What are the challenges of running an alternative educational system? And why do we need one in the first place? Steve Cooperman has been involved with alternative education since childhood. In this interview, he shares some of the challenges involved with structuring alternative learning environments and gives his insight into how he thinks we’re able to learn most efficiently. Continue reading Running an Alternative Education System–With Steve Cooperman
I’m really excited about this interview! I’ve known Yahya Bakkar for a few years now. I met him in college, and watched as he dropped out of college, turned himself into a successful motivational speaker, and found his long-lost mom after 24 years–a story he chronicled as part of a documentary called The Secret of Destiny. Continue reading Turning Your Passion into a Career–With Yahya Bakkar
On June 8th, 2013 (my 31st birthday), I attempted to break the Guinness World Record for Longest Speech Marathon. Crazy, I know. This record is not to be confused with longest non-stop speech, which would definitely have been harder. This record consisted of giving back-to-back presentations for almost 37 hours straight (with a 5-minute break after every hour). I beat the previous record by about 15-30 minutes, and as you can imagine, I learned a few things. From the first day of preparation to holding up my fist in the air as the clock struck 36 hours and 30 minutes, I got some surprising insights about communication, higher purpose, and the effectiveness of hot tea. Here’s what I learned. Continue reading 6 Lessons I Learned While Attempting a Guinness World Record
The commercialism of the holiday season hit me particularly hard this year. Normally I just brush it off, but something about listening to the cheery holiday music while it’s simultaneously trying to get me excited about the latest deals just didn’t sit right. It’s emotional manipulation, and we all know it. When do we infuse our ritualistic gestures of appreciation with commercialism? Why do I have to buy to show that I care? I’m tired of it, and this year I’m doing something different. Continue reading Better than Presents: Why I’m Starting a New Holiday Tradition
Oh, how I love TED talks. This little conference, which many people don’t know actually started in the mid-80s as a one-time event, started to grow in popularity since 2006 when they decided to post the presentations online. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, and in addition to the yearly conference, there are now independently organized TEDx events happening all over the globe and throughout the year.
To help you end 2013 on a high note, and start 2014 with some inspiration and knowledge, here are the best TED talks of 2013, as ranked by their number of views as of Dec 2nd, 2013. Continue reading The 10 Most-Watched TED Talks of 2013