Almost a year ago I turned 30. I look younger than I am and I am still in pretty good physical condition so I usually don't feel that old when I go places. Even when I am coaching high school soccer players or helping out with the youth group at our church I really don't feel "that" old.
However a few things have change over the past year and a half that made me realize I am older than I was in college in several important ways. First is the birth of my Son and second in turning 30. Somehow 30 just seems a lot older than 29 when you say it out loud.
These regular reminders that I am getting older have made me look back more frequently at all the things I have experienced and learned since I left college. Looking back I have begun to realize that I am putting into practice only a fraction of what I have learned. Was all of that time I spent learning a waste of time?
Since college I have consistently been in learning mode. I am always reading a few books watching TED talks or researching something I have found interesting. However, I realized that in every area of my life, relationships, eating, work habits, management practices, exercise, etc. I could create a big list of how I could improve those areas in a minute or two. I realized that if I can think of ways to drastically improve every area of my life off the top of my head then maybe I should focus a bit more on knowledge application and less on knowledge acquisition.
TED Talks are 5 to 20 minute talks given at TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) conferences. The TED slogan is "Ideas worth spreading". I agree.
I love watching good TED talks. The problem I have now is that with so many TED and TEDx events it can be hard to find my favorite videos. I wanted to compile a list of some of my favorite videos to make it easier to find and share them in the future. So without further ado these are some of my favorite TED talks:
One of my favorite video series is the Foundation interviews by Kevin Rose (Formerly of Digg.com). I love the video quality and the quality of the interviews. Kevin interviews mainly silicon valley entrepreneurs. He has interviewed people like Elon Musk (Tesla), David Copperfield (Magician), and Tony Hsieh (Zappos.com).
I recommend you visit the foundation.kr site and watch any videos that jump out to you. If you are not sure where to start I recommend these interviews.
I still haven't watched all of the interviews. If one of the interviews really jumps out to me I will add it to the list above.
I love Elon Musk (Founder of Tesla and SpaceX). For me he is the modern day Edison or Tesla. He is the perfect example of brilliance and innovation being applied to projects with real world applications. If you don't know much about him I recommend you watch his interview with Kevin Rose at foundation.kr.
A couple of weeks ago I asked if learning was a waste of time. Specifically I was wondering if I have spent too much time acquiring book knowledge and not enough time developing practical in the trenches knowledge. In the post I decided I needed to spend more time focusing on practice and less on knowledge acquisition. Basically I wanted to be more like Elon Musk and less like most college professors.
I have been thinking about this idea for a few months now. Here are some ideas I have come up with to help with this shift in focus:
With my [Spotlight] posts I am planning on highlighting new and important resources, groups, and individuals in the public and personal education fields.
I figured the best place to start would be the Khan Academy. The Khan Academy is at the center of push to revolution traditional K-12 education throughout the world.
What Is The Khan Academy?
The Khan Academy is a free online resource to help students and adults learn subjects at their own pace. The site has extensive lessons in math, from arithmetic to differential equations. In addition to these lessons they currently have and are adding more lessons in science, economics, computer science, humanities, and test prep.
Would the worlds poor and underprivileged be better off if more people tried to make a profit from selling them products and services? This question made me wonder what would happen if people figured out scalable way to make money providing quality education services to poor people?
I believe that finding a way to make money providing quality education could drastically change how the world learns. This would bring more competition and innovation to the education field which should increase the number and quality of option available. Can for profit companies succeed where non-profits and government have failed?
These ideas were sparked by an interesting interview on Fast Company (Co Exist) about why more people should be trying to make a profit from poor people. I recommend you check it out (full link listed below)
[Link] How Misinformed Ideas About Profit are Holding Back the World's Poor - By Hugh Whalan
[Link for paranoid people] http://www.fastcoexist.com/1682004/how-misinformed-ideas-about-profit-are-holding-back-the-worlds-poor
Things have converged to delay my 3/three/30 marathon training plan. I am now planning on trying a late winter early spring marathon (Feb/March). I had the following issues come up that have made my current plan impossible.
With those three things I decided it would be best to look for a marathon date early next year versus forcing it with a November marathon. So I will not be posting any updates on marathon training until after soccer season (late October). After that I plan on refocusing and coming up with a new plan and new training targets.
For those of you who are wondering I was behind schedule by about 30 seconds a mile going into soccer season. During soccer tryouts I had a couple of weeks where I worked with the kids for an 1.5 hours each day so that really boosted my fitness levels. However, I didn't get any timed runs in before I pulled my calf.
This blog is intended to be a place for discussion on how we can ensure a bright future for Newcastle United. I believe the club is never truly safe in the hands of one or a handful of rich owners. Even if they are doing a good job now a time will come when they become disinterested or die and leave the club to less competent heirs.
As fans we have the most to lose from the the club imploding like Leeds. However, if we can have strong fan organization and plans in place we can provide the contingency plan that can save us from League 1 or the next Vincent Tan (He changed Cardiff's colors from blue to Red).
Hopefully the posts and discussion on this site will play a small part in encouraging positive action now and incubating more ambitious ideas and improving them until their time has come.
When the ideas of supporter ownership comes up people often ask two questions:
To address those two questions I have compiled a partial list of clubs currently owned by supporters around the world. As you can see from the list some of the world's most successful clubs, such as Barcelona and Bayern Munich, are majority owned by their supporters. Not only is it possible it has been proven to be a successful model if implemented properly.
Supporter Owned Clubs:
RATING: 78// If you are passionate about how education needs to change you must read this book.
THE FACTS // Author : Sir Ken Robinson PhD > Category : Creativity and Learning > Time to Read : 6 Hours
TWITTER SUMMARY // We are living in a rapidly changing world and we need a radically different education system if we are going to survive and flourish.
IMPORTANT NOTES // Sir Ken Robinson has worked with governments in Europe, Asia and the United States, with international agencies, and with Fortune 500 companies on the topic of education.