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Sophie Morgan's disability keynote speech breaks down barriers of perceptions that many people have about people with disabilities.
In Todmorden, Yorkshire, vegetables and herbs grow almost everywhere, even in the cemetery and outside the police station. Everywhere you turn edible plants abound. In this talk given at TED London Salon, Pam Warhurst explained why and how she and others created Incredible Edible, a revolution not only in the way the town eats, but also in the way they think about public space, and which is inspiring other communites around the UK and increasingly, around the world.
The definitive photograph of Earth until now. Unlike NASA's Blue Marble—which is a composite made from many different photographs—this is a portrait of Earth taken in one single shot. It's the highest resolution image of our home planet, 121 megapixels. This image was taken by Russia's latest weather satellite, the Electro-L.
Eminent experimental psychologist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker examined the need for an easily accessible universe of ideas in order for one to draw on it for inspiration in a process of synthesising innovation.
A designer is creating a series of philosophy posters, representing some of his favourite thinkers and ideas and using the best paper, processes and shipping materials.
During recent months, Halcyon has listened to many original and provocative speakers, at live events, and through videos and podcasts. Here, we recap some of the highlights:
- Humanity: The RSA recently gathered a high-profile panel of speakers to explore the hidden agendas behind our values and attitudes toward the place of ‘the human’ in today’s societies, and debate what must now be a key issue for the 21st century.
- Modernity: The Wasteland and Modernity tried to figure out whether someone who captured modern life so well could really dislike it so much. When he stared out at a world of radio and cinema, of radical art and universal suffrage, did T.S. Eliot see only a barren, featureless plain?
- Poetry: Is it possible to appreciate fully Dante’s work without understanding the man himself and the society in which he lived? A recent book attempted to shed new light on what some have called "the greatest of all European poems".
We also listened, inter alia, to the following:
Grassroots groups worldwide are promoting a new framework to radically alter the way we produce and distribute food. Uniting behind the banner of "food sovereignty", people are working not just for access to food, but for communities to have the right to democratically define their own food and agricultural systems without harming other people or the environment.
KarmaTube is a free online channel claiming to be dedicated to bringing inspirational stories to light, using the power of video to multiply acts of kindness (see sample video below), beauty, and generosity.
At TEDxBrussels 2011, the idea of building "paraorchestras", which would showcase the talents of disabled musicians worldwide, met with great enthusiasm.
An artist is actively dying...but living more fully than he could ever have imagined. A life of giving and purpose, infused with his art and deep gratitude.
...where music comes from. Obvious, really - when we don't forget it.
...as though it were our first, or our last day, and we could see things anew and fresh.
Challenging us to travel to spend time with memorable trees, Salon offered a dozen of its favourites...
However, Salon also argued that "our species doesn't have a great track record with trees. Even a cursory look into the oldest, most interesting trees in recorded history reveals stories of thousand-year-old trees getting turned into picnic tables, a solitary tree in the middle of the Sahara getting run over by a drunk truck driver, and virgin European forests being decimated by the Romans for firewood and building materials."
State of the World 2011 examined the global food crisis, focusing on such developments as the latest agro-ecological innovations and their global applicability.
...rather than rational machines, and arguing that the latest neuroscience suggests that the experiental view of the world espoused by the likes of David Hume trumps the mind/body divide of the Cartesians, David Brooke explores new insights into human nature and the forces that shape our choices and actions.