Sunday, 17 July 2016

Strike a Chord of Resonance at TEDxKL 2016!

TED Talks. I'm sure that most of you have heard of it. If not, here's a simple introduction to TED:

TED is a non-profit, dedicated to sharing ideas. Much like a very good jam, these ideas are very worth spreading.

TED stands for Technology. Entertainment. Design. However, ideas spread at TED is not limited to just Technology, Entertainment and Design. It ranges from entertainment, philosophy, business, human rights and so much more.

TEDxKL is back for the 8th year with the theme RESONANCE.

Resonance creates a morphic field that strengthens when more energy is added to it. When we resonate with something or someone, we relate or connect to it in a certain harmonious way. It strikes a chord with us.

Like a good idea, when coincides with like-minded individuals, it resonates, and creates a strong positive ripple effect in that particular field.

Here's a few of my favourite TED Talks that strike a chord of resonance with me:

1. Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator - Tim Urban 

"When a normal student writes a paper, they might spread the work out a little like this

And I would want to do that like that. That would be the plan. I would have it all ready to go, but then, actually, the paper would come along, and then I would kind of do this.

So here's the brain of a non-procrastinator.

Now ... here's my brain."

I admit, I am guilty of being a Master PRO-crastinators. One good example is this blog post...which I have procrastinated it for...quite...a while. I can't say that after listening to how Tim combated procrastination, his Instant Gratification Monkey and Panic Monster made me a procrastinate-free individual, but it made me more self-aware and reflective on the time I have left (and how I should stop shifting tabs, watching random YouTube videos and focus on completing this blog post)

2. Teach Girls Bravery, Not perfection - Reshma Saujani

"Most girls are taught to avoid risk and failure. We're taught to smile pretty, play it safe, get all A's. Boys, on the other hand, are taught to play rough, swing high, crawl to the top of the monkey bars and then just jump off headfirst. And by the time they're adults, whether they're negotiating a raise or even asking someone out on a date, they're habituated to take risk after risk. They're rewarded for it. It's often said in Silicon Valley, no one even takes you seriously unless you've had two failed start-ups. In other words, we're raising our girls to be perfect, and we're raising our boys to be brave."
Growing up as the youngest & only daughter in the family, I can't help but to agree and relate myself to Reshma. No, this talk isn't about extreme feminism, but just about the simple act of encouraging girls to be braver, to embrace uncertainty and risks.

3. Are You Human? - Ze Frank 

"Have you ever eaten a booger long past your childhood?
Has your phone ever run out of battery in the middle of an argument, and it sort of felt like the phone was breaking up with both of you? 
Have you ever woken up blissfully and suddenly been flooded by the awful remembrance that someone had left you? "

A funny yet emotional TED Talk that is below 5 minutes. Frank started off with whimsical questions, but slowly progressed into hypothetical questions about humanity, that made me reflect and realize how to be human - how life is full of ups and downs and how we are not alone in dealing with life's ups and downs.


Feeling inspired? Strike a chord of resonance at TEDxKL 2016! HERE is the list TEDxKL 2016 speakers - there will be 12 presenters in total throughout this six hour event :)

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