learning from TED


Hubby and I had a great day yesterday at the TEDx Waterloo conference. So many great speakers with ideas and challenges. I’m still digesting, but I thought I’d try to distill a bit of it for you.

There’s so much to share, but first I have to say that I was blown away by some of the experiences of the presenters. JF Carrey, who was the youngest Canadian to climb Mt. Everest. Abby Sunderland, who was just 16 when she sailed solo around Cape Horn, the Everest of sailing. Vicki Keith, marathon swimmer who swam for 3 days straight during one of her more difficult swims. Roberta Bondar, Canadian female astronaut, neurologist, photographer, who is 65 and still learning about who she is.

Amazing, inspiring people.

We learned about interacting with a computer using hand/arm gestures to move the mouse on the screen – even got to try it out in the lobby! We saw some interesting data visualization and learned that it’s important for our biological brains to visualize everything, because it really helps us understand and gives us new insight into solving problems. The hurdy-gurdy was a fascinating new instrument (well, new to me, but it’s been around for 500 years). Shelley Ambrose talked about conversations that we have, and how it’s important to communicate in ways that are understood by the other party.

There was more, too – such a full day of being challenged and playing. IQC was a sponsor – Institute for Quantum Computing – which means that we got to see a quantum computer and also learn about quantum cryptography, which is something the institute is working on. The Blackberry Playbook was available to touch and explore for a few minutes, which my hubby thoroughly enjoyed.

So now, my job is to think about how everything I experienced yesterday can be internalized and personalized and affect new changes in my life.

For starters, I was challenged by Vicki Keith to make Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals – and never give up. Shelley Ambrose challenged me to be clear about where I stand and communicate my thoughts in a way that people understand. JF Carrey validated my burning desire to make T-Shirts. Roberta Bondar spoke about change and reminded me that our human brains need repetition in order for new habits and changes to stick.

It was a fabulous day.


Today I’m off to the Stratford Garden Festival, on all weekend if you want to check it out! I’m just visiting this year, scoping it out for possibly being a vendor next year.


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