Creative ignition: A recap of the fiery talks in Session 10 of TED2015

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Neri Oxman speaks at TED2015 - Truth and Dare, Session 10. Photo: Bret Hartman/TED Neri Oxman speaks at TED2015 – Truth and Dare, Session 10. Photo: Bret Hartman/TED

In a session that honors the “deeply practical and the entirely improbable,” pyromantics and biosynthetic designers meet artists and flag-worshippers. Helen Walters, host of Session 10: Creative Ignition, calls this session a “celebration of the catalytic thinking that reshapes the world around us.” Here’s a recap:

How to reboot society.Lewis Dartnell asks us to imagine an apocalypse. Not because it’s fun, but because “it’s a great thought experiment.” What would we need to know to rebuild? For food, we could scavenge—which would keep us alive for about 55 years. But beyond that, we need to glean nutrients, which involves building millstones and using fire. Fire, in a tin-can “gasifier stove,” could provide heat, help us cook, and even keep our machines going. From there, it’s possible to make glass, which Dartnell says is key to…

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Success…… Vision or Delusion?

ESGEE musings

“When your life flashes before your eyes, make sure you’ve got plenty to watch, be it vision or delusion.”

Anonymous

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

 Success is such an empowering word. We think of it and we think of…. Happiness….Self esteem….Superiority…..  facets which enthuse, inspire, pump the adrenalin. Success seems to be   what we live for. What our parents and teachers always exhorted us to do. Scholastically, materialistically, competitively. Success brings forth visions of wealth, power, intelligence and with these the ability to control the outcome of events. All those external trappings. What the world judges us by.

But as I think of success, I also see within it the other paradigm. Of increased self awareness and self development. Of a positive intention and an alignment with a higher purpose. Of that mysterious inner process which ensures personal integrity and a commitment to values. The aspect of success as exemplified by Mahatma…

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How to Motivate People: 4 Steps Backed by Science

TIME

Employees, spouses, kids — what does it take to get people motivated so you don’t have to nag them?

Motivation is powerful. It predicts success better than intelligence, ability, or salary.

Via The 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People:

When tested in national surveys against such seemingly crucial factors as intelligence, ability, and salary, level of motivation proves to be a more significant component in predicting career success. While level of motivation is highly correlated with success, importantly, the source of motivation varies greatly among individuals and is unrelated to success. – Bashaw and Grant 1994

I’ve covered persuasion, leadership, improving habits and fighting procrastination but what’s it take to get others to really give their best?

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1) Stop Bribing Them

When actors would ask the great film director Alfred Hitchcock “What’s my motivation?” he would reply, “Your salary.”

Rewards definitely work.

Via The 100…

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