TED 17 "The Future You" Highlights review

My friend Gina Blackmore recently watched the TED Cinema Experience at her local cinema in Milton Keynes, UK and I saw her amazing review on her Facebook page and asked if she would mind me sharing it, as I found it to be very insightful and inspiring. She kindly agreed, so here it is :)

Over the past five days, the TED2017 conference has explored the theme “The Future You.” This has spanned an incredible number of ideas on a huge array of topics, from our future and artificial intelligence, to the power of being ourselves and compassion for others. Below are just some of the highlights from this year's conference.

Rutger Bregman, talked about radical ideas to help with poverty and equality, reminding us that a existence without poverty is not a privilege, but a right that we all deserve.

What about a future where the point of education is not to prepare you for another useless job, but for life well lived? Or what about a future where the value of your work is not determined by the size of your paycheck, but by the amount of happiness you spread and the amount of meaning you give?

Ideas can and do change the world that we live in, we just need to make it happen. "Martin Luther King did not say "I have a nightmare", he had a dream".

Anika Paulson described her life as if it moved to the rhythms, setting structure and stability in a chaotic world. "Where music has rhythm, we have routines and habits, things that help us remember what to do and how to stay on track."

"It may seem simple, it may seem dull by itself — but it gives tempo, heartbeat.”

Once, when she went to college, she felt that she had lost her rhythm, hearing other noises, and she feared her song was gone. But it wasn’t. She found her rhythm again, and while her melody had changed, it was still the same song, her own melody that changed as she grew. She found that music was her way of coping with the changes happening in her life. "Music is everywhere and in everything. It changes and it builds, but it’s always there.”

Anne Lamont, New York Times bestselling author of "Help, Thanks, Wow" decided to write down a list of every single true thing she knew.

In her down-to-earth, humorous way, she explained how “all truth is paradox,” which chocolate is best used “to balance the legs of wobbly chairs” and the meaning of God. In a talk full of wisdom and humor, she dives into the variants of being a human who lives and feels in a confusing, beautiful and emotional world.

Here is a list of some of the key points that I took away

1. "Life is a precious unfathomably beautiful gift, and it is impossible here. It's filled with heartbreaking sweetness and beauty, floods and babies and acne and Mozart, all swirled together."

2. "Nothing outside of you will help you in any real, lasting way." Radical self-care is the only thing that will get you through. It’s hard to admit, but it’s true, and it works the other way around too. “If it is someone else’s problem, you probably don’t have the solution."

3. She warns us not to compare our insides to someone else's outsides, as they probably not as well put together as they may seem.

4 . Talking about writing, she explained that every writer starts with terrible first drafts. The trick is to commit to sticking with it. "Every story you own is yours. If people wanted you to write more warmly about them, they should have behaved better."

5 . Creative success is “something you have to recover from. They will hurt, damage and change you in ways you cannot imagine.“ But it is worth it as long as remember that it is the "doing" that counts (for example, enjoy the writing, not just the idea of being a published author.)

6 . Grace is a powerful thing, and doesn’t always come in the forms you expect. Lamott sees it most in laughter. “Laughter really is carbonated holiness, It helps us breathe again and again, and gives us back to ourselves.”

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Gina Blackmore

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