Tag Archives: TEDTalks

What can save the rainforests? Your used mobile phone

In 2012, a small group in Borneo and now in the US have found a way to use recycled mobile phones to stop illegal deforestation Continue reading What can save the rainforests? Your used mobile phone

The Silver Linings Playbook: Meet the mum who started the Ice Bucket Challenge

In the wake of today’s sad turn of events in Sydney, we thought it might be good to take some time to be inspired by some of the good things that can come out of a situation. Every cloud has its silver lining – the #illridewithyou movement on twitter has seen Australians rally around the muslim community in the last 24 hours, in a touching gesture of unity and support. This is perhaps a way of trying to make some good come from a terrible situation. Continue reading The Silver Linings Playbook: Meet the mum who started the Ice Bucket Challenge

Can we stop the 2030 Labour Crisis?

TED

A new TED Talk just released discusses the upending of the global labour market in the ten years between 2020 and 2030. Continue reading Can we stop the 2030 Labour Crisis?

It’s World Food Day today!

World Food Day

Once again TED Talks are here to provide us with innovative ideas and interesting ways to approach the future.

Today is World Food Day and the talks below, discovered in this post from Collectively, show us that there is more to food than what we think about.

Listen to Jamie Oliver teach children about food, Mark Bittman tell us the bad things about our food, or perhaps learn from Louise Fresco about how we can feed the whole world.

If nothing, put your feet up, grab some nosh, and learn about how the world around us eats and lives, and how we can help them do so far into the future!

TEDXPerth 2014 in review

Biomimicry

Saturday 4th October at the Perth Concert Hall played host to the TEDXPerth 2014 event, which Sustaining People discussed a short while ago. Hamish Jolly (pictured above) was a crowd favourite for the day, with a particularly relevant talk about biomimicry and his shark-repellant wetsuit. The clear stand out for us, however, was Ernesto Sirolli, although Peter Newman and Adam Johnson presented some thought provoking ideas. Continue reading TEDXPerth 2014 in review

TEDXPerth 2014 is coming this Saturday!

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TEDXPerth 2014 is coming this weekend!

The local TED Talk event for 2014 is happening this Saturday 4th October at the Perth Concert Hall, but unfortunately tickets are all sold out. You might get lucky and score on from the TED Perth Facebook page, as that seems to be the place to grab unwanted tickets. You can also get updates on the TEDPerth Twitter page.

If you aren’t able to do that, you can still catch all the action at Northbridge Piazza (Cnr James &, Lake St), where there will be a live broadcast of the event, starting from 9:30am this Saturday. Continue reading TEDXPerth 2014 is coming this Saturday!

Lessons from the Sahara Forest Project

Four years ago, architect Michael Pawlyn recorded a TED Talk at the TEDSalon London 2010, where he spoke about the benefits of biomimicry and how it can be used to change the way society approaches sustainable design. Watch his presentation above, and you will be excited about the wonder and simplicity of natural systems that are guiding the way that our cutting edge developers and dreamers are creating a sustainable future.

The second half of his talk Using Nature’s Genius in Architecture, focused on the potential of the Sahara Forest Project (SF Project). Put simply, the project is ‘…a combination of environmental technologies to enable restorative growth, defined as revegetation and creation of green jobs through profitable production of food, freshwater, biofuels and electricity…’. Essentially this project aims to revegetate large areas of arid desert, whilst simultaneously using a closed loop system to create food, energy, freshwater and natural building products on the same land.

Four years on, the Sahara Forest Project has strong backing by many nations, and Qatar has hosted the pilot facility to asses and nurture the viability of the project since its completion in December 2012. In June of this year, Jordan signed an agreement to build a Test & Demonstration Centre, which will act as a hub for innovation and capability to showcase the economic viability of the project.

Qatar Plant

Jordan Facility

So what can we learn from this amazing experiment and its successes to date? Here are five lessons that will have a profound impact on the future of this project, and other projects that are in the pipeline around the world. Continue reading Lessons from the Sahara Forest Project