During the first part of this talk I was rather distracted and kept looking around my desk or through my Twitter feed. But at a certain point I joined the dots of what was being said… or actually, the speaker did it for me… and I realized it was an enlightening presentation for my everyday personal and professional activities. Probably it was the story about the experiment with the homeless woman, who’s sign was altered by Simon from a typical “me me me me me” thing talking about themselves (“I’m homeless, I’m hungry, I have 12 kids”, etc) to a “you” message saying “If you only give once a month, please think of me next time”, changing quite impressively the amount the homeless woman makes by begging on the streets.
The whole aim behind it was to change the focus from the “taker” (it’s all about me) to become a “giver”. Corporations usually behave as takers with their marketing & advertising campaigns talking about how good they are, how better than the other, etc and failing to acknowledge that 100% of their customers are people, as 100% of clients and 100% of employees are.
“We are social animals, we are human beings, and our survival depends on our ability to form trusting relationships.”
I’ll close with this quote from the speaker: What are you doing to help the person next to you?
I met Tara Hunt (blog, twitter, wikipedia) a couple of years ago at a party or something like that in San Francisco. At the time she had just published The Whuffie Factor, an interesting, an interesting book on social networks and business. Now, in this talk from TEDxConcordia, she delivers a passionate… no, a PASSIONATE speech on being an entrepreneur… on giving your whole heart to that unclear path, selling all your stuff to make that dream in your mind possible (up to the point of not being able to pay the rent on time or more).
She identifies three main characteristics: being delusional, audacious and dreamers.
The Arab World is in revolt… one full of hope that will surely define the start of a new era. Wadah Khanfar, Director General of Al Jazeera, makes a passionate description of what is happening right now and what the outcome could be. This was the first talk from TED 2011 published online. Enjoy and wish you a nice weekend.
On this peek preview of the movie PressPausePlay, author and speaker Seth Godin goes back to the original stimulus for writing his influential book Unleashing the Ideavirus (download e-book). A great book to read or re-read if you haven’t done so in a long time and a very interesting movie to look forward to. Wish you all a remarkable weekend.
I have such a backlog of content and interviews so I decided to increase my to-do list by curating a new weekly section: Friday Speaker – AKA interesting presentations from events around the world.
The first presentation is by David Heinemeier Hansson (web, twitter), co-founder of the innovative cloud-based software company 37 Signals and co-author of the highly recommended book Rework.
Follows a short extract of a talk he gave as part of the Standford Technology Ventures Program in which he deals with the benefits of having clear constraints in your projects and embracing them to under-do your competition and come out with innovative solutions. In his own words, “we love all the things that come from doing less”.
If you liked this video, I suggest you also what this one in which David argues that “planning is guessing” and why companies should do less planning and start doing the things that matter.