Whether we like it or not, we are always learning.  As we get older, we have learned from making mistakes, and after making enough mistakes, we develop “wisdom.”  Some of us have become very wise once we tally up the mistakes we have made.

  If you have the guts to keep making mistakes, your wisdom and intelligence leap forward with huge momentum.  Holly Near

We also learn by “working it out.”  That means that you think about a thing, mull it over, combine knowledge and wisdom to it, and come up with the answer.  House Spousers are pretty good at this, and we will find ways to spur our thinking, look at things in different ways, all while keeping up with the latest.

So in walks TED – Ted Talks.  TED is not a person who talks, but instead stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design.  Born in 1984 as a stand-alone conference, TED Talks has evolved into a nonprofit entity dedicated to using Technology, Entertainment and Design to spread ideas to anyone wanting a deeper understanding of the world.  From their website, TED.com, “We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On TED.com, we’re building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long.”

TED.com has over twenty-one hundred short videos in almost every topic you can imagine in many languages.  Most videos are less than eighteen minutes with the intent of jump-starting your own mind running wild, considering new things, and…dare we say…learning new stuff.

Here is a 19-minute video from a TED Talk in 2006 from Sir Ken Robinson about the school system and creativity.  Sir Ken is a regular contributor to Ted Talks, and he combines humor, knowledge and some persuasive arguments about our education system today – a hot topic.  Take a look.

So go to TED.com and take a look at a few of the thousands of videos available.  It is worth the time and effort.


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