It's almost impossible to decide which talk really grabs ones attention more. I was particularly fascinated by the presentation of a computer scientist and artist whose work is amazing. It so impressed me that it made me think of the new list of the seven wonders of the world.
Wikimedia - have you ever found yourself on Wikipedia to look up one thing, and clicking around to other things? Well the wikimedia project hosts several projects, including Wikiversity which is like a wikipedia-style web of text, pictures, video and audio that can be used to learn in a way that almost mimics the university experience, as far as providing class outlines, syllabi, and organized lessons. Wikiversity does not provide beer or make you want to sleep until noon.
Here are some of my favorite podcasts: The New Yorker Fiction college credit
series... New Yorker Authors read a favorite story of another New Yorker author, followed by an always-interesting discussion (if you're still awake). You'll either be engaged or you'll be sleeping. Both are very very good.
OpenCulture - This is the motherlode of educational materials. They index hundreds of free downloadable audiobooks, courses from ivy league universities in video and audio formats, ebooks, hyperlinking to the TED chats
, documentaries--you name it. The biggest downside to a website that redirects to every other website is that it can be difficult to search for specifically what you want. It's best to let yourself browse. You will never run out of interesting things from this site.
So why is TED so popular? It could be a combination of excellent content and scarcity. People can watch videos, though they will not have the true TED experience, but at the same time, access is given to a wealth of wisdom free online. One 18 minute speech could change a view, direction, or plant an idea. Therefore, TED would be meeting its goal of spreading ideas that are worth being given consideration.
Be good at what you do. If you're already good be better. Take a class, earn a certification, or just read a book. Whatever your purpose find yourself the opportunity to serve others something of value. Don't forget to serve yourself in the process. Leaders are constantly seeking wisdom wherever they can find it and relish in the opportunity to share it with others.
Obviously, there's a whole bunch of anger surrounding this issue -- absentee father, drug abuse, violence... it's all par for the course, and hope it goes away.
A rough-hewn version of these ideas might go like this: past behaviour is usually a good predictor of future behaviour. So if a particular virus behaves a certain way with 30 individuals, we can assume it will behave the same way with 300. Epidemiologists identify these patterns and give their findings to people who develop medicines, preventative protocols and health policies across the board.