TEDxUSC: Annotated Tweet Curation - Themes & Selective Summary
It's amazing/ridonkulous that you can't just search & pull all the tweets you want, and then wrap a commentary/discussion around them.
But there it is. Twitter is still evolving.
- Participation. Getting involved feels good.
- Help others. This feels good, too. It's not square. There's some new impulse towards altruism. Maybe after the Great Recession, we understand its value more.
- Doing and making. These feel good, too. And it needn't be digital, electronic, computerized or 2.0.
- Re-use, economize, invent. It's not only ecological to re-use, it's smart, requires smartness, and can help others.
- Value. What do we value? Who creates it? Who gets to share in it? Our society seems to be going back to fundamentals here.
FYI When #TEDxUSC loses your registration, you have to wait 30 minutes. Thnx.
Generic brag about seating and/or status at #TEDxUSC --from my iPad....
- Whom do we lionize?
- Whom do we revere?
- Billionaires because they are billionaires?
- Or when they create value and connect people--no matter how much they earn?
(Warning: if you go to his personal web site, you get re-routed to some media-heavy page that takes forever to load and may well crash your browser. Be forewarned.)
This underlined a running themes: social action, doing things and doing them together, participation, a greater good.
Scavengers scavenge to CREATE and INNOVATE to fill real needs. #TEDxUSC J. A. Rosa
Pomona basketball coach Brian Kays (among the best live-tweeters on the premises) insightfully pointed to the less-is-more aspect of this talk. We are so distracted by technology and newness that we collapse the two. What if the greatest invention used rubber bands and bailing wire?
Rosa also underlined the importance of hope: that without hope there is no creativity. Hope may be a delusion, but it is a healthy one.
RT @derekfromson: Biz prof Jose Antonio Rosa (University of Wyoming): "Hope allows us to engage in healthy delusion and creative devianc ...
(He also pointed out that creativity can be illegal, violent and inimical, too: this wasn't a greeting card.)
Most interesting, I thought, was his description of deejay parties where participants can have the deejay shout out the names of distant (even dead or missing) loved ones--then buy a CD of the shout-out.
At the Solidaro Party, the DJ shouts out to your loved ones. You get the CD and send it across the border to your loved ones. #TEDxUSC
Maybe I spelled the name of this kind of party wrong. Kun called them 'transnational messaging events':
RT @RickyHang: Sonidera parties allow transmission of messages to those across borders- basically transnational messaging events - Josh ...
Rick Nahmias from Food Forward explained how gleaning unpicked backyard fruit could feed our hungriest, notably farm workers who themselves are poorly paid--fruitanthropy.
Rick Nahmias talks about the 1.1 million CA farm workers who feed our whole country. #TEDxUSC
California farm workers earn $11k per year, feed the country, but can barely feed themselves. #TEDxUSC
Rick Nahmias gleans fruit and food for the hungry. They've harvested over 1 million servings of food. #TEDxUSC
This is also a tax deduction for the homeowner!
Rick N. called it win-win-win-win: food pantries get food that's fresh and wholesom, homeowners get a tax break, volunteers participate, and hungry people get fed.(Where is our next Cesar Chavez, I wonder?)
The fact of the technology produced more ooh's and ah's than the film, which is interesting. But I think this set up very powerfully the message: technology can lower the bar for skillful media content-creation.
Dale Dougherty uses his own handmade slides--physical objects, not software. KEWL! #TEDxUSC
He used salty Play Dough to make electrical circuits, and he built up to using an Arduino processor.
Homemade Play-Do, musical instruments and rockets? Sing-a-long's? We are craving to make & participate at #TEDxUSC!
Behind social media, which can seem alienating and distancing, there is a deep desire to CONNECT. You could see it at TEDxUSC in the opening participatory sing-a-long.
Jennifer Pahlka described a project in which programmers work for a year doing small projects for local government.
I could go on about this one for hours, so I'll have to make it a separate blog post.
RT @snidelyhazel: Elisabeth Stock: Rethink digital learning through student-centered lens. Learning follows child, teacher and parents s ...
Her organization offers hundreds of digital assets for teachers, parents and kids to access.
And she told a charming story about a teacher realizing that play could be part of learning, not a distraction.
This is the kind of 'a-ha' moment we need more of.