Yesterday, we had a very nice and inspiring TED-evening. We watched 5 videos while eating some food we had brought. We had a shorter discussion after the third one, and after the last one we discussed into the night...^^ Here is a short summary of the videos we watched:
1. Jennifer Pahlka: Coding a better government
This is the first one, which is about a new attitude towards government, and governmental problems. It goes back to the original reason for governments, namely to solve things that we cannot solve alone. It then has a look at some specific such problems that have been solved easily, cheaply, and in a new communal way using apps and the internet. In other words, these have been problems where ordinary citizen have been invited to contribute to the solution, by making the process more transparent and open. She also comes with some really to-the-point but still amusingly controversial statements like "we need to make bureaucracy sexy", and "we will not solve government until we re-invent citizenship", etc. A very inspiring and compelling speech - my personal favourite this evening I think.
2. Rick Falkvinge: The Pirate Party, the politics of protest
This is a video by a Swedish guy! :) Rick Falkvinge founded the Pirate Party movement, which was launched just a few years ago, but already has 2 seats in the European parliamens, some 25 seats in the Berlin parliament, and around 200 seats in other parliaments throughout Europe. He talks about this story, and about the issues they are working for. I think that this movement is extremely important, and it can also be seen in the fact that young people are no longer ranking "Sustainability", and "Environment" as top priorities, but "Internet freedom" and "Free speech" as nr 1. This is completely non-understood by most conventional politicians, and the Piraty Party is also the biggest party among the young (it then has >25% of the votes). I personally also think that preserving the free Internet is the most important thing we can do, since through the Internet we can at last devise a working public debate, and it is only through such a working public debate that we can solve all other things as well.
3. Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work
This talk was very inspiring to me, because it has found scientific basis for an old spiritual truth: do not seek happiness through successes, but successes through happiness.
4. David Icke: Where is the Love?
David Icke has quite a few controversial views, but he also has some good points, and this video was - I think - one that everybody can watch and enjoy. However, the enjoyment comes in a feeling of "enough is enough, I've had enough of this more fear-mongering now!" And I do think that this feeling of enough is exactly what we need: to be finished with the experience of fear, and to have a an overwhelming hunger for love. Only then will we choose it.
5. Peter Joseph: The Big Question
Interestingly, already in David Icke's talk, he mentioned the issue of money, and that we need to reconsider how money is created, and our overall financial system. It was therefore very fitting to continue and end with the talk of Peter Joseph, the founder of the Zeitgeist movement. He contrast our economy and culture with one that would work for the earth in 5 very easy-to-follow-and-agree-with points. For instance: we currently optimize profit when constructing things, which usually then break in just a few years. An earth-friendly way of constructing things should instead optimize longevity.
Finally, we decided to have the next TED-evening on April 28, and also to start a facebook-group devoted to these events. That means that the next TED-evening will be part of a yoga-weekend here at yoga-link.se, which I think will be very nice.