Did you Forget About What Motivates People?

This 2009 TED talk is just as topical today as it was then. This is a great message.

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.

TED Talk: Dan Pink, What Really Motivates Us?

Can Religion Predict Family Size?

Hans Rosling is a rock star among those of us who use statistics in our careers.  In this TED talk, he uses statistics to demonstrate the role of a country’s religion in determining how many children a family is likely to have.

You might be surprised at his findings, I know I was.

bh

3013-03-20

 

You Don’t Understand Third World Problems

First World= Small Family and Long Life Expectancy by contrast, Third World= Large Family and Short Life Expectancy

In 1964, United States had Small Families and Long Life Expectancy and as we might expect, Viet Nam had Large Families and Short Life Expectancy. But things changed. In 2003, United States still had Small Families and Long Life Expectancy, but Viet Nam had caught up. In 2003, Viet Nam’s Family Size and Life Expectancy were identical to the U.S. Rates in 1974 at the end of the Viet Nam Conflict.

from TED, posted on the gapminder.org website http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUwS1uAdUcI

Fear of Failure and How It Kills Innovation

This is a TED talk from Regina Dugan that begins with her asking, “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

She directs the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the DoD innovation engine responsible for creating and preventing strategic surprise. “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” asks Regina Dugan, then director of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. In this breathtaking talk she describes some of the extraordinary projects — a robotic hummingbird, a prosthetic arm controlled by thought, and, well, the internet — that her agency has created by not worrying that they might fail. (Followed by a Q&A with TED’s Chris Anderson)