Food For Thought

I thought I would add a page to the blog for easy access to some of the great video content that excites, inspires or makes me laugh from around the internet. It is just another way for me to share more great content from around the world with you and is an ongoing thing, so please if you have a suggestion, send it over. Not everything that grabs my attention makes it into the blog and this is my way of showing that the internet is not just about hilarious videos of pets doing strange things, although granted I love hamsters on pianos as much as the next guy. Enjoy, and look out for the video version of this blog, coming soon to a popular streaming site near you!

Above and Below: Sir Ken Robinson “Why schools kill creativity” and “bring on the learning revolution” delivered to TED. Probably my favourite videos on the internet. Two enlightening TED talks from Sir Ken Robinson, an author, speaker and international adviser on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education and arts bodies. Quite simply if I were PM, the first thing I would do is make him the head of an advisory committee with the single task of revolutionising the education system in the UK. Watch these short talks to understand why I love this man.

Below: Simon Sinek “How Great Leaders Inspire Action”. For anyone interested in behaviour change of any kind or for anyone who just wants to understand why some of us blow smoke up the late Steve Jobs ass with such vigour, this is an absolute must watch. Simon Sinek is an author best known for developing “The Golden Circle” and popularising the concept of human motivation through the why, how, what approach to communicating your message. Whether you are a marketing guru, an Occupy protester or just a consumer trying to make better decisions in your life, there is no better place to start than with this video, I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Below: Charlie Chaplin Speech From “The Great Dictator”. Just watch it, quite brilliant.

Below: Martin Luther King Jr. “Why I am Opposed to The War in Vietnam”. Whilst the ‘I have a dream speech’ is his most famous and arguably most important, I feel this twenty-minute talk on the war in Vietnam is so relevant and so poignant to the plight of man today that I felt moved to share this with you. If you haven’t heard it, hear it, if you have, listen again. Some things never change.

Below: Neil DeGrasse Tyson “The Most Astounding Fact”. It is of no surprise to me that the description of Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s life’s work on Wikipedia places as much emphasis on the fact that he is an astrophysicist as it does him being a science communicator. This is a man with the mind of a genius yet an emotional intelligence and ability to communicate complexity in such an engaging way that he defies the type. Indeed I am certain that if my science teachers had even an ounce of his ability to inspire, I would be a physicist today. Without a doubt the coolest man on the planet, I dare you to watch this video about the most astounding fact astrophysics has to offer humanity and disagree.

Below: Carl Sagan “Pale Blue Dot”. Probably one of the greatest thinkers of the 2oth century, Carl Sagan paved the way for great physicists and science communicators such as Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Brian Cox. Here he talks about the Pale Blue Dot, or Earth, as seen from the edge of our solar system in a photograph taken by Voyager I in 1990, 3.7billion miles from our little planet. A must watch

Below: Pranav Mistry “The Thrilling Potential of Sixth Sense Technology”. This is a mind-blowing talk to TED on sixth sense technology by Pranav Mistry, an Indian inventor and computer scientist of extraordinary genius. Here he gives us a tantalising insight into one of the possible futures for computer technology, this is not to be missed, and whilst his promise of making this open source has not come true (Apple have probably gotten a hold of him) this is still a hugely exciting insight into a not so distant future.

Below: Michael Pritchard “Making Filthy Water Drinkable”. I am a firm believer that if we are to move forward with a sustainable future then we need to get people excited about the amazing possibilities of sustainable technology. As we’ve seen with sixth sense technology, there is some really cool stuff to get stuck into in this area and Michael Pritchard’s LiveSaver Bottle is one of them. Using a nanotechnology filtration system, it instantly takes filthy water and makes it drinkable, you will have heard me talk about it in a previous post, well here is the proof. Take a look, this is an incredible piece of technology that could save millions of lives.

Below: George Carlin “Saving the Planet”. The late, the great George Carlin doing what he does best, being light years ahead of everyone else and freaking funny at the same time. Need I say more?

Below: Joe Rogan “The Devolution of Stupid People”. He probably has the best podcast on the internet, he is a commentator for the UFC, he is a hugely popular stand up comedian AND he gets to host Fear Factor, a show where people do disgusting things for a fifty grand prize. If there is anyone with a more fun professional life than that I would like to meet them, he also happens to have his finger on the pulse in a way that only a great stand up can, this ten minute bit about stupid people taking over the world is as hilarious as it is profound and quite scary, check it out.

Below: Immortal Technique “Ultimas Palabras” (Skit) Taken from the FREE album “The Martyr”I didn’t know whether to put this in the video or music section as it comes from Immortal Technique’s brilliant album the Martyr. Which can be downloaded free (with the artists permission) from the link above. This is a haunting imagining of what might happen if a man was to stand up in front of a large group of people and tell the truth. The speech is brilliant, the man is a genius and deserves your ear for a few minutes. Go on, press play…

Below: Parry Gripp “Hamster on a Piano”. Just because it’s very funny, everyone has a guilty YouTube pleasure, this is mine…

Below: Parry Gripp “Baby Monkey (Riding on a Pig)”. Oh and this…

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