Big Ideas Online

Remember how I said yesterday that this whole journey is going to take a while?  Remember how I mentioned that it’s good to surround yourself with great discussions–whether or not you agree with them?

Wanna practice, but in a fun way?

Here are six excellent websites to explore.  They’ll blow your mind…and keep you interested for hours and hours (that is, if you can convince your boss of their importance).

TEDTalks: 650+ twenty-minute talks from big thinkers.  Absolutely amazing.  I have the iPhone app, so I can listen to them anywhere.

Big Think: “a global forum connecting people and ideas.”  Fascinating interviews with economists, scientists, musicians, financiers.

Open Culture: compilation of free lectures and lessons online.  “Attend” a Columbia University course on masterpieces of Western art or take a class on Physics for Future Presidents.

Arts & Letters Daily: From The Chronicle of Higher Education…links to everything from Curious George to Sylvia Plath.

Good Is: Working to “push the world forward” by spreading “good” ideas.  From the World’s Most Beautiful Tweet to Zero Waste School Lunch, it covers a wide assortment of topics.

RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce): Video webcasts, public discourse, blogs, journals, you name it.  This is the place to absorb!  [The video from yesterday was found on this site.]

And I’ll add another one.  Have you heard of PostSecret?  It’s an ongoing art project where people send artist Frank Warren their secrets, anonymously, on one side of a postcard.  Not that you’ll learn anything stupendous…except that you will.  People are afraid.  People are struggling.  People are sad.  And that might be a good thing to know when you walk out your front door.  [In fact, did you read Time’s article “Can PostSecret and Facebook Save a Life?”]

Love and acceptance are very much needed–not only in discussions but in daily life as well.

Have the loveliest of days, my dear readers!

[Post image: A Life Well Wasted poster for Episode 6]

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  1. […] second question ties into my last link on yesterday’s post–that of PostSecret.  I’ll keep it simple.  If you’ve been to the website, you’ll see […]

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