Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Year's 7 Most Powerful Idea's

From the founder of TED, Chris Anderson, his list of The Year's 7 Most Powerful Idea's:

#1 Nic Marks, Founder, Centre for Well-being

We’re measuring the wrong success goals. Is the GDP really the best measure of human progress we can come up with? Marks has developed a new measure, called the National Accounts of Well-being, that's not only a more accurate but also a more meaningful assessment of societal progress based on expanded data sets. See Nic speak more about his ideas here.

#2 Daniel H. Pink, Author, A Whole New Mind

Money does not necessarily motivate creativity. If you're offered money as a reward, you'll work better and faster, right? No, says Dan Pink. He's recognized a crucial mismatch between what science knows and corporate 'carrot-and-stick' rewards. What really motivates us is the desire to do things because they matter because they're interesting. Watch Dan speak more on it here.

#3 Salman Khan, Founder, Khan Academy

The classroom flip can revolutionize education. Khan was a hedge fund analyst when he started posting video tutorials online. Now, over 2,000 of his videos are viewed by more than 100,000 students a day around the world. What if teachers used these videos as homework so kids could learn at their own pace, and used classroom time to help if someone gets stuck! See Salman speak more on it here.

#4 Stewart Brand, Founder, The Whole Earth Catalog

Urbanization could save the planet. The world's largest cities are home to over 20 million people each. And contrary to conventional wisdom, they're great for the planet. They promote innovation, reduce our carbon footprint, offer more educational opportunities-- and smaller, urban families can diffuse the population time bomb. See Stewart speak more about his ideas here.

#5 Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder, Acumen Fund

Patient capital is the smart way to tackle poverty. Can philanthropy harness the power of entrepreneurs who want to do good and be successful? Novogratz is alleviating poverty by investing in businesses capable of massive social change and giving them the time and assistance needed to reach profitability. Full disclosure: She is my wife. See Jacqueline speak more about her objectives here.

#6, Philip K. Howard, Chair, Common Good

Too much law is choking us. Law is the foundation for civilization. But too much of it is destructive. Healthcare, education and government have been strangled by impossibly complex legal restrictions. Howard has suggested four ways to simplify and restore trust in the law, in order to release our citizens' powerful energy and passions. Learn about Philips steps here.

#7 Dan Ariely and Daniel Kahneman, Behavioral Economists, Princeton and Duke Universities

Our brains are buggier than we realize. The notion of humans as rational agents has been thoroughly debunked in economics and evolutionary psychology, but that understanding has not yet filtered properly into the political realm. That has to change. Otherwise our lizard-brain choices on the media we watch and the politicians we elect will doom us. Watch TED speakers Dan Ariely and Daniel Kahneman.

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