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TEDxSF video selected as this week’s Editor’s Choice. Among thoughsands of strong TEDx Talks, this one stood out as exceptional. Watch Jennifer Phalka’s talk about how technology is changing faster than ever, and our governments are falling woefully behind. The founder of Code for America, Jennifer Pahlka, argues that we can create technical solutions to make our governments more efficient and responsive.

TEDxSF curator, Christine McCaull spoke last night at the SF Curator’s Salon inspiring lively discussion around the definition and role of the curator. This article is an expansion on the bullet points in her remarks. There is a prior post- What is Curation?- that attempts to professionalize and put some limits around the use of the word, which may be needed- lest I seriously think that I’m curating my garage next time I clean it out…

Does all curation have a viewpoint? “The Curator Bias”
Yes, all curation has opinion and intention- this can be conscious or unconscious. When a professional curator sets about to create an event, an exhibit or a collection, they are also bringing about a state change or highlighting a new way of seeing something for the viewer…

In Silicon Valley, (WDYDWYD?) has become the hottest team-building meme since Outward Bound,” according to the November issue of WIRED Magazine. The WDYDWYD meme was started by one of our 2010 speakers, Tony Deifell. Over 140 TEDsters have answered “Why do you do what you do?” in 2010 & 2011. Photos by Collaborating Artists: Lauren Lee Anderson & Tony Deifell. View the whole album!

TEDxSF speaker Mel Robbins –the bold, blonde, ambitious woman that stormed our stage on June 4th, spoke as mother, lawyer, syndicated radio talk-show host, and relationship coach about what it takes to live our best lives and be who we’re supposed to be. What is it exactly that we want, she challenged, and what exactly are we doing, or failing to do, to get there?

For starts, she claims with verve and unapologetic enthusiasm that you’re not okay if you’re fine. It’s just simply not fine to describe your life, this very auspicious state of existence, as fine. And here’s why:

Every single one of us falls into a category of 1: 400,000,000,000. That’s one in four-hundred-trillion. According to Mel, this is the probability of our being born. It’s a category and a qualification. “You’re not fine. You’re fantastic. You have life-changing ideas for a reason.” Somehow, you beat the odds. That makes our livelihoods extremely and undeniably lucky.

Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director, and producer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercials.

As a visual artist, Louie has created some of the most iconic and memorable film moments of our time. He is an innovator in the world of time-lapse, nature, aerial and “slice-of-life” photography – the only cinematographer in the world who has literally been shooting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week continuously for more than 30 years.

A miracle is an event so unlikely as to be almost impossible. By that definition, I’ve just proven that you are a miracle…

In a recent talk at TEDx San Francisco, Mel Robbins, a riotously funny self-help author, mentioned that scientists estimate the probability of your being born at about one in 400 trillion.

Every March my wife and I go to Scottsdale to watch the San Francisco Giants participate in Spring Training.

Two years ago we were there and one new player in particular caught our eye. There was an intensity to him, even when he completing the most minor of tasks. He’d be stretching and bouncing, acting as if he were about to march into the batter’s box as the last hitter in game seven of the World Series, when really he was simply waiting for his turn to step in for batting practice.

That player was Andres Torres.

Big ideas about education and emotion flowed through the Craneway Pavillion at the TEDxGoldenGateED conference over the weekend. The ideas found a receptive audience in the roughly 700 in attendance at the Saturday conference that attracted teachers, parents, therapists and others from throughout the Bay Area. The day included a packed schedule of speakers, performers and workshops that revolved around the central theme of compassion.

In the literature for the event, the organizers called compassion “humanity’s stickiest emotion.” Defined as a devotion to enhancing the welfare of others, speakers at the conference had a variety of takes on the subject, presenting scientific and psychological research on the biological and environmental underpinnings of compassion as well as examples of compassion in action in schools and communities.