Friday, May 4, 2012

Graham Hill

Graham starts off his Ted Talk with a question to the audience that only he knows. Throughout the presentation he works towards the answer to the question, " Whats in this box?" Grahams idea for his Talk is that less stuff equals more happiness for a couple of reasons. He shows a picture with storage facilities and says that in today's world more than 22 billion dollars are spent on storage facilities every year. To explain why this is he presents a fact that says compared to the 1970's each person has around three times more space then the people who lived in the 1970's. When I heard that fact I wondered how do we use up all of that space? Which is exactly what he asked next. His explanation is that we as consumers do our job well and never let companies down. He mentions that each and everyone of us buy things that we don't need every day which leads us to needing storage space in the long run, because even though we don't need it for some reason we always hold onto it. Before he begins talking about his huge project he did with his own room he tells the audience to ask a very important question to their self before they buy their next item. Which is, " Does buying this truly make me happy, and will it make me happy for at least a couple of years?" Then he mentions that less space/stuff equals less debt, a smaller footprint on the environment, and a happier person. Throughout his presentation he has very interesting pictures on the slide show behind him which really make his story interesting. Although his idea is very relevant the way he talks is really boring and flat which has a huge affect on his overall presentation. Graham then goes onto explain what he has done in his life to prove that less space does indeed achieve all of the goals he mentioned. He first rented an apartment, and immediately saved two hundred thousand dollars buy renting one which is 420ft squared apartment instead of a 600ft squared apartment. He then goes onto say that because of that decision alone he will save more money because he will buy smaller appliances and " edit " out what he doesn't need. The finish product of his room really does show how he limited his space but yet put in his room everything that makes him happy, and in return saved a whole lot of money. This Ted Talk opened my eyes to realize that I to have a lot of things I don't need and may bring me happiness if I were to get rid of them. Graham's Ted Talk presents and idea that is relevant to everyone because everyone over consumes and buys things that they don't truly need. At the end of his presentation he tells the crowd that it doesn't matter what is in the box because he doesn't need it, and by getting rid of it he will be happier. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Dave Eggers

I really enjoy that Dave wasn't afraid to admit that he was extremely nervous and shows me that it is okay to be nervous. He mentions that he grew up around teachers and quickly realized all of the struggles that teachers have. One thing that they told him was that if they had more bodies that understood English or any topic it would make teaching easier for them. Mainly because they don't get enough one on one time with every student. When he moved back he opened up a huge office to join the communities of writers and students at 826 Valencia. The one problem that he faced was that his land lord told them that they had to find something to sell. They decided to sell pirate supplies because of what they discovered when they removed the old flooring and things on the wall really looked like a ship. Dave Eggers really connects with the audience threw his stories and really fun and interactive photos relating to what he was talking about. He presents all of his information in the form of a story which I really like because as the audience I am always waiting to hear what happens next. The goal of his operation was to get a one to one ratio for students to have one on one attention with an educator. It was very successful because kids were not ashamed and didn't feel pressure to be wrong and really enjoyed the one on one time. Homework was finished by all of the kids who attended and took advantage of this opportunity which also approved the community. One thing I enjoyed was that throughout Dave's Ted Talk he continued to talk with motivation and a sense of importance which kept my attention from beginning to end. The creation of the book was amazing because the book was made of a massive number of students and tutors working together. Even though the store was created as a gag it actually was making money and attracted the community to see what was going on. From donors to teachers to educators everyone was interested in what was going on. Which sparked someone to take the same idea to Brooklyn, and that store was called Brooklyn Super Heroes Supply Co. Many other states are jumping on the band wagon and it is amazing to see. This idea to me is a very good idea that should be expanded to every state because the importance of it is huge and should be taken seriously. Education is the main topic of Dave's idea and is a new and innovative way to give students the opportunity to receive one on one time with a teacher. Which can change a students life entirely and can make them realize that they can do things they may have thought impossible. Soon these fun and inspiring work shops will be open at every city. Mainly because it is an idea that will never have a level of success and is fun for all to participate in.