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TED Talks for Type A personalities—and anyone else who wants to be more productive and learn something new this week

TED Talks for Type A personalities—and anyone else who wants to be more productive and learn something new this week

07 Jul 2017

TED.com is one of the best places on the internet to be educated, informed and enlightened. But with new talks uploaded monthly, it’s hard to keep up. Here are five talks you might find relevant right now if you skew Type A at work.

 

5 ways to listen better

Featuring: Julian Treasure, sound consultant

“In our louder and louder world, says sound expert Julian Treasure, ‘We are losing our listening.’ In this short, fascinating talk, Treasure shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listeningto other people and the world around you.”

 

A temporary tattoo that brings hospital care to the home

Featuring: Todd Coleman, bioelectronics innovator

“What if doctors could monitor patients at home with the same degree of accuracy they'd get during a stay at the hospital? Bioelectronics innovator Todd Coleman shares his quest to develop wearable, flexible electronic health monitoring patches that promise to revolutionize healthcare and make medicine less invasive.”

 

4 reasons to learn a new language

Featuring: John McWhorter, linguist

“English is fast becoming the world's universal language, and instant translation technology is improving every year. So why bother learning a foreign language? Linguist and Columbia professor John McWhorter shares four alluring benefits of learning an unfamiliar tongue.”

 

The new American Dream

Featuring: Courtney E. Martin, author and journalist

“For the first time in history, the majority of American parents don't think their kids will be better off than they were. This shouldn't be a cause for alarm, says journalist Courtney Martin. Rather, it's an opportunity to define a new approach to work and family that emphasizes community and creativity. ‘The biggest danger is not failing to achieve the American Dream,’ she says in a talk that will resonate far beyond the US. ‘The biggest danger is achieving a dream that you don't actually believe in.’”

 

Wisdom from great writers on every year of life

Featuring: Joshua Prager, author and journalist

“As different as we humans are from one another, we all age along the same great sequence, and the shared patterns of our lives pass into the pages of the books we love. In this moving talk, journalist Joshua Prager explores the stages of life through quotations from Norman Mailer, Joyce Carol Oates, William Trevor and other great writers, set to visualizations by graphic designer Milton Glaser. ‘Books tell us who we've been, who we are, who we will be, too,’ Prager says.”

 




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