-sumness” — the network of linked fortunes and cooperation that has guided our evolution to this point — and how we can use it to help save humanity today.
TED link

Richard Baraniuk: Goodbye, textbooks; hello, open-source learning
Rice University professor Richard Baraniuk explains the vision behind Connexions, his open-source, online education system. It cuts out the textbook, allowing teachers to share and modify course materials freely, anywhere in the world.
TED link

Blaise Aguera y Arcas: Jaw-dropping Photosynth demo
Blaise Aguera y Arcas leads a dazzling demo of Photosynth, software that could transform the way we look at digital images. Using still photos culled from the Web, Photosynth builds breathtaking dreamscapes and lets us navigate them.
TED link

Howard Rheingold: Way-new collaboration
Howard Rheingold talks about the coming world of collaboration, participatory media and collective action — and how Wikipedia is really an outgrowth of our natural human instinct to work as a group.
TED link

Deborah Gordon: How do ants know what to do?
With a dusty backhoe, a handful of Japanese paint markers and a few students in tow, Deborah Gordon digs up ant colonies in the Arizona desert in search of keys to understanding complex systems.
TED Link

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9 Readers have left their thoughts

  1. Nice post – and glad to see you back! I’ll have to watch the rest of these later, TED talks rock.

    And as for Apture, 2 thumbs way up! This is exactly what I was looking for the other day for my blog, wondering why it didn’t exist. Is there any chance you have some beta invites? I would be indebted if you’d share :D

    Daniel Smith
    Smithereens Blog

  2. Hi Daniel, thanks for the comments. For some reason I had to fish your comment out of the spam section, so sorry for the late reply. At the moment it looks like I can only invite you to edit posts on this page with Apture. The site was accepted pretty quickly (around 2 days or so), so I dont’ think it will be too much of a problem to get to use it.


    If they add invites to the service then I’ll email you an invite first. :)

  3. First of all, congratulations on the new addition to your family. I wish they always slept that peacefully!

    I’m also big fan of the TED talks. The Photosynth one is truly amazing. I will also have to check out the Howard Rheingold talk, since I like his book “Smart Mobs”.
    Another thumbs up for the Apture tool. I keeps a clean look to your blog, while still allowing direct access to media.

  4. Hi Paul,

    Thank you. I too wish they always slept that peacefully!

    My jaw dropped the first time I came across photosynth. It is incredible. Thanks for dropping by.


  5. Apture is working very well and I was redirected to wikipedia page after clicking on a link. perhaps I shall be implementing it on my own blog very soon because it saves users from involving in a lot of mess and new browser windows.

  6. I love additional media on websites such as videos, and flash animations as they make website look really up to date, but I don’t like flash adverts with lots of annoying noises, such as those smily faces everyone has seen, videos that start automatically, or background music. if you are in an office full of people and log onto a website with sound booming out then you tend to close the website and gain a bright red face of embarrassment.

  7. I agree with MT Web Design, I hate videos that start automatically, nothing worst than sitting in a room full of people, browsing the web and having a computer screen start talking to you! Especially when you are suppose to be doing work. However, I do like the idea of including videos as it does help boast the site’s professionalism.