TED : Ideas worth spreading

Review: The art of asking

Speaker: Amanda Palmer
Date: February 2013
Location: Long Beach, California

Description from TED website:
Don’t make people pay for music, says Amanda Palmer: Let them. In a passionate talk that begins in her days as a street performer (drop a dollar in the hat for the Eight-Foot Bride!), she examines the new relationship between artist and fan.

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My Review / Notes / Thoughts

This was not the first time I watched this TED Talk, but I still think it is an excellent talk and good to review from time to time. The human connection is important and we often forget that there is more than one way to connect to others.

I think this would be an excellent talk to start off an instructional session teaching about thinking outside of the box. A good assignment or activity for high school students, college students, and even continuing education opportunities out in the workforce. For engagement purposes, I’d probably use it as an activity.

In a face-to-face setting, I’d show the video first, then have the participates break out into groups of 3-4 and talk about the video, most likely with a handout with some prompts for them to discuss. I’d probably focus the discussion portion around a current problem that is being faced in the world, nation, state, or even just the local community or business. Ask them to discuss various points that she brought up in the talk and how they could leverage that mentality to potentially find a solution to the issue at hand.

For an online setting, I would set it up similarly, however, they would have more time to work on the discussion (especially if it’s asynchronous). So, I’d probably require that they do some additional research to back up their ideas and/or theories.

What do you think? Might this be a video you could use in your setting? How would you utilize the video and encourage engagement with the content?

Until next time … live long, life-learner!

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