Category Archives: TedTalks, Videos, and Webinars

Getting some perspective – TedTalk (Tim Harford: How messy problems can inspire creativity)

  I’m a big fan of TedTalks.  When I tire of trash TV and don’t have a new drama series lined up yet on Netflix, I flip to http://www.ted.com for a bit of inspiration.  I’m always able to find something … Continue reading

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TedTalk – Tome Wujec: Got a Wicked Problem? First, Tell Me How You Make Toast

I love TedTalks, how they communicate important ideas and also inspire at the same time.  It’s a good way to get your brain working and thinking about new things.  The TedTalk I watched recently was about a topic near and … Continue reading

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Is it okay to joke about colonialism?

I subscribe to A LOT of newsletters about development, NGOs, and international issues.  Most of these groups talk about international development issues in 1 of 4 keys ways: Tell us about the bad news (usually the latest natural disaster or war … Continue reading

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Video Interview – Winnie Byanyima: ‘Excited but skeptical’ on private sector’s role in development

I watched a great interview today from Devex (Raj Kumar) with Winnie Byanyima (Executive Director of Oxfam International).  The video discusses how the private sector can fit into the current development framework, how things have changed, and what might happen in the … Continue reading

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TedTalk – Andreas Raptopoulos: No roads? There’s a drone for that

   Title and Link:  No roads? There’s a drone for that (June 2013 – Edinburgh, Scotland) Presenter: Andreas Raptopoulos is the co-founder and CEO of Matternet, a company with the goal of creating a new paradigm related to transportation using unmanned … Continue reading

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TedTalk – Iqbal Quadir: How mobile phones can fight poverty

Title and Link: How mobile phones can fight poverty (2005) Presenter: Iqbal Quadir is the founder of Gonofone and Grameenphone, which began as a phone service to empower rural women in Bangladesh.  The company started in 1997, and is currently the largest … Continue reading

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TedTalk – Dambisa Moyo: Is China the new idol for emerging economies?

Title and Link: Is China the new idol for emerging economies? (June 2013, Scotland) Presenter: Dambisa Moyo is a world-famous economist who studied at Harvard and  Oxford and worked at the prestigious Goldman Sachs and the infamous World Bank. She has written 3 … Continue reading

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